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  • Works with Serial ATA (SATA) enabled notebook computers
  • Read/Write cache for increased performance
  • Low power consumption with adaptive power modes
  • Internal shock sensor and ramp loading technology to help protect your drive
  • Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR) Technology
  • Tunnel Magneto-Resistive (TMR) Recording Head Technology
  • Native Command Queuing (NCQ) Support
  • 3 Year Limited Warranty

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Sweet price point for capacity It may be a bit early to write a review as it's been only a couple of days that I got this drive but so far I have been pleased with it so why not initiating one.This Toshiba replaces one of my Seagate ST3000DM001 (bought in November 2012) which failed in my RAID 10 array. As they are now out of warranty (2 years) I made the choice to switch brand and extend the capacity at the same time. Toshiba came into play as they provide the best price per GB and this 4TB has a great value, speed (7200 RPM, 128MB cache) and warranty (3 years).Adding this drive in my array was easy and it got recognized automatically and the array started to rebuild right away. It took just about 10 hours to do so and the drive temperature was hovering at 108F. Now that it is completed, it is more in par with the other drives (98F).My goal is to swap the Seagate drives as they go bad with the 4TB Toshiba which will allow me to increase my raw storage from 4*3TB to 4*4TB on one logical drive and from 4*2TB to 4*4TB on the other logical drive (32TB vs 18TB) for a reasonable price.Sure I could have gone with 5TB and above however for now this 4TB drive seems to be the sweetest spot I could get. By the time I switch to higher capacity, the price would have drop enough to get higher capacity. My only concern would be the increased re-building time in the array but by then maybe all the drives will be SSD and it won't be an issue?Nonetheless, for now this drive serves its purpose and seems to go along with the other Seagate in the same array so I am quite please with it and will update if anything comes up.Also, comparing to the Seagates, this drive comes with 3 years warranty and RMA can be fulfilled on this web site https://support.toshiba.com/support/acclaim/purchaseDetails?productID=2000131617&productName=PH3400U-1I72I'm posting it as the link is hard to find.So far so good! 4Fast 3TB drive I bought one of these drives in 2013 and a second one recently in early 2014 to backup the first drive.Speed: Connected to a SATA6 controller, the drive has an average read speed of 175MB/s. Games, books, music and movies all load very fast.Noise: The drives I have received are very quiet.Stability: No issues with with stability or bad sectors.Speed details: HDTach reports 14.5ms random access time. It has a burst speed of 442.7MB/s, with an average read speed of 175MB/s. HDTach creates a chart to show the read speed for each region of the drive. From 0GB to 2200GB, the read speed goes from 200MB/s to 140MB/s. Then at 2200GB the read speed jumps back up to 200MB/s and and declines to around 170MB/s at the end of the drive. I do not know why there is a sudden jump in speed as reported by HDTach. (Remember that the "start" of the drive (0GB) is the outer-edge of the platters which has a higher linear velocity and thus a faster read-speed. As the read/write heads move towards the middle of the drive, the linear velocity and thus read-speed is reduced.)I would buy this drive again. 5Fast, inexpensive, mostly quiet I hooked this up to my Nyko Data Bank (also from Amazon) and my PS4 went from 500 GB to 4 TB.Well, actually when I look at "available space" it says "3.55 out of 3.58 TB free" so the other 420 GB must not be usable.I was worried that I wouldn't be able to find a high capacity HDD that worked with the PS4 & Nyko, but I read a review from someone on Amazon who had paired these two and had no problem--so I bought both. I also have had no problem.NOTE:If you ARE going to use this with a PS4 (instead of hooking it up to a PC or something) be sure to disable "REST MODE" power-saving features. The PS4 currently (November 2015) occasionally locks up when it tries to go into rest mode for high capacity drives. If you disable the feature, you'll be good to go. When Sony fixes this issue with an update, you can simply re-enable the power-saving feature at that time. 4Best Bang for Buck As with all HDDs stuff can change over time, so this review is just an intial Review, I will update if things change.I bought 8 of these while they were at $139, and that definitely represented a good Deal compared to 6TBs out there today.I was a little upset that amazon didn't bubble wrap these guys instead they were just packed together tightly with no padding at all. Luckily they are Retail boxes, and inside was a good amount of Foam.I ran all the drives through Badblacks to see if any were DOA. No problems were found, and now I'm building a RAID6 array and everything is still looking good.My only Concern so