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Seagate Video ST2000VM003 2 TB 3.5" SATA 3Gb/s Internal Hard Drive

  • SATA 6Gb/s NCQ, 5900 RPM
  • Optimized for high-definition consumer DVR applications
  • Delivers up to 16 simultaneous streams of HD content
  • 24×7 operation for always-on demands DVR devices
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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4 out of 5 eggsSolid Choice for DVR

This review is from: Seagate Video ST2000VM003 2 TB 3.5" SATA 3Gb/s Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Pros: Designed for continuous running.

Remains quieter and cooler than my other 5900 rpm drive.

Low power consumption.

Cons: An always-on drive should have a longer warranty. Removed one egg from the rating for this.

Other Thoughts: This review is actually for the 2TB version.

Read and Write speeds are below the best, but what really matters is whether it can fulfill its role as a DVR hard drive. Can it record several TV shows at once? Can it play back several TV shows at once without any glitches? The answer is a qualified Yes.

Installed in our Home Theater PC (all parts shown are available from Newegg):
Intel Core i5-4590 @3.3GHz
2 x 4GB G-Skill RAM
Windows 8.1
Windows Media Center
SiliconDust HD Homerun Prime digital tuner
WD MyNet900 Router
The Seagate drive was able to record 3 TV shows at once with no problems. For playback, i selected a different recorded show to watch on each of our computers on our home network.. Was able to stream 5 different recorded TV shows to 5 different computers simultaneously, and they all played smoothly! (Two of the computers were on wireless connection to the router; the others were wired.)

As for long-term reliability, only time will tell. According to Speedfan (a free, downloadable utility app) the Seagate idle temperature is 35 deg. C. which is several degrees cooler than it might be inside a DVR from Comcast. Good airflow is definitely beneficial for longevity of any drive including this one.

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5 out of 5 eggsEggXpert Review for the Seagate Pipeline 2TB HD

This review is from: Seagate Video ST2000VM003 2 TB 3.5" SATA 3Gb/s Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Is capable of good fast speeds with multiple streams even @ 5400 RPM.
The Pipeline series have a 64MB cache.
This series also has a low latency compared to other 5400 RPM drives.

Cons: Seems on the higher priced side for 2TB drives but most don't offer the streaming capabilities this drive is designed for.

Other Thoughts: Overall seems a great drive for video storage and for running multiple streams of video to multiple sources.

2 of my personal benchmarks for the 2TB Seagate Pipeline HD:
file transfer to an empty 7200RPM Seagate Barricuda

121GBs of video = 20mins @ ~85-100MB/s
60GBs of video = 16mins @ ~60-70MB/s

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2 drive tests performed:

Speed Benchmark
Test capacity: full
Read transfer rate
Transfer Rate Minimum : 79.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum : 178.4 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average : 140.6 MB/s
Access Time : 15.5 ms
Burst Rate : 211.7 MB/s
CPU Usage : 3.7%

Random Access
Test capacity: full
Read test
Transfer size operations / sec avg. access time max. access time avg. speed
512 bytes 65 IOPS 15.195 ms 55.525 ms 0.032 MB/s
4 KB 65 IOPS 15.210 ms 28.811 ms 0.257 MB/s
64 KB 62 IOPS 15.882 ms 26.480 ms 3.935 MB/s
1 MB 40 IOPS 24.920 ms 81.808 ms 40.128 MB/s
Random 47 IOPS 21.013 ms 38.731 ms 24.146 MB/s

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5 out of 5 eggsNot a Bad Drive.

This review is from: Seagate Video ST2000VM003 2 TB 3.5" SATA 3Gb/s Internal Hard Drive

Pros: It's a hard drive and it works. I tested out this hard drive in a PC, even though it's meant to be in a DVR / Multimedia environment I was able to put it through it's paces. This drive is very quiet and for that is performs pretty well. The power consumption is low and it runs nice and cool. I was seeing writes speeds in my application of about 80~120MB/s on large files and a good solid 50 ~ 60MB/s on tons of small files. Considering how fast it is, even when the amount of operations per second is high is impressive for it's spindle speed (5900 rpm) and the low power consumption. This drive has 64MB of cache which I normally don't see in lower power drives. The specs for the environment the drive can run in are also impressive. I had no troubles with compatibility or installing the drive.

