Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5 Terabyte Reviewccokeman - November 19, 2008
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As the largest single drive in its class, the Seagate Barracuda 1.5 Terabyte 7200.11 hard drive offers performance equal to or greater than the Seagate 1TB drive. It only falls short in the access time portion of the benchmarking. With that being said, will you notice the difference in real life computing between it and the smaller 1 TB drive? No. It is slower than some of the comparison drives but the average read speeds are significantly higher across the board than the traditional hard drive comparisons. The SSD was included to show what the future might bring once the technology really starts to mature.
If the current trend of digitizing content continues, drives such as the Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB from Seagate will be the norm and not the exception. At $160, the drive will cost you a little more than 10 cents per gigabyte of storage. I remember a time in the not too distant past that a one gigabyte hard drive would cost you in the $150 plus range! Boy, have we come a long way in terms of costs per gigabyte of storage. At this point the cost for the amount of storage space on this drive represents an excellent value for what you get. Reliability is a long term proposition. For this all i can say is I will revisit this article in the future as the testing continues since this drive will join the hard drive currently in my test rig (Seagate Barracuda 1TB) and endure the continuous reformats and day to day torture testing the other drive has endured. If this drive handles long term the way its smaller counterpart has, I don't see reliability as a concern. If it still is a concern, then the five year warranty should ease your mind. In five years we will be looking at even larger drives as the technology allows. The reality is that I have only had one drive fail on me out of roughly 70 drives that have rolled through my hands over the years. In fact, I have a 6.4GB Seagate drive that toils away day in and day out in a Folding@Home rig sitting on the shelf. Nuff said! If you want a high performing drive that offers the largest storage capacity in its class coupled with performance equal to or better than the smaller drives, then the 11th generation Seagate Barracuda 1.5 Terabyte drive is for you. It's the perfect mix of performance and storage size that can be used in any type of system from a work station up to high end gaming rigs.
- Massive storage on a single drive
- Reduced energy consumption
- Drive performance
- Perpendicular recording
- 32MB cache
- Five year warranty
- Slower access time