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Pros: - Was cheaper compared to the competition when I bought it
Cons: - I have experienced a 250% failure rate over 4 years on this drive. I am not the only one, Backblaze lost 4,345 out of 4,829 of these drives that it purchased. Out of 8 I purchased, 4 were DOA, and since then I have lost 20 out of my original 8 purchases. Buying this drive has cost be $2500 and 30TB of loss.
Other Thoughts: - There is currently a class action lawsuit happening to Seagate due to this drive and its astronomical failure rate and bad reliability. Buying this drive for your data is a bit like buying Enron stock in November 2001.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Big and cheap
Cons: My first 1 egg review. Especially with hard drive reviews, be sure to look at how long somebody's owned it. After 2 years of pain and misery with these drives I had to write a review.
In 2 years, 14 out of 8 drives failed. That's a 175% failure rate. Originally ordered 8. 4 were DOA, another quickly died. At that point I should have just returned the whole lot and gone with a different brand. Since then some of the replacements have also failed. The drives don't seem to be very good with reporting SMART statuses either, of the 14, only two of those did any kind of SMART reporting before failing.
Go with another brand. This is NOT WORTH the extra 20 or 30 bucks you'll save.
Other Thoughts: When Seagate released these drives, they dropped their drive warranty from 3 years to 1 year. They know these are bad. Buyer beware.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SANS DIGITAL TowerRAID TR5UTP 0, 1, 10, 3, 5, Clone (N-way Mirror) with Hot Spare, and JBOD 5 x Hot-Swappable 3.5" Drive Bays USB 3.0 (backward compatible with USB 2.0) and eSATA 5 Bay USB 3.0 / eSATA Hardware RAID 5 Tower w/ 6G PCIe 2.0 HB
Pros: I've relied on these Sans Digital BYO RAID boxes for a few years now, and haven't had any issues with any of them. This particular one is hooked up as the file server to a small renderfarm, so it gets used and abused nearly 24/7.
- Fast. I measure 230 MB/s; I can never get my single disks to go over 70-90MB/s
- Doesn't choke under simultaneous read/write access like single drives do. I can generally get up to 6 simultaneous read/writes going at once without a noticeable slowdown (since the bottleneck usually lies in CPU/network/etc.)
- It and others have always been stable, even under heavy use. Haven't yet lost a drive or corrupted a file yet.
- Plug and play install on Mac Pro (including the Rocket card). Card supports SATA hot plugging without any configuration, too!
Cons: Definitely the loudest piece of equipment in the room, but not overpowering. It's more comforting that the drives are being kept cool.READ FULL REVIEW