Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 (1.5TB) review
Cheap and fast - the Seagate is an excellent high-capacity choice.
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.
|Price ex VAT||£98|
|Price inc VAT||£113|
|Features & Design||4|
|Value for Money||6|
|Hard disk usable capacity||1.39TB|
|Hard disk type||Mechanical|
|Seek time (ms)||16ms|
|Cost per gigabyte||7.0p|
Noise and power
|Idle power consumption||9W|
|HD Tach burst speed||231.3MB/sec|
|HD Tach random access speed||15.7ms|
|HD Tach average sequential read speed||104.9MB/sec|