3TB Hard Drive Round-up: Hitachi, Seagate, Western Digital

3TB Hard Drive Round-up: Hitachi, Seagate, Western Digital

If you're currently in the market for a large capacity hard drive, you've come to the right place. Today we take a look at four of the latest 3TB drives to hit the market, from Hitachi, Seagate, and Western Digital. Although each HDD offers the same amount of storage, there are some distinct differences between them. Read on to find out what separates these products from one another, and then you can examine the performance numbers we recorded from each drive after running them through our benchmark gauntlet...

3TB Hard Drive Round-up: Hitachi, Seagate, Western Digital


Western Digital AV-GP, Caviar Green, Hitachi Deskstar, and Seagate Barracuda XT

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TaylorKarras, Are you seriously talking about your single hard drive as if that is that is enough of a sample for comparison? I'm not saying Seagate makes bad drive. I'm saying you are funny.

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Fasteddy14:

TaylorKarras, Are you seriously talking about your single hard drive as if that is that is enough of a sample for comparison? I'm not saying Seagate makes bad drive. I'm saying you are funny.

Well... It's one drive out of thousands that supposedly fail; please note that I had this external drive for 5 years... 5 years... Complaints aimed at Seagate usually revolve around the drive dieing after a few years but this one is still going strong after all these years, I am a bit worried that something might happen to it but for now, it's just one piece of evidence that Seagate is not as bad as everyone thinks.

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Seagate had some issues a few years ago with some of their drives. I had two of them fail me while they were close to "New" and I contacted Seagate right away on their website.

They did an RMA on each drive as it happened and provided me with a PDF file that was shipping labels to pay for sending them back each time. This was a completely automated process that I did on their website without ever speaking to anyone.

Seagate couldn't have been any more professional in the automated way that they dealt with me. No hassle at all.

It was lucky for me that I back up to more than one location, because I didn't lose any DATA either time.

I still buy Seagate drives and have had no further problems at all.

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Great article!

I need to find me a good, yet affordable 1-3TB HDD for my lappy. Any suggestions?

Maybe I should just chuck this laptop out and get a desktop again so I can actually heed all the great advice already given on HH.

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Manduh: There's a thread on RFD with a 1TB 2.5" notebook drive for $59.99 at Amazon.ca

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Thanks slugbug :D

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Hmmm.... I wonder what would happen if I buy two of those Seagates and run them in a RAID 0 mode?

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TaylorKarras:

Hmmm.... I wonder what would happen if I buy two of those Seagates and run them in a RAID 0 mode?

An almost twice as fast 6TB drive?  Yeah, that's what would happen. Wink

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What's the life expectancy of these drives looking to be?

I was considering a WD or Seagate 2TB Green HD, but all the reviews on Newegg and Tigerdirect were reporting a high failure rate, and drives dying after only a month or so of use!

Any explanation for that and comparison to the 3TB Drives Reviewed?

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@OSunday there are always going to be drives that fail early on in their life. I think a lot of the reviews you see are the negative experiences that people have and not too many of the positives. The quality control for all hard drive makers has seemed to be going down hill for quite a while

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OSunday:

What's the life expectancy of these drives looking to be?

I was considering a WD or Seagate 2TB Green HD, but all the reviews on Newegg and Tigerdirect were reporting a high failure rate, and drives dying after only a month or so of use!

Any explanation for that and comparison to the 3TB Drives Reviewed?

I believe Seagate had an issue with their high density platform early on in the 1 - 2TB product cycle.  They had a very high failure rate actually.  However, I believe that's behind them now.  You probably saw some commentary to that effect, regarding those drives a couple of years ago.

 

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Dave_HH:
I believe that's behind them now.

Yeah, and there is a 5 year warranty to back them too. (even though taking advantage of your warranty can be a PITA) Smile

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Is there a reason this review reviews Western Digitals GREEN hard drive, and not the high performance black hard drive? I am actually in the market for a new drive, and VERY interested in a comparison, but this is totally useless when your sticking performance drives of one brand against low-end energy saving drives of another.

Do your homework next time!

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TBrown:
Is there a reason this review reviews Western Digitals GREEN hard drive, and not the high performance black hard drive?

YES.

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@TBrown - Perhaps you should do your homework too. Your first assignment---find a WD Caviar Black 3TB drive and post the link here.  Good luck, hoss.

(inside joke for everyone else: WD doesn't make a 3TB Caviar Black yet.)

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Nice Marco :) love the response.

I am surprised that WD does not have a 3TB black or blue drive yet but I am sure it is coming at some point soon.

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I know this is beating a dead horse...but TBrown, I don't consider HDD's to be very performance oriented anymore, maybe 6-7 years ago. If you want performance - you have to get an SSD.

For me I would rather get the GREEN drive as there should be less spinning of the drive (should last longer) as well as some power savings. Probably quiter too due to the speed.

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The market for these drives is HTPC's and you should test them in accordance.

So how fast do they start up? My current drive goes to sleep, then takes ~ 4 seconds to before it's ready again.

How much noise do they make? I can hear clicks from my current drive.

How much heat do they make?

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xraybies:

The market for these drives is HTPC's and you should test them in accordance.

I would disagree that the market for these drives is HTPCs.  That's ONE of the markets only.  Acoustics and heat are good questions though.  We'll make sure to include these coverage points in future reviews.

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if only my Netgear ReadyNAS NV+ would support 3TB or 3Tib drive ( see first arguement) I'd be happy.

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Wow, I wish I had picked up a half dozen of these in September when they were only 180 each... Did prices really go up $100 in 2 months?

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