Seagate NAS HDD 4TB Review

Seagate NAS HDD
by Rob Williams on August 12, 2013 in Storage

The arena for NAS-targeted hard drives has just welcomed a second combatant: Seagate’s “NAS HDD”. Like WD’s Red series, NAS HDD is designed to work well with RAID controllers, has improved vibration-reduction, and additional power profiles. Unlike WD’s Red, NAS HDD has a 4TB model. Let’s see how that one stands up.

Synthetic: AIDA64 2.70

Similar to HD Tune, AIDA64’s built-in disk benchmarker is one of the easiest to run. The developer also keeps up on top of architectural trends so that you feel confident that the algorithms don’t get much better than this. This spreads beyond the storage benchmark, as AIDA64’s system stress-testers is one of the best, if not the best, out there – thanks to it being able to take full advantage of any given CPU architecture.

For our testing, we run the Linear Read and Random Write tests. Because AIDA64 by default automatically chooses a cluster size (which changes at random), we force it to use 64KB for our testing.

AIDA64 2.30

Seagate’s NAS HDD continues to shine here, and I admit, I’m rather impressed – the drive continues to give the Desktop HDD a run for its money, but I guess if you suppose the NAS variant is the more expensive of the two, then it might even out.

AIDA agrees with HD Tune on the latency front when talking about the NAS drives, though WD’s Red fell a bit further behind here.

  • ipx

    Nice review! Im in that exact position where Im ready to buy a 4-bay NAS but I dont want to use 3TB drives when the 4TB’s are just around the corner (or just arrived as I could read in your article). I would love a comparison between WD RED 3TB and this drive.

    • Rob Williams

      Will see what I can do! I’d really, really like to know if WD is planning to come out with a 4TB Red model soon. It’d be frustrating if someone were to go grab 3TB models and then a 4TB come out right afterwards.

      • Anonymous

        …and now 4TB are around, with 5TB coming soon. :)

        • Rob Williams

          Yup! We have 2 of them in the house, and in a couple of weeks will be doing a match-up against Seagate’s drives, both internal in a PC and in a high-performance NAS. Stay tuned :)