far... Toshiba's support site doesn't recognise my Serial Number or Model Number, so it seems like it could be a problem if I have to RMA any drives down the line. They don't seem as established in that department as Seagate and Hitachi. I was looking to update the Firmware if nesscesary, but couldn't find any reference to the device at all. 5FEDEX SIGNATURE REQUIRED, DiscTech LLC, NOW, I DONT HAVE DRIVE,THANKS.NOT. update, MARCH 2018, had to buy a new one, ran 24 hours a day, no load, movies only. BEWARE DiscTech LLC SENT IT SIGNATURE REQUIRED. SO, DO I HAVE IT TODAY???? NOPE, how can i sign for a package when i work 40 hours a week. THEY SAID I REFUSED DELIVERY INSTEAD OF A REDIRECT FROM MY HOUSE. FEDEX IS TERRIBLE. please dont ship fedex or usps. only use ups.oct 7, 2015. quiet. fast. no problems so far. put over one terabyte in one day and its just fine. i have it in the icy dock that looks like the borg cube hooked to the router and it is behaving fine. i turned on samba in the router and mapped it. play movies with Mplayer and streams good, no lag. i did hook to my laptop to format, but mainly to transfer data with my esata port. wireless transfer speed was a measly 2.4 MB/S. esata was 200MB/S. what a difference. i would have never got a TB transfered wirelessly.UPDATE may, 27, 2016. still going strong. some gliches but only my computer, this this flows like a champ, streaming movies through my wireless router. I use windows Synctoy to sync my downloaded movies to my backup drive, the toshiba 5tb drive, using the icy dock Black Vortex quad bay external enclosure and it works like a champ. I down.loaded 100 tv shows over a few days and it transfered within a few hours, i was gone 8 hours, so it was done when i got home. That is a lot in one sitting to transfer. I have had no problems at all. Love it.UPDATE: FEB 25, 2018, finally died on me. starting to get real slow, will not pull up a directory without stops and starts. so quiet I ORDERED THE SAME ONE AGAIN, instead of the new model. I have had no problem and loved every minute. never failed until now. 1Solid... Fast... Grande storage... After a lot of review reading and research into larger capacity hard drives, I settled on this Toshiba because of the size to price ratio,low power consumption, and the 7200rpm spindle speed.There seems to be a huge reliability problem with large 1TB plus drives on the market, I had a very hard time finding consistent good reviews on ANY manufacturer. I was seriously considering a Western Digital "Green" drive, to use in my Home Theater PC, but this was going to serve as my main operating system drive as well as storage, the slowish speeds concerned me. I found this Toshiba (yes it is a re-branded Hitachi) on sale, and most of the reviews seemed favorable, so I bought it.I've had it for about 4 months, and it is getting close to full already, let me say this; the drive is fast, seemingly reliable, and I'm very happy with it. I got the retail box for the manufacturer's warranty, to be safe, but seems like a terrific drive. My system boots fast, has no problem reading and playing high def video, and it is QUIET, and according to the specs (I have no real way to test this) power friendly, which is what I need for a Home Theater machine.Highly recommended product.Thank you for reading my review. 5Fast, good value and warranty I have 5 of these drives purchased over the last year from several sources. These drives are fast and seemingly reliable - marginally faster than the two WD blacks I have which is impressive as they are considerably cheaper. The warranty on these is 3 years vs 5 years for the WD black drives. The only other real difference between them is that these Toshibas do make a bit more noise during heavy IO - the noise is nothing to worry about and will be familiar to anyone who has been around computers for a long time. Note - in an HTPC they do not make audible noise when streaming video.Alternatives considered were:WD Black: 7200 rpm, 5 yr warranty, very good transfer rates. ~50% more expensive. Pretty much the gold standard for consumer mechanical drivers.HGST Deskstar NAS: 7200 rpms, 3yr warranty, very good transfer rates but slower than both WD Black and Toshiba. ~35% more expensive on average.WD Red NAS: 5200 rpms, 3 yr warranty, noticeably slower transfer rates, ~20%+ more expensive on average.WD Green: 5200 rpms: 2yr warranty, slow, low power usage eco drives. ~20%+ more expensive.WD Blue: 5200 rpms: 2 yr warranty, new on the market in this size, basic hard drive. ~20%Seagate: Excluded due to personal experience with numerous drive failures in a compressed time period. 5WARRANTY UPDATE!!!! (11/16) BUYER BEWARE!! - Don't get fooled by the mislabeled "64mb". They're all 128mb cache. These are speed demons. Outstandingly reliable. On the noisier side, but that doesn't matter to me one bit. My music drowns out any noise.