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This review is from: Seagate NAS HDD ST4000VN000 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive
Pros: * All drives worked
* 3 year warranties confirmed on Seagate.com
Cons: I had an issue with these drives in an Areca ARC-5080 desktop RAID Enclosure.
After running the newest controller firmware (1.52) these drives throw a "Time Out Error" but don't drop from the array. Rumors claim that Areca controllers don't like Seagates with Spread Spectrum Clocking (SSC). I couldn't find way to control that, but I found that if I tell the controller to run all Seagate drives at SATA II (3G) speeds, no more errors! NCQ settings didn't help.
I don't really care that the drives are running at that speed because they cannot go fast enough to saturate the links they are on, since each drive directly connects to the controller, if the setup had a multiplier in it then I'd care. With a mechanical drive it's never going to even top SATA 1.5 speeds anyway (per drive). I'm not using more than 1 lane per link so link speeds don't need to be faster then the drive anyway.
Other Thoughts: These are Seagate's NAS/DVR drives to compete with WD Reds. However they still carry the same warranty as Reds (3 years) seems like if they wanted to get more loyal buyers their put 4 or 5 years on them instead. Otherwise these gave me more trouble then brand new 4TB Reds, I only bought them because NewEgg wouldn't let me buy more Reds on holiday deals after the 5 unit limit.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: * They are suppose to work properly with advanced hardware RAID functions (TLER).
* Lots of good Holiday deals for these WD Red Models.
* All 5 of mine worked!
* All 5 running in a desktop Areca ARC-5080 enclosure (FW 1.52) with no modification of settings required (unlike my two Seagate drives).
* Speed seems fine to me.
* Warranties on all drives confirmed for 3 years.
* Each drive came with a fun WD RED sticker! Stickers are fun...
Cons: * Newegg wouldn't let me order more drives :-)
* Like everyone today these drives only carry a 3 year warranty..considering they are designed for NAS usage I don't see why you wouldn't have 5 years, but you have to get enterprise drives for that (which cost at least double for 4TB densities right now).
Other Thoughts: I was on the edge about purchasing these since they are extremely negative and positive reviews in the feedback section so I ordered the holiday deal limit and was expecting a couple DOAs. But they all worked! I let them warm up to room temperature first before I used them.
4TB is very huge for me (I only need about 4TB total!) so I planned to use 5 drives in a RAID 6 with several hot spares. This allows me to simply swap out a drive for any RMA or whatever without having to wipe it first and hopefully I have enough redundancy plus external backup to keep me in good stead for at least the warranted 3 years.
Make sure you have a UPS with your RAID arrays, seriously!
This review is from: Crucial M4 256GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT256M4SSD3
Pros: *Got it on a great New Egg Deal
*Seems to operate at the max of the PCI-E 1.0 slot the Msata -> PCIe adapter from MacSales can function (which is about 250MB/s-300MB/s
*Firmware is produced for these Msata M4 units but this one already had the latest on it
*No hickups so far
Cons: *Longevity is always an unknownREAD FULL REVIEW