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

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Retail Kit


SATA 6.0Gb/s
7200 RPM
Average Seek Time

Physical Spec

Form Factor


Works with Serial ATA enabled desktop computers

Read/Write cache for increased performance

Low power consumption with adaptive power modes

Internal shock sensor and ramp loading technology to help protect your drive

Professional installation recommended

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

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  • Wang Y.
  • 4/20/2014 10:35:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: -Decent speeds (real-world, and not some benchmark)
-Two seemed to last at least a year... so... hopefully they don't die on me. (None of my Western Digitals have died on me, and I've been using some for like 10 years). Although, I had to do an RMA for a friend's WD 250GB laptop hard drive, but I suspect it's because she doesn't take care of her laptop. I take care of my $#iT.

Cons: -It's not a WD. (at the time, WD didn't come close to the price for this drive).
-It doesn't upgrade my computer parts for me. I still have to do research and upgrade.

Other Thoughts: I purchased 4 of these puppies. I have used two for almost a year now.

1 I just opened new like 2 hours ago, and another 1 I will in a few days. I plan on placing one in each of my computers and doing a backup/synch between the two drives so I don't lose my precious videos and pics.

Reading the bad reviews, it's usually about the 750GB size found, or something like "both drives died within weeks". It got me thinking. What if owners of multiple drives got shipped multiple hard drives, at the same time, and the carrier such as UPS was tossing the packages like crazy? You guys must have seen that news report on a UPS carrier who tossed packages left and right, right? That could explain why some people say "both hard drives" died. Heck, that's why I never purchase a hard drive by itself. I always purchase it with other stuff, and HOPE they package them together. Also, if you have ShopRunner, or if you can get it from @/\/\ /\/\ @z0n with 2-day shipping, that should reduce the time the carriers have to damage with your items.

As for the 750GB thing, I suspect it's your outdated motherboards. I have 3rd generation i-7 motherboards (socket 1155) and newer AM2 motherboards and they see these puppies just fine.

Shutdown Windows, plug in drive, boot Windows back up, wait until Windows installs the drivers, go into Disk Management format it for GPT.

Copies 410GB of music/videos/high res JPEGs and RAW files/regular documents in less than 1.25 hours, or roughly 93.3MB/sec between a 7200 RPM WD Blue SATA 6.0Gb/s drive and this one (i7-2600K), which is respectable. Be aware that regular drives (even 10k Raptors) cannot saturate even SATA II, so the claim of SATA III for a regular drive is just marketing gimmick. Only SSDs can saturate SATA II and approach and reach SATA III, depending on a number of factors.

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  • Nathan F.
  • 4/20/2014 6:31:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks perfectly!

Pros: I usually buy WD, but took a chance on these because they were on sale. They work flawlessly on my FreeNAS setup. Also, they come with a 3 yr. warranty, which is a nice bonus.

Cons: Support not as easy to come by as WD or Seagate.

Other Thoughts: Works perfectly on a FreeNAS system:
Dell PowerEdge T20
Intel G3220
16GB Crucial ECC DDR3
3x Toshiba 3TB HDDs
3x WD Reds 3TB

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/11/2014 9:04:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat drives!

Pros: Fast 7200 RPM
Great when on sale for 99 or less

Cons: No sata cable or screws included.
Price when not on sale.

Other Thoughts: Be aware the the 3 year warranty is not from the date you purchased the drive, it is from the date stamped on the drive!

For instance, i brought 4 of these drives last year in November and the date on the drive was September 2013. Yesterday i brought 5 more and the date on the drives were October 2013 so thats about 5 months of the warranty already gone.

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  • Paul E.
  • 4/10/2014 3:59:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Nice Drives

Pros: Easy to install if you follow the suggestions from these coments section. quite drive seems to have no spin-up time, very fast!

Cons: Could come with better instruction manual

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  • Chad L.
  • 4/4/2014 2:54:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWhy Wait Any Longer

Pros: I needed 3 3TB drives to drastically increase my RAID storage. These were on sale and technical specifications seemed to fit the bill. I have not been disappointed. These drives have performed superbly and match the performance of other (more expensive) name brand hard drives. I am very happy with the performance and would gladly buy again in the future.

Cons: None.

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  • Shunfeng W.
  • 3/22/2014 10:26:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot correct Hard Drive

Pros: None

Cons: I bought these 2 3TB Internal HD with a 64G USB package on Oct. 20th 2013. For some reason, I can't open this package until now. And I can't believe these 3TB HD are not 3TB HD, they are both 750GB HD showing on my computer. I can't return cuz it's over 30 days. All the labels/boxes shows 3TB HD, but they are not.

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  • Jean-Yves P.
  • 3/1/2014 9:32:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Drive so far

Pros: Pretty fast and responsive

Cons: Sometimes take a little while to wake up

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  • Rudy A.
  • 2/12/2014 7:39:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStill works

Pros: Silent, very fast and packed very well.

Cons: This unit shows up in my BIOS as the OEM model that has tons of problems. Not sure how it affects warranty but Ill cross that bridge if I ever get there.

Other Thoughts: I bought three of these during black friday, all arrived in good shape, I'm used to buying OEM drives so I was little amazed by the way these hard drives are packed in a retail box, very cool.

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  • Rob T.
  • 2/12/2014 8:03:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding

Pros: Fast, quiet, reliable (so far), and great value. Originally got the Western Digital Black WDFZ4003EX 4TB b/c it was rated as the absolute fastest 4TB HDD, but returned it since it was 2.5x the price of this one despite being only 1TB bigger. IOW, I could get 9TB (3x3TB Toshiba HDDs) for the price of one 4TB WD HDD.

Couple comments:

First, to make all 3TB recognized in Win7, I learned that during Win7 install, you have to:
1) hit SHIFT + F10 on the screen where it shows you the drives
2) enter: diskpart.exe
3) enter: list disk
4) enter: select disk 0 (or whatever disk number the 3TB drive is)
5) enter: clean (this is critical or else Win7 may only recognize 2 of the 3 GB)
6) enter: convert GPT
7) enter: create partition primary
8) enter: assign letter=c
9) enter: format quick fs=NTFS
10) enter: exit
11) enter: exit
Then resume Win7 installation.

You can also do this if you already have Win7 installed and are adding this HDD as a data drive but the OS is not recognizing all 3TB. Open a command prompt window and follow steps 2-11 in the instructions above (obviously using a different drive letter in step 8 since you'll already have a C drive).

Second, since Toshiba bought Hitachi in 2012, my Toshiba HDD label (bought my HDD on BF 2013) no longer says manufactured from a Hitachi plant, as some older reviews have said. This is important, as Hitachi makes the most reliable HDDs according to an article; google it). Recent Toshiba HDDs may still have been built using Hitachi technology or from a former Hitachi plant, but it's not obvious anymore.

My drive has been running fast and reliable so far (albeit only 2 months so far), so no complaints right now. Using to store my camcorder videos. To be safe, back up your data to two other sources (e.g., USB flash drive, Blu Ray/DVD, another HDD, etc.)

Cons: Nothing yet. Some people report failures around the 3 month mark. If happens to me, I'll post a new review.

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  • Joey F.
  • 2/8/2014 8:37:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo Far, So Good

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.

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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