-----------11/16I have now changed my 5 star rating to 1 star. These drives are great, until they fail (which is rare)... Problem is this... The drives which advertise a three year warranty, HAVE NO WARRANTY! One of mine failed, I just called up Toshiba and guess what, NO REPLACEMENT. They send you a pre paid visa card for the amount paid.. Which means, even if I NEEDED the same drive to replace in a raid array, I can't pay for it as the drives now sell for more, not the same, not less. NO 3 YEAR warranty, no warranty, just a refund. You've been warned.. 14TB model has sub 12ms access time - like a WD Black for much lower cost. But be aware, fast access equals noise. The 4TB model has very fast access time, that is why it makes audible seek noises when accessing lots of small files. Both of my 4TB drives measured just under 12ms in random access performance. This - not linear transfer rate - is the difference between a fast hard drive and a slower one. Linear transfer rates will be similar for most contemporary 7200rpm drives.The 3TB model is a completely different design. It tests just over 15ms random access. This is typical of most hard drives, and as a result, it is quieter. I've included an image of the performance test I ran on both 3TB and 4TB models side by side, unfortunately Amazon has shrunk the image and it isn't legible. It was meant to show the 12ms vs 15ms difference between the models.I've also included an image of 2 performance tests solely on the 4TB PH3400U. One is a test across the disk's full capacity, the other is a test of a 2TB partition, which is sometimes the maximum that can be used on some setups.Read on if you want a longer explanation of how different the 3TB and 4TB models are.I've purchased one of the 3TB model and 2 of the 4TB model. Both of my 4TB drives were purchased from this listing in retail packaging. My 3TB was purchased as a bare drive but it's the same drive that comes in the PH3300U retail box.I've been using the 3TB drive for a bit over a year, and the 4TB drives for 3-5 months (bought at different times). I recently checked the SMART status on these drives and they are all working perfectly. This review will mostly focus on the 4TB model.First note - if you are using Windows XP 32-bit, the 4TB drive will not even be visible unless you use a utility like HDAT2 to artificially limit it's reported capacity to 2TB. I have tried this and it does work, but if you don't know how to do this, the easy answer is to stick with the 2TB model since that's all the space XP32 will allow you to utilize anyway. XP users should also look into the subject of sector alignment. I recommend using the utility "gparted" to partition the drive. Avoid using the built-in partitioning tool in XP, because it doesn't understand 4KB sector alignment and this can hurt the performance.Windows XP 64-bit can use the full capacity if you use GPT partitioning. However, XP64 cannot boot from a GPT drive. Therefore, under XP64 the only way to use this drive's full capacity is if you are not using it to boot the OS.With Windows 7+, you can use the full capacity, but you need to enable GPT partitioning. If your drive only shows 2TB of space (or less), it's not because of a drive fault, it is because of the MBR vs GPT issue. I don't know the procedure for Windows 7+, but there should be plenty of articles online that explain it.--This Amazon listing combines several capacities of drives under the same listing and combines their reviews together. There are actually at least 2 families of drives represented here which are very different, so mixing the reviews together can be misleading. I suggest you only pay attention to reviews for the same capacity drive that you are buying.Another point - Toshiba uses a different part number for their retail packaging than the model number that's actually on the drives themselves. Don't be surprised that the drive inside the box will not have a PH3... part number on it. I don't like this practice, because it leaves open the possibility that they could change the drives at a later date while keeping the same retail box number. But as of writing, it seems the drives inside the boxes have remained consistent for a given size.The 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB drives are all the same basic drive model, just with different capacities. These have part numbers in the form of DT01ACAxxx, where the last 3 characters denote the size. DT01ACA300 for example is the 3TB model.The 500GB-3TB family of drives are a Hitachi design that Toshiba inherited when they purchased part of Hitachi's hard drive business. They are made in a former Hitachi plant which is now owned by Toshiba. They are quieter, desktop consumer oriented drives with moderate seek performance and low noise level. They have 1TB per platter (the 500GB version, no longer listed, uses one side of 1 platter). When I searched the serial number for my 3TB DT01ACA300, it showed a 3yr warranty in effect from the date of manufacture. These drives have not scaled beyond the 3 platter version with a max capacity of 3TB.Meanwhile, Toshiba needed something they could sell to consumers at 4TB+. To that end, they did something that I think might have been a stopgap measure, but a stopgap which is awesome