Seagate created another magnificent drive and the NAS HDD with 8TB capacity impressed us in all the benchmarks and taking the lead in almost all of them. It does cost a little bit more than competing 6TB drives, but considering the extra 2TB capacity in the same form factor and being as new as it is, it is a more than fair price.
There isn’t much to say about the looks or form factor. It is a 3.5-inch hard disk drive with a default design and a label on the top. However, what you don’t see on the inside is what matters. Seagate doubled up on the available cache and the drive features 256MB. That is without a doubt part of the reason that the drive performs as well as it does. The increased capacity per platter is also impressive, although not that new altogether. We’ve seen this size drives in the enterprise sector for some time. But it is very nice to see them enter the consumer market as well. With 8TB per drive, you get the same raw capacity with two drives as you did with four just a few years ago, or 8 drives going back a little further. That’s something that will allow you to save on the NAS budget and get one with fewer bays.
The high-capacity also reduces your overall power consumption, and the Seagate NAS 8TB drive doesn’t consume much to begin with. The added anti-vibration techniques allow the drives to be used in enclosures with up to 8 drives without having a negative effect on the drives health and performance. The firmware inside the controller has also been specially tuned for the best NAS operation. Another bonus is the RAID recovery feature that helps to rebuild drive arrays much faster.
A high Total Bytes Written rating and a 3-year warranty further show us that we have a great drive at our hands. Optionally, users can also purchase the extended service where Seagate steps in and recovers your data should a drive or array fail.
- Great performance
- Silent operation
- Low power consumption
- Suited for up to 8-bays
- 8TB Capacity
“The Seagate NAS HDD 8TB is without a doubt the best storage drive that we have tested to date. It has a solid performance while staying inaudible even during operation.”
Thank You Seagate for providing us with this sample