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New Barracuda 7200.11 and ES.2 offer capacities up to 1TB with 32MB caches

Seagate today unveiled two 1TB hard drives for consumer and enterprise markets – the new Barracuda 7200.11 and Barracuda ES.2. Seagate claims to have “the world’s most advanced family of one terabyte drives” with the new Barracuda models.

The new Barracuda 7200.11 is the follow up to last year’s Barracuda 7200.10, ready to take on Hitachi and Samsung 1TB offerings. Seagate packs the 1TB Barracuda 7200.11 with 32MB of L2 cache, SATA 3.0Gbps and native command queuing support. The Barracuda 7200.11 makes use of four 250GB platters with second-generation perpendicular magnetic recording technology, or PMR. Seagate claims the new Barracuda 7200.11 can sustain 105MB/s data rate.

Even with four platters, Seagate claims the new Barracuda 7200.11 only draws 8-watts during idle and 11.6-watts during seek. Acoustically, the Barracuda 7200.11 generates around 27-to-29 decibels of noise during idle and seeking tasks. As with all new Barracuda generations, the 7200.11 improvements and technologies trickle down to smaller sizes. Seagate also offers the Barracuda 7200.11 in 750GB and 500GB sizes with the same 32MB buffer and PMR technology. Due to smaller sizes, the 750GB drive makes use of three platters while the 500GB drive has two platters.

Seagate’s new Barracuda ES.2 models cater towards the enterprise markets. Although it is similar to the Barracuda 7200.11, Seagate offers the ES.2 with serial attached SCSI, or SAS, interfaces. Seagate has also raised the MTBF rating of the Barracuda ES.2 to 1.2 million hours, up 200 thousand hours from the previous Barracuda ES.

Expect the Barracuda 7200.11 and ES.2 to arrive sometime this quarter in capacities up to 1TB. Seagate prices the 1TB Barracuda 7200.11 with an MSRP of $399. As with other Seagate drives, the new Barracuda 7200.11 and ES.2 come with five year warranties.

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RE: MSRP of $329?
By B166ER on 6/25/2007 4:08:25 PM , Rating: 2
WD, though late in the game, announced 750GB drives at $250, reviewed everywhere now. Pricewatch has 'em at $209 +ship. And they kill the Barracuda, only matched (roughly) by the 1 TB Hitachi. Unless you REALLY need 1 TB (bragging rights?). So the $329($399?) seems quite accurate for the 1 TB Barracuda.

RE: MSRP of $329?
By B166ER on 6/25/2007 4:12:20 PM , Rating: 2
Let me clarify: the WD kills the old Barracuda(7200.10), there are no benchies on this yet, AFAIK.

RE: MSRP of $329?
By Samus on 6/25/2007 4:14:48 PM , Rating: 2
WD always edges out Seagate on equivilent drive capacity. WD's are usually cheaper too.

But I still use Seagates. I have never had one fail on me, and the 5 year warranty is truely a selling point, worth the sacrifice in 5% performance and $10 higher price.

RE: MSRP of $329?
By exanimas on 6/25/2007 5:10:28 PM , Rating: 1
I strongly agree that the 5 year warranty is a great selling point, but if it means more performance I'd rather lose the 2 years. I know a lot of people will disagree because they like to keep parts laying around in case they want to make a cheapo system or a file server, but in 3 years, I (as well as many others) will have rebuilt again and be ready for a new drive.

RE: MSRP of $329?
By BouncerFL on 6/26/2007 4:50:43 PM , Rating: 2
I've always found WD to be less the very short term. Without fail (no pun intended), WDs have failed more frequently and far sooner than any other drive, with Seagates being (happily) at the other end of the spectrum.

For my money (and time, and heartache), I'll forego using WD drives any time there's another option, regardless of cost or other factors.

I'm certain other have had less dramatic experiences with WD...these are merely my opinions.


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