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Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 HDD - 9th generation emerges

By: Cameron Johnson | HDDs in Storage | Posted: Dec 5, 2005 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Seagate

Final Thoughts


Seagate may have been later to the market with its 300MB/s drives than that of Maxtor, WD or Samsung but Seagate has waited till the right time, when SATA 2.5 has been finalised, and this has proven to be a winning combination as far as we are concerned.


Seagate's 7200.9 hard disk drive is fully compatible with all SATA-II motherboards at the full 300MB/s transfer rate without any compatibility problems and it also contains the full SATA 2.5 features, which a lot of other SATA-II drives don't support.


It is clear to see that the waiting has paid off, with performance beating that of the largest competitor on the market, Western Digital's Caviar SE drive as well as the previous generation 7200.8 drive.


Overall we found the drive to be extremely quiet, very fast and with a size of 500GB, it manages to top out as the highest capacity drive available at time of writing. It has everything going for it and deserves plenty of your consideration.


- Pros


True SATA 2.5 Compliancy (features all SATA-II items)


Fully compatible with all SATA-II motherboards @ 300MB/s


Extremely quiet - a HTPC's friend


Drives as small as 40GB up to 500GB


Price per GB at a very good level


- Cons


Needs 16MB of cache on all drives to take advantage of NCQ properly


- Latest Pricing


Rating - 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Performance Award



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