Category Archives: Hard Drive Reviews

WD Blue SSD Review

<![CDATA[Western Digital is an American computer data storage company and one of the largest computer hard disk drive manufacturers in the world, compared to its main competitor Seagate Technology (Western Digital Wikipedia).

The 500GB model of this memory gives the best value for a price of $129.99 . They offer a 3 year warranty period for parts and labor, and provide a MTBF of up to 1.75 million hours (Tom’s Hardware).
The WD Blue’s performance is far from exciting. As a hard disk drive manufacturer, Western Digital is having trouble keeping up and updating with optimized solid state drives. Many hard drive companies fail to create newer and updated products when they are consumed in an old mindset. Although the 1 TB Blue SSD breaks the 10,000 random read IOPS barrier, the price for this performance is steep (Tom’s Hardware).

Specifications (For 500GB) :

Capacity-500 Gb
Read
– 560 MBps
Write– 530 MBps
IOPS Read– 95,000
IOPS Write– 84,000

Overall, the WD Blue is not worth the effort. If you’re paying the cheaper option, you’ll definitely see it in the performance. If you choose the better performance option, the price is ridiculous. It is just another piece of evidence that older companies that get stuck in their old ways are bound to fail.
Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.
References:
www.newegg.com
http://www.tomshardware.com
en.wikipedia.org
www.wdc.com]]>

Toshiba P300 – The Unexpected Failure

<![CDATA[Toshiba— Founded July 1875 in Tokyo, Japan has a rich history of innovative technology. They’re continuing to expand the limits of mobile computing but their passion for innovation is hardly new. In fact, it dates back centuries (as they claim)
The P300 can either be a good buy or a bad buy. On Benchmark.com shows that the age months on this hard drive is 29. That means this hard drive will average about more than a 2 year life span, and too bad the warranty ends in 2 years. But by looking at the reviews on Newegg it seems like you will never know if it will last 2 years or 2 weeks.

  • Storage: 1 TB
  • Speed: 7200 rpm
  • Age Months: 28
  • Access Time: 4.17ms
  • Read/Write: 153 MB/s
  • Buffer: 64 MB

Warranty: 2 year limited
After seeing these bipolar reviews I decided to do research for myself. With the product having a 4 egg review seemed weird. It was either a hit or miss, some people said it was great and it lasted more than two years and still working. While 25% of the reviews varied from failing right after the warranty ended, to not working out of the box.
I bought 4 of these hard drives to use a RAID 5 array, and see the failure rate based off of the reviews. All four came in and only 3 worked out of the box. After an hour of setting up, one of the hard drives kept crashing the BIOS. Finally getting it to work, that hard drive lasted for about a week before all three hard drives died. I sent all four drives in for RMA. There online RMA process was simple enough, however it has been 10+ weeks since they received the drives and approved a reward card in exchange and no rewards card has arrived. Whats worse than a bad hard drive? A bad hard drive company.
In conclusion, never buy a hard drive from Toshiba. A lot of people lost TB of information with these drives. Along with everyone else in the reviews… spend your money on a hard drive with a nice warranty from a good company like (Western Digital).
References:
https://www.newegg.com
http://www.toshiba.com/tai/
http://www.kitguru.net
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HP S700 SSD Review

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This is a review of an Hp S700 SSD that is compatible with any motherboard that supports a SATA III port connection. This HP S700 SSD is also a Kaby Lake version. This CPU is to be used for a faster gaming PC. This is an up to date model and it can be used for gaming purposes. While you could use this for lower end use like for home use, it is not the purpose that it is being reviewed for.

The HP S700 solid state drive is manufactured by Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company. Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company is an American multinational corporation and technology company which focuses on the development of SSD’s (solid state drives), also known as the data storage device of the computer. They are headquartered in Palo Alto, California. They started up their corporation on November 1, 2015. They are widely considered a top drive manufacturer. (HP Wikipedia) For more information about HP see their website.
Image result for palo alto caImage result for palo alto ca HP headquarters
Specifications:

  • 2.5″
  • Size: 250Gb
  • Max Sequential Read Up to 555 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write Up to 515 MBps
  • 4KB Random Read Up to 55,000 IOPS
  • 4KB Random Write Up to 80,000 IOPS
  • Buffer: 32 Mb
  • TLC (is able to take in more per cell)
  • MTBF Lifespan: 2,000,000 hours
  • Warranty: 3 years

