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Initial Review (purchased 4 drives) 08/29/2013
- big (like really big)
- excellent GB/$ (22 as of posting)
- don't get too hot (35C reported after 7 hour test in room temp. environment with no active cooling)
- One drive was bad. Not DOA, but lots of bad sectors (2500+). RMA replacement in progress.
- packaging showed some evidence of rough handling BEFORE shipping
They arrived in a styrofoam block wrapped in bubble wrap. The anti static bags on each drive had some dents and disfigurations, one of them actually had a half inch puncture. This could not possibly have happened in the styrofoam enclosure during shipping, so I can only suspect rough handling at the factory or distribution center, which is a little alarming.
I haven't done much with these drives other than plug them in and run the extensive self tests on them (which, by the way, takes around 7 hours to complete for these drives. kick it off before bed). Three of the drives were clean, including the one that came in the punctured bag.
The fourth bailed out of the self test early, reporting 440 bad sectors. I ran it through the minimal test after this, and the number of bad sectors increased to over 2500. That one's going back.
The windows volume manager did not like to recognize these drives as 4TB drives, seeing only the first 2048GB on each (before even writing a partition table to the drives). I'm not sure whether this was an issue with the drive firmware, the SATA card they were plugged into (which had other issues as well, so it was probably this) or the windows volume manager.
Linux was able to see and apply a partition table to the entire drive. Furthermore, after rebooting into windows with the partition table written to the drive, windows was able to see (and presumably manipulate) the entire 4TB.
I haven't done any benchmarking yet as I've only had them for 2 days.
Expect a follow up review in a month or so with more detailed performance analysis and benchmarks.
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