Ordered 2, but had to place 2 separate orders. With the $15 off coupon from ebay, came out to $95.31 after CA sales tax. Both have shipped!
Also, I was able to the same ebay $15 off coupon twice!!!
Good to know that you can RMA after destroying the external case. I've done this to 2 drives to put them in my server.
Mine have all been 7K3000 SATA III 6.0, 64MB buffer. These are very fast drives, Sequential Read/Writes around 165MB/s, much faster than my 2TB Caviar Blacks. They also play nice with a PERC6 in RAID5. They do run about 2 degrees C hotter than my WD Blacks, but not even close to being too hot.
I've had 2 out of 4 2TB WD Caviar Blacks die on me so far, All seven of my Hitachis are still fine. Also newer Caviar Blacks have locked TLER settings, which can be bad for hardware RAID5.
It's all Hitachi drives for me from now on. I hope Western Digital's, recent acquisition Hitachi's Hard Drive division doesn't change the drives for the worse.
Last edited by BossNgga; 04-07-2012 at 06:40 PM..
Reason: Incorrectly stated performance numbers. 165MB/s not 173MB/s.
i did not get the 7k3000 version, but their "green" version. so ymmv
Wow, thats unfortunate that you got a green drive. This is the Model Number listed on my SATAIII 7200rpm 64MB: HDS73020BLA642
I'm pretty sure you can find out what drive you have using Device Manager while it's still in it's case. If it doesn't list the exact number above, it should give you enough information to confirm that it is a 7200rpm drive.
I know that the office max spec's say that it is a 7200rpm drive. If it is not a 7200 rpm drive, I wonder if it would be justifiable to return it without the restocking fee.
FYI: I bought a few of these, destroying cases to use as internals. A week later one HD died. I inserted serial number from label on actual drive on their warranty page, got an RMA to send it in, and just received a replacement (complete EXTERNAL unit, so they knew it came from inside external).
Wow, they must not check that what they receive is what you "said" it was by part number! Pretty crazy. Glad you got it though.
The only thing you enter on RMA Warranty page is serial number. I didn't lie about anything.
Mine shows up as "Hitachi HDS723020BLA642". So I'm guessing this is the 7k300? I'm still going to crack it open so I can put it into an eSata enclosure.. well, eventually.
I'm happy, didn't expect the enclosure to be so large. Usually I just remove them and throw them out/give them away. But this one looks like it would allow for better airflow.
One of the reasons I chose this one. It seemed like most of the failure rates were higher for Seagat and Western Digital because the cases did not allow for good airflow. This one, while not the best, seemed to be better. That is why I compared it to a separate hard drive and good case earlier. Under 'Properties' mine says Hitachi HDS72302.
I just finished testing one drive with WD Data Lifeguard, extended test and it found that it had too many bad sectors. Has anyone else tested their drives?
I'd assume that it wouldn't be safe to proceed with the bad drive. Does anyone have input on bad sectors and how to deal with them?
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