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Why Enterprise Drives are Best

While consumer drives are a quieter, lower cost option they are better suited for desktops and laptops and some lower-cost workstations. When you need reliability, high performance at a larger capacity - enterprise drives are the best option for a trouble-free operation.

Where most consumer class hard drives are designed for single desktop operations - they can only handle 25-30 TB workload per year. Consumer drives also are known to have higher random failure rates and those rates go up dramatically once they have been heavily used.

With consumer drives, in a massive RAID configuration, if a drive fails, a replacement and re-sync will occur. This will greatly increase the cumulative workload on that drive - upping failure rates and more re-syncs until drives are unusable. We suggest that consumer drives only be used in very specific circumstances, namely if (a) data workload is small (i.e. very cold storage applications) and (b) RAID is not used; or if it is, RAID arrays are small to limit re-syncing load (which is of course non-linear).

Please note that if you are running active storage on consumer drives you will experience drive failures, ongoing replacements and your servers and hard drives will most likely be over-worked due to numerous re-syncing. We highly recommend using enterprise drives for NAS and data centers for best performance. Please see below for enterprise hard drives we supply and their benefits.

Hyperscale Efficiency, Lowest TCO

Seagate brings innovative helium technology to the Exos X12 hard drive. The drive is designed for maximum storage capacity and the highest rack-space efficiency provided by 45 Drives' Storinator. Protected with Seagate Secure technology, and delivering 12 TB capacity, the Exos X12 enables the fastest data transfers in the datasphere. The advanced helium technology supports low power and weight. Count on the greatest efficiencies and highest storage densities.

Exos X12 is the best fit for the following applications:

  • Massive scale-out data centres Why choose the Exos X12 hard drive? Maximum storage capacity for the highest rack-space efficiency
  • Customizes your bulk storage requirements with PowerBalance and RAID Rebuild®
  • Scales to meet your growing capacity with the highest rack-space efficiency
  • Fastest data transfers in the datasphere
  • Optimum data centre that is TCO-architected to offer low power and weight
  • Simplified infrastructure management with a single FastFormat advanced format feature (4Kn and 512e) ensures you're ready for today and in the future
  • Hardware-based security in which Seagate Secure models provide best data protection for data-at-rest
  • Safe, fast and easy drive retirement, thanks to the Instant Secure Erase feature that helps to lower TCO

But what does this translate to in actual practice?

One example we can share is from our years of experience of burn-in and testing of 100% of the Storinator® servers that we manufacture. This occurs immediately after production, before they are shipped to their new owners. We install a full set of drives, sync a RAID array, and transfer hundreds of Terabytes to test functionality of the unit. The drive sets used for this activity are thus very heavily used. When using consumer drives, we would get about 6 months from a set. Then, about 5 years ago, we switched to enterprise grade drives and those drives are still working flawlessly, and still have a year left on their warranty!

Available Models

Seagate Exos ENTERPRISE Drives

Designed for the most demanding data environments, from entry-level servers to high end enterprise storage systems. Designed to handle workloads up to 550TB per year, they offer the highest level of reliability, durability, capacity, power efficiency and performance for a multitude of Datacenter-specific applications.

Model # Capacity Sustained data rate RPM Class Cache Price
ST20000NM007D 20TB 261 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $563.00
ST18000NM000J 18TB 261 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $493.00
ST16000NM000J 16TB 261 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $425.00
ST14000NM001G 14TB 261 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $400.00
ST12000NM001G 12TB 250 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $368.00
ST10000NM0086 10TB 249 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $325.00
ST8000NM000A 8TB 248 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $275.00
ST6000NM021A 6TB 226 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $233.00
ST4000NM002A 4TB 215 MB/Sec 7200 128MB $181.00
  • Link Speed: SATA 6Gb/s
  • Max Workload: 550TB per year
  • Spin Rate: 7200 RPM
  • Warranty: 5 years
Seagate Skyhawk Surveillance Drives

Optimized for DVRs and NVRs, SkyHawk&trad; surveillance drives are tuned for 24×7 workloads. Equipped with enhanced ImagePerfect&trad; firmware, SkyHawk helps to minimize dropped frames and downtime

Model # Capacity Sustained data rate RPM Class Cache Price
ST18000VE002 18TB 210 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $452.00
ST16000VE002 16TB 210 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $388.00
ST12000VE001 12TB 210 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $288.00
ST10000VE0008 10TB 210 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $270.00
ST8000VE000 8TB 210 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $223.00
ST6000VX001 6TB 195 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $157.00
ST4000VX007 4TB 190 MB/Sec 5400 64MB $103.00
  • Link Speed: SATA 6Gb/s
  • Max Workload: 180TB per year
  • Spin Rate: 7200 RPM
  • Warranty: 3 years
Toshiba Enterprise Drives

Toshiba Enterprise HDDs provide unsurpassed quality and reliability for demanding 24/7 server and storage deployments.

Model # Capacity Sustained data rate RPM Class Cache Price
MG09ACA18TE 18TB 262 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $433.00
MG08ACA16TE 16TB 262 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $387.00
MG07ACA14TE 14TB 262 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $361.00
MG07ACA12TE 12TB 262 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $322.00
MG06ACA10TE 10TB 262 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $287.00
MG06ACA800E 8TB 262 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $237.00
MG06ACA600E 6TB 262 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $195.00
MG04ACA400E 4TB 262 MB/Sec 5400 64MB $150.00
  • Link Speed: SATA 6Gb/s
  • Max Workload: 550TB per year
  • Spin Rate: 7200 RPM
  • Warranty: 5 years
Micron PRO 5300 Solid State Drive

Engineered on industry-leading 64-layer 3D NAND, the Micron 5200 SSD delivers best-in-class performance and capacity.

Model # Capacity Read Write Price
MTFDDAK480TDS-1AW1ZABYY 480GB 540 MB/s 385 MB/s $193.00
MTFDDAK960TDS-1AW1ZABYY 960GB 540 MB/s 520 MB/s $298.00
MTFDDAK1T9TDS-1AW1ZABYY 1.9TB 540 MB/s 520 MB/s $525.00
MTFDDAK3T8TDS-1AW1ZABYY 3.8TB 540 MB/s 520 MB/s $987.00
MTFDDAK7T6TDS-1AW1ZABYY 7.6TB 540 MB/s 520 MB/s $1746.00
  • Warranty: 5 years