Cons: Could be a bit faster, but for the price and the power consumption I am not really going to complain.

Other Thoughts: Seagate has not always been my brand of choice, but this drive seems to have a bit more thought involved in it's design and I believe I will be seeing this drive last a long time. The one thing that points me to that conclusion is that is runs cool, in my experience cool hard drives usually last significantly longer. I plan on using this drive as a media and storage drive in one of my higher end computers or move it to my server and let it be the drive I store my security camera footage on. If my experience with the drive changes I will come back and leave a follow up review. Overall I am happy with the drive and it's doing it's job, I have been running it for 3 weeks 24/7 and no hiccups or issues can be found. I am giving this drive 5 stars, not because it outperforms other class drives on the market, but because it lives up to it's specs and then some in it's own class.

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4 out of 5 eggsDecent hard drive

This review is from: Seagate Video ST2000VM003 2 TB 3.5" SATA 3Gb/s Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Honestly, there's not too much to say; it's a hard drive. Seagate is advertising this to be "media specific," but after testing it I think that this is simply a marketing ploy.

Arrived in working order. Installation was as easy as it is to install any other hard drive in whatever device you're using. The Energy Star certification is nice, and helps to ensure that it won't draw too much power if it's installed in a DVR; likewise with the lower operating temperatures since DVRs typically don't have cases with very good thermal properties.

I was able to run 10 high def videos simultaneously without any hiccups, and I measured it's read/write speeds to be ~150 mb/s. If someone uses this drive for media purposes and finds a bottleneck of performance, it seems that the drive won't be it (possibly the graphics solution?)

Cons: I also ran the same tests with a cheaper generic drive from another manufacturer and got similar results; I think it's likely that this Seagate drive won't start to outshine the cheaper competitors until after many many hours of operation or if the device is in a hotter environment. Honestly, I think as long as you find a drive that has a lower power consumption, you'd be fine for any purposes you'd need this drive for

Other Thoughts: Seagate claims this drive will be able to live up to the "always on" requirements of DVRs, but that's something that only time will tell. However, Seagate is a solid brand for HDDs, and usually gets my personal recommendation, so I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. I've used several Seagate HDDs in my various computer builds, and I've never had one die on me even after many years of use (more than I can say for other, cheaper, brands that I've used)

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5 out of 5 eggsSold, cool, and stable HD stream

This review is from: Seagate Video ST2000VM003 2 TB 3.5" SATA 3Gb/s Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Drive has very high operating temperatures.

Silent drive

Worked great inside my DVR and Home Security system. The home security system had 8 cameras, all in HD, and could record and playback with no hiccups at all.

Happy with the performance of the drive and the total experience of the drive.

Cons: none that would be anything negative

Other Thoughts: I am not a fan of drives being 5900 RPMs but this is helpful for those that are energy conscious and heat cautious with many electronics not being able to be ventilated. Needless to say with the low speeds the drive did a fantastic job of streaming multiple HD streams at one time while keeping the operating temperature low.

I personally would have thought the drive should have had a 6GB/s or SATA 3 port since it handles so much HD data at one time.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat drive for DVR (type) setups

This review is from: Seagate Video ST2000VM003 2 TB 3.5" SATA 3Gb/s Internal Hard Drive

Pros: 16 simultaneous HD videos played/saved at the same time--- in my testing I was able to do up to 23 simultaneously
Runs warm (this is a plus as most drives run hot when being asked to do as much as I asked this one to do)

Cons: a bit slow with writing (compared to a WD Blue 3TB) That really was the only "Con" I could find with this drive.

Other Thoughts: I have been rather surprised by this drive. It was designed to do multiple transfers (16 simultaneous claimed) without getting bogged down. They also claim that it will not "stutter" videos up to 16 HD videos recorded or played simultaneously.

