Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750 GB SATA Hard Drive
Published: 7th August 2006 | Source: Seagate | Price: |Noise
Before I go into my conclusion I thought I'd mention how noisy the drive is. The Seagate 7200.10 750 GB is a pretty noisy HDD. I did not have any decibel reading equipment to hand but I have to say that there was a very audible clicking sound emitted from the drive. This was especially noticeable when doing a random access test. I assume the head is moving over the platter pretty quickly but it seems to produce quite a noise.
Seagate drives have a reputation of being pretty quiet so this suprised me somewhat. The Hitachi 7K160 was whisper-silent in comparison. During HD video playback this was not so much of an issue, but the occasional audible click did emit from my system. It is worth noting also that I do not have the quietest setup and usually cannot hear my HDD's at all.
Now I have said the only negative thing I could think of about the Seagate 7200.10 750 GB lets move on to the conclusion.
The drive is simply HUGE. 750GB is 250GB more than the closest competitor at present. Put two of these together in one PC and you have well over a terabyte of hard drive space. This is a must for those who constantly deal with huge amounts of data in such application as home server use or HTPC/Media PC applications.
This isn't the finish of it though. The Seagate drive easily out-performed our reference Hitachi Deskstar in almost every test, sometimes even coming close and beating the RAID 0 drive used. This is incredible for a drive of this size and shows just how excellent perpendicular recording is.
At £262.15 inc VAT @ Specialtech this drive isn't as expensive as you would think - certainly that price surprised me for such a huge drive.
I cannot hesitate in giving this Hard Drive an Editors Choice award for producing a drive so fast and so huge.
+ Massive Drive Space
+ Very Fast
+ Perpendicular recording seems to be the thing to have
+ I did mention HUGE right?
- A bit on the loud side
- Fairly expensive - but you get what you pay for.
Thanks to Seagate for providing this product for review
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