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This review is from: Seagate STBD6000100 6TB 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit
Pros: 6 terabytes of data on one disk! I have two home theater machines, one is for the family and one is mine. the family's server has the 4tb version but it is mixed drives with wd reds and 2 seagate 4tbs, and i put in 3 of these. maxed all the ports on it. they have enough room to last a year.
mine I recently built, i upgraded a lot of drives that were old, and small compared to this, 1tb and 1.5tbs i replaced 6 of those with 3 of these and 3 4tbs. I have more space and it will take me forever to fill it as well.
lastly i just built a friends htpc and he ordered twelve of these, twelve, thats 72 terabytes of space, of course he owns almost 1000 dvd's and blurays, always shopping those 2 or 3 for 1 deals at best buy or hitting the 5 for 5 bin at wal-mart.
Formatted into EXT4 the drives work just fine, i really didn't want to bother with NTFS, as we all know the more space taken the slower drives can be.
i wouldn't recommend power-using these drives, storage seems best, i've noticed they can run a little hot.
Cons: It mounts a bit different but fits my antec 1200 case. the temps on the first few I got were a bit hot, 46c at idle, but I increased my fan speeds to max and it dropped it a few degree's.
really no big cons, if anyone gets any doa's or the click of death that really happens in shipping/packaging, which is what I've learned.
why can't they warranty the drives for longer than two years, its 6tb, go back to at least three or five year warranty. this 2 year limited is horrible.
Other Thoughts: My goal overall is once these drop in price in the next few months to years, right now they are $299 when they go on sale, hopefully within the next few months if not i'll go to the 4tb, is slowly begin to replace my 2tb's that are getting old, worn out, or the warranty expires, to either 6tb or 4tb. I have a family media server, my media server, and two desktops that I would eventually like to switch all the drives to be one brand of drive.
right now each machine has their own brand, and several have a mix, i'm not worried about a RAID setup or using storage spaces or softRAID. with fedora I can simply create mounts by using blkid and set each to mount by the uuid of the drive.
some people think this is a bit much, but i know several friends who built new servers themselves and one has 32 drives of this and the other has 32 drives of wd reds but 4tb.
movies are getting bigger, blurays being 25-50gb some even have 4k now, its crazy how large files can be.
Pros: For 189-199$ you can't beat the price. Performs well, I've fitted it with a Gigabyte GA-990-FXA-UD5 motherboard and Corsair H80i water loop kit.
CPU Temperature doesn't go above 37c at full load, thats with all eight cores and I don't overclock. I don't run prime 95 for burn in, I usually will edit a video that uses all the cores.
-- Highest CPU Temp: 37c @ 100% running a 4.2ghz
-- Idles around 17-20c
Compared to the price of the Intel 3770k or 4770k, yes Intel will be faster, but honestly this processor does *everything* those can, unless you actually need hyper-threading then I wouldn't waste your money.
Cons: Even though the its a 125w CPU, that does concern me as the latest Intel's are now reducing the power draw, If I remember the 3770k is 70-80w as well as the 4770k. But I can't justify spending 330$ on a CPU that may give me a little bit of a performance boost, but by what 10-15%? Which I can achieve if I want to overclock it.
Other Thoughts: I have 4 computers, One is an Intel 3rd generation 3770k which I use sometimes, it was built for a client but they ended up having to sell it so I bought it back from them.
My other 3 are a 2 FX-8350s and 1 Phenom 1090t x6.
When RAM was dirt cheap, I bought 32gb of DDR-1333 for my file server for 119$ (Yeah it was 119$)
I have one machine paired with 2133 RAM (16gb) with the Gigabyte GA990-FXA-UD5 (it will take 2133 ram, flash the bios.) and another with with ASUS board that supports up to 3000 RAM, but I only put 2666 in it, and only (8gb) It did take a lot of finessing with the BIOS to get it to detect the RAM at that speed, but other than spending a few hours tweaking around both machines run perfectly.
I run one with a watercooling setup for Corsair, the other runs on a CoolerMaster 212+ dual fans in a push+pull configuration. Obviously the CoolerMaster 212+ won't keep the CPU as cool, but I've yet to get these CPU's hot enough.
I do a lot of editing (videos) I'll convert them from one format to another if I can, I also do a lot of data archiving so I'm backing up all my web sites in .zip or .rar format.
I even play a few video games and I have the settings on ultra and I haven't noticed any lag or poor performance with frames per second.
The stock fan is a piece of junk, you will want a 3rd party cooler or you will go deaf.
This review is from: SAMSUNG D3 Station 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STSHX-D401TDB Black
Pros: USB 3.0, Which is great for 4.0tb drives, I would really hate to backup that much data on USB2.0, Average read/write speeds are 100MB/s+ on my PC's. Using onboard USB3.0 I also purchased a 3rd party USB 3.0 controller to plugin additional hard drives as needed, no bottleneck there either.
-- Formats out to 3.63tb (ext4)*
-- Read/Write averages 100+MB/s.
-- 3 Year Warranty.
-- Lots of power adapters.
Cons: The only con is its an external that requires a USB port and outlet to plug it in, otherwise I would rather have them in the tower, but I'm not about to crack one of these open to just install it internally.
Other Thoughts: I notice some reviews of people getting duds, I've bought a lot of hard drives for me, clients of mine, and personally I would say around 2/3 of the time the reason for a dead or bad drive is because of the shipping quality of Newegg. I have bought some hard drives that were just wrapped and placed in a box with very poor protection which in ground shipping this would cause it to bounce around which we all know is bad for hard drives.
I've bought 10 of these and ordered another 5, a friend of mine has bought 10 as well. The reason is these make excellent storage drives for me when I repair a clients computer, especially if its in need of a reformat to due a virus, malware, rootkit, you name it. I can quickly back up the drive to the external, then clean it on a computer I built that boots and run several applications to get rid of all the nasty viruses and easily copy it back on.
At the speeds I see, the price I pay is worth it. The clients end up with a backup drive as well. I deal with a lot of clients who take so many photos in such a high resolution they easily fill up a drive. Also since smart phones can take 1080p video.
Like for instance I have a client who has a 4tb internal and a 250gb SSD boot, she takes professional photos for her clients, on average those raw images add up in space and the more clients she has the more photos she will store, and she keeps everything, even the movies. I seen that she had recorded a wedding last month, the entire video was 3+ hours and several files that were in 1080p with the highest settings available.
She also has a phone that takes I believe like 41 megapixel images. You can imagine the sizes of those in RAW format.
I use 8 of these drives myself for daily backup of my systems, and a weekly backup of my other drives. I protect my data because I'm just the paranoid type I guess.
Now that drives have 2 year limited warranties, if you want the 5 year warranty you will be spending a pretty penny on it and I just can't justify spending over 200$ for a 4tb Western Digital Black that's designed for Power Users, but only gets used for storage. That would be what the greens are for, but those have the two year warranty.
Personally I will continue to purchase these when I need them. When they were $129.00 I could not pass that up.