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Seagate ST4000VX000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Surveillance Hard Drive

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5 out of 5 eggsSolid Performer for its Purpose

This review is from: Seagate ST4000VX000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Surveillance Hard Drive

Pros: HUGE capacity! (if my math is right, 720p video can record for over a year non stop!)
Continuous write (like days, weeks, forever) without getting overly hot.
Plenty fast enough for media streaming.
4 HD video sources recorded streamed simultaneously without a hitch.
Good value.

Cons: Several bad sectors, irreparable with any of my Seagate software. Not reliable as a data-sensitive storage solution (I would not store my company's CAD models on this.) Windows 7 64-bit would not recognize the whole drive as NTFS so I formatted it as two 1.8x TB drives. The DVR software was able to use both drives as two physical drives, but these two drives can't be RAIDed.
Kind of slow to spin up and search.

Other Thoughts: After running this drive for over two weeks recording four 720p video streams I can say it is awesome for that. Trying to run a system backup on it was a no-go though because of several bad disk sectors. Not a single system backup worked for me. These translated to almost-imperceptible bad pixels/ frames in lengthy surveillance which didn't matter a bit for that. I guess if some guy was robbing you and the moment the gun went off you lost a frame it might matter, but I'm willing to bet those odds. I am thinking about using this drive full time but I think I'll have to do some research into other formatting methods mentioned to see if I can get another one to get two 4TB drives into a RAID 1 just in case whatever caused the bad sectors ends up killing one of the drives, I can still go back in time without losing all that footage. Four HD streams should fill this drive up in about three months and the DVR will then start to write over so I'll always have three months of footage in there from each camera. That's pretty cool! Just don't buy it thinking it is a miracle drive for anything you want to put on it because it has a very specific purpose and for that it rocks.

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5 out of 5 eggsFast, quiet and cool

This review is from: Seagate ST4000VX000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Surveillance Hard Drive

Pros: Initially I installed the drive in my desktop PC to perform some benchmarks. I was very impressed with the performance for a 5900RPM drive. My sequential performance was a hair over 160MB/sec read and write on average. Access times were 15.4ms but that is to be expected from a 5900RPM unit.

Next I installed in the drive in Synology NAS running their survailance/DVR app monitoring a DLink Camera 24/7 and the drive performed wonderfully. It stayed a few degrees cooler than the WD drive it replaced over the week that I was testing and monitoring it and performance was slightly faster (10-15%) for read and write operations to the NAS using SMB.

Cons: None that I have found.

Other Thoughts: Use GPT in Windows to have the full capacity in a single partition. EXT4 on th Synology NAS handled the full capacity without issue.

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4 out of 5 eggsQuality Hard Drive

This review is from: Seagate ST4000VX000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Surveillance Hard Drive

Pros: -Great build quality. After opening the box and removing the bubble padding (from shipping) the HDD was heavy, solid and sturdy. It's a sign of quality parts being used here.

-This HDD is specifically tuned for reliable surveillance recording systems

-4TB of storage is plenty these days for videos, movies, pictures and data files.

-I like that the words "Surveillance HDD" is written right on the front so there is no mistakes with other hard drives

-Although it states Surveillance HDD, this HDD can also be used as backup HDD in a NAS or other 3.5" external drives.

-Can also be formatted to other formats to get full 4TB potential (MBR vs GPT)

-SATA 6.0Gb/s connectors

-runs very quiet so far

-runs at slower RPM meaning less heat to worry about and uses less power

-uses same screws as other internal HDD's to mount

-When used in Surveillance system, does what it is advertised to do, run at lower speeds and saving energy, record multiple channels at a single time and is super quiet. You can't even tell if it's running or not until you touch it or listen closely (literally putting your ear next to the HDD, but who does that? right?)

Cons: -Runs at only 5900 RPM (but okay since it's meant for Surveillance Systems)

-When I format to NTFS, Windows 7 shows 3.67 TB usable

-read and write times are lower because of higher latency

-Although build quality is great, it's big and thick

-I ran into a problem with Windows 7 where I was only able to see 1.8TB at a time and had 2 separate hard drives showing in Windows at 1.8TB each. I had to do a little Googling to find out that in order for me to see the whole 4TB (3.67 TB usable), I'd have to merge and format into GPT . I give this as a con because it's an extra step most people would NOT know how to do if they re not super computer literate.

-Limited Warranty is only 1 year on Newegg's website. This HDD might be going into a business's surveillance system and one year warranty is just not enough to justify this purchase. (minus 1 egg for the warranty)

Other Thoughts: -I'm not a super hard drive geek. I know latency, disk width, disk density, and other HDD terms but consider myself a regular HDD user..which is just to store data. I don't time them at all to the m/s...to me, the HDD is either fast or slow.

