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 to work in highly scalable environments requiring low power consumption and weigh.

Model # Capacity Sustained data rate RPM Class Cache Price  
ST12000NM0007 12TB 261 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $464.00 Quote Now
ST10000NM0086 10TB 254 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $367.00 Quote Now
ST8000NM0055 8TB 237 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $322.00 Quote Now
ST6000NM0235 6TB 215 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $277.00 Quote Now
ST4000NM0035 4TB 205 MB/Sec 7200 128MB $193.00 Quote Now
  • Link Speed: SATA 6Gb/s
  • Max Workload: 550TB per year
  • Spin Rate: 7200 RPM
  • Warranty: 5 years
Western Digital GOLD : For enterprise level, high volume workload

WD Gold HDD's are 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  
WD121KRYZ 12TB 255 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $465.00
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WD101KRYZ 10TB 249 MB/Sec 7200 256MB $390.00
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WD8002FRYZ 8TB 205 MB/Sec 7200 128MB $325.00
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WD6002FRYZ 6TB 226 MB/Sec 7200 128MB $265.00
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WD4002FYYZ 4TB 171 MB/Sec 7200 128MB $212.00
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  • Link Speed: SATA 6Gb/s
  • Max Workload: 550TB per year
  • Spin Rate: 7200 RPM
  • Warranty: 5 years

Western Digital PURPLE: For surveillance storage

Ideal for cold storage, WD Purple HDD's are designed specifically for network video recorder (NVR) surveillance systems where scalability and increased cameras are needed. With IntelliPower RPM it can vary the rotational speed from 5400rpm to 7200rpm which will lower the power consumption and maybe maximize the life of the hard drive.

Model # Capacity Sustained data rate RPM Class Cache Price  
WD100PURZ 10TB 210 MB/Sec 5400 256MB $399.00
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WD80PURZ 8TB 178 MB/Sec 5400 128MB $279.00
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WD60PURZ 6TB 171 MB/Sec 5400 64MB $260.00
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WD40PURZ 4TB 150 MB/Sec 5400 64MB $155.00
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  • Link Speed: SATA 6Gb/s
  • Max Workload: 180TB per year
  • Spin Rate: 5400 RPM
  • Warranty: 3 years
HP S700 PRO Solid State Drive

HP SSD S700 Pro series is the ultimate SSD to protect and transfer your data files. An advanced controller gives you the performance and reliability you need. The power consumption is less than 5mW under device sleep mode, which significantly saves system power consumption in standby status and achieves both speed and endurance

Model # Capacity Read / Write IOPS Bandwidth Performance Price  
2LU81AA#ABL 1TB Random 4KB reads: Up to 90K IOPS
Random 4KB writes: Up to 95K IOPS
Read: Up to 570 MB/s
Write: Up to 525 MB/s
$423.52
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2AP99AA#ABL 512GB Random 4KB reads: Up to 85K IOPS
Random 4KB writes: Up to 90K IOPS
Read: Up to 565 MB/s
Write: Up to 520 MB/s
$205.88
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2AP98AA#ABL 256GB Random 4KB reads: Up to 70K IOPS
Random 4KB writes: Up to 90K IOPS
Read: Up to 560 MB/s
Write: Up to 520 MB/s
$205.88
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2AP97AA#ABL 128GB Random 4KB reads: Up to 40K IOPS
Random 4KB writes: Up to 85K IOPS
Read: Up to 560 MB/s
Write: Up to 460 MB/s
$127.05
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  • Warranty: 3 years