Image result for HP SSDs S700
With these specifications, it worked really well and really fast for my  ASRock H170A-X1 home motherboard. When I found these specifications of the SATA III ports fit my motherboard. This HP S700 SSD was a great find for me to use for my home motherboard. I recommend you get it too, I got mine from Coleton’s Computer Parts distribution company. The final price for it was $69.99 as seen on Newegg.
Note: This review is for a classroom project.
References: https://www.hpe.com/us/en/home.html
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2W063A9944
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hewlett_Packard_Enterprise]]>

WD Blue 500GB SSD Review

<![CDATA[*This is a part of a classroom experiment.
Our Verdict 

  • The Good: The WD Blue SSD is faster than any regular hard drive and you can write a ton of data to it before it wears out.
  • The Bad: The drive is expensive and doesn’t justify the added cost. It has a short warranty.

About Western

  • Western Digital Corporation (commonly referred to as Western Digital and often abbreviated as WDC) is an American computer data storage company and one of the largest computer hard disk drive manufacturers in the world.
    Headquarters are located in San Jose, California.
  • Western Digital was founded on April 23, 1970, by Alvin B. Phillips.
  • Western Digital employees over 76,000 people.
  • Such longevity and experience in the hard drive industry makes this drive even more reliable.

Product Details

  • The Western Digital solid state drive is a fast drive. Programs load so much quicker and windows itself loads so much more rapidly with this solid state over most traditional drives.
  • The major flaw with SSD’s though is the cost. This drive has a sale price of $158.33. Yes this is much more expensive than traditional spinney drives.
  • However our purpose for this specific drive was for an everyday business PC.  With a solid state such as this our business PC was able to perform at maximum speeds. Programs on your PC run much faster with a SSD as such.
  • This SSD just doesn’t have enough storage nor will it last a long time. Therefore, we recommend having a traditional hard drive which you can keep all your important files on to keep for a very long time. Yet by having this SSD you can run programs at much faster speeds.

WD Blue 500GB Internal SSD Specs

  • Capacity: 500GB
  • Interface: SATA III 6Gb/s
  • Form Factor of 2.5inches or 7mm
  • Firmware: X41000WD
  • Controller: Marvell 88SS1074
  • Sequential read: up to 545MB/s
  • Sequential Write: up to 525MB/s
  • Random Read IOP’s: up to 100K
  • Random Write IOP’s: up to 80K
  • Meantime to Failure (MTTF): 1.75Million hours
  • Endurance Rating 200TB (Terabytes written)
  • WD FIT Lab Certification for compatibility across a wide range of laptops and desktops
  • Free downloadable WD SSD Dashboard to monitor the status of the drive and Acronis True Image backup utility
  • 3 Year limited warranty
References:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/get-windows-10?step=Win10Question1
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2W04ZF1443
https://www.wdc.com/about-wd.html]]>

Seagate Constellation ES.2 HDD Review

<![CDATA[hard drive failure rates by model
Seagate and Western Digital are commonly known as the top two HDD manufacturers in the industry today. Now while they both have similar problems, I decided to choose a Seagate HDD because they had a lower fail rate. According to the graph on the left, Seagate has five HDD’s that had some of the lowest failure rates, compared to Western Digital’s three HDDs (Backblaze).
 
Seagate Technology was created in 1978 by Al Shugart, Tom Mitchell, Doug Mahon, Finis Conner and Syed Iftikar. They produce hard drives, hybrid drives, and solid state drives. In 2015, Seagate produced around 45.9 million hard-disk drives including Samsung’s HDD output (Seagate owns Samsung’s HDD production). And in 2017, Seagate‘s annual revenue was $10.77 billion.
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Seagate Constellation ES.2 HDD


Specifications:

  • Price: $79.99
  • Size: 3 TB
  • Transfer Rate: 155 MB/s
  • MTBF: 1.2 million hours
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • Speed: 7200 RPM
  • Access Time: 4.16ms
  • Read/Write Speed: 8.5/9.5MS
  • Buffer Size: 64 MB

