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TOSHIBA PH3200U-1I72 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Desktop Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit

  • 7200 RPM RPM 64MB Cache
  • SATA 6.0Gb/s
  • Low power consumption with adaptive power modes

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  • Joey F.
  • 2/7/2016 8:39:23 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo Far, So Good

This review is from: TOSHIBA PH3300U-1I72 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit

Pros: Quick read/write speed.
High capacity.
Got 'em on a Black Friday super sale for an excellent price.
Quiet (not silent, but quiet).
They all still work.
3 year warranty.

UPDATE 2/7/2016: Two years later, all five drives are still running perfectly; no failures seen. Definitely recommended.

Cons: No screws, SATA cable, or data migration software was included (i.e. wasn't a true retail kit).

Other Thoughts: I bought five of these drives for a new FreeNAS build; I'd nearly run out of space on my older unit. the RAIDz2 configuration is, for all intents and purposes, a RAID6. FreeNAS has no issues with these drives at all; every drive was immediately seen as a full 3TB drive, and the array was created without any issue whatsoever.

A write test on the entire array (i.e. all five drives working in tandem) yielded a raw write speed of 284Megabytes/sec - yes, bytes, not bits. This is more than double the speed of a gigabit ethernet interface, so I'm quite impressed in that regard. Sure, SSDs would be faster no doubt, but to get 9 fault-tolerant terabytes of storage on SSDs would be a purchase approaching the cost of a new car, so "thoroughly saturating a gigabit network" is plenty fast for me.


All five drives are still spinning flawlessly. No failures in four months of 24/7 uptime for these drives. I nearly took off an egg for the lack of retail kit niceties, but since none of the drives have given me any issue at all, I'm hard pressed to actually do so. Time will tell if these drives withstand the test of time, but I've got a stack of dead hard disks in my closet from every manufacturer, so I'm willing to give Toshiba fair chance this time around...especially since my set of drives was nearly $150 less than the drives I was originally eyeballing for this project.

Definitely have at LEAST one drive's worth of fault tolerance; I recommend 2 drives of fault tolerance since one drive will take anywhere from 10 to 30 hours to rebuild.

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  • steven a.
  • 2/3/2016 6:13:15 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGreat, Until It Wasn't

This review is from: TOSHIBA PH3300U-1I72 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit

Pros: - There is no Pros, because regardless of operation, no drive should break after 6 months...much less two.

Cons: - Two of these drives, purchased at exactly the same time, broke the exact same day. S.M.A.R.T. errors started being reported and bad head sounds started happening (a slight ticking). Then, dead, both drives.

Other Thoughts: I'll see it Toshiba support is as bad as some of the other reviewers have mentioned.

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  • Jeffrey N.
  • 1/8/2016 3:05:40 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDisappointing...

This review is from: TOSHIBA PH3300U-1I72 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit

Pros: - Large for a reasonable price
- Worked well... for a while

Cons: - One of the three drives that I got for a RAID5 array failed after three months. Will need to purchase another to rebuild the RAID, as I can't wait for an RMA to get a replacement. Never had a drive fail that fast before, especially with a rather low usage rate (less than 5% busy.)

Other Thoughts: I'm not sure I'd recommend this for a non-RAID setup. I'd hate to see what would have happened if I lost 3TB of data because I didn't have it full RAID5.

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  • Marko J.
  • 12/14/2015 9:17:53 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat so far

This review is from: TOSHIBA PH3300U-1I72 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit

Pros: Pretty fast for a 7200 rpm hard drive. Works like it should, setup was quick, and I had no hassle. I got the 3tb version, and so far it is exactly what I expected. Hopefully it doesn't grenade anytime soon like some other brands *cough* seagate.

Cons: It's not 4tb

Other Thoughts: If you need more storage, this is the best cheap and reliable drive I found.

