Don911

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  1. I have 3x8TB Seagate Archive in a Mac Pro 5,1. I stream blu-ray remux rips over the network and it works very well. The only difference with the Archive drives is that the initial write takes longer than normal, as described in a previous post. Also, I would go with the 8TB over the 6TB as they are cheaper per TB. B&H sells 8TB for $219 and 6TB for $210. So basically you get an extra 2TB for $9 more.
  2. No, they're not meant to be written to only once. But writing large amounts of data to these drives are slower than to 'normal' drives. Read speeds however are fine. I write to my Seagate Archive drives every day.
  3. I decided to go with two 8TB Seagate Archive and I'm very happy with my decision. Price wise, these drives are among the cheapest out there ($28.75 per TB). They also have a 3-year warranty. What's not to like? I use them mainly to store audio and video files and to stream 'uncompressed' Blu-Ray rips over the network, as well as for torrenting. They have worked flawlessly so far. However, they are slower to write to than regular drives, but fast enough for my purposes here. When initially copying files SATA to SATA, the speed started out at around 125MB/s. After 500GB it was down to 100MB/s. And after 2TB the average for the whole copy was 66MB/s. I then copied another 5TB via FW800 to eSATA, and average speed started out at 52MB/s and ended at 25MB/s. But read speeds are great, so I don't worry much about a slow initial copy. And since I don't write more than perhaps 100-200GB per week, they work out great for me! iNoob, I was comparing the 6TB 7200rmp HGST Deskstar NAS to the Seagate Archive. Not the HGST Helium drives. A 6TB HGST Deskstar NAS is currently $259 vs $230 for an 8TB Seagate Archive. So the HGST drive is now 50% more expensive per TB than the 8TB Seagate Archive.
  4. I'm sorry to hear that. Perhaps I'll have to rethink my strategy then. Yeah, Seagate's warranties are all over the place. For example, for 3TB drives, the ST3000DM001 has a 2-year warranty, while he STBD3000100 has a 1-year warranty. For 4TB drives, the ST4000VN000 has a 3-year warranty, while the ST4000DM000 has a 1-year warranty. And for enterprise, ST4000VN0001 has a 5-year warranty.
  5. Hi Kevin! I am using SSDs for my boot drives. I said "main data drives". :-) I always try to get the best $/GB. That's how I ended up with a ton of Seagate drives, despite their 2-year warranty! And that's why I think the current HGST Helium drives are too expensive for me. But I'd like to have as few live drives as possible, so the 8TB size would be ideal for me because I could use my old 4TB drives in RAID0 for backups.
  6. I soon need to upgrade my data storage to higher capacity drives. I always go with double the size, since then I can use two of the older drives in a RAID0 configuration for backups. I'm currently on 4TB drives with 2x2TB for backups, so I need 8TB drives to be available to make the switch. Does anyone know when we can approximately expect an 8TB 7200 RPM drive? The current Seagate Archive will probably be suitable for my video an audio files archive, but won't cut it for the main data drives. I know HGST have 8TB or even 10TB helium drives, but I've heard they won't fit in regular drive bays. They're also too expensive. I'm also only interested in drives with at least a 3-year warranty, so HGST and WD is usually my first choice, even though I think most of my drives are Seagate.
  7. Thanks Brian. I'll think about it. I would only need them for scenarios 1, 2, and 4. But perhaps I'll go with HGST instead. But they're about 27% more expensive than the 6TB Seagate Archive's, or 36% more expensive than the 8TB. With same warranty.
  8. I'm thinking of buying these Archive drives as they are cheap, energy efficient, and seem to be built to last a long time, even with 24/7 use. I would appreciate your take on my situation. I will have four drives in my Mac Pro, and would like to know if any of the following applications are not recommended for these drives: 1. Storing Blu-ray movie rips that I stream over Ethernet. 2. Storing my iTunes library. 3. Main data drive (I use my SSD only for the OS and virtual machines). 4. Data drive for uTorrent. There's usually always a few file transfers active at all times (8 max). Mostly upload, but sometimes I download large files, i.e. 20GB or more. Speed is of no importance here. But the drive will be read a lot. I understand that writing to these drives will take a long time, but that is of no concern ro me. Once the data is there, I will mostly read it. Also, would the drives work as well in a NAS as they would attached locally to my Mac Pro (no RAID)? Same applications as above. Thanks, Don