The Seagate Constellation ES.2 is labeled as a enterprise class hard drive, which means that it is geared more towards business use (company servers, important storage arrays, etc.). The Constellation ES.2 brags about it’s low power consumption use and I was thoroughly surprised when the ES.2’s consumption was 17% less than the ES model. When tested against other models of the Constellation HDD’s read/write sequences, the 3TB SATA model triumphed reaching higher speeds (Storage Review). The price is pretty good for size/capacity with each GB costing .03 cents. Overall, this hard drive can be used for gaming, but would be fully utilized if used for business purposes.
Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.
References:
<https://www.backblaze.com>
<https://www.newegg.com>
<https://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/>
<http://www.storagereview.com>
<https://en.wikipedia.org>
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Review Of The BarracudaPro Hard Drive

<![CDATA[Seagate Technology has created the best hard drive for your PC with the all-new BarracudaPro series. Seagate developed the first 5.25 inch HDD back in the 80’s and they continue to produce the best hard drives for their customers!
Image result for seagate 4 TB ST4000DM006
The hard drive pictured above is the BarracudaPro 4 Terabyte ST4000DM006 3.5-inch internal hard drive. This hard drive includes:

  • 4 TB capacity
  • A transfer rate of 600 MBps
  • Mean time before failure is 1.2 million hours!
  • 7200 RPM
  • The buffer size is 128 MB

I bought this hard drive off of Amazon for $174.99. It may seem a little pricey, but it comes with a guaranteed five-year warranty, and I can say that it is the best option for my gaming PC, compatible with my Biostar  X370GT7 motherboard. The reviews on Newegg below agree as well!



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Samsung 860 EVO Series 250GB SSD Review

<![CDATA[I am going to be reviewing the Samsung 860 EVO Series 250GB solid state drive. I purchased the SSD for my home motherboard which was the ASUS Prime B2-50 Plus motherboard. I think the solid state drive was a quality lower end option that exceeded my expectations and did not break the bank!

I love using Samsung products so I had no doubt that the Samsung 860 EVO Series SSD would be a great fit. Samsung was founded on March 1, 1938 by Lee Byung-chul. Their headquarters are located in Seoul, South Korea and as of 2016 Samsung had the 6th highest brand value in the world (Wikipedia).

The solid state drive can run for up to 1.5 million hours. This is a long time. When installing the Samsung 860 EVO Series SSD it was a breeze. The installation disk was not needed during the time of setup. Overall, it made my computer 1-2 times faster after installing the SDD. The solid state drive also has 3D NAND memory components.
 
Specifications:

  • Speed: 550 MB/s read and 520 MB/s write
  • Size: 250 GB
  • Input/ Output per Second: up to 90,000 IOPS write and 98,000 IOPS read
  • Transfer Rate: 6Gb/s
  • SLC/MLC/TLS: 3 bit MLC (Since it is MLC it means that it is doubled the amount of bits per cell)

I would recommend the Samsung 860 EVO Series 250GB SSD for anyone looking to purchase a lower end solid state drive for a home motherboard. The drive met all of my computers needs in order to make it run faster and more efficient. It also had a lower power consumption, used for cooling and speed. The total cost of the solid state drive on Newegg was $94.99. This is not a bad price for the specs you are gaining for your PC. Although there is probably a cheaper option you could find through research, the Samsung 860 EVO Series 250GB SSD was a great option that will not disappoint!
Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.
References:

  • www.newegg.com/Product/
  • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung
  • www.samsung.com/semiconductor/
  • www.newegg.com/Product/

 
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Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB

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I am reviewing the Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB Solid State Drive which I bought off of Newegg for $156.99. I have been an avid admirer of Samsung products when it came to their televisions and cellphones, so I figured I would try out this SSD for a couple of months. In the elapsed time, I was impressed with the overall performance and speed of the hard drive for its price. $150 may be a little too much for someone interested in building computers, but if they want better overall performance and speed I recommend this SSD until their prices drop.
Samsung products have always been reliable and some of the best. Samsung was founded on March 1, 1938 in Daegu, South Korea by Lee Byung-chul. Samsung started producing Solid State Drives when they partnered with Seagate who was already in the Hard Drive business. Samsung sold its HDD business to Seagate for $1.375 Billion while Samsung decided to produce SSD’s.
I used the GA-970A-D3P AM3+  Motherboard to test this product. I use this motherboard for business and testing purposes so Gaming and home uses may vary for other users.
    Benchmarks:

