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Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB Hard Disk

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Seagate was surprisingly late to join the small, but elite club of storage manufacturers shipping one terabyte (1TB) class hard drives. Somewhat expectedly, the first out of the gate was Hitachi, who made it to market several months beforehand with a high-density five-platter 1TB hard disk design. While Hitachi’s performance, thermals, and acoustics have all been tested to be fairly solid overall, many high-end buyers have been waiting for other large manufacturers, namely Western Digital and Seagate, to get into the game to see how these other products compare. Now, all of the major disk manufacturers are shipping terabyte-class products, so we should start to see overall prices fall soon, as these guys start to look at what the next step beyond 1TB will be.

Seagate’s Barracuda 7200.11 drive has been on the radar for quite some time, and as of now, it appears to be shipping in volume. The 7200.11 family (named as the 11th-generation of 7,200 RPM hard disks) allows for storage capacities up to 1000GB/1TB and cache sizes up to a whopping 32 MB, along with the latest Seagate generation of technologies for fine-tuned performance and acoustics. Seagate has kindly provided their new flagship desktop drive to us for a round of testing against some similarly classed hard drive designs. Let’s get started.






"Seagate has a proven track record of consistently delivering reliable products in volume, and the new Barracuda 7200.11 family is no exception. Designed with up to four platters and the only second-generation perpendicular recording technology in the industry, the Barracuda 7200.11 drive offers the ideal balance of world-class technology and value, providing customers with an optimal overall solution. The capacity, reliability and performance of this drive, along with its 5-year limited warranty, ensure the longevity of digital content for years to come."



  • 1 Terabyte Disk Space (4 x 250 GB Platters)

  • Serial ATA-II/300 Disk Interface

  • 32 MB Cache Memory

  • 7,200 RPM Spindle Speed

  • 4.16ms Average Latency

  • 8.0W Idle, 12.0W Full Power Load

  • 27 dBA Idle, 29 dBA Acoustic Level

  • Native Serial ATA Power Connector

  • 750,000 Hour MTBF

  • Five Year Seagate Warranty

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Just got one of these from NewEgg.com for use in a Mac Pro.   Huge disappointment.   It reports itself as model ST3_INVALID_PFM.  A quick Google search indicates it needs a firmware reflash, and that can only happen on a PC.    ...and NewEgg has a 15% restocking fee for refunds.   Wanna bet that the replacement will have the same problem?

 So... I guess there's a Western Digital, Hitachi, or Samsung drive in my future.   ...after I find a new supplier.

 -- RAM

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I too have decided never to buy Seagate ragain.  I have one now, and I'm not happy with it.  Plus considering I need higher capacity than my current 300gb, I've been looking at the 640gb Western Digital.  I'm waiting for the contest to end before I order it though.  Because I'd still be happy with a WD 500gb intead.Big Smile

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RAMilewski:

Just got one of these from NewEgg.com for use in a Mac Pro.   Huge disappointment.   It reports itself as model ST3_INVALID_PFM.  A quick Google search indicates it needs a firmware reflash, and that can only happen on a PC.    ...and NewEgg has a 15% restocking fee for refunds.   Wanna bet that the replacement will have the same problem?

 So... I guess there's a Western Digital, Hitachi, or Samsung drive in my future.   ...after I find a new supplier.

 -- RAM

 I take it you don't have a buddy with a pc?

 

I've never had any issues with seagate.  I like them and WD, but they are usually the only drives I buy.  I'd love to get my hands on a Samsung.

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