After all the tests were done, the Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB internal HDD ran neck in neck with the Hitachi Deskstar 1TB drive. The Seagate drive ran away from the Hitachi in the HD Tach tests and the Hitachi pulled slightly ahead in Sandra benchmarks. The Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000340AS 1TB internal HDD is a speedy drive with lots of storage space that is perfect for heavy media users.
Pros: Fast speeds, Huge storage capacity, Faster than a Raptor HDD
Summary: Although the 7200.11 represents a step forward for Seagate's acoustics (the first in a while), it's still not quite good enough to compete with the quietest drives. A year or two ago, the single decibel difference between idle and seek noise might have been noteworthy, as would the 25 dBA@1m maximum noise measurement. However, times have changed, drives have gotten quieter, and Seagate still finds itself trying to recapture the acoustic goodness of the Barracuda IV.
Excerpt: With new teams entering the terabyte storage market, it was only a matter of time before one smacked down the great Hitachi 7K1000 1TB drive. That distinction goes to Seagate’s 1TB Barracuda 7200.11 drive. The Barracuda and Western Digital’s Caviar GP are virtually identical in terms of features: same 32MB cache, same 7,200rpm rotation speed, same 512 bytes per sector.
Pros: You’re staring at the fastest terabyte drive on the market.
Cons: The Barracuda’s burst speeds aren’t quite on par with Western Digital’s. That’s a minor detail, but a detail nonetheless.
Conclusion: From a technical standpoint, the Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 is one of the most advanced consumer level hard disks on the market. The drive showcases second generation perpendicular recording, 32 MB of cache, excellent multi-tasking performance, very light power consumption and noise production, and let’s not forget the massive 1 TB amount of storage space.
Pros: Massive Storage Capacity, 32 MB Onboard Cache, Near Inaudible Acoustics, Low Power Consumption / Heat Production, Five Year Warranty
Cons: More Expensive Per GB Compared To Competition, Somewhat High (~12ms) Seek Times, Set to SATA-150 Mode By Default
Summary: With 250GB platters, 32MB of cache, and a 7,200-RPM spindle speed, the Barracuda 7200.11 should be the fastest high-capacity drive on the market. Except that it isn't. Results from our performance testing are mixed at best, with the new 'cuda excelling in some tests but faltering badly in others.
If we just relied on HD Tach, the drive would look like a winner, with pack-leading transfer rates and a very quick random access time. That isn't the whole story, though.
Summary: While it was slower than expected in our file transfer tests, there's a lot to like about this drive. It's good for a gaming PC due to its solid read and write performance scores, and its quiet and relatively cool operation also makes it suitable for a home theatre PC.
Excerpt: By combining proven components and state-of-the-art technology, the Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 family delivers up to 1 TB of storage. Designed with Seagate's 2nd generation perpendicular recording, the capacity, reliability and performance of this drive ensure the longevity of digital content for years to come.
Summary: Wenn man die Benchmark-Ergebnisse betrachtet, fragt man sich, was Seagate da eigentlich gemacht hat. Dass wir ein Montagsmodell erwischt haben, ist unwahrscheinlich, denn es war bereits unser zweites Testmuster. Das erste musste aufgrund einer veralteten Firmware ausgetauscht werden. Die Ergebnisse der ersten Festplatte waren sogar noch schlechter als die hier veröffentlichten.