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Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 (1TB) review


Excellent performance, good value and a generous warranty.

Review Date: 29 Apr 2009

Reviewed By: Mike Jennings

Price when reviewed: £75 (£86 inc VAT)

Buy it now for: £129
(see more store prices)

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Features & Design
4 stars out of 6

Value for Money
6 stars out of 6

6 stars out of 6

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.

Author: Mike Jennings

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