In my tests I have found that this is TRUE! I did not do the "normal" hard drive tests on this drive because the drive was not designed as a benchmark drive, it is a Video drive. Instead I jumped strait into testing the claims by the manufacturer. I did notice in transferring 24 (1-4GB) AVI, MG4, and MKV files over to the drive that it is quite a bit slower than my WD Blue 3TB already installed in my testing computer.

I transferred 24 videos ranging in quality of 720p to 1080p. I then started playing them starting with 1, then 2 and so on up to the claimed 16. So far so good. All of them played at the same time without a single lost pixel. So I added one more, then another, then another until I had 23 playing at the same time. FANTASTIC! But, number 24 caused all of them to begin skipping, losing audio sync, and eventually media player froze up.

So the results:
The particular drive that Newegg sent me to review lives up to the claims, and more.
It is a bit slow on writing, but that's not why you buy a drive like this.
The drive also didn't get very hot like I had expected it would.

Testing computer specs:
Intel 4770k processor
16GB DDR3 2400 OCZ RAM
240GB Mushkin SATA3 SSD (boot and OS)
3TB WD Blue (storage)
Nvidia GTX680 Graphics card
800 Watt OCZ PSU
27" QuadHD OLED monitor (2560x1440)
Windows 8.1 Pro

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat DVR drive all around. 2TB Seagate Video Drive

This review is from: Seagate Video ST2000VM003 2 TB 3.5" SATA 3Gb/s Internal Hard Drive

Pros: 1. Price, For $99 to get such an awesome "set and forget" drive is very good.

2. Noise, There is none! its what you want for a DVR.

3. Speed, its very quick!

4. Heat, There really is not any.

5. It's light.

Cons: None that i can think of right now.

Other Thoughts: So basically when you think of going out and upgrading or replacing a drive in a TIVO, other DVR or a camera system there are a couple thing you need.

You need it to be quite.
You need it to not get hot since it will be in a tight constricted place.
You need it to be fast so you can record multiple things without getting backed up.
You need it to be designed for 24 hour use since that’s what you’re going to do is leave it on all the time.
And if you’re running a camera server you need it to be able to handle multiple streams of data at the same time.

This Drive meets all of that and more in my eyes and dose so very well. And it does all that for under $100 for a 2 TB model. This is a very specific drive for a special purpose. It can be used for other things but why there are other drives out there that suit better for those needs, which is why I’m only going to talk about it being a Video drive because that’s why they made it.

If I was looking to replace a drive in a DVR or build out a new camera server with 12-16 cameras this would be the drive I would go to. Here are a few tech specs I got for comparison:

1863GB after formatting.
157.8 MB read and 155.2 write (Seq) I did notice a drop the longer the tests ran
File transfers were about 106MB – 112MB on average

I really feel that this drive is very solid and will be a great drive for a long time. It’s super quite which is a must. No one wants to be watching that movie and hear a drive clicking. It does not get very hot which is nice since most will go in a HTPC, TIVO or a raid enclosure. It’s very affordable which a big plus is. And it’s super-fast while being able to operate at 5900 RPM which is awesome for efficiency and heat.

Overall I give this drive an A+ overall for doing a great job at what it was designed for. Now let’s see if it will last the test of time!

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5 out of 5 eggsGood Drive for streaming over the network

This review is from: Seagate Video ST2000VM003 2 TB 3.5" SATA 3Gb/s Internal Hard Drive

Pros: - Very Quiet Operation

- Price per GB makes this drive really cheap and hard to compare to

- 3 year warranty

- Designed to have 16 simultaneous streams of HD content
- 64 MB Cache

- Can be used for entry level or home surveillance system storage solution

- Designed for a "always on" system

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I put this hard drive into my home file server for benchmarking. Here's the specs:

OS Used: Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit SP1
Tested with: CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 x64

5 Tests were completed using 1000MB option.

Sequential Read: 187.1 MB/s
Sequential Write: 182.6 MB/s
512K Read: 34.78 MB/s
512K Write: 89.89 MB/s
4K Read: 0.490 MB/s
4K Write: 1.112 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: .503 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 1.104 MB/s

I transferred 150 GB of video data locally and averaged 121 MB/s. I was pretty impressed with this speed. I think the data transfer ended up only taking 11 minutes to complete.

