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Seagate announces "world's fastest" 6 TB hard drive

By Scorpus · 23 replies
Apr 7, 2014
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  1. Seagate has today announced what they're claiming is the "world's fastest 6TB HDD", known imaginatively as the Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD v4. The fast speeds can be mostly put down to an operating speed of 7,200 RPM, which makes...

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

  3. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TS Maniac Posts: 349   +111

    And knowing Seagate, 25% less reliable :p
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  4. Seventh Reign

    Seventh Reign TS Booster Posts: 131   +65

    Dont be one of 'those' a-holes. Overall failure rates between Seagate and WD are almost exactly even 1 to 1. Do not buy into the marketing/review hype. It is ALL lies.
  5. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,151   +588

    This drive will of course cost a fortune with a survival rate like that. Though the speed part I question since I believe the WD Velociraptor Drives are faster read and write times due to the 10k RPM.

    A friend of mine recently because he does not trust SSD's (due to all the reading and writing he constantly does on his machine) bought 4 (on a newegg shell shocker sale ) WD 1tb Velociraptor drives and ran them in raid. Talk about speed, that machine is flying almost as fast as my Samsung SSD while containing more data with better overall reliability.

    Also as far as drive reliability goes, between WD, Seagate, and Hitachi they are all about on equal grounds as far as failures go so I would not label one as being the least reliable.
  6. Ive had dozen hdds in the past 6 years. one has failed me a seagate. so I looked it up. they're failrate is much higher then wd. by more then x4 as much after 6 months - 1 year. (I bought another seagate before googing this) I wish I didn't I'm worried this one will die with my 3tb of data as my last one did.
  7. I must be the only who who avoids WD like the plague. Every time I'm in the market for a new hd, it's always been a Seagate.
    ALL the WD hd I've had, failed on me; and I do mean ALLLLLLL.
    ...and so far, no Seagate hd has ever failed on me.
  8. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,364   +4,999

    You're not alone! Seagate is the only brand I have bought the last 6 years. Trust me! If I have had issues with them, I wouldn't continue to buy them.
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  9. theBest11778

    theBest11778 TS Addict Posts: 298   +127

    HDDs are just a game of roulette. I repaired computers professional for 10 years, and besides Toshiba 2.5" HDDs, all the rest seemed random. Toshiba drives almost always failed after 1yr.
  10. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 358   +42

    More platters on the spindle + higher data density on a platter = less movement for the seek arm = faster speeds.
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  11. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,151   +588

    True, but I meant more along the lines of questioning worlds fastest HDD more than if the speeds are faster than the normal 7200RPM drives.
  12. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +978

    Trust me man, I have built tons of PCs and I always go with WD since the Seagates I used in the past had crazy failure rates. But it may have just been bad luck since @cliffordcooley has had some good luck with them. It really comes down to personal preference in the end.

    More storage is always good since 4K content will take up a ton of space.
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  13. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Evangelist Posts: 744   +274

    I bought a 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda about 18 months ago and so far, knock on wood, no problems whatsoever. But it could die after I write this message. It could be dead now actually since its on a different computer. Oh God, I gotta go check something real quick...seeya.
  14. hopgop1

    hopgop1 TS Booster Posts: 166   +33

    I still have a 20gb IBM Travelstar 2.5" that works!
  15. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,962   +577

    Except the 1.5TB Seagate had > 20% failure rate.
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  16. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,962   +577

    Are you buying WD Greens or Blues? Have had a Green DOA so I upgraded it to a Black. I only go for Blacks or REs nowadays for 24x7. For Seagate I've used ES.2s and had that fail on me after < 12 months. The WD Blacks have been rock solid though.
  17. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +978

    Yeah Blacks are the best. Both in value and reliability. And WD constantly updates them. The Blues are OK and the Greens are OK for bulk storage, but are overall pretty unreliable and slow from my experiences.
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,924   +3,981

    My experience has been that their optical drives are trash as well.

    Which reminds me, there are probably one of each in my Toshiba laptop. Oh well, I suppose the fact I hardly ever use it, will help stave off disaster.
  19. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,996   +2,456

    I am not impressed with Seagate recently. Last year I built a file server with 10 Seagate 3TB drives and 10 WD 3TB drives. They aren’t accessed heavily and unbelievably 4 of the 10 Seagate drives are dead, all the WD drives are still working. The Seagate drives failed from the tick of death.
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  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,924   +3,981

    OK, here I would have gone with the more picturesque and darker colloquial term, "death rattle".

    If the WD 160GB Caviar Blue in my eMachines is any indication, Western Digital's drives do wear like iron, That one's 9+ and still going strong. I've bought into the hype and always buy the "black" models though.

    I think Seagate chopped their warranties to offer savings over WD in the market, but it appears they may have renounced some quality control as well.

    The V-Raps are faster in random access and short read/write sessions. I think they're about on par with 7200 RPM drives in big copy and paste operations.

    I've taken to using them as system drives as well. My latest i3 / 600GB V-Rap w/ 1600Mhz RAM is pretty darn peppy, at least it seems so to an old man such as myself
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2014
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,924   +3,981

    I always start to question the wisdom of such large storage devices. After the storage density gets to a point (?), I think that manufacturing tolerances and operating environment could become more of an issue.

    I mean, it seems to have worked out thus far, as in, CD to DVD, DVD to Blu-Ray storage capacities. But I have to wonder at what point machining tolerances, will reach their practical limits.

    At some point, the slop and the tolerances in the moving parts, may be equal to, or greater than, the distance needed to travel to the next data block.

    The, (seemingly), escalating failure rate of Seagate's larger drives, may be an indicator of this, as well as a harbinger of bad things to come.
  22. likedamaster

    likedamaster TS Enthusiast Posts: 91   +14

    I can confirm this. Toshiba after one year exactly they fail. Every. Single. One.

    Didn't they purchase Western Digital, and are now using WD hard drives just putting their name on it?
  23. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,991   +3,476

    Had plenty of Toshiba drives myself and haven't had a failure yet. According to Blackblaze they are pretty reliable on average. Not like it would matter, I always torture test my drives before I put them into use. 3 days of writing data onto a drive and verifying it's integrity catches 95% of defective drives.
  24. likedamaster

    likedamaster TS Enthusiast Posts: 91   +14

    5 years later, Toshiba drives have definitely changed. I've had many hard drives from Toshiba throughout the years before original post(5 years ago lol) and 100% of them failed. Thanks for reply.

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