There are a few reports out there that have been confirmed by our test results: the Barracuda tends to run a little on the hot side. It might be wise to consider adequate and proper system cooling or a dedicated hard drive cooler if you plan to add this giant to your lineup. This being said, all of the drive are within the 0-60° C operating specifications even with 24/7 operation. Western Digital's concentration on low power consumption has translated into the lowest temperature scores among the three "biggies".
Check out our Interactive Hard Drive Charts to compare the new 750 and 500 GB drives with all other hard drives tested to date!
- 750 And 500 GB Drives By Seagate, Maxtor, Western Digital
- Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750 GB
- Maxtor DiamondMax 11 500 GB
- Western Digital Caviar WD5000KS 500 GB
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