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Tom's Holiday Buyer's Guide 2008, Part 4

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5 TB HDD

http://www.seagate.com/
$130
By: Chris Angelini

It goes without saying that adding capacity is ridiculously cheap right now. Seagate’s 1 TB Barracuda sells online for less than $100, and its latest 1.5 TB drive goes for just $20 more than that. Incredible, isn’t it? For about $250 bucks, you can have a terabyte and a half, mirrored. Or, you could get a three-bay NAS box like the Thecus unit covered in Part 1 of Tom’s Holiday Buyer’s Guide and centralize all of your music, videos, and documents on a network.

As Patrick observed in the conclusion of his Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5 TB review, Seagate is the only game in town with a 1.5 TB offering heading into the end of 2008. Though it might not be the fastest drive available, it boasts excellent throughput and serves as a great storage archive. To that end, it’d make a fantastic complement to an SSD or two in a high-end enthusiast machine.

No doubt you’ve heard about the problems reported by some users of the 1.5 TB drive reported here. For what it’s worth, Patrick didn’t experience any trouble with the drive in his review, nor have I had any problems in using the drive running benchmarks on my test bench. Nevertheless, Seagate has acknowledged an issue with its largest drives and has a firmware fix to rectify it. If you’re affected, snag the update—otherwise, enjoy the wonderful world of massive capacity.

  • snotling
    The model is way too skinny. she makes the hardware look cheap.
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  • snotling
    SnotlingThe model is way too skinny. she makes the hardware look cheap.I did notice there were two girls in there, but even if you add them up you still get too little meat to call that a woman.
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  • wicko
    Wow, I can't believe I'm reading complaints about these girls. They are skinny, but not anorexic, they look like they're in very good shape. My girlfriend is getting jealous :p
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  • blackened144
    I personally like the brunette for the articles.. Something about her reminds me of Christmas.. The blonde, not so much..
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  • LSoares1
    Wait, Did I miss something? What happened to part 2 and 3 of the 2008 Holiday Guide? All I see is part 1 and now this one....
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  • LSoares1
    nevermind - I see the links in this article, but I didn't notice them on the Guide section.
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  • antiacid
    SnotlingThe model is way too skinny. she makes the hardware look cheap.Were you looking for "fat girls gone wild" when you opened this review? Seriously, this had to be the dumbest complaint of the year.
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  • WINTERLORD
    Of course, you’ll void your warranty in the process,

    does anyone know if intel really can tell if your CPU has been just mildly overclocked? with no burn marks ect. i wonder about that cause id love to overclock it's fun to tinker with, but could not afford getting a bum chip, and it not be under warranty.
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  • Nice to see the update about the Seagate fix, finally.
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  • WINTERLORD
    That "the Gigabyte’s board with 2 graphics slots" is a sweet looking motherboard. and for anyone who just needs one graphics card slot i bet this be an alswome rig as well. a deffinit choice if i upgrade to the core 2 quad route. prolly go nehalem core i7 though
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