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Sea­gate NAS HDD (8TB)

HWM (Malaysia) - - SMB - ANALYSIS AT A GLANCE - Az­izul Rah­man Is­mail

Touted as the largest NAS-op­ti­mized drive on the mar­ket to­day, Sea­gate‘s 8TB NAS HDD al­lows busi­nesses to use both fewer drives and costly en­clo­sures to gain higher stor­age ca­pac­i­ties. Built specif­i­cally for tower en­clo­sures with one to eight bays, the new 8TB drives are ca­pa­ble of achiev­ing 64TB of stor­age in a sin­gle 8-bay desk­top form fac­tor. This gives small busi­nesses more ca­pac­ity and flex­i­bil­ity than ever be­fore.

Of course, Sea­gate said that it has op­ti­mized the 8TB NAS HDD for a broad range of NAS use cases, such as backup and dis­as­ter re­cov­ery, print and file servers, mul­ti­me­dia stor­age, ar­chiv­ing, file shar­ing, and vir­tu­al­iza­tion, and they are com­pat­i­ble with a wide range of NAS prod­ucts al­ready on the mar­ket.

Ex­ter­nally, the 8TB NAS HDD is iden­ti­cal to other typ­i­cal 3.5-inch hard drives, but with a black metal body and cover with a sticker de­tail­ing the drive’s specifications. How­ever, we no­ticed a strange de­sign quirk in both of the re­view units that we re­ceived.

A typ­i­cal HDD has six screw holes, three on each side, lin­ing the sides of the drive. These screw holes are used to mount the drive se­curely, be it onto a drive tray, or a chas­sis. This is es­pe­cially im­por­tant for NAS drives as the more se­cure the HDD fas­ten­ers are, the less room there will be for the HDD to vi­brate dur­ing op­er­a­tion.

Sea­gate‘s 8TB NAS HDD, on the other hand, has four screw holes, two on each side. Two of the three NAS ap­pli­ances we have in the lab re­quire the miss­ing mid­dle two screw holes to hold the drive se­curely in place. In one NAS, the brack­ets on the hold­ing tray bowed be­cause of the miss­ing screw hole. On the other NAS, the HDD can be heard au­di­bly vi­brat­ing, while be­ing held by only two screws. That is un­til we turned the NAS on its face side, which reme­died the prob­lem.

Nev­er­the­less, the per­for­mance of the 8TB NAS HDD did not dis­ap­point. The drive fea­tures 256MB cache – dou­bling that of the 6TB model – and NAS-op­ti­mized firmware for bal­anced reads and writes.

In our tests, we man­age to achieve speeds of 460.2MB/s read and 428.2MB/s write. These speeds broke no records, but con­sid­er­ing that this is a high-ca­pac­ity NAS HDD, which usu­ally means longer read and write times, it is im­pres­sive. by

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