HGST Deskstar 3.5-Inch 3TB 5400 RPM SATA 6Gbps Internal Bare-OEM Drives (0S03230)
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- 3TB Capacity
- 5400 RPM Performance
- Best-in-class power utilization and heat emission
- Low power consumption
- 3-year warranty
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Hitachi takes the capacity of single drive to a new level with the Deskstar H3IK30003254SW 3.5" internal hard drive. Offering enormous 3TB capacity, this drive provides unprecedented storage capability for your movies, pictures, music and other data at a superior price. Its proven components, advanced engineering and solid performance also make this hard drive suitable for demanding home and business computing. The industry leading SATA III interface enables a data transfer boost of up to 2x the speed of SATA Revision II, reaching the speed of 6Gb/s for a lightning fast data access.
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HD Tune gave these results on my disk
Min 64 MB/sec
Max 132.9 MB/sec
Avg 102.3 MB/sec
Temp 29C (28c at idle)
Access Time: 14.2 ms
Burst Rate 162.1 MB/sec
As with any storage solution, it WILL FAIL eventually. Everything on my storage array gets backed up offsite and I also setup a monitoring script to alert me via email when a drive failure occurs.
Right after I plugged in the drive, it started clicking. But not the typical clicking of the head loading over and over again. It... well, it sounded like there was a woodpecker inside the drive. There was a very audible loud click, in a very irregular, random pattern. It was really annoying.
I did a full surface scan and added it to my DrivePool. Since the drive was reading / writing correctly, I assumed that the clicking noise was normal.
Well... a day later I came to my senses. After about 1 TB of my data was moved to the drive I started doing some more research. I found another review that had exactly my symptoms, irregular clicking with the drive seemingly working fine. In that review, Hitachi replied and plainly stated that the drive is defective.
As soon as I read that I started pulling my data off. 24 hours later, right as the last of my bits came off the drive, the clicking got much worse. At this point the drive refuses to start up sometimes, and when it does, it has trouble reading directories.
I got my data off the drive right in the nick of time.
Clicking is NOT NORMAL under any circumstances for this drive. It is super silent under normal operation.
Getting Windows to recognize a drive bigger than 2.2 TB takes some efforts. Both Asus, which manufactured the motherboard, and Hitachi itself offer little programs to help. In the end, the Hitachi one (by Paragon) works better. It even partitions and formats the drive for me. No BIOS update is necessary.
My computer is 3 years old and only has SATA II. I get a sustained write speed of 84 MB/s when copying 1 TB of old data over. Auslogics Disk Defrag runs noticeably more slowly on this Hitachi than the Seagate 7200rpm drive it replaces, but I don't expect to defrag it often. Overall, a decent buy so far. The only question remaining is how long it will last. Of this, I have my concerns, as this Hitachi does run much hotter than the Seagate and WD drives in the same enclosure.
On their website every utility download states it does not work for 3TB or greater drives so you cannot stress test or change settings.
Will never buy another HGST drive. I might consider it if they start offering advanced replacement.
Intellipower WD drive reviews are terrible but at least they offer advanced replacement.
I have always had good luck with Samsung drives (running 11 of them for over two years) but they sold out to Seagate and Seagate drive reviews are so bad I wouldn't even consider them.
I can't believe the junk these manufactures are peddling.
Disclaimer: This review is solely based on my opinions.