for the consumer as long as you know what to expect.The 4TB and 5TB models are a completely different family of drive. These are made in the Philippines and are a Toshiba design, they did not come from the Hitachi purchase. (I do not know if this applies to the 6TB model)By all accounts, and my own experience twice, if you purchase the PH3400U, you will receive an MD04ACA400.I will be attaching a photo that shows the 3TB and 4TB drives next to each other. As you can see, they are totally unrelated models from completely different plants.The 4TB MD04ACA400/PH3400U drives are made in the Philippines - same location as Toshiba's "Enterprise" hard drives are made. They also appear to borrow the same casing and circuit boards. It is important to note that these 4TB drives have loud seek noises which some might find offensive, but they also have faster seek performance.I have seen documentation showing that the 4TB drive is built using 5x 800GB platters. 800GB platters have been common for a few years in enterprise drives which are optimized for fast seek performance and have long warranties. The 5TB drive is built using 5x 1TB platters. I believe it is a close relative of the 4TB drive, but I don't own a 5TB so I'll avoid saying much about it.Many people (including myself) have had a pleasant surprise when we looked up the warranty for our 4TB drive's serial number. Their computer seems to think that the 4TB drive has a (suspiciously Enterprise-like) warranty of 5yrs from manufacture, not 3yrs as advertised.Based on their physical characteristics, location of manufacture, warranty length, and the fast but noisy seek performance, I think the conclusion must be that these drives are a "consumerized" version of Toshiba's Enterprise level 4TB drives. As such, they are analogous to the Western Digital Black drives (of which most models are consumerized versions of WD "RE" drives).I think Toshiba should be marketing these drives accordingly, but they haven't done so. As a result, they are overlooked by performance enthusiasts, while at the same time they generate complaints from people who don't like the noise and didn't realize what they'd be getting.The 4TB Toshiba is a high performance drive with mechanicals that I believe were originally designed for their "Enterprise" drives. This has both positive and negative aspects. The negative is that these drives can make audible "grinding" noises at times of random access. The positive is that the drive is fast and it probably has very good build quality.When the heads on the 4TB model need to move to a different position of the disk, they do it quickly and loudly. This is great if you value performance and don't mind hearing some access noise now and then. You might even have fond memories of when all hard drives made this sound. However, many people aren't used to hearing that sound today and might not like it.If you use the 4TB drive for long linear transfers, such as playing videos, you won't hear the access noise. In that case, the heads don't need to jump around, they will be essentially stationary. But if you use the drive to boot an operating system, you will hear some "churning" as the drive heads quickly locate all the little files involved with an OS. Personally I like the sound, but some people won't so it needs to be pointed out. Don't install your operating system on the 4TB drive if you don't like hearing any noise. I think the 5TB will also sound and perform the same.The 3TB model is quiet though, and the smaller ones should be as well (as explained above, 3TB and smaller drives are a different drive family than the 4TB and above).I am attaching pictures of the 3TB and 4TB drives next to each other, so you can see that they are unrelated designs.I also attached a picture of a side by side benchmark comparison of both drives, but it isn't legible. The benchmark is from the linux utility "gnome-disks". It shows that the 3TB and 4TB drives' linear transfer rates are similar, but random access is much faster on the louder 4TB drive. Random access on the 3TB drive is still decent - it is competitive for a drive that does not make audible seek noises. For comparison, it still has faster access than a WD Blue 1TB WD10EZEX that I also have tested.The last 2 pictures are benchmarks of the 4TB drive alone. One was testing the entire drive, the other tests only the first 2TB, which is what you'll be limited to if you use traditional MBR partitioning.I consider the 4TB Toshiba to be a great bargain. It's analogous to a WD Black but at a much lower price. But make sure this is what you actually want before buying. If you want quietness, stick to the 3TB model or below. 5Dependable server grade drive; good for a home lab Works well inside the drive bays of a SAS storage-based VMware ESXi server. Cheap price, compared to other drives, but definitely not cheap quality; this drive holds up very well. Good option for a home lab. Has been installed for over a month, and no issues to date. Replaced a 2 TB Seagate Barracuda drive, which was running fine for several years until I ran out of disk space. (The Seagate drive was still working fine, I just needed more space) I have used Toshiba external and internal drives in the past, under heavy usage, and they have always held up very well for me. 5
