Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 (1.5TB) review

29 Apr 2009

Cheap and fast - the Seagate is an excellent high-capacity choice.

Price when reviewed: 
113(£113 inc VAT)
Buy it now for 
5

After the 2TB Caviar Green, this is the largest disk on test this month - and alongside the cavernous amount of space, provided as four 375GB platters, is a 32MB cache.

Cramming so much storage into such a small space didn't seem to slow down the Seagate. An average read speed of 99.1MB/sec and write speed of 84.5MB/sec placed the Barracuda second on our performance leader board. Access times weren't spectacular, though - a file-write seek time of 7ms lagged behind many of the other drives here.

Nevertheless, other benchmarks were encouraging. The burst speed of 231.3MB/sec was one of the best results this month, and an average sequential read speed of 104.9MB/sec was the fastest of all the Seagate drives.

Also impressive is the price: at 7p/GB the Seagate offers the best value this month. Couple this with its rapid performance and it's clear that this is one of the best high-capacity storage options available.

Details

Price ex VAT £98
Price inc VAT £113
Overall rating 5
Performance 6
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 6

Specifications

Capacity 1.50TB
Hard disk usable capacity 1.39TB
Hard disk type Mechanical
Cache size 32MB
Spindle speed 7,200RPM
Seek time (ms) 16ms
Cost per gigabyte 7.0p

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 9W

Performance tests

HD Tach burst speed 231.3MB/sec
HD Tach random access speed 15.7ms
HD Tach average sequential read speed 104.9MB/sec

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