Seagate Enterprise Class v4 6TB Hard Drive

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These recordings were made with a high resolution, lab quality, digital recording system inside SPCR's own 11 dBA ambient anechoic chamber, then converted to LAME 128kbps encoded MP3s. We've listened long and hard to ensure there is no audible degradation from the original WAV files to these MP3s. They represent a quick snapshot of what we heard during the review.

These recordings are intended to give you an idea of how the product sounds in actual use — one meter is a reasonable typical distance between a computer or computer component and your ear. The recording contains stretches of ambient noise that you can use to judge the relative loudness of the subject. Be aware that very quiet subjects may not be audible — if we couldn't hear it from one meter, chances are we couldn't record it either!

The recordings start with 5 to 10 seconds of ambient noise, then 10 second segments of the drive in the following states: idle, seek with AAM enabled (if applicable), and seek with AAM disabled.

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The Seagate Enterprise Class 3.5 HDD V4 6TB is an exceptional performer, shaming all the 7200 RPM drives that preceded it. It also came a hair's breadth away from toppling the 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor 1TB, while offering six times more storage space. Power consumption, while high in absolute terms, was actually surprisingly good compared to lower capacity 7200 RPM models. With six platters, we thought for sure it would easily exceed 10W but that wasn't the case.

Unfortunately when you house this much horsepower and capacity in a standard form factor, the resulting physical characteristics are inferior. The drive doesn't produce an annoying noise but it is definitely louder than most. If you're used to the near silence of "green" models, this 6TB drive will be a bit of a shock. The vibration level is also so horrid it's like a drive from an earlier era. It's not ideal for home use but then again, that's not really what it's marketed for.

In an enterprise environment, performance and capacity are much more important and it's got that in spades. Reliability is also a big factor but this of course is untestable; you can only rely on past experience and your level of trust in the manufacturer. For what it's worth, n addition to the five year warranty, Seagate claims mean time before failures is 1.4 million hours (compared to 800,000 hours for the Western Digital Se 4TB), and the annualized failure rate is just 0.63% when running 24/7. Seagate also offers variants that include options like a 2 Gb/s SAS interface, 4K sectors, and self-encryption and secure erase features to further appeal to the enterprise sector.

Price is always an issue, and the largest capacity drives on the market always demand a premium... as do 7200 RPM motors, and enterprise standards. Combine all three and we have an intimidating price tag of about US$500. If you run a data center and want the the best and biggest storage available than you can't go wrong with this drive. Everyone else thinking about picking up a 6TB drive or two will probably prefer the slower, but much cheaper desktop varieties like the WD Green and Red.

Note that Seagate does offer a 6TB desktop internal drive retail kit known as STBD6000100 and sold by Amazon currently for $365. Seagate Desktop HDD 6TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 128MB Cache 3.5" - Internal Drive Retail Kit (STBD6000100)

Many thanks to Seagate for the Enterprise Class 3.5 HDD V4 6TB hard drive sample.

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