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Seagate SkyHawk 10TB Surveillance Hard Drive 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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5 out of 5 eggs Great for freeing up drive bays AND storage space in a RAID setup 02/10/2017

This review is from: Seagate SkyHawk 10TB Surveillance Hard Drive 256MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ST10000VX0004

Pros: I have 4 of these running in an 8-bay Synology 1812+ that sees mixed use for NAS/Backup/Surveillance. We just passed the 90-day mark since install and these HDD's are purring along. I have an 8-bay enclosure but run 2 disk fault tolerance so it really reduces the size available for actual use. Replacing 4gb drives with these has really given us some breathing room on available space. We will definitely continue to swap these into our diskstation but may wait until the price drops a little more now that our initial swap has given us ample breathing room.

Cons: Would love to see the $/TB drop some more. I'd definitely finish swapping the remaining 4 bays if the $/TB got to $35/TB and may consider doing a similar swap at my house on my HTPC NAS at that price. I have a feeling it wil be awhile to see that price considering how the Skyhawks price compares to WD's already.

Also a con, that is not the HDD's fault so no egg deduction, is the time it takes to rebuild my RAID array on a disk swap. We are talking days to swap a single disk. This is a complaint that Synology has been aware of for awhile but now with 10TB drives it really exacerbates the problem. It took a couple weeks to swap 4 drives IIRC. On the surface that doesn't seem like a big deal, only delaying the instant gratification of increased storage capacity for a couple days... The real issue is it reduces the disk fault tolerance by a drive until it is done rebuilding. For example I have 2 disk tolerance which is degraded to 1 disk tolerance until it is rebuilt but if you have single disk tolerance you have NO safety net until the array is rebuilt. If a drive craps out while you are rebuilding you are back at ground zero.

Other Thoughts: Definitely will buy again, but will put a pricewatch on it for the time being until the $/TB drops some more.

I bought 5 of these but only installed 4. With the slow array rebuild time on my Synology (days) I wanted to be able to do an immediate swap if a drive failed and not lose a day or two on shipping. Just a suggestion if you want to be a little ahead of the game.

Kingston SSDNow V-Series SNV125-S2BN/128GB 2.5
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Pros: The benefits of SSD are obvious so all of that applies ot the pros. The REAL pro to this in my eyes is the ease of use that the kit provides. Nice little external enclosure, the bundled software is very well done and the cd is bootable. I've used this kit for the SSD as well as other conventional HD swaps on laptops and I love it! Soooo easy to clone drives/migrate data.

Cons: I'm 100% satisfied, no cons.

Acer Laptop Aspire AS5739G-6959 Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 (2.20 GHz) 4 GB Memory 320 GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GT 130M 15.6
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Pros: Solid feel to the construction, Beautiful blue exterior, adds style but not gaudy. Good form factor and good port placement. Screen resolution is fine, nothing mind blowing but satisfactory. Hard drive is a large 5400 but the 5400 performance really isn't bad. WD Blue HD. Good bang for the buck.

Cons: The trackpad works good but it is molded into the palmrest area so it has a learning curve to train you where it is. It is not as defined as a normal undermounted trackpad. Very minor issue though and as stated easily overcome with seat time.

Other Thoughts: I put a SSD drive in it and it added a good amount of pep to the computer but in all honesty I was suprised at how well the 5400 drive did considering the rpm/capacity. Definitely give the factory HD a chance as you will probably find it satisfactory!


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Display Name: Abraham S.

Date Joined: 02/14/05

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  • Last Review: 02/10/17
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