The Spring Hard Drive Guide

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 - 750 GB

Seagate may not be able to compete with Hitachi with a terabyte offering, but it was the first hard drive maker to offer a 750 GB drive. The Barracuda 7200.10 still is a huge and fast hard drive, and it is available both with UltraATA and Serial ATA/300 interfaces. Its real advantage is the generous warranty: Seagate is the only drive maker to offer a full five-year warranty, which you typically find in the enterprise space. The terms and conditions allow Seagate to replace broken drives by a drive that may be available in the future, which is not helpful for enterprise users (they will want an identical replacement. Home users might even get a newer/faster/bigger drive if their 7200.10 crashes after four years. Make sure you double-check the warranty when you buy a Seagate drive, as the five years are only valid for retail products and do not necessarily apply to OEM shipments.