Performance Summary: With its dense platters and big cache, the 750GB Barracuda 7200.10 performed as we had expected it to for the most part. With the 750GB Barracuda 7200.10 you don't have to sacrifice speed and performance in order to gain the biggest capacity currently on the market for a single drive. If you are looking for size and performance, then this drive will not disappoint.
The biggest and most obvious "wow factor" from the Barracuda 7200.10 family launch was definitely the birth of this 750GB behemoth. Just a couple weeks ago, 500GB was the king of the hill, and Seagate surprisingly skipped right to 750GB. 1TB (or 1,000GB) drives should be just around the corner, which seems amazing every time we think about it.
Although the 750GB capacity will catch everyone's eye at first, a little shopping reveals an equally significant aspect of this launch. Historically, the biggest drive in a new family of HDDs hits the street with a price of around $1/GB (so, 500GB drives were around $500 when they first came out). Seagate ditched this trend this time around as the 750GB 7200.10 is nowhere near $750. Rather, you can find this mammoth for a reasonable $430, relatively speaking. Once you look at the price, it kind of becomes a no-brainer if maximizing capacity while minimizing the number of drives is your priority.
We love to see new technology hit the market, and perpendicular recording is a rather exciting one because of what it means for the future of hard drive capacity in the next couple of years. We look forward to seeing how Seagate's competitors will respond. They will have to follow suit, but will they try to trump Seagate and beat the company to 1TB or bigger? The race is on!
The Barracuda 7200.10 appears to be another great line of storage devices from Seagate, and the 750GB version proved to be a great performer. Plus, it doesn't come with as big of a price tag as you might expect. And don't forget Seagate's industry-leading 5-year warranty. We're awarding Seagate's 750GB Barracuda 7200.10 SATA HDD a 9 on the Heat Meter.
. Highest capacity on the market
. Great performance
. Reasonable street price
. 5-year warranty
. Although fairly priced still expensive