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Sweet price point for capacity It may be a bit early to write a review as it's been only a couple of days that I got this drive but so far I have been pleased with it so why not initiating one.This Toshiba replaces one of my Seagate ST3000DM001 (bought in November 2012) which failed in my RAID 10 array. As they are now out of warranty (2 years) I made the choice to switch brand and extend the capacity at the same time. Toshiba came into play as they provide the best price per GB and this 4TB has a great value, speed (7200 RPM, 128MB cache) and warranty (3 years).Adding this drive in my array was easy and it got recognized automatically and the array started to rebuild right away. It took just about 10 hours to do so and the drive temperature was hovering at 108F. Now that it is completed, it is more in par with the other drives (98F).My goal is to swap the Seagate drives as they go bad with the 4TB Toshiba which will allow me to increase my raw storage from 4*3TB to 4*4TB on one logical drive and from 4*2TB to 4*4TB on the other logical drive (32TB vs 18TB) for a reasonable price.Sure I could have gone with 5TB and above however for now this 4TB drive seems to be the sweetest spot I could get. By the time I switch to higher capacity, the price would have drop enough to get higher capacity. My only concern would be the increased re-building time in the array but by then maybe all the drives will be SSD and it won't be an issue?Nonetheless, for now this drive serves its purpose and seems to go along with the other Seagate in the same array so I am quite please with it and will update if anything comes up.Also, comparing to the Seagates, this drive comes with 3 years warranty and RMA can be fulfilled on this web site https://support.toshiba.com/support/acclaim/purchaseDetails?productID=2000131617&productName=PH3400U-1I72I'm posting it as the link is hard to find.So far so good! 4Fast 3TB drive I bought one of these drives in 2013 and a second one recently in early 2014 to backup the first drive.Speed: Connected to a SATA6 controller, the drive has an average read speed of 175MB/s. Games, books, music and movies all load very fast.Noise: The drives I have received are very quiet.Stability: No issues with with stability or bad sectors.Speed details: HDTach reports 14.5ms random access time. It has a burst speed of 442.7MB/s, with an average read speed of 175MB/s. HDTach creates a chart to show the read speed for each region of the drive. From 0GB to 2200GB, the read speed goes from 200MB/s to 140MB/s. Then at 2200GB the read speed jumps back up to 200MB/s and and declines to around 170MB/s at the end of the drive. I do not know why there is a sudden jump in speed as reported by HDTach. (Remember that the "start" of the drive (0GB) is the outer-edge of the platters which has a higher linear velocity and thus a faster read-speed. As the read/write heads move towards the middle of the drive, the linear velocity and thus read-speed is reduced.)I would buy this drive again. 5Fast, inexpensive, mostly quiet I hooked this up to my Nyko Data Bank (also from Amazon) and my PS4 went from 500 GB to 4 TB.Well, actually when I look at "available space" it says "3.55 out of 3.58 TB free" so the other 420 GB must not be usable.I was worried that I wouldn't be able to find a high capacity HDD that worked with the PS4 & Nyko, but I read a review from someone on Amazon who had paired these two and had no problem--so I bought both. I also have had no problem.NOTE:If you ARE going to use this with a PS4 (instead of hooking it up to a PC or something) be sure to disable "REST MODE" power-saving features. The PS4 currently (November 2015) occasionally locks up when it tries to go into rest mode for high capacity drives. If you disable the feature, you'll be good to go. When Sony fixes this issue with an update, you can simply re-enable the power-saving feature at that time. 4Best Bang for Buck As with all HDDs stuff can change over time, so this review is just an intial Review, I will update if things change.I bought 8 of these while they were at $139, and that definitely represented a good Deal compared to 6TBs out there today.I was a little upset that amazon didn't bubble wrap these guys instead they were just packed together tightly with no padding at all. Luckily they are Retail boxes, and inside was a good amount of Foam.I ran all the drives through Badblacks to see if any were DOA. No problems were found, and now I'm building a RAID6 array and everything is still looking good.My only Concern so far... Toshiba's support site doesn't recognise my Serial Number or Model Number, so it seems like it could be a problem if I have to RMA any drives down the line. They don't seem as established in that department as Seagate and Hitachi. I was looking to update the Firmware