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Jan. 30, 2014 @ 4:23p by BradMajors
posted: Jan. 30, 2014 @ 2:42p
The 4TB Deskstar Coolspin 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive from Hitachi is a sweet upgrade for your desktop computer's hard disk drive. This drive holds a huge capacity of 4TB and fits into your computer's 3.5" drive bay and features a SATA III 6 Gbpsinterface. This drive spins at 5400rpm while also utilizing the innovative CoolSpin technology to deliver a greater level of power efficiency and quiet operation for energy-conscious, environmentally-friendly computers. Key to CoolSpin technology is an optimization of motor speed to provide an ideal balance of performance, power utilization and acoustics. The CoolSpin technology, along with other Hitachi power management techniques, gives the Deskstar Coolspin its 29% power savings over the Deskstar Coolspin. This drive is ideal for environmentally friendly desktop computers as well as home or small office storage servers.
Hard disk drive with a large storage capacity of 4TB
SATA III 6 Gbps interface
The 3.5" SATA III hard drive utilizes CoolSpin technology to optimize the motor speed of the drive so as to use less power, quietly operate, and still maintain a high-standard of performance
Designed to be more eco-friendly than other hard drives on the market, this drive does not use halogen and is power-efficient
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posted: Jan. 30, 2014 @ 4:16p
Bought 2 of these from B&H around Christmastime for slightly less. Super quiet in a fanless enclosure. No issues for media storage and overnight back-ups.
Not the fastest drive out there (obviously) but one of the more reliable according to this source. If a drive doesn't carry a 3 year warranty (or better) I look elsewhere. This one fits the bill nicely.
perpetualapprentice said: Bought 2 of these from B&H around Christmastime for slightly less. Super quiet in a fanless enclosure. No issues for media storage and overnight back-ups.
Not the fastest drive out there (obviously) but one of the more reliable according to this source. If a drive doesn't carry a 3 year warranty (or better) I look elsewhere. This one fits the bill nicely. Nice. I feel better about my purchase of two of these last fall. They have been performing nicely in my iomega IX2 NAS drive. I have it hooked up to gigabit Ethernet and backup speeds are more than acceptable. I wouldn't say these are the most quiet drives I ever heard, but that is likely due to the ix2 box not having any vibration isolators on the drive rails. I just put the whole box on a piece of 1/2" thick foam padding and it quiets it right down. 4 Terabytes of mirrored, UPS'd backup. Works for me. Amazing how heavy these drives are. Good review of the drive here: http://www.storagereview.com/hitachi_deskstar_5k4000_review
I don't trust a word that blackblaze article says. Here's why you shouldn't either: Tweak Town Article
In my "massive" RAID array (8 drives, RAID 5E - massive was a joke) I have a mix of Seagate and Hitachi drives. Hitachi drives have shown a higher failure rate than seagate drives: 1 to 0, respectively.
Let's be clear, the hard-drive market is a mixed bag of results. I still stand behind Hitachi despite my experiences and I am very much a Seagate fan. I have a 2TB WD green drive in my HTPC that performs well, but fails in RAID. I refuse to pay a price premium to WD for their drives that are not RAID-neutered when equivalent drives can be had in the other brands.
Great price on the Hitachi btw. I need to pickup some harddrives
At work we've seen a LOT failures with the Seagate 1.5TB drives. Atleast 25% of them have failed. The drives are mostly in our SAN's which are primarily used for backup to disk. This failure rate is higher but similar to backblaze's findings. Currently I'm looking for some 4TB drives for my home servers and you can guess what brand I'm NOT going to go with.
FYI - these Hitachi drives have 5 platters which is why they're heavier. That also means they run hotter than the 4-platter 4TB drives from WD and Seagate.
I have some WD Greens in a D-Link NAS box. I'm transitioning away from these cheapy low-end NAS boxes and hardware RAID. Hardware RAID has been shown to be inferior in efficiency and reliability when compared to ZFS (see FreeNAS). I wouldn't be surprised if the Seagate RAID failures were in part from a limitation of the RAID controller.
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