Seagate NAS HDD (8TB)
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