Just remember that this hard drive is specifically designed for Surveillance systems which means it writes at just the right speed of 5900RPM, for long periods of time, but if you were storing data on this HDD, then that's where you'll run into issues because it takes more time for it to read.

Not an ideal HDD to store small data like pictures and small video clips because it reads slow. But great for surveillance systems for when you're on away for vacation or don't touch the system too often.

I did have a chance to test it on a friend's surveillance system. This system was NOT HD, only 480i.

The only issue is that the surveillance system did not support more than 2TB hard drives. We tried to go onto the surveillance systems' website, but no luck with an updated driver.

We went ahead and just use the 2TB for testing purposes. Before, it had a Seagate Barracudda 500GB at 7400 RPM.

After using it for about 3 days, I did not see any lags at all whether it was playing back or recording multiple channels. We had 6 of the 8 channels hooked up to video cameras all around my friend's house. All recordings came in clear.

Despite it running at 5900 RPM, it seems to handle the job quite well. Even though it ran at a lower speed, I did not notice any heat differences inside the case. I did notice that it took maybe a second or two longer for the 4TB HDD to start when it was in idle for more than 1 hour but that was the same case with the other Seagate 500GB HDD as well.

I can see how this HDD will save energy in the long run but I'm not an electrician and I don't know how much it's actually saving per hour versus using a regular 7200RPM hard drive.

To those looking for a simple answer to their question "does this HDD work for me?" The answer is "YES" it does work. Will it do everything..."NO". It's specially built for Surveillance applications. If you need a 4TB, first find out if the manufacturer of the surveillance supports 4TB. If they do, I'd recommend getting this particular HDD because of the build quality and it's gonna do what it needs to do.

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5 out of 5 eggsLatest Biggest Best AV from Seagate

This review is from: Seagate ST4000VX000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Surveillance Hard Drive

Pros: Seagate produced the first AV drive, the first 4TB AV drive, and is now on its seventh generation of AV drives. There is a difference between AV and regular desktop drives. Desktop drives read more that they write, have long periods of inactivity, and have data integrity as the highest priority. A desktop drive will pause to do error recovery and re-read data to do this. Desktop drives of this size are commonly rated to only read/write < 55 TB per year. AV drives used in surveillance/video can spend most of their power-on time writing continuously. For example, 4 x 1080p streams for a year is about 200 TB. Bit level integrity is not as important in these drives. In an AV application it is better to have a segment of incorrect data delivered in a stream (a few bad pixels) than to have a long delay before recording starts (loss of multiple video frames).

Seagate has two 4TB models in the AV category. This one - the “Surveillance” model- is ST4000VX000. They also make the “Video” model ST4000VM000. Both are based on a 1TB per platter, 8 head design. The VM spins at 5900 RPM. I think the VX also does 5900 RPM but there is some conflicting info on the internet – see Con section. The “Video” model is tuned for use in a personal video recording box as a single drive – think consumer DVR. The “Surveillance” model is intended for video surveillance either as a single drive or as a member of an array of up to 16 drives. Depending on what compression is used, one of these drives should hold well over 400 hours of HD content.

The surveillance drive supports the ATA streaming command set which is where the AV magic happens. Commands exist to optimize buffer management depending on number of video streams. Commands also let the software/appliance developer set limits for streaming read/write command completion times. The marketing hand-out on this drive mentions another feature called “Idle 3 Power Setting”. It is not entirely clear what this is. I suspect that in reality it is just regular idle mode (heads tracking, spindle up to speed, buffer enabled).

This drive plays well in simple surveillance DVRs as well as NVRs. In a DVR, the input comes from video capture card(s) where analog video is encoded and processed on the DVR. In this setting, as many as 32 cameras can work with a single drive. In the NVR (network video recorder) arena, IP cameras are used to feed a NAS-type device often with RAID-ed disks.

Specs say it handles 180MB/s sustained data flow and say it’s compatible with up to 16 co-mounted drives. It is more suitable for use in a storage array that the older SV35 series because it has Rotational Vibration sensors like many enterprise data drives do. It has a 3 year warranty (not 1 year like it says on newegg) and a 1M-hr MTBF.

Cons: Not a problem with the drive, but do your homework on what you need before buying. Although directly available to consumers, I expect most folks will be getting this drive bundled in as a security solution from an intermediary because not everyone can put together a surveillance VMS system from scratch. Seagate marketing specifically mentions: Dahua Technology, March Networks, Hikvision, EverFocus, NUUO, and QNAP.

Also, not a problem with the drive, but there is some lack of clarity on the marketing/spec front. Item one (marketing piece): “Idle 3 Power setting allows immediate recording when motion sensing is detected in a camera.” There is no mention of “Idle 3 power setting” in the spec sheet, the product manual, the AT commands, or really anywhere in the internal Seagate documents according to the first couple levels of phone tech support. I suspected this was dreamed up by marketing and just means regular idle mode (as in fully powered/spun up but not actually writing).

