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Pros: Massive 10 Terabytes and low power consumption.
Very shiny, no bolt heads. Looks futuristic.
Everyone at work wanted to see it when I had to pull it out of the esata cage...
RMA'd without any hassle.
Cons: Failed right at 1 week of use. I guess 14 heads have a unique click of death.
Tried a USB adapter to run SeaTools and nothing. Just a nice clicking cadence.
Attached directly to mainboard and computer hangs at POST during drive checking, but then boots right up with drive missing. I should have recorded the actuator noise. Probably could have put it into a song.
Missing center mounting holes, if that's a con.
This drive is also really thick. There is a slight scratch in the label from sliding it in and out of my server tray. RAID controller gave very skewed results.
The eSATA case also wouldn't fully screw closed.
Other Thoughts: Never really been a fan of Seagate. Unfortunately this only reaffirms my thoughts.
Came to work Monday morning to find Windows saying I needed to back up my data right away.
I have a SMR 4TB drive and I can tell this is only using PMR.
Decimal/binary conversion yields 9316GB formatted capacity
This was being used to archive low activity surveillance video at 4 hour intervals. Total data written didn't exceed 85Gb at each scheduled archive.
I was able to get this Friday evening before it went dead. I think this main board only has eSATA 1.0.
Seq Q32 129.2 117.9
4K Q32 2.763 2.765
Seq 125.0 112.6
4K 0.881 2.821
This review is from: Seagate Expansion 4TB USB 3.0 3.5" Desktop External Hard Drive STEB4000100 Black
Pros: Simple plug and play. Already formatted NTFS
USB 3.0 speeds won't choke on data transfers.
Based on weight, I know there is a full size 3.5" drive hiding inside.
Hard drive is reported as a SATA3 (6.0Gb/s) and 5900rpm.
Monolithic design looks utilitarian. Seeing it in my hands reminded me of the opening from the movie 2001(Thus Sprach Zarathustra).
Cons: Needs a large wall wart to power up.
Relies on your own back up methods.
Failed a Windows Server 2008 R2 Backup Once, twice "because of an I/O device error".
Gave up after that and went with just a copy and paste of data. Took 2 1/2 hours for just 1.00TB of mixed data, from a 4 drive RAID 5.
LED is on the top, and rear of the case. Not very bright either. Only illuminates when the drive is accessed.
Other Thoughts: LOL looks like someone stole my review. I already ran Crystal and HD Tune tests on the drive but came up with, oddly, different numbers. Same HDD though. I am taking off an egg due to Windows Backup failing and requiring a power supply for an external device. For some reason Read I/O was always 1/3 of Write.
HD Tune Pro v5.5 (trial)
Sequential Read 173MB/s Write 173MB/s
4KB random Read 143 IO Write 421 IO
16.2% CPU usage
Crystal Disk Mark v3.0.4 x64
Read MB/s Write MB/s
Sequential 178 177
512K 52 92
4K QD1 0.6 1.5
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit
Pros: The start menu is back! If you remember to right click only it is semi-useful.
Very resource friendly.
Detected most devices and installed generic drivers to get me going(see below).
VERY fast boot up. Also my first UEFI computer.
Cons: Feels like Windows 7...where a virus has taken over and fudged the UI.
This version of Windows installed generic drivers by default, felt like I didn't need to download the newest drivers from ASRocks website.
!!Still go to your mother boards website and download all drivers.
Other Thoughts: With the OEM drivers, Windows would freeze often during updates. I even rebooted once thinking I had bricked it some how. Windows started up with a installing updates splash screen. After I installed the newest Intel SATA drivers, it ran much better. Naturally updates won't install any more. Even after clearing out the updates cache
I cannot reiterate how much UEFI is beneficial to Windows 8(.1). Windows clocks boot up from first click of the power button to log in screen at 4.5 seconds. I think it is actually closer to 5 seconds :-)