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Saturday, February 29, 2020
Price per TB is the only benefit to these drives.
Speed is poor. Usable space is only 7.2TB formatted in NTFS. I picked one up on sale, which was good but wouldn't pay any more than that. I would pay the extra for an Enterprise-grade 7,200rpm drive.
The read/write on these drives is slow, and I'm still skeptical of the quality after reading countless reviews on how they come DoA or die within weeks or months. You get what you pay for. It will work for my need, but don't rely on this as an everyday drive.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Very economical high capacity drive, helium filled (it doesn't say that in the product page here either).
Yes, nearly all high capacity Seagate drives (8, 10 TB) are SMR, but this isn't an issue for most folks. Write speeds are reduced in some cases due to the way the tech works. For the average user this isn't an issue, and wasn't for me either, I have 14 of these now, all purring away.
If you want to buy high capacity drives this guy is a great value. Unless write speed is critically important you cannot go wrong with this drive. I plan on writing once and reading from that point forward. I wouldn't use this as a system drive, use a SSD, but for data its great.
Friday, October 18, 2019
+8TB +Good Read Speeds
-SMR -Not Advertised as SMR -Atrocious Write Speed
Buyer Beware, after tens of hours troubleshooting I discovered this drive is SMR and, even worse, seagate has scrubbed the internet of any official reference to this being a SMR drive. Extremely disappointing.