Support followed up by email and they said the following: "Please understand that "Idle 3 Mode" is really a marketing term which because of its newness has proven to difficult to find much information beyond the fact that it is a special state that reduces the drive's power consumption by moving the heads on the ramp and reduces the drive's spin speed."

In reading the product manual to try to figure out Idle3 there was also a cryptic footnote to the power consumption for Idle mode “with DIPLM Enabled”. I asked what DIPLM stands for since it is not mentioned anywhere else including google. They will have to research this and get back to me.

Item two: Several non-seagate sites on the internet suggested that the drive’s spindle speed might really be 7200 RPM. The product manual does not help with this, but tech support was able to confirm that although there was a version of the 3TB ST3000VX000 that was 7200, the current latest version of the 3TB ST3000VX002 and this drive, the 4TB ST4000VX000 are 5900RPM.

Other Thoughts: Various new factors are impacting the HDD market for video surveillance. New global legislation is increasing the maximum retention time for video surveillance and legal requirements for surveillance in certain public places are being mandated. When you add the fact that image quality and resolution is going up, the market for surveillance hard drives is estimated to increase to over a billion dollars per year around 2017. This would be over 7 million units per year. By comparison PC HDD sales fell 7% in 2013 to 444 million units.

Most modern security DVR’s support multiple drives and capacities of > 3Tb per drive. Most modern NVR’s can use >3TB drives, also. However, if you are trying to put this into a consumer DVR device, do your homework. Many consumer-level DVR’s will not support 4TB drive sizes. For instance, Direct TV needs to be the HR34 or HR44/Genie models to use either 3 or 4 TB drives. Tivo needs to be series 4 or greater because of either hardware or software limits. Most Scientific Atlanta HD box internal drives are IDE not SATA, and so on.

I tested this drive for 24 hours each in: PC based security DVR system with Geovision cards, and a linux-based NVR where I removed the other drives to just test this one (the old ones were 3TB). The drive did its job in both applications. The main thing I noticed was how very quiet it was.

I tested Seagate customer phone support for this review by asking the technical questions I mentioned above. They were very responsive. On a weekday at around lunchtime I got a real person in the US on the second ring. They spent a lot of time trying to get the right answers questions. They followed up by e-mail.

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5 out of 5 eggsspeedy/quite/cool running spinner

This review is from: Seagate ST4000VX000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Surveillance Hard Drive

Pros: -excellent performance for a spinner. stayed nice and quite while staying cool after constantly running for 24 hours.
-using the as ssd benchmark;
sequential transfers were 163.95 MB/s reads and 162.75 MB/s writes.
4K file size transfers were 0.55 MB/s reads and 1.31 MB/s writes.
access times were a bit slow at 15.4 ms read and 22.9 ms write but since this is made as a storage/data drive i won't list this as a con.
-using the atto benchmark;
0.5 K file size transfers were 1.8 MB/s reads and 2.1 MB/s writes.
transfer rates increased steadily and reached the drives max. transfers at 16K;
16 K file size transfers were 171 MB/s reads and 173 MB/s writes.
-I copy and pasted my documents folder to the hdd from an ssd, it transferred the 1.22 GB of varying sized files in 41 seconds which works out to approx. 29.3 MB/s.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: use the GPT partitioning scheme to get the full 4T in a single partition.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat drive

This review is from: Seagate ST4000VX000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Surveillance Hard Drive

Pros: Drives are being made for specific needs now days. Sure all hard drives accomplish the same thing, but there are now drives engineered for specific tasks and can squeeze out just a little more performance or reliability.

This drive has good indicators that it will perform well as a surveillance system hard drive. It spins at a lower rate reducing mechanical wear, it has a 64MB cache so it isn't always cycling the heads between active and park modes (depending on the system it is integrated into). And it offers a lot of storage for video. Many systems have higher resolution and framerates, thus they need more storage to hold the same amount of time.

Drive also has the ability to limit the amount of current it consumes at spin-up to 2 Amps. This is a great feature for systems that use many drives. Having many drives spin up all at the same time can create a large load on the power supply.

After being formatted to NTFS, windows reports 3.63 TB usable by the user. The drive has an average transfer rate of about 158MB/s.

Cons: Not many to report. However, after seeing some of the thinner drives around, this one looks a little thick. The specifications say it is 1.028in max. Just make sure you have good cooling if you are mounting alot of these close together. "Allow a minimum clearance of 0.03in around the entire perimeter of the drive for cooling."

Other Thoughts: 4TB is a lot of data. If you are using this for storage, please be sure to replicate critical information in multiple places. 4TB is a lot of data to lose in case of failure.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat for Torrents as well

This review is from: Seagate ST4000VX000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Surveillance Hard Drive

Pros: Drive is built and programed for long Simultaneous writes across multiple platters and multiple heads.

