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Seagate Barracuda 180 ST1181677LWV


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Seagate Barracuda 180 ST1181677LWV
  April 26, 2001 Author: Eugene Ra  

Seagate Barracuda 180 ST1181677LWV Available Capacities *
Model Number
Capacity
ST1181677LWV
180 GB
* The benchmark scores presented in this review represent expected performance across the entire line.
Estimated Flagship Price: $2000 (180 GB)
Evaluation unit provided by Seagate Technology.


Introduction

As we've alluded to several times in the past, the industry is slowly but surely witnessing the sunset of the 7200 RPM SCSI drive. Seagate Technology now stands alone as the sole manufacturer of 7200 RPM SCSI units. Though 10k RPM drives now dominate mainstream server and workstation markets, Seagate feels there's niches that are still best served with venerable Barracuda technology.

One such niche is the market for massive capacity. Huge databases, data warehouses, etc require multi-terabyte arrays to effectively manage information. A large-capacity drive, even in a 1.6" high form factor, can yield long-term benefits in reliability and cost. Not so long ago one required hundreds of drives to create a magical TB array. With drives such as Seagate's new Barracuda 180, however, a fully redundant TB array requires only 12 drives.

The 'Cuda 180 is a 1.6" high drive that packs 15 gigs of data onto each of its 12 platters to yield its monstrous 180 gig capacity. Since maximal storage space with a minimum amount of heat and power consumption was the goal, Seagate's largest drive features a 7200 RPM spindle speed. At 7.4 milliseconds, the 180's specified seek time is on the high side for a contemporary SCSI drive. The drive features a rather large 16 megabyte buffer. A five year warranty protects the drive. While the unit reviewed here features a standard Ultra160 SCSI interface, as one may expect, the 'Cuda 180 is also available in SCA and Fibre Channel versions.

Let's turn to this behemoth's performance.

 Low-Level Measurements...


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