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This review is from: TOSHIBA Canvio Desk 5TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive HDWC250XK3J1 Black
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.READ FULL REVIEW
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.
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.