Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 (1TB) review
Excellent performance, good value and a generous warranty.
The 1TB drive has a more promising set of specifications than other Seagate disks. Three 334GB platters and a 32MB cache bring the Seagate into line with the majority of its high-capacity rivals.
The 1TB Barracuda returned quick benchmark results - an average read speed of 94.9MB/sec was beaten by only four other drives, and its write speed of 86.2MB/sec was the second-quickest overall.
Other results - including a burst speed of 228.2MB/sec and an average sequential read speed of 100.2MB/sec - put the Barracuda into the upper echelons this month, even if access times were a little slow.
The only minor fault is the price, which at £75 comes out marginally higher than other 1TB drives with the cost per gigabyte working out at 8p. For that cash, though, you get excellent performance and a five-year warranty, so for users looking for reliability as well as speed it's one to consider.
|Price ex VAT||£75|
|Price inc VAT||£86|
|Features & Design||4|
|Value for Money||6|
|Hard disk usable capacity||930GB|
|Hard disk type||Mechanical|
|Seek time (ms)||15ms|
|Cost per gigabyte||8.0p|
Noise and power
|Idle power consumption||9W|
|HD Tach burst speed||228.2MB/sec|
|HD Tach random access speed||15.1ms|
|HD Tach average sequential read speed||100.2MB/sec|