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Seagate Enterprise Capacity 6TB 3.5 HDD v4 Review

BluePanda    -   July 14, 2014
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Seagate Enterprise Capacity 6TB 3.5 HDD v4:

Well, I think it is safe to say that the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 6TB 3.5 HDD v4 is indeed a BEAST. I think I've said "beast" quite enough times throughout the review, often more referring to the size of this drive, but along with its large capacity is some rather large and impressive numbers to go with it. The comparisons to SSDs leave much to be wanted, though its never really fair to compare HDDs to SSDs. Compared to your standard consumer level 3TB drive this thing is double the capacity and brings home the money with the performance. To have capacity and performance at the same time is the golden ticket. Although this drive has the added cost of being an enterprise drive, having dealt with some enterprise drives I can say it is well worth it if longevity and long up time is what you are looking for. They are just built to keep going all day and all night. Unfortunately at this time there is no non-enterprise version of this drive available – so if you want this capacity in a single drive you are left with only this one for the time being (not that I really see that as a major problem).

Probably most exciting about this drive is the fact that it doesn’t need more power for more capacity. The power use is about on par with any standard consumer desktop drive (6.9W idle power and 11.27W typical power), so it is perfect for your huge storage array or security system without requiring any bump in power needs; so leaving it running all the time isn't a big deal. You'll also get the much longer warranty period if something does happen to go awry, you've got 5 years (as opposed to 1-3 years with a consumer drive) to get things taken care of. However, I will admit that this likely isn't up everyone's ally at just shy of $600. It's more likely that if you NEED that extra storage you'll just buy multiple smaller capacity drives; however, this is one hell of a drive.

 

Pros:

  • GOBS of storage: 6TB of glory
  • Rather quick compared to smaller capacity drives
  • Insane sustained speed 216 MB/s
  • Perfect for backup storage or surveillance
  • Average power use – not more for more storage

 

Cons:

  • Cost, it is going to cost you a little more for the enterprise quality.


 

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