- 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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Great drive for the price! 03/21/2014
-Able to deliver HD media to 9+ devices at once
-Works great as my media drive for my house
-Handles recording with FRAPS very well
So, I am very happy with this hard drive. It is pretty much silent. Even in an external enclosure on my desk right in front of me, I don’t hear it. It delivers HD content to many devices at once, and serves as my backup drive for a few important work files at the same time. I initially set it up in my computer to test its speeds; I got about 179 MB/s sequential reads and writes. I decided to test its real world applications by putting a few 720p movies on it, making it a shared drive in my network, and seeing if I could make it lag. It successfully streamed to 3 desktops, 2 tablets, 2 phones, a laptop, and a Raspberry Pi all at once with no issues at all. I am sure it could have done more (as it claims on its product page) but I was out of available devices to test with. I was rather impressed… my cat was rather confused by all the different sounds coming from everywhere in my house at once. I was also able to record 1080p gameplay footage to the drive without any loss in quality.
-Wouldn’t recommend as a boot drive.
No real cons really come to mind. I could say 5900 RPM is a con, but this drive is meant to be a media drive, so 7200 RPM or higher would just be a waste of energy. It is more than fast enough for its intended purpose in my opinion. I wouldn’t recommend this as a main drive for a PC, as it wouldn’t be as fast as a SSD or even a 7200 RPM drive… but that is not this drive’s intended purpose, so I am not sure I could really count that as a con.
-The drive can be limited by its connection.
This drive performs much better than I thought it would. I have not had the best luck with 5900 RPM hard drives in the past, but this one is great. So, one thing to keep in mind: if you are using SATA I or an external enclosure that uses something slower than SATA II, then you will be limited by that speed. That isn’t really anything against the drive, as the same would be true for the fastest drive in the world, just something to keep in mind.
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