Excerpt: I bought this drive as a cold spare for my Pegasus2 storage system. The price was very good for the capacity. Because it is a spare it will sit on my shelf and will be used only if there is a drive failure in my Pegasus2 unit.
Summary: I have purchased 4 of these 2tb units over the last 6 months. All have been perfect. Single drive in Sandra gets 140-150MB/s, 10.1-11 Random Access Time RAID 0 2x drives in Sandra gets 298-303MB/s, 8.9-9.5 Random Access Time RAID 0 4x drives in Sandra gets 570MB/s-582MB/s, 6.12-6.7 Random Access Time (one time peak burst of 698MB/s @ 2% position) Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 Mother Board, 8 core CPU, 32 G RAM, AMD SB950 RAID controller (integrated), running Server2008 R2 VM in...
Summary: I understand these were originally produced for Hitachi but are now sold under the mfg (Toshiba) name. The last Hitachi I had lasted over 5 years with out a problem and is now a slave on another pc. No complaints but I bought the 2-year extended coverage just in case!
Summary: A very reliable performer. Added this drive to my desktop to act as a shared drive for my home network. The installation was standard plug and play in Win 7 Pro setup. This was great buy for me.
Summary: I've been burned out by both WD and Seagate lately - Hitachi is always more expensive, and Toshiba is a lower cost alternative - gave it a shot and don't regret it! It's only been a few months, but I'm happy so far!
One of the few reasonable >1TB 7200 rpm desktop drives
13 April 2014
Summary: I purchased three of these drives for my workstation to run in an array. It was a fairly easy process of elimination to select these drives. I wanted reasonable sized 7200 rpm drives and that eliminated most 3.5" drives as most >1 TB drives are the 5400 rpm low-performance "green" drives. Seagate's 3.5" non-enterprise (as in "actually affordable") drives only allow for 2000 hours a year, which is something like 7 hours/day.