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Seagate 1 Terabyte Barracuda 7200.11 Review

Former staff writer    -   January 4, 2008
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Conclusion:

So what are you actually receiving for the money you need to spend on a Seagate 1 TB Barracuda 7200.11 is performance, storage speed and reliability. My 750GB Barracuda is two years old and I have not had a problem with it, while I have RMAed two Western Digital and four Maxtors in that period of time. With the type of work I do, I need a hard drive that will not break down since I can sometimes reformat once a week.

The Seagate 1TB drive swept all the other drives in the HD tune benchmark and took two out of four in the Sandra benchmark, which gives an overall total of about 80% in the win column. The 1 TB Barracuda is a second generation perpendicular recording drive, hence the 7200.11 as opposed to the 7200.10 that the 750GB Barracuda, so this could possibly be the reason why it does a little better than its little brother. Or could it be that my 750GB drive is starting to wear down a little considering the punishment I’ve put it through.

What is the reasoning for benchmarking three Seagate drives and one Western Digital? Well, preference. I have had the least number of problems with Seagate drives in the last two years, as they usually have bigger caches and have drives with the most storage capacity. I also wanted to compare the three different cache sizes; the 1 TB drive has 32MB of cache, the 750GB has 16MB as well as the Western Digital, and the 320GB has 8MB. Now maybe when looking at the benchmarks, things may make a little more sense, but what has been proven again and again is that more cache equals better performance. I also feel that the price of the drive is reasonable. Other manufacturers do produce TB drives, but some don't have 32MB of cache, or perpendicular recording, and for a drive that has both, it is still competitive with the others.

 

Pros:

  • 1 Terabyte
  • 32MB Cache
  • Perpendicular Recording
  • Price (own opinion)

 

Cons:

  • None

 

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