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TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 5TB USB 3.0 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Inexpensive and fast

Cons: None yet

Other Thoughts: I bought two of these to use as backup drives. I have filled both of them to capacity about 12 times so far. No complaints. Speed is great, I worry a little about heat in an essentially sealed plastic (insulating) housing.

Western Digital WD Black WD4001FAEX 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It's a WD Black drive - they have been at or near the pinnacle of performance for rotating drives within their class.

I was worried, reading many online reviews that the access time may be slow, but using the same test software I am getting consistent ~12msec seeks including latency. Lots of reviews show 15+

Cons: Throughput for this old beast is not quite up to par with other drives today, but for my workloads, access time is more important than throughput.

Still a hot drive.

Other Thoughts: The new model just came out with higher throughput, and apparently optimized seeks. That makes this drive suddenly cost competitive with other drives that do not have 5 year warranties and do not have the low seek time.

For the time being, this will replace Hitachi as the go to 7,200 rpm 4tb drive for me.

SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum skin reinforced plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body MILO Series ML03B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Low Profile, small footprint.
Same width as network racks
Look good, price is right.
You can actually fit 2 3.5 inch, 1 2.5 inch drives and an optical drive all at the same time.

Cons: Tight assembly takes some planning. Some motherboards don't play well with connector locations. Power supply depth is a major concern.

Other Thoughts: I have 4 of these cases in use right now.

One has 2x4tb drives a 128gb OS drive and an Antec SATA hot swap tray - used as an HTPC and media server w/ i5-760 and AMD HD6670.

One has an i7-4770, Intel quad GBe NIC, 2 Velociraptor 500gb drives, a C300 128gb boot drive and a WD320BEKTdrive.

One has an i7-3770 and a couple drives running Windows Server 2008 and Exchange 2013.

They are all silent and stay cool.

As mentioned above, they are the same width as regular rack mount gear, so I have a couple of them sitting in a network rack with the other network gear.


Jeffrey D.'s Profile

Display Name: Jeffrey D.

Date Joined: 07/01/04

  • Reviews: 39
  • Helpfulness: 17
  • First Review: 05/09/08
  • Last Review: 07/20/14
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