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Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD 8TB Review (8000GB)

Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD 8TB Review (8000GB)

Is there such a thing as too much storage? In this day and age, probably not. And while it is always great to have a backup in the cloud there is still a lot to be said for local storage. A device that can serve everyone in your location easily and at speed. That’s where todays review product comes in, welcome to our Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD 8TB Review.

Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD 8TB Review – The Drive

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Our sample of this drive arrived in some transparent protective packaging so we cant say what the retail box will be like, however based on past experience you can expect a box which offers plenty of protection for the drive during shipping.

As well as the drive, we also get access to a couple of tools. One which provides us with assistance, if we need it, in setting up our drive (including cloning over our OS) and SeaTools. An app which allows us to monitor and maintain the drive

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Seagate tune the firmware of the drive for NAS use with balanced read/write performance and read speeds are rated at over 240mb/s. As far as specifications go, the Enterprise NAS HDD is a standard 3.5″ form factor device weighing 780g. This is a 7200rpm drive with 256mb of cache with compatibility with sata 3/Sata 6GB/s. Seagate build in RV and humidity sensors and the drive has a 5-year warranty with MTBF rating of 1.2m hours (300TB/year WRL). This is of course a drive designed for 24×7 use.

In the event of a failure Seagate also offer the option of buying a model with Rescue Data Recovery, a plan which allows us to send the drive to Seagate for data recovery. They note that have a success rate of nearly 90% and can work with:

  • RAID controller failure
  • Lost RAID configuration
  • Accidental reconfiguration
  • Accidental re-initialisation of the RAID array
  • Power surges that cause multiple drive failures simultaneously
  • Missing RAID partitions
  • Reformatted RAID partitions
  • Virus damage
  • Natural disaster, human error and drive failures

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Finally we have capacity, when formatted in Windows the drive gives us 7.27TB of space.

Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD 8TB Review – Performance

Intel Core i7-5960X, ASRock X99 OC Formula, 4x4GB DDR4, Windows 10 64Bit.

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Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD 8TB Review – Conclusion

Starting with the build quality of the drive we have a device which feels solid and really, with HDD like this the reliability is proven. Yes there will be the odd model that through pure bad luck could fail early but overall I think we can all agree that high end HDDs are built to last. Seagate also give us peace of mind through that 5-year warranty and optional rescue plan.

In terms of setup and installation. All very simple. This drive installs like any other 3.5″ model and despite its massive capacity it fits in the same bays, be that server, PC or NAS. Setup in each of these is also easy. In our server and desktop Windows recognised its full capacity, just format and go. For NAS use we tested a few different models from industry leaders including Synology, Qnap and Thecus. All supported this 8TB model without issue. Just work through the standard setup process as you would with any other drive and by the end you have 8TB of storage… or more depending on your configuration.

We noted no issues with stability during our testing and as far as performance goes, speeds in excess of 200MB/s mean that this drive will be more than capable of providing enough data to fulfill the throughput of the majority of Enterprise NAS devices.

Gold Award

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Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD 8TB
Author Rating
5

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Stuart Davidson

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