Help me choose my 4TB daily drive

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by elvis1, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. elvis1

    elvis1 n00b

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    Would you choose this as a daily drive? I've already have an 840 EVO where I run the OS.

    I want something big given that locally they are quite expensive and something that aside from my ssd is quite fast. I have 500 GB and 1 TB which I plan to sell locally to cover this money spent by selling them down here.

    I just need to know if you would choose it for you.

    Regards

    J

    PS: as some might have noticed I'm in a shopping spree ( and the gf is not happy :p )
     
  2. westrock2000

    westrock2000 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    I have 5 of the 3TB version of this drive in my array and have zero problems with them. Have never had one drop out or give issues. Have always been satisfied with Toshiba drives, though they are not always the cheapest....but not far off.

    That being said, I just am not comfortable using 1 of these massive drives by themselves. After you get this drive you might consider picking up a cheap USB drive of 3 or 4TB to use as a precautionary backup. Fry's regularly has such drives for $90-$100. They actually have a Buffalo USB 3TB for $79 in todays email. It's USB 2.0, but for backup purposes, not a big deal.
     
  3. drescherjm

    drescherjm [H]ardForum Junkie

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    BTW the 5TB version of this drive was ~$140 last week at Amazon. I would not pay $140+ for the 4TB version..
     
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  5. elvis1

    elvis1 n00b

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    Ouch!
    I will hold since it's not small money for me .

    Thanks for the knowledgeable input. Will save the model /link :)
     
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  7. tien113

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    why not black version of western digital?
     
  8. elvis1

    elvis1 n00b

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    Thanks I'm jumping to the thread @Nenu mentioned :)
     
  9. diizzy

    diizzy 2[H]4U

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    Toshiba will do just fine....

    I'd go Toshiba --> HGST --> WD
     
  10. zaniix

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    the more I look at the drive reviews and reliability data the more I think HGST is the best choice
     
  11. bigdogchris

    bigdogchris [H]ard as it Gets

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    I know, I was surprised that people said not to buy Toshiba or Hitachi. Both have some of the lowest failure rates in the industry and have performed very well in my personal and professional career. As for the Blackblaze reports, they only confirmed what I experienced up until that point.

    I don't think I will ever buy a WD or Seagate HDD again.
     
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  14. ep0x73

    ep0x73 2[H]4U

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    I have 4 HGST NAS drives running 24/7 for over a year without a single issue.

    The 5/6 are improved if you want the latest.

    Toshiba have a bad track record, not worth the gamble.
     
  15. westrock2000

    westrock2000 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    What knowledge was there? He gave zero evidence or rationality.
     
  16. diizzy

    diizzy 2[H]4U

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    @ ep0x73
    Based on what?
     
  17. Zepher

    Zepher [H]ipster Replacement

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    I went with a 4TB WD Black. It was pricey, $225 when I got it a few months ago.

    Not sure if these are great numbers or average for a 4Tb spinner,
    [​IMG]
     
  18. Aesma

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    I understand that there are money considerations, however I wouldn't buy one single drive, because that means you have no backup.

    After a string of failures and loss of data more than 10 years ago (Maxtor 160GB overheating) I started buying hard drives two at a time. Now it's more like 20 at a time, but the reason is the same, to have backups. I buy all brands to mitigate risk too.
     
  19. diggi

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    Yeah, I thought Toshiba made decent drives(Just so you know I'm agreeing with you)
     
  20. Tup3x

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    Those are noticeably lower results than what my 3TB Toshiba (99 €, inc. 24℅ VAT) can do. At that price WD Blacks are worst drives one can buy.
     
  21. Zepher

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    can you run the bench with your drive so I can see what yours does compared to mine.
     
  22. drescherjm

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    Remember guys that the top sequential benchmark in CDM will be lower the more data you have on the drive because the you will be reading and writing further in from the outside tracks where the drive is its fastest.
     
  23. zaniix

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    Here is mine for comparison
    [​IMG]
    and my SSD
    [​IMG]
     
  24. Nenu

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    I think only the Sequential and 4K tests can be compared there, the other results are not equivalent.
    Different program version.
     
  25. Zepher

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    My drive is currently 75% full so I am not sure what numbers I'll get running it with the same version you ran, but I'll test it and see.
     
  26. zaniix

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    here is another test with same, or closer version
    [​IMG]
     
  27. tycoonbob

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    I've been more than happy with my 10 5TB Toshiba MD04ACA500's (aka, PH3500U-1I72). Granted I've only had mine for ~5 months, they've been solid for 24/7 use so far.

    [​IMG]
     
  28. ep0x73

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    Based on using old tech, based on the sky high failure rates of Toshiba drives.
    There is a reason they are so cheap.

    By all means take the gamble though if you wish.
     
  29. zaniix

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    I have to agree.

    One persons personal experience does not invalidate all the data out there.

    Personally I have never had a WD drive fail before the end of warranty. I just removed a 500GB WD drive out of my NAS because it started having errors. It had been online for almost 8 years, but I will still be replacing it with an HGST NAS drive because the current stats show they tend to be more reliable long term.

    Thanks to unraid I am in the habit of preclearing all my drives so I know they are not going to die in a week or so, it is long term reliability I care about.