Seagate Enterprise Class v4 6TB Hard Drive

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Power Consumption

With a six platters and a 7200 RPM motor, power consumption was much greater than the "green" competitors which draw about half as much energy. However, we were surprised that the 6TB model stayed under 10W, less power than smaller WD Se 4TB.

Acoustics

As one would expect, the drive is also noticeably louder than most hard drives, though it would be wrong to describe it as unpleasant. Sitting idle, the drive emits a soft whirl and gentle whoosh, generating 19~20 [email protected] Individual seeks are easier to pick out than average, as the tone is sharper, that is to say it has a clicky rather than thumpy beat. Seek activity adds just 1 dB to the overall SPL.

The vibration of the drive is a much bigger issue than its airborne acoustics. Its vibrational energy is the highest we've encountered from a hard drive in years. Drive noise and vibration have been steadily improving, but this 6TB model brings us back to an earlier time when sub-7200 RPM drives were scorned and hard drive suspension was a must for silent PC enthusiasts. Still, it's tough to criticize Seagate for this considering the physics involved. You can't jam 6 platters spinning at 7200 RPM in a standard 3.5 inch form factor and expect the same level of dampening as a 3~4 platter model.

Comparison Chart: Environmental Characteristics

1TB+ DESKTOP HARD DRIVES
Drive
Mfg date
firmware version
Vibration
1-10
(10 = no vibration)
Activity State
Airborne Acoustics
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Measured
Power
WD Caviar Green 2TB WD20EARS
August 2010
firmware 01.00A01
9
Idle
12~13
2.8 W (2.4 W heads parked)
Seek
6.5 W
WD Red 1TB WD10EFRX-68JCSN0
June 2012
firmware 01.01A01
8
Idle
12~13
2.9 W
Seek
4.1 W
WD Caviar Green 1.5TB WD15EADS
November 2009
firmware 01.00A01
9
Idle
13
4.5 W (2.8 W heads parked)
Seek
13~14
5.8 W
Samsung EcoGreen F4 2TB HD204UI
August 2010
firmware 1AQ10001
7
Idle
13
4.0 W
Seek
15
5.6 W
WD Caviar Green 2TB WD20EVDS-63T3B0
February 2009
firmware 01.00A01
8~9
Idle
13~14
3.9 W
Seek
6.5 W
WD Red 3TB WD30EFRX-68AX9N0
June 2012
firmware 80.00A80
9
Idle
13~14
3.6 W
Seek
4.9 W
WD Caviar Green 2TB WD20EADS
February 2009
firmware 01.00A01
7
Idle
14
2.8 W (2.4 W heads parked)
Seek
13~14
6.5 W
Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB HDS721010CLA332
February 2010
firmware JP4OA39C
5
Idle
13
4.6 W
Seek (AAM)
15~16
6.4 W
Seek
17
9.6 W
WD Caviar Green 3TB WD30EZRS
September 2010
firmware 01.00A01
8
Idle
14~15
4.1 W (3.7 W heads parked)
Seek
7.5W
WD Red 4TB WD40EFRX-68WT0N0
August 2013
firmware 80.00A80
8~9
Idle
15
4.0 W (3.2 W heads parked)
Seek
15~16
6.2 W
Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 2TB HDS5C3020ALA632
April 2011
firmware 580
7
Idle
14~15
4.1W
Seek
15
5.6 W
WD Caviar Blue 1TB WD10EALS-002BA0
August 2010
firmware 05.01D05
7
Idle
14
5.2 W
Seek (AAM)
16~17
6.6 W
Seek
20
8.2 W
Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB ST2000DL003
November 2010
firmware CC31
8
Idle
14~15
4.6 W
Seek
17~18
7.3 W
Seagate NAS HDD 4TB ST4000VN000-1H4168
September 2013
firmware SC43
7~9
Idle
15
4.8 W (4.1 W heads parked)
Seek
16~17
5.5 W
Seagate Barracuda 3TB ST3000DM001-9YN166
November 2011
firmware CC47
8
Idle
16
6.4 W
(5.6 W after 30 secs)
(3.9 W after 50 secs)
Seek
16~17
9.9 W
WD Se 4TB WD4000F9YZ-09N20L0
October 2013
firmware 01.01A01
7
Idle
16
8.1 W
Seek
18~19
9.7 W
Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 2TB HDS723020BLA642
August 2011
firmware MNGOA5C0
5
Idle
17
5.3 W
Seek
18
7.8 W
Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB ST32000651AS
May 2010
firmware CC13
7~8
Idle
17
7.0 W
Seek
18~19
7.9 W
WD VelociRaptor 1TB WD1000DHTZ-04N21V0
March 2012
firmware 04.06A00
7
[bare]
Idle
[16~17]
18
4.0 W
[bare]
Seek
[27]
32
5.3 W
Seagate Enterprise Class 3.5 HDD V4 6TB ST6000NM0024-1HT17Z
May 2014
firmware SN02
3
Idle
19~20
7.5 W
Seek
20~21
9.2 W

Compared to other hard drives we've reviewed over the past few years, the 6TB Seagate Enterprise drive's environment characteristics are poor. It easily vibrates the most, Makes the most noise (except for the VelociRaptor 1TB in seek), and uses more power than usual. However, these negative qualities are all justifiable when you consider the performance and capacity.



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