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posted: Nov. 27, 2016 @ 10:44a
This has an SMR (i.e. slow) drive inside, so it's not ideal if you're planning on stripping the drive out. Also, Seagate reliability is legendary (legendarily bad, that is). I don't think I'd use this without mirroring.
This is a good deal for a 8TB drive. I have been using one of these as a Plex server, streaming movies to my TV without problem. It is not a drive you will use for a RAID-5 NAS. However,, it is good enough for my purpose. In regards to reliability, I have use Hitachi, WD, and Seagate for the past 30 years, I do not find Seagate any more less reliable than the other brands. I have this type of 8GB Seagate Archival drive running 24x7 for the past 2-3 years without a problem.
Amazing price for 8TB especially for backing up. I picked up the expansion 8TB from Newegg for $169 and that was a good deal. This is even better. I would have returned to Newegg if I didn't open it last night.
Nice deal. I had actually bought this drive on BF for 170. I ordered another one to be shipped to me and will return the first one.
Agree that this is not a good drive for booting, but it should work fine for storing movies and music files. Not too thrilled that it's a Seagate, as I just had two Seagate drives fail in the last week, but this is about 30% cheaper than any of the alternatives. My old Seagates were getting pretty old anyway. I think one of them was about 6 years old and the other one was 4+ years old.
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