Joined on 01/11/07
Greeat for FreeNAS
Pros: 8 on-board SAS ports plus SATA2 and SATA3 ports. Plenty of 4-pin headers for case fans Sensors for "everything" Remote control and monitoring via IPMI Supports ECC RAM (only)
Cons: Can't alter Fan speed thresholds (or others either, probably) in BIOS setup -- had to use freeipmi (and only multiples of 150rpm seem to be acceptable). I wish I could take off half an egg for that.
Overall Review: I am using this with an E3-1230V3 CPU. The day after I ordered this together with two 8GB modules of the Kingston-recommended RAM, Kingston took the 8GB ones off their recommended list; their tech support told me there had been reports of ECC errors when using four such modules. Unknown at this stage whether the problem is with the motherboard or with the RAM. I'm using only two 8GB modules and have seen no problems
Warranty replacement will be different model
Pros: Don't know yet
Cons: Right after I posted my previous review I got my confirmation email from Seagate regarding the warranty replacement. I am truly ticked off: the replacement is an ST2000DM001 -- same specs. but very poor user feedback ratings here on NewEgg: 25% gave it only 1 egg and another 9% gave it only 2 eggs.
Initial impressions good
Pros: I haven't run any benchmarks, but it seems plenty fast enough. It's staying cool, but I'm not thrashing it.
Cons: Although my motherboard came with the needed screw, it does seem unnecessarily cheap for Intel not to have included a screw with the SSD.
Overall Review: It seems from my reading that there are faster SSDs, but this was a good price-to-capacity trade-off for my needs.
Passed initial testing
Pros: I ran S.M.A.R.T. and surface tests on it, and it passed with flying colors. It has six mounting holes on the bottom as well as three on each side, whereas the same-capacity Seagate drives have only four on the bottom and two on each side; not all cases and trays allow the most secure mounting of the Seagate drives. Three-year warranty -- a year longer than the Seagate drive costing about the same.
Cons: None, except that it seems noisier than my Seagate drives -- a low-pitched rumbling sound during testing -- but it's not going to be running where anyone will be able to hear it anyway.
Overall Review: I have bought nothing but Seagate desktop drives for years, but the reviews of HGST drives have been good. I bought this to have on hand as a pre-tested spare for my FreeNAS machine, so I bought only the one. If I set up a new storage pool, I may well buy more of this model drive.
So far, so good
Pros: Large storage capacity, quiet, cool. Fast enough for what I need.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: I have never had any reason to abandon Seagate as my main source of hard disks -- except for a couple of Hitachi laptop drives, and the WD "Black" I found on a store shelf at a ridiculously low price. I have at least 25 Seagate desktop drives running in a variety of machines. Re: the unpublished rotational speed figure. Fifty or more years ago a road test of a new model of Rolls Royce car commented on the fact that RR did not publish horsepower figures and that when the reviewer had contacted RR to ask them, they replied, "Adequate." Yes, most of my other drives spin at 7200rpm (and for quite a while I was using 10,000rpm SCSI drives), but I have no complaints about the speed of this new BarraCuda drive. I could have bought a 7200rpm drive with a larger cache (Seagate or other) for a significantly higher price, but this drive suits my needs and my budget at present. The inner (Newegg) carton containing the drive itself had not been assembled properly, and if I had picked it up differently the drive (but still in its "cushion pack") could have fallen through the bottom and onto the floor.