Using the drive as a streaming storage solution works great. My wife and I stream media to our living room television and to our bedroom as well as our children's bedroom. I was originally doing so with a NAS hard drive. Although it works most of the time, I have had issues with "hiccups" during playback if multiple streams are going on at the same time. This hard drive looks to have solved that issues. I had video streams playing back on 7 difference devices at the same time with no lag or buffering "hiccups".


My initial intent for this drive was to use it for streaming media to our devices in our home. However, I do have multiple IP cameras set up in the house and may end up using this to store captured video. I have been doing so to my NAS hard drive and know that is not what the hard drive was truly intended for. I will update this review if I decide to use it for saving captured video.

This drive was packaged as an OEM drive, therefore, no cables or factory packaging were included.

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3 out of 5 eggsSeagate Video ST2000VM003 2TB 3.5" SATA 3Gb/s Internal HD

This review is from: Seagate Video ST2000VM003 2 TB 3.5" SATA 3Gb/s Internal Hard Drive

Pros: Before I begin my review on this product, let me set the record straight on something. NewEgg DOES NOT PAY ME OR their OTHER Eggxpert Reviewers ANY MONEY for a review (GOOD OR BAD - ON ANY PRODUCT)!!! When they 1st asked me to become a reviewer, they told me that I could post ANY TYPE of review that I wanted to, either GOOD OR BAD! The only thing that they asked me to do was to be honest in my review, which I try to be. Now that this is finished, let's get started...

I have been using this drive mainly as auxiliary storage on my PC for about a week now and it's quite up to that job. The transfer speeds are about on par with other comparable HD's on the market. So far I've had no problems with it. Considering its operating speeds, it seems to be working quite well in that regard.

Once I get done testing this drive, I plan to install it in my new Server I'm putting together. This drive (as it is) is ideal for service in a HTPC or as a DVR Drive or even in a DLNA Device as it has the following features:

+ Optimized for 24/7 operation.
+ SATA 3.0.
+ 64MB Cache.

Cons: Manufacturers have to realize that in today's marketplace, product reliability is the number one concern for ALL PC Users out there. But until they have the guts to offer longer warranty periods than 3 years, consumer confidence will just NOT be there! It's a plain and simple fact... Wake up Seagate and smell the roses!

- Only 5900 RPM. I wish it was 7200 RPM, but then again I would have the heat problem with the higher speeds. As they say, there are trade-offs with everything

- Only a 3 Year Warranty. I wish manufacturers would make a product with a LONGER warranty than 3 years.

Other Thoughts: Today it seems as if HD Manufacturers have decided on a path of limiting their new product lines (in Mechanical HD's, at least) to 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB HD's while they come out with new SSD's to replace the smaller HD's that used to out there. While the newer SSD's are great for speed and are getting better every day for reliability, they are still expensive.

Back when that Tsunami went through Asia, I saw a significant increase in the number of complaints about both product availability and reliability. I told people to have some patience and to give those affected a chance to put their lives back on track. The years have passed and product availability has gotten better but now it seems as if the reliability problem has not.

There is no denying the fact that technology is constantly changing, supposedly for the better. We have gone from the days of 5 and 10MB HD's up to 4TB HD's and Single-Core Processors that were only capable of handling one job at a time to Multi-Core Processors that are now able to handle multiple jobs at the same time. Sometimes I wonder if Steve Jobs or Bill Gates ever envisioned such a day as this. I know I didn't but I'm glad it's here!!!

I gave this drive 3 Stars mainly because of the limited warranty. I think it's basically a fairly good HD except for the warranty period!!!

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Would I buy this drive for myself? Yes I would despite the slower speed and the short warranty period.

Would I recommend this drive to others? It's 50/50 on that one. What with the overall limitations of product choices out there and the reliability issues, I would 1st make sure that my customers were aware of these limitations BEFORE they made any choices.

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  • Aras B.
  • 11/8/2013 8:01:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
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5 out of 5 eggsIt works fine in my Lorex DRV

This review is from: Seagate Video ST2000VM003 2 TB 3.5" SATA 3Gb/s Internal Hard Drive

Pros: it works.

Cons: none.

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