if nesscesary, but couldn't find any reference to the device at all. 5FEDEX SIGNATURE REQUIRED, DiscTech LLC, NOW, I DONT HAVE DRIVE,THANKS.NOT. update, MARCH 2018, had to buy a new one, ran 24 hours a day, no load, movies only. BEWARE DiscTech LLC SENT IT SIGNATURE REQUIRED. SO, DO I HAVE IT TODAY???? NOPE, how can i sign for a package when i work 40 hours a week. THEY SAID I REFUSED DELIVERY INSTEAD OF A REDIRECT FROM MY HOUSE. FEDEX IS TERRIBLE. please dont ship fedex or usps. only use ups.oct 7, 2015. quiet. fast. no problems so far. put over one terabyte in one day and its just fine. i have it in the icy dock that looks like the borg cube hooked to the router and it is behaving fine. i turned on samba in the router and mapped it. play movies with Mplayer and streams good, no lag. i did hook to my laptop to format, but mainly to transfer data with my esata port. wireless transfer speed was a measly 2.4 MB/S. esata was 200MB/S. what a difference. i would have never got a TB transfered wirelessly.UPDATE may, 27, 2016. still going strong. some gliches but only my computer, this this flows like a champ, streaming movies through my wireless router. I use windows Synctoy to sync my downloaded movies to my backup drive, the toshiba 5tb drive, using the icy dock Black Vortex quad bay external enclosure and it works like a champ. I down.loaded 100 tv shows over a few days and it transfered within a few hours, i was gone 8 hours, so it was done when i got home. That is a lot in one sitting to transfer. I have had no problems at all. Love it.UPDATE: FEB 25, 2018, finally died on me. starting to get real slow, will not pull up a directory without stops and starts. so quiet I ORDERED THE SAME ONE AGAIN, instead of the new model. I have had no problem and loved every minute. never failed until now. 1Solid... Fast... Grande storage... After a lot of review reading and research into larger capacity hard drives, I settled on this Toshiba because of the size to price ratio,low power consumption, and the 7200rpm spindle speed.There seems to be a huge reliability problem with large 1TB plus drives on the market, I had a very hard time finding consistent good reviews on ANY manufacturer. I was seriously considering a Western Digital "Green" drive, to use in my Home Theater PC, but this was going to serve as my main operating system drive as well as storage, the slowish speeds concerned me. I found this Toshiba (yes it is a re-branded Hitachi) on sale, and most of the reviews seemed favorable, so I bought it.I've had it for about 4 months, and it is getting close to full already, let me say this; the drive is fast, seemingly reliable, and I'm very happy with it. I got the retail box for the manufacturer's warranty, to be safe, but seems like a terrific drive. My system boots fast, has no problem reading and playing high def video, and it is QUIET, and according to the specs (I have no real way to test this) power friendly, which is what I need for a Home Theater machine.Highly recommended product.Thank you for reading my review. 5Fast, good value and warranty I have 5 of these drives purchased over the last year from several sources. These drives are fast and seemingly reliable - marginally faster than the two WD blacks I have which is impressive as they are considerably cheaper. The warranty on these is 3 years vs 5 years for the WD black drives. The only other real difference between them is that these Toshibas do make a bit more noise during heavy IO - the noise is nothing to worry about and will be familiar to anyone who has been around computers for a long time. Note - in an HTPC they do not make audible noise when streaming video.Alternatives considered were:WD Black: 7200 rpm, 5 yr warranty, very good transfer rates. ~50% more expensive. Pretty much the gold standard for consumer mechanical drivers.HGST Deskstar NAS: 7200 rpms, 3yr warranty, very good transfer rates but slower than both WD Black and Toshiba. ~35% more expensive on average.WD Red NAS: 5200 rpms, 3 yr warranty, noticeably slower transfer rates, ~20%+ more expensive on average.WD Green: 5200 rpms: 2yr warranty, slow, low power usage eco drives. ~20%+ more expensive.WD Blue: 5200 rpms: 2 yr warranty, new on the market in this size, basic hard drive. ~20%Seagate: Excluded due to personal experience with numerous drive failures in a compressed time period. 5WARRANTY UPDATE!!!! (11/16) BUYER BEWARE!! - Don't get fooled by the mislabeled "64mb". They're all 128mb cache. These are speed demons. Outstandingly reliable. On the noisier side, but that doesn't matter to me one bit. My music drowns out any noise.-----------11/16I have now changed my 5 star rating to 1 star. These drives are great, until they fail (which is rare)... Problem is this... The drives which advertise a three year warranty, HAVE NO WARRANTY! One of mine failed, I just called up Toshiba and guess what, NO REPLACEMENT. They send you a pre paid visa card for the amount paid.. Which means, even if I NEEDED the same drive to replace in a raid array, I can't pay for it as the drives now sell for more, not the same, not less. NO 3 YEAR warranty, no warranty, just a refund. You've been warned.. 