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This review is from: Seagate NAS HDD ST3000VN000 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive
Pros: out of the "NAS" type hard drives, these seem to just barely edge out the others in performance. It almost looks like seagate did just enough to make sure this drive does better. (but it comes at a cost, see others)
you get an extra year coverage over the desktop drives & technically these drives are designed to work in RAID arrays.
Keep an eye on the price, these are always going on some sort of sale.
Cons: 1. not taking an egg away but, one of the drives i got were bad out of the box. I tried 2 different arrays in a single PC then i tried just using it as a direct drive on a built in port but the pc could not initialize the drive. Newegg RMA'd it and i got a new one within a week.
2. ONLY a 3 year warranty. Your paying MORE for the same size drive, yet getting slower results. Your trade off is to be able to use these drives in a NAS device. Why can't my extra money get me a little more coverage. ? ?
3. Speed isn't something too spectacular. According to specs, the Maximum sustained transfer rate for the 3/4TB models is 180MB/s, however in some testing, i was only able to get about 130MB/s per a single disk. Once i RAIDed all 4 into a Raid 0, i got about 533MB/s. Dont get me wrong for a file server, that isn't bad at all, but i would have expected a little better. Something around the 620MB/s (based off the tech listed specs)
Other Thoughts: YES, i'm running 4 in a Raid 0. This is not the only copy of the data, its 1 of 3. So i can enjoy the luxury of having a fast data store for pc access.
Yes i know that in my nextwork, having bonded nics between my desktop and NAS will yield me a max rate of 256MB/s, so i'm not too upset that the disk are only getting around 533MB/s.
Oh, one of the CON's of having the fastest NAS type hard drive is that it uses more power (wattage) to run, because the drive runs at 5900RPM vs the tradition 5400RPM.
Since my server runs 24/7 i wanted to make it very energy efficient. My old standard Business Class drives would idle at 9watts, these drives idle at 4.3watts. At full load, they go up to about 7.8watts (vs the older 14watts).
Would i recommend these.., unless the RED's are on a massive sale OR you need something to be SUPER SUPER low power (Reds idle at like 3.4 watts), yeah i would get these.
as always you can gmail me at evil homer clone.
Pros: External Raid enclosure with fan & dip switch configuration (though i ended up doing my via the gui).
Several drive options including a normal mode, which will allow your system to address each hard drive you have in the enclosure as a separate drive (just note that your still traveling through a single connection so using each drive as an individual with yield slower speeds).
Fan has a controller on it to fine tune the noise & temp control.
very compact if you as me. ( for having a controller & fan built in)
USB install very clean on my 2012 R2 Essentials box & with the gui installed, i'm able to setup the device and gain some extra features (like email notification support, SMART readings, firmware upgrades )
Cons: I never like saying anything is perfect, but i aint taking any eggs away.
1. I like the "idea" of how the hard drives go in but i wish the caddy would go to at least half way on the hard drive (to the middle screw). It would put a tighter hold on the drive.
2. WHY is the esata only 3Gbps while the USB is 5Gbps?!? I guess i would only use the sata connection should i require to upgrade a firmware on an internal hard drive..
3. For me i would imagine a min length of 3ft for the usb would more ideal for end users.
Other Thoughts: I dont have speed results because i'm running this in JOBD mode with 4 WD Green drives (3tb, 2tb & 2x 1tbs). This is running a 2nd copy of my data running on 4 x 3tb Seagate NAS drives. Though my potential main storage is 12tb i'm only using about 4.5tb so as my size increases i will replace the Green drives accordingly.
So your wonder why i'm running a raid 0 then a JOBD system, you can email me at evil homer clone for details BUT in short, with the magic of Vmware, i'm able to directly attach a "USB" drive to a vm and have that vm license to backup to a "unlimited data" cloud service.. ALL from a single pc which saves me a great deal of money when it comes to running cost.
So should my raid 0 fail, i have a local copy to restore from and should i have a disaster at home (fire, theft, surge) i have a full copy in the cloud. ;)
Pros: supports UASP, so if enabled in your system you can squeak out a bit more performance on USB 3.0.
Very small design (unsure how happy i am about that though)
Cons: This is me being picky, and let me start by saying the device works fine! These issues do not directly involved the performance of enclosure..
1. I HATE it when you get an enclosure that requires you angling the hard drive in, specially in cases like this were there is very little play room. I guess if you were looking to create a more stable solution (not swapping out hard drives on the norm) this won't be that big of an issue. They can make it were you can slide the hdd FLAT into the sata connector
2. Locking screws are very small and a pain to get it. I dropped them like 4 times. I'm not referring to the screws that secure the hard drive to the board, i'm talking about the screws required to keep the 2 pieces of the enclosure together. IF you lose a screw your "screw'd" because the enclosure won't lock . I have a Startech enclosure that has a snap on lid, totally toolless. You can see the screw holes i'm talking about in one of the pictures.
3. As with ANY company that does this, i hate the branding on the case. Takes away from the appeal to me.
4. ALSO with most of these companies now, the USB 3.0 cable is WAY too stiff. very difficult to use, specially like this one were the cable is only 1ft
Other Thoughts: One other thing you should note, having an aluminum casing isn't always the best thing. It would cause serious damage to my very nice computer desk if it were to slide on it (my normal StarTech enclosure is plastic. Its also a bit bigger than the Vantec, but thats because there are bumpers around the hard drive to help it from impacts).
I'm using this enclosure on a 2012 r2 server that is stored in my laundry room as a backup drive & i got it for a very cheap price (sub $18.00). If i had to pay the retail price for this, i would recommend the Startech one... N82E16817707313.
As always (for almost 10 years now) feel free to gmail me at evil homer clone with questions or comments!