  • Dimension 2.5″
  • Interface: SATA III
  • Sequential Read: Up to 540 MBps
  • Sequential Write: Up to 520 MBps
  • 4k Random Read: Up to 98,000 IOPS
  • 4k Random Write: Up to 90,000 IOPS
  • MTBF: 2,000,000 hours
  • 3 Bit MLC
  • 3 Year Warranty
  • 3D NAND

The overall performance of this SSD left me highly satisfied by booting my computer and other programs almost 3x faster than a traditional HDD. The installation was easy since the drive is fairly small and connects with SATA ports. The read and write speeds allowed my applications to load and run faster, and opening multiple tabs and programs was no problem when switching between them. The only real complaint I have is the price for the capacity. Traditional hard drives could store a lot more for a lot less but if you are a speed freak, then you’ll have to sacrifice a bit of your cash. Samsung has a brand loyalty to it’s name simply for the fact that there a really big company. This means that the price will be higher than most market demand, so you can find SSD’s for cheaper prices most likely. If you want durability though, the Samsung EVO lasts pretty long despite not having a lot of storage.
“One of the best things about Samsung’s drives is their reliability and warranty.”- Lifewire
“Its blistering speeds, five-year guarantee and best-in-class endurance rating, it’s sat near the top of most best SSD lists ever since it first came out .” -RockPaperShotgun
References:
Reviews: LifeWireRockPaperShotgun
SSD: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?
Motherboard: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?
Samsung: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung
Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.
 
 
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WD Black 6TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive Review

<![CDATA[ Western Digital is a diverse, global company with strong values and a passion to innovate and lead the charge in the transformation of data. Quality products, exceptional customer service and industry-leading solutions all come from a culture that’s inclusive, forward-thinking and bold enough to imagine the possibilities of data.
The WD Black 6TB Performance Desktop Hard Disk Drive was a good choice for my computer. This hard drive has those great qualities that makes it a good hard drive for a computer. All for the low price of $229.99 or get it on sale now for  $228.50.
Specifications:

  • Size:
    • 6TB
  • Rotational Speed:
    • 7200 RPM
  • Cache:
    • 128 MB
  • Read/Write:
    • Operating ( 2ms Write)
    • Operating ( 2ms Read)
    • Non-Operating ( 2ms)
  • Transfer Rate:
    • 227 MB/s
  • Buffer:
    • 128 mb/s
  • MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure):
    • 1.5 Million Hours
  • Warranty:
    • 5 year

Looking back at these specifications, this is a pretty good hard drive. The size is big and it can last a long time. That 1.5 million hours transfers to a lot of years. This is a very good choice for someone looking for a big hard drive that will last them years in the long run.

Note: This review is part of a classroom project. 
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822235281
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Western Digital Black Hard Drive – Review

<![CDATA[Western Digital is an American computer data storage company. The headquarters are located in San Jose, California. The company was founded in 1970  by Alvin B. Phillips. They bring in about 19 billion dollars a year. While they employee about 80,000 people. They produce hard disk drives, hybrid drives, and also solid state drives.

Recently I bought a new hard disk drive for my ASUS ROG ZENITH motherboard. I chose Western Digital due to good reviews read online. I got the WD Black 6TB, the reviews I read online were great. The reviews and specifications I read online were phenomenal and I could not wait for it to arrive via mail. Upon delivery the package looked a little more on the rough side. The price for this specific HDD was $246.99. The price per gigabyte was approximately six cents.

As I connected it into my PC tower things went very smooth. There was no damage done to the actual product itself. I booted up my PC everything seemed to be working fine. I logged on and continued to put my HDD to the test.
Specs:

  • Size: 6Tb
  • Price: $246.99
  • Interface: SATA 6Gb/s
  • Transfer Rate: 227 MB/s
  • MTBF: 1.5 million hours
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • Access Time: N/A
  • Speed: 7200RPM
  • Buffer Size: 128 MB

Overall my experience with this HDD was fantastic and I highly recommend to those who are looking for something that has a great amount of storage as well as a HDD that does not have a high failure rate.
NOTE: THIS IS A REVIEW FOR A CLASSROOM PROJECT
REFERENCES:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=234-000G-000W5
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813119003&cm_re=rog_zenith_extreme-_-13-119-003-_-Product
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Digital
 
 
 
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