Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 (1TB) review

29 Apr 2009

Excellent performance, good value and a generous warranty.

Price when reviewed 
86
Buy it now for 
5

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.

Details

Price ex VAT £75
Price inc VAT £86
Overall rating 5
Performance 6
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 6

Specifications

Capacity 1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity 930GB
Hard disk type Mechanical
Cache size 32MB
Spindle speed 7,200RPM
Seek time (ms) 15ms
Cost per gigabyte 8.0p

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 9W

Performance tests

HD Tach burst speed 228.2MB/sec
HD Tach random access speed 15.1ms
HD Tach average sequential read speed 100.2MB/sec

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