Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 SATA - 160GB
- Fluid dynamic bearings, Good customer support
- Slow transfer rates, Runs too hot
If you are looking for blazing transfer speeds for a high-performance PC used for heavy multimedia activities, for example, then these drives may not be the best fit for your system.
Price$ 175.00 (AUD)
If you're looking for a generous support plan from your hard drive manufacturer, then you can't go past Seagate, which recently introduced five-year warranty plans. This shows a major leap of faith in their products, as not too long ago the same product line only had a warranty period of one year. The other four hard drive manufacturers--Hitachi, Maxtor, Samsung and Western Digital--currently support their drives for three years.
Furthermore, Seagate is still the only manufacturer to print support information directly on its hard drive labels. It lists simple installation instructions and also has contact information, should you ever require a replacement drive.
For this review, we looked at the 160GB Barracuda 7200.7 and the 200GB Barracuda 7200.7. Each of these SATA drives has an 8MB cache buffer and 7200rpm spin rate. Fluid dynamic bearings reduce wear and help minimise noise and vibration from their spinning motors.
The 160GB drive we looked at was among the first desktop SATA drives (along with Maxtor's latest drives) to offer native command queuing (NCQ). This is a protocol in the SATA interface specification that is used to organise the execution of data requests issued by applications. These requests are usually for data scattered all over the disk, which means the hard drive has to work very hard to locate this data in the order that the requests are made. NCQ reorganises the order of these requests so that requests in similar areas of the drive are executed in sequence. This ensures that the amount of physical work the hard drive has to endure to retrieve data is minimised. The 200GB Barracuda does not feature NCQ.
The 160GB Barracuda did not perform as well as competing 160GB drives from Maxtor and Western Digital in our streaming tests. It only managed to transfer data at only 828MB per minute, which is a long way off the transfer rates recorded by these competitors.
It was a relatively quiet drive during short file transfer operations, but some noise was audible as our file transfers got larger. Its maximum temperature was 42 degrees, which is a little hotter than some of its competitors run.
The 200GB Barracuda also put in a weak performance the file transfer test; it was only capable of moving 774MB per minute. Its maximum temperature during our tests was 45.4 degrees, which is considerably higher than its competitors.
While both drives did not perform as well as we had hoped, their five-year warranty is a great incentive to purchase one for a mid-range or mainstream PC.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Gadgets & Things
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 2 Google Daydream View VR full, in-depth review
- 3 Google Pixel XL full, in-depth smartphone review: Phones just got smarter
- 4 Apple iPhone 7 Plus review: including Portrait Mode
- 5 MSI GS70 laptop review
Latest News Articles
- Start hoarding SSDs: Prices are expected to spike as supply gets tight
- Intel's silence on Optane SSDs raises questions about launch and focus
- Google Earth VR lets you explore our beautiful planet on the HTC Vive
- Seagate crams a massive 5TB into a portable hard drive
- Google, IBM, and others team up to hasten data transfers in computers
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- TV of the year award 2016
- Best phone of the year 2016
- Google Daydream View VR full, in-depth review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTUI DeveloperVIC
- CCSolution ArchitectACT
- FTBusiness Analyst (Payment Systems Project)QLD
- CCAPI DeveloperQLD
- FTOperations SupportNSW
- CCProject Manager DW BINSW
- CCTraining Manager - SAP HR/ PayrollNSW
- FTIT Client Support AnalystNSW
- CCProject Manager/Scrum MasterNSW
- CCProject Manager - Cabling, Network Sys Design and DeliveryNSW
- FTSenior Project Manager / Program ManagerNSW
- CCCampaign AnalystVIC
- FTSOE Team LeaderWA
- CCSecurity ConsultantWA
- CCProject ManagerNSW
- CCTechnical Business AnalystVIC
- PTProject ManagersACT
- CCSenior Software Engineer/ DeveloperSA
- CCAPI DeveloperNSW
- FTLevel 1/2 Service Desk AnalystQLD
- CCSenior Technology SpecialistACT
- CCPowerOn Mobile SpecialistWA
- CCTechnical Business AnalystNSW
- CCSoftware Developer - LMSNSW
- CCProject Manager / Senior Business AnalystNSW