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Written by Olin Coles   
Monday, 15 April 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
4TB Seagate Desktop HDD ST4000DM000
Drive Testing Methodology
AS-SSD Benchmark
ATTO Disk Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 Tests
Iometer IOPS Performance
PCMark Vantage HDD Tests
Desktop Storage Final Thoughts
Seagate Desktop HDD Conclusion

CrystalDiskMark 3.0 Tests

CrystalDiskMark 3.0 is a file transfer and operational bandwidth benchmark tool from Crystal Dew World that offers performance transfer speed results using sequential, 512KB random, and 4KB random samples. For our test results chart below, the 4KB 32-Queue Depth read and write performance was measured using a 1000MB space. CrystalDiskMark requires that an active partition be set on the drive being tested, and all drives are formatted with NTFS on the Intel P67 chipset configured to use AHCI-mode. Benchmark Reviews uses CrystalDiskMark to illustrate operational IOPS performance with multiple threads. In addition to our other tests, this benchmark allows us to determine operational bandwidth under heavy load.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0 reported sequential speeds reaching 145.7 MB/s reads and 144.0 MB/s writes on the 4TB Seagate Desktop HDD, closely matching Seagate's specifications for the 5900 RPM drive. Compared to the 7200 RPM drives from the previous generation, the Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 (three-platter) and Seagate Barracuda XT ST33000651AS (five-platter) hard drives both performed slightly faster transfers.

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Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB ST4000DM000 (Four-Platter)

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Seagate Barracuda 3TB HDD ST3000DM001 (Three-Platter)

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Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB HDD ST33000651AS (Five-Platter)

In the next section, we continue our testing using Iometer to measure input/output performance...



 

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# To update or not?HTWingNut 2013-05-22 15:51
I have a WHS 2011 with three 3TB Seagate Barracuda drives and two 2TB drives. I'm tempted to go with four 4TB drives, but that hit in performance is troubling. Although in reality I don't think I'll notice. Just wish it were 7200RPM and I wouldn't think twice. Can't believe there's no more comments, but thanks for the thorough review and comparison with 3TB drives!
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# RE: To update or not?Athlonite 2013-05-24 19:24
Honestly there is no real difference between this HDD and the 7200rpm WD 4TB HDD there's maybe 1~3% and it was a toss up between the two for most tests
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# Is 5900 RPM a show stopper?David Lean 2013-05-24 02:32
"Does it bother you that the 4TB Seagate Desktop HDD is a 5900 RPM hard drive?"
For what I want Yes, I'd have preferred 7,200. So am likely to look at other drives.

However if I was building an Online backup or Media store, then this drives might even be preferable. But 5,900 RPM typically means less heat & less power. The Perf drop is not that much, ~10%. So these would be fine as a target for backups or media (movies & music).
OR
they could also be balanced by SSD Drives. So you'd put your IO Intensive apps on the SSD & have them write their log files, diagnostic & audit output to these 4TB drives.
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# clickalfie 2013-05-24 05:49
"power saving rotational shut-down"

I hope this and the low spindle speed solves the problem with seagate drives clicking due to APM.

nice article as ever Olin Coles.
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# You Have No Idea How High-end This HDD Is!Luay 2013-05-27 00:14
If you don't have or plan on having a 256++GB SSD, go get your performance oriented, loud and power-consuming HDD! And upload your Windows XP and "Ace Of Base" albums while you're at it!

This HDD caters to the modern user. 4x 1TB platters seals the deal even more. Pair this with a 960GB Crucial M5 if you can and sleep on it.

2 year warranty is also a logical and acceptable compromise, as long as you are using this HDD for what it is supposed to be used for, non-intensive, non-exe files. The stress and speed of executing files, writing, reading becomes irrelevant.

If I have to find a negative, it would be when I install this HDD and shift my file library to it. That's probably going to take a longer time but it's a one-time thing.
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# What?David Lean 2013-05-27 01:50
@Luay
Not sure where your head is at &/or who you are trying to abuse.
But I expect many are professional IT folks who read these reviews. They want more than a 2 disk home gaming system.
eg: Developers running very large virtual machines, perhaps with huge databases. Maybe emulating a an entire datacentre on a single dev workstation. Perhaps Graphic Designers who work on big animations. They use an entire SSD just to cache their active project.
These sorts of folks often have 4-8 disks in their "Home Server / Dev workstation." And rarely do they want to afford the cost of 10TB's of SSD's. Hence the need to balance &/or run NAS storage.
For them moving TB's of files is not a "one time thing"
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# RE: What?Luay 2013-05-27 15:01
These professionals would know that there is an enterprise model offered by every single HDD manufacturer. Seagate Constellation and WD Enterprise come to mind.

These folks won't bother reading this review. That means I'm probably abusing you.
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# RE: RE: What?David Lean 2013-05-28 04:58
Thanks for the clarification (& the abuse).
Over the years I've recommended the purchase of many 100's of enterprise class drives. Typically we only put them in servers. They cost more, if they aren't kept cool in an air-conditioned room can have a similar failure rate to the cheaper drives. So for developer workstations & technical home / demo systems, they get these style consumer drives.
Actually, These data centre folks, read all reviews.
Thanks for your thoughts.
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# RE: 4TB Seagate Desktop HDD ST4000DM000Ed 2013-05-27 02:15
> Does it bother you that the 4TB Seagate Desktop HDD is a 5900 RPM hard drive?

Quite the opposite - it's a selling point. I have two Hitachi Deskstar 7K4000 4TB and I am disappointed with how hot and noisy they run. The lower RPM Seagate looks perfect.

Speed is a non-issue when we're talking about HDD's - they are all slow, and it is a moot point whether one is "less slow" than the other. The price of 4TB is such that your typical buyers will be higher end, non-budget, users who can afford SSD's. I will not compromise by using HDD's - you get the right tools for your requirements, and for speed, one goes with SSD.

What I need in my HDD's is quiet, low power "large capacity" active storage, in a relatively compact package, to accompay my fast SSD's.
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# RE: 4TB Seagate Desktop HDD ST4000DM000Jeff 2013-05-28 06:55
I am someone who bought a box of these drives and then returned them once I tested a couple of them - due mostly to slow access times and low throughput, also I felt like it had been implied that they were 7,200 rpm drives like the ST3000DM000. I can't put drives in my customers machines that are slower than the drives they already have. Most of my people are working with large volumes of small files - lots of almost random I/O. If they had been marketed as 5,900 rpm drives I would not have bought them in the first place.

I am now putting Hitachi 7k4000's in most of my customer machines, with Constellation ES.3 or WD RE 4tb drives as an upgrade - these are for desktop machines with 4+ rotating drives and typically a 256gb SSD - which seems like a waste of money, but it appears to be the only way to get high capacity combined with reasonable access time.

Maybe the new WD SE series will be the way to go.

I am really disappointed that the 4TB Barracuda XT never seemed to appear other than in external drives destined for failure (with the access times crippled and no ventilation).
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