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Application Performance, Temperature, Idle Power

Seagate's 1.5TB Barracuda: Bigger And Better?

Seagate does excellently in the File Write Performance test of PCMark05, where it is our new throughput champion.

Windows XP start-up requires a lot of head movement. Access time and I/O performance are important, paving the way to Western Digital’s RE3 lead.

Drive Surface Temperature

Surface temperature is within the expected range for 3.5” 7,200 RPM hard drives.

Drive Idle Power

Idle power is not at the low level promised by Seagate.

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    V3ctor , October 2, 2008 7:24 AM
    I would like too see some comparison with the WD640AAKS... as it is one of the best/most balanced HD out there... But it's a good review... keep it up ;) 
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    Anonymous , October 2, 2008 7:51 AM
    my hdd has on paper 80Gb, but the real capacity is 74Gb, at this drive what is the real capacity ?
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    Camikazi , October 2, 2008 7:56 AM
    Should be around 1390GB or so, not exact but around there I believe.
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    Anonymous , October 2, 2008 8:10 AM
    its 1500000000000 /1024 /1024 /1024 = 1396,98 GB (minus space for partition tables)
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    V3NOM , October 2, 2008 9:38 AM
    ^and OS
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    Anonymous , October 2, 2008 12:55 PM
    That's assuming that it will be used for an OS and not for storage purposes.
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    gto127 , October 2, 2008 1:33 PM
    I never really understood these benchmarks. Which is the most meaningful for a business using Corel draw or Photoshop. I noticed the raptor wins most all of them but I was trying to figure if the speed difference would be enough in those applications to consider it vs getting a larger drive.
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    Nossy , October 2, 2008 2:15 PM
    Using 1.5TB HDD For Main OS? Yuck. It's good for DVR and Backup purposes. A 1 hour OTA ASTC Recording takes as much as 6gigs. My 500GB fills up really fast since I like record a bunch of TV programs.

    And of course lets face it, it'll most likely be used by piraters to store all the iso images of DVDs, Blu-rays, and Games they have ripped and downloaded.
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    aleluja , October 2, 2008 2:49 PM
    You see? Prited do help the economy :)  They need bigger drives, they need faster internet, they need more CDs/ DVDs/ BDs, they need new, faster DVD drives.
    Millions of people play cracked games, ift here's a new game, there's a need for better graphics card :)  Pirates aren't that bad a all, are they?
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    crockdaddy , October 2, 2008 2:54 PM
    Sweet. I am already out of space with my 800 GB MP3 collection. I was wondering when the bigger drives would finally come out.
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    00101010 , October 2, 2008 4:13 PM
    To answer the question about actual storage: I have connected the drive to my w2k3 server and the reported capacity is 1.36TB.

    Hope this helps!
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    rexter , October 2, 2008 4:18 PM

    I don't record TV programs because I think it's suck. I buy my Movies or rent them. However I record all my CD to wave files and remastered them the way I like it. Each song have about 35-50MB @24bit 44.1 or 96 KHz. I also take pictures at RAW format which is 8 MB each average, then do a PP afterward and I'm not even a PRO. Add my family Video together with my wife and my old albums, and old photo albums that scanned. and bunch of other stuff. And don't forget to leave 15% free of space to Defrag.

    I think I would need two 1.5 gig and 1 for backup.
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    effex24 , October 2, 2008 4:30 PM
    1.5tb is damn sexy
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    hellwig , October 2, 2008 6:27 PM
    alelujaYou see? Prited do help the economy They need bigger drives, they need faster internet, they need more CDs/ DVDs/ BDs, they need new, faster DVD drives.Millions of people play cracked games, ift here's a new game, there's a need for better graphics card. Pirates aren't that bad a all, are they?

    Didn't someone in the gaming or music industry try to sue hardware vendors for that very purpose, claiming that the fact that these companies make PCs without DRM or other copy protection enabled at the hardware level promotes pirating of games, software, and music? This might have been a long time ago but I swear I read something about it here or at Tom's Guide or something.

    In essence, the entire PC industry is one big criminal ring. Every personal computer created for the sole purpose of violating copyright law. I think that we, as civic minded citizens of our respective countries, should form a class-action lawsuit against Seagate, as this new, larger drive will, as you say, enable more and more people to illegally copy more and more content.
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    obiwan05 , October 2, 2008 6:39 PM
    "Most mainstream folks don’t collect more than single or double digit gigabyte amounts, which makes hard drives in the area of 320 to 500 GB sufficient for those users."

    My wife is pretty mainstream as far as computer goes and she has 1.5TB of external drives FULL of digital pictures.... with DSLR prices where they are and high mega pixal point and shoots, joe user can easily use more than 500gb of storage space in day to day use.... now whether they should store all those pictures on one 1.5tb drive to be lost when they dont do backups is another question....
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    megamanx00 , October 2, 2008 7:45 PM
    Crap, I was gonna order a terabyte next month. Now I'm thinking I'll wait. I really hope to see a WD 1.5TB Cavalier Black HD soon.
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    Anonymous , October 2, 2008 9:26 PM
    I upped from 120 to 500GB thinking it would be enough. It has been 3 months and im 30GB away from filling it! I have a Tri-Boot system, many games, music, pictures, and a slew of movies. Remember when the 1TB drives were 400+-? now they are 180 online lol
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    lethalox , October 5, 2008 2:05 AM
    $180? That is so spring time. Go to pricewatch. I am seeing drives in the $100 - $120 range. It is getting so cheap. I am going to replace my two 500gb drives with 1tb drives. As for size. I am going back and re-encoding my 800+ CDs at 320kbps. Also I am looking at my 200+ DVD's so that I have all them all back backed up viewable through XMBC. My biggest problem is fine a system to have 8/10 drives.
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    jawshoeaw , October 6, 2008 6:39 AM
    How can someone use 1.5TB for photos obiwan05? That would be like a half million pictures! I have hundreds or maybe thousands of high pixel count digital images and I don't think I've even got to 100GB, never mind terabyte. Get real people - Terabyte is for HD video and nothing else (for the SOHO user anyway). At 6 GB/hour OTA recording, you can gobble up space quickly.
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    Anonymous , October 6, 2008 3:28 PM
    Tasty. However, I am hesitant.

    I need to upgrade the old 300GB Barracuda Drives in my WHS server (7 of them). I had ZERO hard drive failures for like 10 years, and in the last 2 years I've had 4 failures. ALL were Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 through 7200.10's.

    I'm a bit fearful of Seagate because of this.

    It could also be the well-known, pathetic OEM drive packaging New-Egg uses for their OEM hard drive shipments, but there is no way to be sure.
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