Seagate Enterprise Capacity 8TB HDD Reviewccokeman -
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Seagate Enterprise Capacity 8TB HDD Introduction:
The one thing you still can't get in a solid state drive without mortgaging your home is storage capacity. While that situation has improved over the past couple years, you will still need to use a mechanical drive to handle your storage needs if you want to economically back up your data. There are several companies you can choose from in that space, but one that has always delivered performance along with the technology has been Seagate.
Seagate engineers its Enterprise Capacity drive to take a beating when you look at the maximum rated workload of <550TB/year before impacting the MTBF of 2.0 million hours. These enterprise class drives are built for 24/7 (8760 hours per year) use and feature a low failure rate of under 0.5%. Leveraging its 9th generation perpendicular recording technology and advanced write caching with a 256MB cache performance should be stellar for this drive from Seagate.
Seagate Enterprise Capacity 8TB HDD Closer Look:
Visually, the 3.5-inch form-factor hard drive has not changed much over time. The bulk of the changes happen internally and on the control board attached to the bottom of the drive. This drive is 8TB in capacity using a total of six internal platters of over 1GB each in size. By stepping up the areal density per platter, we get a massive 8TB using Seagate's proprietary 9th generation perpendicular recording technology. Spindle speeds are at a traditional 7200 RPM via a top mounted drive mechanism and a controller on the PCB. As a 3.5-inch form-factor drive, you have the usual mounting points for the form factor on the bottom and side walls of the platter housing. A SATA 6Gb/s data port and SATA power port are used to connect the drive to the motherboard. There are several different models of the enterprise class drive. This drive from Seagate is part number ST8000NM0055. Available models include SKUs with SAS 12Gb/s connectivity, 4K physical block structure, and Secure Self Encryption.
Let's see if the hardware is up to the challenge and find out what kind of performance it really delivers.