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  • Jeffrey P.
  • 12/14/2015 2:14:29 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsTOSHIBA PH3300U-1I72 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit

This review is from: TOSHIBA PH3300U-1I72 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit

Pros: Bought 2 of these in a Combo. One for Game Data, One for Multimedia. They seem to be working fine, but I'm hitting a wall occasionally. Other than this they are running well and quite. Will update as I find more.

Cons: Freezing up after long sessions of writing to one of them. Only happened a few times, and that was after about 1 hour of installs when first getting up and running. Has only happened a handful of times but these seem to be a possible culprit. Tracking it down but will not knock eggs atm since I don't know for sure!

Other Thoughts: none.

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  • Thomas K.
  • 12/12/2015 1:14:37 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsToshiba 3Tb

This review is from: TOSHIBA PH3300U-1I72 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit

Pros: Big and cheap. Seems reasonably quiet.

Cons: Took some finagling to get it all recognized. (see below). Not sure how long it will last yet but death comes for us all.

Other Thoughts: My drive showed up labeled only as Toshiba, not with Hitachi markings as others have said and some Newegg pictures show, Made in China not Thailand. Initial attempts to partition the drive in an external toaster resulted in only a volume of 800 gigs being seen by Mac Disk Utility. I had previous experience with server drives on the Mac and knew that some of them ship as a special kind of 'empty' that MacOS can't see. I switched the external over to a Windows 7 install and partitioned it as a 3Tb NTFS volume, then moved it back to the Mac. The volume immediately mounted as 3Tb and I went on to partition it as GUID Mac OS extended with journaling with all 3Tb available. So a few extra steps and it seems to work fine.

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  • Ryan B.
  • 12/9/2015 12:04:13 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: TOSHIBA PH3300U-1I72 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit

Pros: Worked well when it did.

Cons: Died a year and eight months of owning it. I used it to hold all of my PC games. Will have to redownload everything again

Other Thoughts: Computer started to hang on reboot and windows start up. Wanted to see if it was a hard drive because I had figured that was the issue so I unseated the hard drive from the drive bay and windows started up just fine. I then put the hard drive into an external enclosure and it still did not work.

Hoping I can get a replacement asap.

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  • David W.
  • 12/2/2015 1:07:48 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWas good

This review is from: TOSHIBA PH3300U-1I72 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit

Pros: Drive was solid at first. Good read and write speed, good noise, good temps.

Cons: The good didn't last. The drive has slowly become very noisy with spin noise in the last month. It is now the loudest single component in the computer, beating out 3 120mm fans running around 1400rpm @ 12v. There's no imminent death clicking noises just yet, but I don't expect this drive to last much longer.

Other Thoughts: Took a shot at the Toshiba because it was on sale. Oops.

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  • Andrew S.
  • 11/30/2015 6:04:09 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMassive

This review is from: TOSHIBA PH3300U-1I72 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit

Pros: Large size
Easy install

Cons: none as of now

Other Thoughts: Bought because on sale and this item had the most consistent reviews

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  • TIMOTHY R.
  • 11/28/2015 2:27:53 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuperb

This review is from: TOSHIBA PH3300U-1I72 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit

Pros: Fast and quiet. They withstood my week of torture testing without a hiccup. I run raid0 arrays (video editing) and while I have everything backed up, I'd rather not go thru the hassle of restoring and I usually replace drives when they start showing signs of failure - and one of my old Seagate 1tb's were at that point. Swapped these new 3TB drives in and couldn't believe they were that much quieter than the Seagates. Faster also. I'm getting (raid0 mind you) 360 Read and 380mb/s write sequentially. Aft er week of testing I copied data back in and am confident these will work fine. This is now the 2nd pair of Toshiba's in my rig.

Cons: only a 3yr warranty but this is still better than the main competitors 2 yrs.

Other Thoughts: While I don't usually buy Toshiba branded drives, about 2 yrs ago I bought my first pair and they are still going strong. It seems like the retail box survives shipping much better than the oem drive does if you examine reviews and that's why I buy these. The retail packing has the drives wrapped in a Styrofoam-like coffin, Fed-ex would have to work really hard to damage these. LoL

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