Reads while writing were better than any drive I have tried before.

Massive size is well worth the price.

Requires GPT File system for full size.

Runs very cool and quiet.

Cons: NTFS file system will require multiple Partitions, older devices will not be able to see drives this large, even some newer ones may need a Firmware, BIOS update...

A little slow for massive file transfers, but that is not what it is built for.

Other Thoughts: Live streaming video as I'm recording 5 video feeds, and it never even burps.

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5 out of 5 eggsHuge drive with good performance

This review is from: Seagate ST4000VX000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Surveillance Hard Drive

Pros: Tuned for surveillance workloads with high write cycles
Reliable in multi drive systems with raid support
Vibration sensors to increase reliability in multi drive systems
Custom power settings with idle 3 support
Supports streaming from 32 cameras
Firmware optimized for drive reliability
Supports 400+ hours of HD content
1M hours MTBF
Runs cool and quiet
5900rpm not 5400rpm
64mb cache
SATA 6gbps

Cons: 5900rpm not 7200rpm
1 year warranty.

Other Thoughts: I was looking forward to swapping out my 1TB drive in my 4 camera surveillance system with this huge drive, however after I was not able to get it working I realized that the surveillance system I have is limited to 2TB only!!! No stars off for Seagate because of this. I put this drive in to my NAS for now and will see if I can update the firmware on the surveillance system to accept 4TB drives. This might be good advice for anyone looking at using a drive larger than 2TB for surveillance.

It now sits next to another 4TB drive, this one specifically aimed at NAS usage, so I decided to run some comparative tests. The other 4TB drive I have runs at 5400rpm, so I assumed that the 5900rpm Seagate would be faster. I tested with PC Mark and the Seagate drive gave me a storage score of 2011 with the other drive trailing behind at 2002. I also ran a few tests with AIDA64 and again the Seagate drive was the faster drive, however not by much. Both HDD's streamed HD video content perfectly without stutter across my network. Both drives were quite and cool and did not appear to have issues running close to each other (vibration).
These drives are designed to record video and try as I might I was unable to get my video capture software working properly when I swapped this drive in to my main PC for testing. I believe that this is due more to the video camera I was using than the HDD.
This hard drive is designed for high workloads over a long period of time, it has been rock solid since I started using it, however I have not yet had the ability to use it the way it should be used due to the limitations of my surveillance system. I fully intend to write another review when I can install this in my surveillance system.
The only disappointment for me was the 1 year warranty. This HDD is designed for high workloads over a long period of time, I expected the manufacturer to give it at least a 3 year warranty like the other NAS drives I am currently using.

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5 out of 5 eggsSeagate ST4000V 4TB

This review is from: Seagate ST4000VX000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Surveillance Hard Drive

Pros: Lots of Storage, built heavy use, seagate

Cons: had to enable and disable the drive a few times before I could get the dynamic function to show up to enable it!
kinda weird but it's working now!

Other Thoughts: Correction drive can be converted to dynamic disc in computer management under administrative tools. And be enabled as a single partiton or drive

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4 out of 5 eggsIt's BIG!!!

This review is from: Seagate ST4000VX000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Surveillance Hard Drive

Pros: Even though this drive is designed for use in Surveillance/DVR equipment, I'm actually using this drive as a storage drive as well as my drive that I record all my video game footage. It works perfectly for both tasks.

This drive offers a massive amount of space at a very reasonable price.

Speed wise, this drive is not the best, but it also is no slouch. I got average write speeds of ~125MB/s. Average read speeds were ~140MB/s.

This drive is only 5900RPM, so it uses very little power. But this leads to higher latencies.(See Cons)

The lower RPM also means this drive generates less heat, which makes it well suited for being used in either an external enclosure, or a DVR. The lower RPM also means the drive should last longer, the 1 Million Hour MTBF is evidence of this.

Cons: The biggest con I have with this drive is the latency. The average latency with HD Tune is 20ms write, and 22ms read. These are really high. I have other 5900RPM drives that have latancies of 13ms. However, since this drive is optimized for surveillance, which will have long sustained writes and not a lot of random reads/writes, I can understand the high latancies.

I was really worried when I saw the 1 Year warranty listed on Newegg, I actually couldn't believe it. So I checked with Seagate and this drive actually has a 3 year warranty. While that is better than 1 year, I actually expected this drive to have a 5 year warranty. Considering the MTBF and the fact that this drive is designed for businesses to use for surveillance, I don't think 5 years is unreasonable.

Other Thoughts: Newegg should really fix the listing for the Warranty of this drive. The 1 Year warranty listing is likely going to turn off a lot of buyers, and most won't research the actual warranty like I did.

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