Now that you took a closer look at the features and performance peculiarities of the new Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 HDD family, I would like to share my subjective opinion about the product and draw some conclusions.
I would like to point out that this Seagate family doesn’t boast that revolutionary quietness, which was a big advantage of Barracuda ATA IV hard drives. The rotation noises as well as the heads positioning noises have become much more audible and I can’t find a suitable explanation for that. Nevertheless, Barracuda 7200.7 don’t yield to any of the competitors in the noise level. Only its Serial ATA modifications are somewhat louder. But this is not at all surprising: fast seek cannot be noiseless. I was a little bit upset about no acoustics management options, though.
As for the heat dissipation of contemporary high-speed HDDs, there is not much to say here. If the single-platter Barracuda 7200.7 HDDs remain a little warm during work, then the larger models should better get some extra cooling. Of course, they are not as hot as irons, but even a little extra case ventilation will significantly reduce the risks of losing an expensive HDD and priceless data.
At first, when I just got acquainted with the first Barracuda 7200.7 models, I didn’t like them that much. Their performance left much to be desired, their reliability was very doubtful, and noise level - far from perfect. As I was working on this review, I couldn’t help wondering at what I saw. I was mostly impressed by the average access time of barracuda 7200.7 Serial ATA. Moreover, their more advanced firmware (featuring pretty efficient lazy writing) makes me suppose that there are two different Seagate developer teams working on ATA and Serial ATA drives, because these drives appeared so different. The higher price of Barracuda 7200.7 Serial ATA is absolutely justified, and should be considered a good option for a serious system.
As for classical Barracuda 7200.7 models, these are just good products. Since the launch Seagate has been working hard on the firmware, so that it could be competitive. They managed to do it more or less well, but the drive still has no tidbit about it.
P.S.: When we were working on this article, we managed to get hold of Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 Serial ATA with a new firmware version. The results we obtained were really surprising. Stay tuned! :)