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10tb Seagate external hard drive $199

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Nov 2, 2015
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Toronto, ON
Worth reading the recent reviews before purchasing. Don't always fall for the discounted price.
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Oct 17, 2005
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Toronto
Solid deal. Gabbed a few last time and got iron wolf drives inside. I was hopping for EXOS but luck of the draw.
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Aug 12, 2010
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caxt3378 wrote: Any suggestion on shucking this for a NAS?
Have 2 smaller seagates in my nas, nothing shucks like a seagate!
Zoomer: 1 account for family and planning to leave for good in 2023
Koodo too: for a phone and locked to 24 months but was a good deal.
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Aug 18, 2008
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ConnectMe wrote: Worth reading the recent reviews before purchasing. Don't always fall for the discounted price.
? Not sure what you're referring to exactly.

When I filter reviews for this model, and all critical, the only recurring thing I see is the noise on this drive
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May 21, 2004
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GTA
I read the 10TB and higher capacity external Seagate drives are all non-SMR. Is this still true? I'm looking to replace some lower capacity drives in my RAID-5 setup so that is important.
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Dec 26, 2011
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Seagate only has 8tb and lower SMR drives.

Western Digital only has 6tb and lower SMR drives.
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Aug 18, 2008
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gotglint wrote: saw this 4-star review:

TITLE: Great value but with some limiting aspects
Reviewed in Canada on June 30, 2020
Capacity : 5TBStyle: Portable HDDColour : BlackVerified Purchase
I bought two of these NTFS drives and returned one because of low performance with write speeds. When I investigated the write speeds, I found and identical drive had much poorer performance than another and therefore returned the slow drive. See below:

Slow drive: Timing buffered disk reads: 10 MB in 3.81 seconds = 2.63 MB/sec
Fast drive: Timing buffered disk reads: 94 MB in 3.05 seconds = 30.83 MB/sec

It turns out, that after transferring files, the drive performs some sort of activity until it recovers. I don't know what the drive is doing but may be performing some kind of SMR activity (Shingled magnetic recording (SMR)), indexing or buffering.

The problem with this recovery period, is the drive becomes almost unusable while this process is occurring. The drive also causes your computer to stall while rebooting as the OS waits for the drive. I addition, the drive will take an uncomfortably long time to mount upon startup.

I have not experienced this behavior on any of my dozens of hard drives, but perhaps the technology is reaching some limit at 5TB.

In conclusion, if you find a drive has very poor write speeds, keep the drive instead of returning it to Amazon. This experience is bizarre to say the least and I would like to know more about how it occurs, but I am very pleased with the hard drive regardless because of it's large capacity and price.
Thats a 5TB drive and is most likely SMR, from what they're describing.

SMR (shingled magnetic recording) is the technology used for how the platters are layered. Since the tracks are now overlapping, it means that many times, when the head is writing data, it must first rewrite data that's on the adjacent track elsewhere.

The older conventional method was CMR.
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Aug 14, 2009
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Amazon reviews are useless when it combines reviews from different capacities (meaning SMR reviews are going to show up for this drive which is not SMR).
Penalty Box
Jun 10, 2020
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Any word on what these are coming up as lately? Got a Barracuda Compute Pro and Ironwolf Pro in the past (more than a year ago -- old stock) but hoping to add a couple more Ironwolf Pro to the NAS.
From what I last heard - Exos or IronPro. Hoping for IronPro for consistency..
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Jun 26, 2012
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Toronto
DasHip wrote: Any word on what these are coming up as lately? Got a Barracuda Compute Pro and Ironwolf Pro in the past (more than a year ago -- old stock) but hoping to add a couple more Ironwolf Pro to the NAS.
From what I last heard - Exos or IronPro. Hoping for IronPro for consistency..
Bought 4 in January - manufactured between August and Nov 2020, all were IronPro
Penalty Box
Jun 10, 2020
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djskynet wrote: Bought 4 in January - manufactured between August and Nov 2020, all were IronPro
How big is/are your Nas' :)
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Oct 19, 2003
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Grabbed 4 from BB. Thanks!
This space for rent.
Newbie
May 8, 2008
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Vancouver
Bought 4 of them in 2019, 2 in 2020. All working fine (24x7) . Performance is good as expected.
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Nov 13, 2007
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Britex wrote: I read the 10TB and higher capacity external Seagate drives are all non-SMR. Is this still true? I'm looking to replace some lower capacity drives in my RAID-5 setup so that is important.
Yup, any of the helium-filled Seagate drive, including the 10TB and above should be conventional magnetic recording.
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Jun 12, 2010
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these have ironwolf in them?

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