hard drive history

21st century: big, cheap, bland

Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST380011A

Photo: Red Hill.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.7

The Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 arrived in the middle of 2004 and was very common on the market until about the end of 2005 when it was replaced by the 7200.9.

(The 7200.8 was not a replacement; it was a higher-capacity supplementary product family which added on to the 7200.7 range in just the same way that the Samsung P120 range added on to the P80.)

We didn't sell any 7200.7s new (from about 2000 on we had a Samsung-only policy here) but often saw them in third-party machines and traded a fair number in.

In the workshop we replaced a few dead ones, but no more than seems reasonable for a common drive; the performance was about the same as any other drive of the same generation. The days when hard drives had a distinctive character were pretty much over.

Illustration: an 80GB ST380011A. Modern drives are boring, but they can still look good in a nice light.

Performance1.59Reliabilityno data
Data rate683 Mbit/secSpin rate7200 RPM
Seek time8.5msBuffer2MB or 8MB
Platter capacity80GBInterfaceATA-100 or SATA
ST340014A40GB1 head
ST380011A & ST380013A80GB2 heads
ST3120022A & ST3120026A120GB3 heads
ST3160021A & ST3160023A160GB4 heads
Platter capacity100GBInterfaceATA-100 or SATA
ST3200021A & ST3200822A200GB4 heads