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Pros: A few of the six I bought might work.
Cons: At least two of the six I purchased are DOA. There may be more. I'm running Hitachi's Drive Fitness Test on each of them now to verify.
Overall Review: These are garbage. I've bought at least 20 other Hitachis in the past without a single DOA. Two of six being DOA is disgusting. I'll probably RMA them all at this rate.
Pros: Very Quiet, Pretty fast and runs cooler than my WD or Seagate drives.
Cons: None so far. See other thoughts.
Overall Review: I purchased 2 Drives. 1 drive good 1 drive DOA. Newegg Packing FAIL. No bubble wrap on either of THE DRIVES. I felt and heard them sliding around. The drive that was DOA had the static bag torn because of sliding around. I ran the other drive for 38 hrs. of testing. It was perfect. no bad blocks. NOT HAPPY because this is recurring theme with Newegg...
Pros: How can you not like the attractive price and free shipping? I have 3 different brands of 1TB drives in my "fleet" and the Hitachi is by far the quietest and coolest (temperature-wise). The drive can be setup by the Hitachi Feature Tool software (downloadable from Hitachi Global Storage) as far as noise level, either 3Gbps/1.5Gbps and spread spectrum. I did test both of my Hitachi 1TB drives with Hitachi's diagnostics tool before putting into service.
Cons: 16MB of cache versus 32MB found on similar drives with a higher price tag. To me, this put the Hitachi into a "budget" category. So, if you remove a feature to lower the price, that's a good trade-off, but it lowers my rating by 1 egg (well, that and the software discussed in "Other thoughts"). They could have upped the price only $2 or so and went with 32MB cache.
Overall Review: The Hitachi drive software is DOS ONLY. Meaning you need to boot with their media, either diskette or bootable CD. Other vendors have Windows-based software diagnostics. This also means that while you are running a drive test, you're monopolizing a PC. If you run the full suite of tests, you're a couple of hours into it.
I don't have a problem with bubble wrap, although it is not an approved way of shipping a hard disk, according to Hitachi. I do have a problem with a drive bouncing around in a box because the only cushioning is the bubble wrap. It's been my experience that Newegg does a good job of packing boxes in their Edison, NJ warehouse. I wish I could say the same for their Nashville, TN warehouse.
Pros: Got two of these, both work just fine in my Drobo array. Very quiet drive. Good value.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: Drive is almost too quiet. I like being able to hear clicking when something is happening, but c'est la vie.
Pros: Great HDD. Fast, and Cool. Reasonable price.
Overall Review: Do not bash the product when any OEM drive from any HDD company (WD, Seagate, Samsong and Hitachi ) is sent with bubble wrap and cones. It is an OEM HDD, dudes. No box, no cable. These supposed to be delivered to PC builders, like HP and Dell as bulk. You never bought one before? Then I'll tell you that your next order of OEM HDD would be sent the same way for sure. Got it?
Pros: Plenty fast, very inexpensive, and it's BIG!
I exercised it a bunch on arrival just to make sure that if was going to fail early, it would do so during the Newegg return period. It now has worked flawlessly for the last 4 months.
Cons: Only what is common to all drives this big.
While this is the among fastest drives I've used in a desktop (at about 90 to 120 MB/second ) because it is SO BIG it takes a some time to format, clone, fill-up, etc.
It's a bit like filling up a stadium through a doorway designed for a theater... it just takes a while to get everybody in or out.
Overall Review: Upon arrival, I filled it up a couple of times with copies of large files just to exercise it. Supposedly this isn't necessary, but I never trust a new drive right away.
Actually I never trust *any* drive completely... old or new, fast or slow, big or small, expensive or cheap, good brand or bad... hard drives fail... even SSDs can fail (at a lower rate). That is why we have backups! duh!
Statistically the failure-rate-difference between brands is minimal, and no brand is or will ever be failure-proof enough to get you out of backups for data that you care about.
Please stop all the assertions based on tiny sample sizes that one brand fails and another one never does...
Anyone whining about loosing their precious data has only themselves to blame.
This has been doing a great job of storing my back-ups, and large media files. Stop shopping and get TWO today! (One is for backups remember?)
Pros: Decent price; actually a little cheaper now than when I bought it. I found this drive through the forrest drive comparison tool. Also, EXTREMELY quiet. This is good for me, because it's going in a media/home theater PC that sits in the living room. I actually was not quite convinced that the drive was turned on and working until I started using it, it was so quiet.
Cons: No SATA cable included, but that's to be expected these days. I forgot about this and had to order the cable separately; if that happens to you, shop around for deals on shipping.
Overall Review: Not really a "con", but I got this drive to use in an older computer along with a PCI SATA card. If you're doing that, remember to also get power adapters, since older machines won't have SATA power cables as well. A while back they made SATA drives with older 4-pin Molex power connectors, but I guess not anymore.
Pros: Read reviews about this verse other drives. Its not the fastest, but it runs cool and quiet. Great for a bedroom server.
Cons: Not made for speed, so not great for a heavy duty server.
Overall Review: I have a box in my room that runs 24/7 that serves media to the rest of the house. When someone in the house is trying to watch a movie at midnight, I don't want to hear the hard drive chattering. This hard drive is quiet and works perfect for my situation.