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Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ES, 750 GB: The 24/7 Monster

2007 HDD Rundown: Can High Capacities Meet High Performance?

No benchmark test is worth the testing if the top performer doesn't participate. Therefore, Seagate's 750 GB Barracuda 7200.10 just had to be on our list - after all, it is still the largest hard drive available. For this test, we received the Barracuda 7200.10 ES, a model that was designed for continuous operation.

Unlike Hitachi's DeskStar E7K500, the ES comes with a five-year warranty. The performance results are also not much different than those of the regular model: the ES receives good ratings in the PCMark05 application benchmark. Transfer rates of 76 MB/s and an access time of 13.5 ms are quite alright as well.

Since the 750 GB hard drive contains four platters, it tends to get a little warmer than other models. We measured up to 51°C (124°F) surface temperature and therefore recommend always cooling down the drive with proper airflow.

For the regular 750 GB Barracuda 7200.10 you'll need to invest about $460, while the cost is at least $525 if you want to have the ES. In return, you will get the largest hard drive made so far, which should be sufficient to keep you satisfied for quite a while.

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