Seagate Desktop HDD Conclusion
IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on our conclusion, as it represents our product rating specifically for the product tested which may differ from future versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.
Beginning with performance, the 4TB Seagate Desktop HDD (model ST4000DM000) is a high-capacity 5900 RPM hard disk drive that competes for shelf space against several other modern mechanical storage devices. While this 4TB Seagate Desktop HDD provided worthwhile transfer speeds, its slow rotational speed held it back. On the matter of spindle speeds, it seemed deliberate that this particular specification was absent from all Seagate product materials – including their product technical white papers. In any event, the large 625Gb/in2 areal density across four 1GB disc platters delivered 145 MB/s transfer speeds ideal for archive file storage. Seagate’s Desktop HDD series is great for systems requiring top-end storage space, such as NAS servers or backup enclosures, while still working fast enough as the standalone drive in computer systems.
Into their 15th generation of hard disk drive products, Seagate’s Desktop HDD series offers consumers a two-year limited product warranty. This is an unfortunate departure from their previously offered 5-year warranty for all Barracuda XT drives, but has been the standard since their last-generation Barracuda debut. The drive’s low operating temperature and power saving rotational shut-down features may possibly make long-term warranties a moot point, but that would also be reason to stand behind the technology.
Seagate delivers industry-leading quality and construction in all of their products, and the high-capacity Seagate Desktop HDD series is their end-result after years of proven industry experience. Since spinning mechanical storage technology is so mature, especially from a company like Seagate, there are no issues with hardware compatibility or firmware functionality – UEFI-based systems can utilize all 4TB right out of the box.
Available as a bare-drive OEM kit (ST4000DM000) or retail boxed kit (STBD4000400), as of April 2013 the Seagate Desktop HDD is available online for $189 (OEM: Amazon|Newegg) or $199 (Retail: Amazon|Newegg). An excellent value for high-capacity storage, the Seagate Desktop HDD costs only 4.7 cents per gigabyte.
Based on the current condition of today’s desktop storage market, it’s still very much a hard drive friendly world. While SSD technology will eventually replace hard disk storage one day soon, there’s no evidence as to when solid state storage can match capacity at the same price point. The 4TB Seagate Desktop HDD resists that forthcoming change, and its massive four-terabyte capacity paired to the future-proof SATA 6Gb/s interface will certainly help punctuate this. The affordable cost to capacity ratio puts the Desktop HDD series ahead of SSDs, while still offering respectable bandwidth performance speeds for modern computer systems.
+ Very good 146 MB/s data transfer speeds
+ 3rd-generation SATA 6Gb/s compliant controller
+ Massive 4-Terabyte storage capacity across four platters
+ 64MB Cache buffer improves burst transactions
+ Low-power standby conserves energy
+ 2-Year Seagate product warranty
+ UEFI Systems can utilize all 4TB out of the box
- 5900 RPM rotational speeds offer lower performance
- 2.1TB Barrier not removed via native hardware instruction on older O/S’s
- Previous Barracuda XT series offered 5-year warranty
Final Score: 8.7 out of 10.
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COMMENT QUESTION: Does it bother you that the 4TB Seagate Desktop HDD is a 5900 RPM hard drive?