ConclusionLike in our previous 500 GB hard drive survey, Seagate isn’t at its best. The aging Barracuda 7200.10 has no real advantage over Hitachi and Western other than its 5 year warranty offered by this manufacturer. In all of the more « practical » uses, results show its rivals are ahead.
The 7K1000s were the fastest in the application index tests while at the same time being the most silent. Western is ahead in the manipulation of files, which isn’t negligeable on this capacity size which can involve significant volumes, as well as in simultaneous access as its results in IOMeter show. However, these performances have a significant disadvantage in terms of noise which could cause some potential buyers to look elsewhere.
Hitachi is the only one to offer a drive that attains the TB and is therefore without competition. This capacity, however, is reached with 5 platters which has a non negligible impact on heat dissipation. The difference between the 750 GB model was 3 to 4°C.
You may have gathered that none of these hard drives has our total admiration. However, if we had to pick a winner, it would be the 750 GB Hitachi 7K1000. It has no big disadvantage and has an interesting access time due to partial use of its 200 GB platters.
Overall, we have to say that hard drives with capacities superior to 500 GB aren’t too interesting in terms of price per GB. In fact, you will have to plan on spending around 110 € for 500 GB, 220 € for 750 GB, or finally 330 € for 1 TB. In the end, if you really need the space, you can simply opt for two 500 GB drives.
Of course, the situation will change in the upcoming months, notably with the reduction in the number of platters starting with the arrival of the Seagate 7200.11 and the SpinPoint F1 from Samsung. Moreover, at the moment the latter manufacturer is seriously lacking in the “over 500 GB” category.