Abstract: As we all know your regular PC system components such as the CPU, RAM, motherboard and chipset can play a big part in determining overall performance of your everyday computer system. And though we all are aware that a hard disk plays a similar role, not as much emphasis is put on it.|
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Noise,Heat and Conclusion
When I first came to know
about this drives rotational speed, I immediately assumed it to be pretty noisy,
even during the drive's idle state. I was certainly surprised at just how quiet
this drive is! Acoustic levels are much lower than the Quantum CR drive I use
myself, and this is a 5400 rpm drive! Though noise levels are relatively low,
the Quantum lct08 did exhibit a greater level of noise reduction through the use
its Quiet Drive Technology. For Seagate to keep this drive so "hush-hush"
re-installs confidence about other 7200rpm drives in the market. Hey, if Seagate
can do it, why can't anyone else?
Temperature wise, this drive runs VERY
hot. This is one of the stereotypes (along with drive noise) that are attached
with drives running at this rotational speed. Unfortunately in this case the
stereotype remained true. After about 15 minutes of operation, the drive's
temperature slowly increases to levels which make the unit difficult to hold.
Though many advise it isn't necessary to utilize an additional cooling fan for
most 7200 rpm drives, I would certainly recommend it as a safeguard depending on
where you live. As I live in a tropical climate area, it gets pretty hot even as
we speak and it is only early April! Extremely high environmental temperatures
make it all the more necessary to provide that extra cooling for your components
and the Barracuda is no exception.
The Seagate Barracuda ST328040A would be perfectly suited for the
power-hungry user looking for a high-performance, high-capacity drive at an
affordable price. Its 28GB capacity makes it ideal for large databases, CAD,
professional image work and allows you to somewhat future-proof your investment.
Sure there are larger drives out there in the market but how many of us really
need such space?
This particular make drive is available in various
storage capacities, viz. 6.8GB, 10.2GB, 13.6GB and 20.4GB. This range allows
consumers to choose the size of drive of their choice while at the same time
enjoying the benefits of performance as its 28GB brother. And while upcoming
15,000 rpm drives will make this one look pale in comparison, this Barracuda
holds its own against the fastest drive currently available in the
The only thing I could possibly gripe about is the amount of heat
dissipated from the drive. As mentioned earlier, it gets very hot. After long
hours of operation I would have to wait about a minute or so before even
thinking about removing the drive. Hard disk manufacturers are going to have to
find a better way of keeping their drives cool. I wouldn't be surprised to see
CAUTION labels on faster drives being made in the future. Till then it is
cooling fans for all!