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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
Pros: Large, cheap, and store data, sometimes. Spinup is fast, and once awake, drives are relatively quiet.
Cons: I try to wait a bit before reviewing hard drives to fully get an idea of changes over their lifetime. It's been a year and a half and I just had another one fail, so I suppose now is the time.
I bought eight of these at once to fill a RAID. They're not enterprise drives, and I was aware of that going in, so take however large of a grain of salt you need with this review. That being said, this is not my first RAID, but it is my first Seagate drive purchase and my first RAID drive failure.
2/8 were DOA, and another one failed in the first 24 hours. All three were RMA'd and replaced with no fuss. 20 months in I lost one more. Since Seagate dropped their warranty to one year with these drives (wonder if they knew something I didn't?), the drive's out of warranty.
All four failures were accompanied by the clicky-whirring-whining noise of death (versus silent data loss/corruption).
Currently on 4/8 of the original drives after 1.5 years. 7/8 current working drives. Not an utter failure, but not exactly an awesome track record.
Other Thoughts: RAID was in a room at 70-80 degrees F, 60-70% humidity, running off a UPS.
For the working drives, spinup has always been fast, but loud. Waking the drives up makes the "imminent failure" mechanical whining noise which was scaring me at first. You get used to it.
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
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