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Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 160 GB

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      24.07.2009 20:56
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      Ideal replacement drive for those on a budget

      So you need a hard drive for your system because either your previous one broke or you need one for your new-build. This cheapo offering from Seagate may just be the ideal HD to get you started.

      This already came inbuilt with my system but seeing as I've got it I may as well review it. This hard drive is very low capacity by today's standards but for me who just want a gaming machine and nothing else this is ideal. 160 GB is actually quite a lot and, if like me you run XP, then you needn't worry about the OS taking up all of the space.
      The general appeal of this hard drive over other is the price, around £30 depending on where you go but you can get it cheaper if you shop around. The speed is also great; at 7200 rpm it is more than capable of loading and saving files fast and transferring files between folders or different storage media.
      In terms of overall build quality and reliability this Seagate has yet to fail me even after 4 years of continuous usage when at one point I used the machine as a fileserver so it got a lot of work. It's never disk threshed and it doesn't get very hot unlike some 500 GB and 1 TB HDs.
      It's relatively quiet and operates well below the noise of my CPU fan so you barely hear it 'wirring' away as you defrag it or stream files from it. Also the added feature of Serial ATA makes access to the drive even faster than standard IDE interfaces.

      Overall this cheap hard drive is ideal for any new-build where size is not necessarily important and for most families who use their computer for internet browsing, word processing and email this hard drive will provide plenty of space for school and office work with lots more for music. I would recommend this hard drive to anyone but if you want to use it in a fileserver I suggest something bigger like a 500 GB or 1TB hard drive for lots of space for you videos etc...

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