The Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 is a robust 7200 RPM, 3TB drive with 64MB of cache that comes with a five-year warranty. It’s pricey, hovering currently around $375, but if you’re looking for a drive that’s designed to take 24x7 punishment it may be worth it. The 7K300 ha s 2M hour MTBF rating which is a first for a 7200 RPM drive.

We put five of these suckers in a Synology DS1511+ NAS. The drives spin up quietly but are fairly noisy when reading and writing data. The sound is similar to a WD VelociRaptor. So these drives are best used in an environment where noise will not be an issue.

Preparing all five drives to run the Synology Hybrid RAID takes the better part of a day with full disc scan to ensure no bad sectors are encountered later. That may sound like a long time but that’s actually pretty good for preparing five 3TB drives.

Where these drives really shine is when multiple clients are accessing the NAS at the same time. For example, a couple of PCs can be backing up data and the NAS media server is able to easily stream audio and video to a TV.

If you run Windows 7 or a Mac you should have no problem using a 3TB drive. If you’re still running XP than stick with the 2TB drives.

We’re beating up these drives as best we can and so far they’re holding up nicely. Video editors will appreciate the robust performance and the 5 year warranty should give anyone piece of mind for myriad backup solutions.

The Ultrastar 7K3000 comes in both SATA and SAS versions to accommodate any workstation or NAS. The HP Z800 filled with several of these drives would be a force to reckon with.

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