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    I'm looking for a large hard drive ideally 5-6TB, and historically, I've preferred the WD Black series. Anyways, apparently Hitachi Deskstar makes 6TB NAS hard drives: http://www.hgst.com/hard-drives/internal-drive-kits/nas-desktop-drive-kit Looking at the 6TB version: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145973 Price in US is always cheaper , and it's gotten worse due to the Canadian dollar weakening as of late http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145973 Anyways, the only reviews I could find were these: http://www.anandtech.com/show/8743/hgst-deskstar-nas-4-tb-review http://www.storagereview.com/hgst_4tb_deskstar_nas_hdd_review Performance looks pretty good (at least the 4TB one). The 6TB one I'm not sure of, but areal density is higher (703 Gb/in^2 vs 446). I think it's a 5 platter design (anyone put 6 platters in a non-HE drive?), with ~1.2 TB per platter? Only other thing of note is that they have a larger cache (128 vs 64 MB). Does anyone have any experience with these hard drives? They look like a good buy, certainly better than the WD Green/Red 6TB or Seagate 6TB. I'm going to be using them on my desktop for video editing. How would they compare to the WD Black?
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    Those aren't material defects and it is very normal to see those to some degree on all hard drives, consumer and enterprise. The drive is 100% A-OK. Those are normal casting marks found on almost all hard drives. I've included some example shots on the drives we've reviewed. Completely honest that there is nothing wrong with that you are seeing. The drive exterior is designed to meet a certain width spec. The internal cavity (under the cover) is the area with a high level of machining. If those "seams" stick out a little bit, they run in through a little grinder to get it to meet the maximum exterior width requirement. StorageReview-Seagate-Enterprise-Performance-10K7-Bottom.jpg StorageReview-Seagate-Enterprise-Capacity-6TB-Bottom.jpg StorageReview-Constellation-ES3-3TB.jpg Western-Digital-3TB-AV-GP-Front.jpg ES_SIDE_small.jpg StorageReview-Seagate-Desktop HDD-15-Bottom.jpg StorageReview-Seagate-Desktop-SSHD-Bottom.jpg
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    HGST makes client drives too. The Chinese government won't allow the companies to fully integrate. So what you'll see is two separate companies like Kevin said, and then WD and HGST may sort of fake their way into better alignment by dropping competitive products or segmenting them so they stratify within a product category.