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The Desk star NAS hard drive is a 7200 RPM 3.5-inch hard drive that provides an exceptional blend of reliability and performance, making it an ideal solution for consumer and commercial desktop NAS systems. This NAS-ready hard drive from HGST delivers media transfer rates that are as much as 20% faster than 5400 RPM drives and seek times less than 12ms. Furthermore, Desk star NAS hard drives incorporate a rotational vibration sensor and achieve reliability of 1M hours MTBF. All HGST hard drives are designed to the highest quality standards with field-proven components. They are backed by HGST worldwide technical support and integration services, enabling customers around the globe to bring their products to market quickly.
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This solved a storage issue I had in the easiest way. I have been using WD drives for many years. I had a couple of green WD drives finally fail, and decided when I needed another drive to see what is working well for others today. HGST seemed to get the best recommendations for reliability. And, I needed a bigger drive for my primary drive for photo storage (was 4 GB WD black). Speed is good. Quiet. Cool enough but well-cooled tower so don't care for me. I thought of RAID smaller drives but decided once again not to add complexity. I have a pair of RAID0 500G Samsung 840EVO for my Lightroom Preview storage, and that has solved my image browsing performance issues w/o getting more complex on my primary storage.
I have had this drive for I guess 6 months and no issues so far, but 4 years down the road will matter more than a few months. This machine is on 24x7. The WD Black I replaced had 4 years of continuous use. I've had one WD 2TB black and 2 WD 3TB green drives fail. I have probably 10 WD drives >2TB between primary and backup and etc. I will go with HGST from now on until I learn they don't deserve it, or until WD resolves their issues with green drives.
Fast transfer rates and hopefully more reliable than the other 6TB drives on the market. Backblaze says they are doing well so might as well pay the extra ($269) and get something that will last. They do make a clicking noise like others have stated and it is annoying. Also the drive does run a bit hot. Drive is quite heavy, 5 platters inside.
So far it's working just as expected. It is loud though, a lot of clicking, clunking and other sounds. I decided to purchase a WD NAS drive of the same space for the "Just in case" back up.. I've had really good luck with most of my HGST drives, and a few are loud, but not as constantly loud like this drive, unless they are chewing away on some data transfer. I'm not doing anything, and this drive continues to make a ton of noise. I'm not sure if this is good, or bad. Time will tell.
Great drive with great speeds. I can't speak on longevity yet but HGST has one of the most reliable drives out there according to Backblaze, which is a company that deals with many, many drives each year. Personally, I have noticed decent transfer speeds from the 7200 RPM drive, the only downside is that it can get a bit noisy.
Drive failed? Try a cold bootup instead of restart!
The HGST 6TB Deskstar NAS drives I installed only mount after cold start, the drives disappear if I do a restart on a Mac Pro Tower Mid 2010 running Yosemite with the drives installed internally. I'm hoping the 10.11 El Capitan OS update will have expanded support for these otherwise great drives.
Performance in the HighPoint Dual-Bay Thunderbolt 10Gbps Storage Dock (RocketStor 5212) is excellent, and the two in combination have been utterly flawless (having written 10+ TB to the drive so far).
The one and only negative point is that this drive can be loud. Periodically it abruptly becomes quite loud, 'spinning up' from its normal virtually silent operation, and continuing loudly for a couple of minutes before suddenly stopping and sounding like it's genuinely spinning down. But I/O is consistent and uninterrupted throughout, with no performance impact. So I'm a bit stumped as to what it's doing. This is in contrast to my prior experience with HGST drives, mostly 4 TiB models, which were all consistently quiet.
These are great drives. I've installed a bunch of them now. For raw storage, they have much better reliability than WD or Seagate, while achieving great speed in a mechanical drive. But....they are loud, and not just a little. In fact, they sound like they are about to fly apart. Great for a media server sitting in a closet, but they are a really bad choice for anything close enough that you'll hear it.