Skip to navigation

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)

Buy it now for: £160
(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

PCPRO Recommended

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

Best Prices

Price comparison powered by Reevoo

Subscribe to PC Pro magazine. We'll give you 3 issues for £1 plus a free gift - click here
User comments

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"

By lukemcurley on 1 Jan 2010

Leave a comment

You need to Login or Register to comment.


Latest Category Reviews
WD Black² Dual Drive review

WD Black² Dual Drive

Category: Hard disks
Rating: 5 out of 6
Price: £230
Samsung 840 Pro review

Samsung 840 Pro

Category: Hard disks
Rating: 6 out of 6
Price: £180
SanDisk Ultra Plus review

SanDisk Ultra Plus

Category: Hard disks
Rating: 5 out of 6
Price: £130
OCZ Vector review

OCZ Vector

Category: Hard disks
Rating: 5 out of 6
Price: £190
Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.D review

Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.D

Category: Hard disks
Rating: 5 out of 6
Price: £78
Compare reviews: Hard disks


Most Commented Reviews
Latest News Stories Subscribe to our RSS Feeds
Latest Blog Posts Subscribe to our RSS Feeds
Latest Features
Latest Real World Computing


Sponsored Links


Your email:

Your password:

remember me


Hitwise Top 10 Website 2010

PCPro-Computing in the Real World Printed from

Register to receive our regular email newsletter at

The newsletter contains links to our latest PC news, product reviews, features and how-to guides, plus special offers and competitions.