Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 (1.5TB) review
Cheap and fast - the Seagate is an excellent high-capacity choice.
Review Date: 29 Apr 2009
Reviewed By: Mike Jennings
Price when reviewed: £98 (£113 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
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.
Author: Mike Jennings
Skip the 7200.11 Series
The Seagate 7200.11 series of hard drives have a very high failure rate. Drives made in Thailand and with firmware SD15 are causing all sorts of problems and I've had one fail on me too. Just Google the following "7200.11 failures"
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