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Review: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA II - Overview
Written by Rondog   
Thursday, 02 November 2006 16:15
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Now the drive itself, it came in the standard packing, an anti-static bag inside a plastic case.

Can you hear that? Me either, the drive is silent. I powered the drive on by jumping the power supply, and not a peep was heard. Noise isn’t an issue for me, so I considered this a bonus.

When I purchased my 300GB drive back in January, it had a RRP of $300 AUD, because I bought it from work, I got it cheaper, $80 cheaper in fact, therefore costing me $220. I was pretty happy with this investment.

When purchasing the replacement drive from a random E-store, your looking at a cost of $155 AUD.

So I lost $65. Not that it matters though, got a bonus 20GB out of it.

Taken directly from Seagate’s website is a list of features shown below:

  • Perpendicular Recording - Perpendicular Recording increases data density while decreasing moving parts for a more dependable drive.
  • Serial ATA 3Gb/s (300MB/s) -  This product is configurable from SATA 1.5Gb/s to SATA 3Gb/s for easy interoperability.
  • Adaptive Fly Height - Adaptive Fly Height offers consistent read/write performance from the beginning to end of your computing workloads.
  • Clean Sweep - Clean Sweep automatically calibrates your drive each time you power up.
  • Directed Offline Scan - Directed Offline Scan runs diagnostics when storage access is not required.
  • Seagate SoftSonic - Seagate SoftSonic motor enables whisper-quiet operation.
  • Enhanced G-Force Protection - Enhanced G-Force Protection defends against handling damage
  • 5 Year Warranty - This product carries an unprecedented five-year warranty.

Physically, it looks like a standard SATA drive, the only giveaway to it being a 30GB/s drive, is the jumper on the back which limits it to 1.5GB/s application.

The features above are all fine and dandy for marketing ploys, features that actually matter more (in my opinion) include:

  • NCQ (Native Command Queuing)
  • SATAII 3.0GB
  • 16mb cache

All of these things together, tally up to one brutal hard drive.

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