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Pros: Fast transfer rate (over 150MB read, 65MB write goodput, that's right, measured goodput, not theoretical throughput) for an affordable disk
Have not seen longer than 10ms average latency on this disk
Quiet, it makes about 2x the noise of a EARX when its going through a thrash test. But the EARX is already near non-audible, so 2x of hardly anything is still barely noticeable.
Cons: Uses more power than a caviar green (EARX), near 50% increase in use and heat.
SMART data is a bit confusing. Seagate choses to present data in a non-atomic manner, causing some people to believe their disks to have seek errors when they don't. Luckly windows interprets this correctly. (upper nibble is the actual errors, lower 3 bytes is a seek counter)
Other Thoughts: I ignore DoA reviews, they don't say much except "I'm unhappy because I got a broken device" these reviews tend to scale up linearly with volume sold which is why they're most prominent in low cost devices such as this.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Connects up to 8 disks without expanders
Maybe expanders support?
Cons: Cheap marvel controller
Other Thoughts: If you don't mind buying refurbished, you can find some very good LSI2008 cards for lower. If you're lucky, you can find new ones for around the same price.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Quiet, cool, relatively low power usage
Large space, this is a great 2TB disk
Decent speeds, 4 of these in a RAID10 off MDADM pumps out 240MiB/s (that's bytes not bits) sequential I/O.
S.M.A.R.T self checks usually run under 260 minutes
Cons: Head parking policy of 8 seconds for desktop users artificially dampens the disk's life span disable it!
Other Thoughts: Given the price of SSDs these days, consumer grade rotating platters are really just for storage and that's it.
IMO, the best configuration is to use this disk for data storage (documents, pictures, infrequently used programs, OS) and create a windows unattend file that stores your user profile plus programs loaded at boot on your SSD. If you're paranoid about availability, get 2 and put them in a RAID1.
WARNING. Be sure to change up the head parking counter, or your disk's life span may be artificially reduced.