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Jackson W.

Jackson W.

Joined on 06/10/08

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Most Favorable Review

1/4 failed so far, others running great

HGST Deskstar NAS 3.5" 6TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s High-Performance Hard Drive for Desktop NAS Systems Retail Packaging 0S03839 H3IKNAS600012872SN
HGST Deskstar NAS 3.5" 6TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s High-Performance Hard Drive for Desktop NAS Systems Retail Packaging 0S03839 H3IKNAS600012872SN

Pros: I have 4 of these running in a RAID5 managed by a Synology NAS. They're fast, 180MB/s write across the lot using dd to benchmark! 3 year warranty too, which is great because 1 failed in < two months due to many bad sectors being discovered in rapid succession... RMA is free though besides shipping to HGST. Keep the original packaging.

Cons: Slow spin up time, the NAS puts these to sleep after 20 minutes of inactivity and it takes about a full minute for them all to spin up on-demand. 1 drive failed fast, these seem to have all come from the same batch (sequential serial numbers, shipped in original HGST bundle it looks like) which doesn't inspire much confidence. The others seem to be chugging away with no issues however!

Overall Review: With these drives you're buying into a long term deal. Some will fail, just keep RMA-ing them until you get a good set. The good ones will last you an extremely long time. My last HGST array (4x 2TB drives) had 2 RMAs, but is still running after 5 years strong the last replacement.

11/12/2016

Amazing RAID Unit

SANS DIGITAL TowerRAID TR4UTBPN 4-Bay 3.5" SATA to USB 3.0 / eSATA Hardware RAID-5 Storage Tower
SANS DIGITAL TowerRAID TR4UTBPN 4-Bay 3.5" SATA to USB 3.0 / eSATA Hardware RAID-5 Storage Tower

Pros: I've had this enclosure running a RAID-5 with 4x Hitachi 2TB Deskstar 5K3000 drives for almost 9 months straight now, and I have zero complaints. This thing rips with eSATA! I get 75mb/s using < 5400rpm drives transferring through my network to an Intel Atom powered server... Not even close to ideal conditions and I'm still impressed.

Cons: Poor bundled documentation, clunky (but optional) management software, and the plastic case does feel a bit cheap.

Overall Review: I've read complaints about the fan being noisy, this doesn't seem to be the case with my unit although it does run a bit hot when closed in my desk cabinet. Aluminum would be a better thermal conductor, for the case modders out there.

Great Drives - Not for RAID!

Western Digital WD Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: Low Power Very Quiet, Almost Silent Cheap, 1TB for ~$50

Cons: Although it's not advertised, WD's series of Green Drives are not suitable for RAID. This is for 2 reasons, 1: the RPM of every Green Drive is different, they are individually tuned for acoustics and reliability and 2: a feature called TLER that cannot be enabled on the EARS series of drives.

Overall Review: These Green Drives are excellent for file storage as individual disks, they're quiet and really low power. If you plan on placing them in a RAID array however, these are not for you.