14TB model has sub 12ms access time - like a WD Black for much lower cost. But be aware, fast access equals noise. The 4TB model has very fast access time, that is why it makes audible seek noises when accessing lots of small files. Both of my 4TB drives measured just under 12ms in random access performance. This - not linear transfer rate - is the difference between a fast hard drive and a slower one. Linear transfer rates will be similar for most contemporary 7200rpm drives.The 3TB model is a completely different design. It tests just over 15ms random access. This is typical of most hard drives, and as a result, it is quieter. I've included an image of the performance test I ran on both 3TB and 4TB models side by side, unfortunately Amazon has shrunk the image and it isn't legible. It was meant to show the 12ms vs 15ms difference between the models.I've also included an image of 2 performance tests solely on the 4TB PH3400U. One is a test across the disk's full capacity, the other is a test of a 2TB partition, which is sometimes the maximum that can be used on some setups.Read on if you want a longer explanation of how different the 3TB and 4TB models are.I've purchased one of the 3TB model and 2 of the 4TB model. Both of my 4TB drives were purchased from this listing in retail packaging. My 3TB was purchased as a bare drive but it's the same drive that comes in the PH3300U retail box.I've been using the 3TB drive for a bit over a year, and the 4TB drives for 3-5 months (bought at different times). I recently checked the SMART status on these drives and they are all working perfectly. This review will mostly focus on the 4TB model.First note - if you are using Windows XP 32-bit, the 4TB drive will not even be visible unless you use a utility like HDAT2 to artificially limit it's reported capacity to 2TB. I have tried this and it does work, but if you don't know how to do this, the easy answer is to stick with the 2TB model since that's all the space XP32 will allow you to utilize anyway. XP users should also look into the subject of sector alignment. I recommend using the utility "gparted" to partition the drive. Avoid using the built-in partitioning tool in XP, because it doesn't understand 4KB sector alignment and this can hurt the performance.Windows XP 64-bit can use the full capacity if you use GPT partitioning. However, XP64 cannot boot from a GPT drive. Therefore, under XP64 the only way to use this drive's full capacity is if you are not using it to boot the OS.With Windows 7+, you can use the full capacity, but you need to enable GPT partitioning. If your drive only shows 2TB of space (or less), it's not because of a drive fault, it is because of the MBR vs GPT issue. I don't know the procedure for Windows 7+, but there should be plenty of articles online that explain it.--This Amazon listing combines several capacities of drives under the same listing and combines their reviews together. There are actually at least 2 families of drives represented here which are very different, so mixing the reviews together can be misleading. I suggest you only pay attention to reviews for the same capacity drive that you are buying.Another point - Toshiba uses a different part number for their retail packaging than the model number that's actually on the drives themselves. Don't be surprised that the drive inside the box will not have a PH3... part number on it. I don't like this practice, because it leaves open the possibility that they could change the drives at a later date while keeping the same retail box number. But as of writing, it seems the drives inside the boxes have remained consistent for a given size.The 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB drives are all the same basic drive model, just with different capacities. These have part numbers in the form of DT01ACAxxx, where the last 3 characters denote the size. DT01ACA300 for example is the 3TB model.The 500GB-3TB family of drives are a Hitachi design that Toshiba inherited when they purchased part of Hitachi's hard drive business. They are made in a former Hitachi plant which is now owned by Toshiba. They are quieter, desktop consumer oriented drives with moderate seek performance and low noise level. They have 1TB per platter (the 500GB version, no longer listed, uses one side of 1 platter). When I searched the serial number for my 3TB DT01ACA300, it showed a 3yr warranty in effect from the date of manufacture. These drives have not scaled beyond the 3 platter version with a max capacity of 3TB.Meanwhile, Toshiba needed something they could sell to consumers at 4TB+. To that end, they did something that I think might have been a stopgap measure, but a stopgap which is awesome for the consumer as long as you know what to expect.The 4TB and 5TB models are a completely different family of drive. These are made in the Philippines and are a Toshiba design, they did not come from the Hitachi purchase. (I do not know if this applies to the 6TB model)By all accounts, and my own experience twice, if you purchase the PH3400U, you will receive an MD04ACA400.I will be attaching a photo that shows the 3TB and 4TB drives next to each other. As you can see, they are totally unrelated models from completely different plants.The 4TB MD04ACA400/PH3400U drives are made in the Philippines - same location as Toshiba's "Enterprise" hard drives are made. They also appear to borrow the same casing and circuit boards. It is important to note that these 4TB drives have loud seek noises which some might find offensive, but they also have faster seek performance.I have seen documentation showing that the 4TB drive is built using 5x 800GB platters. 