Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750 GB SATA Hard Drive

Noise and Conclusion

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.


Conclusion

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.


Pro's

+ Massive Drive Space
+ Very Fast
+ Perpendicular recording seems to be the thing to have
+ I did mention HUGE right?

Con's

- A bit on the loud side
- Fairly expensive - but you get what you pay for.

seagate 7200.10 750 gb

Thanks to Seagate for providing this product for review

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Most Recent Comments

07-07-2005, 04:11:19

balilu
"... ..for the amount of money you are paying you are getting a drive that is one of the fastest drives available as well as the largest in capacity, which in my opinion is worth paying a premium price for."

http://hi-techreviews.com/reviews/7K500/hitachi.html

07-07-2005, 04:33:42

bloodthirst
yes and its also sata II

ay from the picture in the link.... im not very familiar with sata but that looks ide?

07-07-2005, 05:13:03

limqareb
do all mobo support it?

07-07-2005, 06:08:40

bloodthirst
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='limqareb'
do all mobo support it?
SATA II im pretty sure most chipsets already support it

07-07-2005, 09:49:25

balilu
your right the one in the pic is the IDE Version but there is also the SATA II Version.

All mobos support it even if it is sata 2 and the mobo is only sata 1 but int that case it lacks the features of sata 2

07-07-2005, 10:01:54

bloodthirst
yeah all tho i cannot really see any major bennifits of sata II compared to sata I

08-07-2005, 04:38:19

balilu
NCQ is one of the best achievements sata 2 has

08-07-2005, 05:16:59

Dav0s
someone wana explain what NCQ is?

08-07-2005, 05:38:59

bloodthirst
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Dave'
someone wana explain what NCQ is?
yeah i know im confused about it as well

08-07-2005, 05:42:28

bloodthirst
okk well i just googled NCQ hard drive technology and it seems to be when

NCQ technology allows drives to prioritize a PC's data requests.

08-07-2005, 07:10:21

balilu
look at this you don't need to turn the page

08-07-2005, 07:13:07

Dav0s
cheers bal! repped u cos that was interesting

08-07-2005, 07:38:11

bloodthirst
yeah i think it deserves some reps as well it was very interesting well deserved

08-07-2005, 09:06:19

balilu
thnks guys
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