Reviews and Problems with Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 3TB HDS5C3030ALA630
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Works fine, and you can get to 1 big partition.
Brent Morgan, Amazon
4 April 2014
Summary: This installs just fine. You may need an extra SATA cable. In windows 7, you CAN get it to show a single 2.72 TB free partition in windows 7. It just cannot be your primary boot drive, It must be a secondary data drive. Search youtube for a demo of the method. BTW harddrives are marketed such that 1 TB is 1000 MB. But your computer computes it such that 1 TB is 1024 MB.
Still works after 2 years of daily use in a home theater PC
S. Pupp "spupp", Amazon
26 June 2013
Summary: Not as quiet as I would have liked for a home theater PC, but fast enough to record 4 different TV programs at once (a mix of high-def and standard-def) without missing a beat. If I needed to, I'd buy another without hesitation.
Summary: I bought 4 of these for a RAID6 array. 1 of the 4 was DOA and Amazon replaced it no questions asked. Hopefully they will be reliable long term. I ran them for a about a week doing some burn-in tests and they have now been in production use for a couple weeks. The folks at BackBlaze power their online storage service using the 2TB version of this drive and highly recommend it: [...] As with any storage solution, it WILL FAIL eventually.
Summary: Two out of 4 drives failed within a year and support refuses requests for advanced replacement even with a credit card. On their website every utility download states it does not work for 3TB or greater drives so you cannot stress test or change settings. Will never buy another HGST drive. I might consider it if they start offering advanced replacement. Intellipower WD drive reviews are terrible but at least they offer advanced replacement.
Summary: Yes, I read the other reviews (on this and other sites) and I thought it wouldn't happen to me, but it did. Right after I plugged in the drive, it started clicking. But not the typical clicking of the head loading over and over again. It... well, it sounded like there was a woodpecker inside the drive. There was a very audible loud click, in a very irregular, random pattern. It was really annoying. I did a full surface scan and added it to my DrivePool.
Summary: My experience with Hitachi (used to be IBM) drives has not been as pleasant as those with Seagate or Western Digital, but this 3TB monster is by far the cheapest and biggest drive on the market. Its slowness is not much an issue as I plan to use it for large data storage only. I decide to give it a try. Getting Windows to recognize a drive bigger than 2.2 TB takes some efforts.
Summary: Although I have used Hitachi HDDS before, these 3TB greens are not good or more precisely don't have the quality control that their predecessors have had. Although this particular HD worked, I had bought few more from another vendor to use in a RAID5 and these had over 50 percent failure rate (DOA/failure within 48 hours). Not good at all and wasted a lot of time. Ended using WDC greens in my array after tiring of RMA'ing dead drives to the vendor.
Summary: Amazingly cheap for 3tb of space, and pretty darn fast considering it is 5400rpm. Be sure that your OS and hardware support 3tb hard drives. When I first installed this drive it only showed up as 760gb, but after a little research saw the fix was to update my BIOS. With the current BIOS my computer accepted the drive without a hitch. Be sure to choose GPT not MBR when initializing the disk.