800GB platters have been common for a few years in enterprise drives which are optimized for fast seek performance and have long warranties. The 5TB drive is built using 5x 1TB platters. I believe it is a close relative of the 4TB drive, but I don't own a 5TB so I'll avoid saying much about it.Many people (including myself) have had a pleasant surprise when we looked up the warranty for our 4TB drive's serial number. Their computer seems to think that the 4TB drive has a (suspiciously Enterprise-like) warranty of 5yrs from manufacture, not 3yrs as advertised.Based on their physical characteristics, location of manufacture, warranty length, and the fast but noisy seek performance, I think the conclusion must be that these drives are a "consumerized" version of Toshiba's Enterprise level 4TB drives. As such, they are analogous to the Western Digital Black drives (of which most models are consumerized versions of WD "RE" drives).I think Toshiba should be marketing these drives accordingly, but they haven't done so. As a result, they are overlooked by performance enthusiasts, while at the same time they generate complaints from people who don't like the noise and didn't realize what they'd be getting.The 4TB Toshiba is a high performance drive with mechanicals that I believe were originally designed for their "Enterprise" drives. This has both positive and negative aspects. The negative is that these drives can make audible "grinding" noises at times of random access. The positive is that the drive is fast and it probably has very good build quality.When the heads on the 4TB model need to move to a different position of the disk, they do it quickly and loudly. This is great if you value performance and don't mind hearing some access noise now and then. You might even have fond memories of when all hard drives made this sound. However, many people aren't used to hearing that sound today and might not like it.If you use the 4TB drive for long linear transfers, such as playing videos, you won't hear the access noise. In that case, the heads don't need to jump around, they will be essentially stationary. But if you use the drive to boot an operating system, you will hear some "churning" as the drive heads quickly locate all the little files involved with an OS. Personally I like the sound, but some people won't so it needs to be pointed out. Don't install your operating system on the 4TB drive if you don't like hearing any noise. I think the 5TB will also sound and perform the same.The 3TB model is quiet though, and the smaller ones should be as well (as explained above, 3TB and smaller drives are a different drive family than the 4TB and above).I am attaching pictures of the 3TB and 4TB drives next to each other, so you can see that they are unrelated designs.I also attached a picture of a side by side benchmark comparison of both drives, but it isn't legible. The benchmark is from the linux utility "gnome-disks". It shows that the 3TB and 4TB drives' linear transfer rates are similar, but random access is much faster on the louder 4TB drive. Random access on the 3TB drive is still decent - it is competitive for a drive that does not make audible seek noises. For comparison, it still has faster access than a WD Blue 1TB WD10EZEX that I also have tested.The last 2 pictures are benchmarks of the 4TB drive alone. One was testing the entire drive, the other tests only the first 2TB, which is what you'll be limited to if you use traditional MBR partitioning.I consider the 4TB Toshiba to be a great bargain. It's analogous to a WD Black but at a much lower price. But make sure this is what you actually want before buying. If you want quietness, stick to the 3TB model or below. 5Dependable server grade drive; good for a home lab Works well inside the drive bays of a SAS storage-based VMware ESXi server. Cheap price, compared to other drives, but definitely not cheap quality; this drive holds up very well. Good option for a home lab. Has been installed for over a month, and no issues to date. Replaced a 2 TB Seagate Barracuda drive, which was running fine for several years until I ran out of disk space. (The Seagate drive was still working fine, I just needed more space) I have used Toshiba external and internal drives in the past, under heavy usage, and they have always held up very well for me. 5
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