The performance of the Barracuda 7200.14 is simply outstanding. It belongs to the fastest 7200rpm hard drives that are currently available. Not only that, the disk is also more affordable than the high-end 7200rpm 2TB drives from other brands.
A new milestone has been reached for conventional hard drives. The Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB uses 1 TB platters, which is unprecedented. Using 1 TB platters has two advantages, more speed and lower cost. You get faster performance thanks to the high data-density. And because you need less platters per hard drive, they will be more affordable. Hardware.Info tested the new hard disk, and compared it to similar 1 TB, 2 TB and 3 TB hard drives from recent reviews. Read more storage reviews.
It's interesting that Seagate views the new Barracuda as successor to its entire line-up of 3.5-inch disks. Last year it consisted of the Barracuda Green (5900 rpm, energy-efficient), Barracuda 7200.12 (7200 rpm, standard) and Barracuda XT (7200 rpm, high-end). Seagate claims that the new hard drives are so efficient thanks to the new platters, that there no longer is a reason to have a Barracuda Green series. Barracuda XT is also end-of-life, and will eventually be replace by hybrid HDD/SSDs.
Hardware.Info tested the 2 TB version of the Seagate Barracuda 7200.14, which you can recognise by the product code ST2000DM001. You can find it for an average price of £90, which is quite affordable for a 2 TB disk. You pay quite a bit more for a Hitachi 7K3000 2TB or Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB. Seagate's newly acquired Samsung brand only has a 5400rpm 2 TB drive available for that price.
The hard drive uses the SATA 600 interface, and has 64 MB cache. According to Seagate it should have an average transfer rate of 156 MB/s, and an average access time of 8.5 ms. Those are good stats for a 3.5-inch 7200rpm drive.
The performance of the Barracuda 7200.14 is simply outstanding. It belongs to the fastest 7200rpm hard drives that are currently available. Not only that, the disk is also more affordable than the high-end 7200rpm 2TB drives from other brands. To read the full version of this review, go to Hardware.Info.