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Seagete 4TB SSHD and WD black 4TB

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I want to buy a 4TB hdd as storage (not for OS boot disk as i am using SSD for OS), i am wondering which one to choose as Seagate is cheaper by USD 50.

both are 7200 and seagate with nand flash and will the nand flash help to load thumbnails of videos/picture and music album art faster?

thanks
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from my limited knowledge of the hybrid drives, it automatically "caches" your most used files. so if you're constantly opening different pictures the hybrid part of either hdd will likely not help you at all and you will see no performance benefit.
If I were you and already had an ssd for primary boot drive i would just save a few bucks and get a regular 7200rpm hard drive. Seagate drives are hit and miss for reliability for a lot of people. lately HGST seems to have a good track record.
Although I do have 2 4TB seagate hard drives in my server that are on 24/7 and have been rock solid for 2 years.
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I recently had a 4tb Seagate storage drive fail on me after 1 year of use. It was a back up drive that didn't see constant use and there was NO warning that it was about to die. It just stopped mounting 1 day. I'm sure my data is still there but since it wont mount I cant recover it. I will never trust my important data to a less expensive drive again. I'll be replacing every darn Seagate drive I own in the next few months. Once bitten twice shy.
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from my limited knowledge of the hybrid drives, it automatically "caches" your most used files. so if you're constantly opening different pictures the hybrid part of either hdd will likely not help you at all and you will see no performance benefit.
If I were you and already had an ssd for primary boot drive i would just save a few bucks and get a regular 7200rpm hard drive. Seagate drives are hit and miss for reliability for a lot of people. lately HGST seems to have a good track record.
Although I do have 2 4TB seagate hard drives in my server that are on 24/7 and have been rock solid for 2 years.
i see. however the price of seagate is way cheaper even the nand does not help on cache thumbnail and WD green is only 5400 rpm.
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I recently had a 4tb Seagate storage drive fail on me after 1 year of use. It was a back up drive that didn't see constant use and there was NO warning that it was about to die. It just stopped mounting 1 day. I'm sure my data is still there but since it wont mount I cant recover it. I will never trust my important data to a less expensive drive again. I'll be replacing every darn Seagate drive I own in the next few months. Once bitten twice shy.
which brand of HDD are you going to replace seagate?
post #6 of 13
4tb sshd is 7200rpm ? thought they are just 5900rpm...
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which brand of HDD are you going to replace seagate?

I'm leaning towards some of the better WD drives. But I'll be doing more research both here on these forums and here https://www.backblaze.com/blog/what-hard-drive-should-i-buy/ . Perhaps someone else can post some helpful links or recommendations. I'm interested in this myself. thumb.gif
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4tb sshd is 7200rpm ? thought they are just 5900rpm...
my bad...only 1tb and 2 tb is 7200 rpm and 4tb is 5900 rpm.
http://www.seagate.com/staticfiles/support/docs/manual/desktop%20sshd/100726566b.pdf
post #9 of 13
i have the 4tb sshd, they're fast enough...
used it for videos and backup...
post #10 of 13
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I recently had a 4tb Seagate storage drive fail on me after 1 year of use. It was a back up drive that didn't see constant use and there was NO warning that it was about to die. It just stopped mounting 1 day. I'm sure my data is still there but since it wont mount I cant recover it. I will never trust my important data to a less expensive drive again. I'll be replacing every darn Seagate drive I own in the next few months. Once bitten twice shy.

I won't trust my data with any drive. A better quality drive will be less likely to lose data and will probably last longer but any drive, no matter how good it is can fail without warning, including backup drives. That's why it is imperative have more than just one backup; essentially, you need a backup of your backup. I carry it to the extreme by having four backup drives for every HDD in my desktop machine, two onsite and two offsite plus I also have a Carbonite.com account.

That said, I favor the WD Blacks; they are the only HDDs I will use in my desktop computer since they run 24/7. I use the WD Greens for my backup drives since they average only a few minutes use per day.

As stated before, SSHDs will benefit you only if you regularly access the same files, up to 8GB worth.
     
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