Safe to buy 4tb drive?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JES, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. JES macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2003
    Hi All,

    Does anyone have the new Seagate or Hitachi 4tb drives? The size is very attractive for a media server setup but I worry about being an unwitting beta tester since there are so new. I'm leaning toward the Seagate for the extra cache.

    Thoughts? Is it a lot safer to stick with 3tb for now?

    Ps--search is disabled so apologies if this was covered recently.
  2. Ayemerica macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2011
    Atlantis but in space
    "Safe" yes. But like all new technology we do not know of longevity. I recently had to decide this same thing and I went with 2x 2tb instead of 4tb HD.
  3. foodog macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    The only problem I see with a 4TB drive is what will you back that up to? These are not performance drives either @ 5400 RPM.
  4. gibjer macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2003
    I picked up two of the GoFlex drives, no issues as of yet. I'm "mirroring" them just in case.

    Long term hope to use them to back up my NAS, but for now they are holding ISO's of my DVD collection.
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    It's no more or less "safe" than buying any other platter-based hard drive.
  6. MovieCutter macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    Just picked up 2 Seagate 4TB GoFlex drives, opened up the enclosures and popped them into my Drobo. No problems so far. Amazon is selling them for $230, which is way less than the bare drive. They're kind of a bitch to open, but not terribly difficult. I wouldn't worry so much about a performance hit on speed since the platter density is so great.
  7. Mike Valmike macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2012
    Chandler, Arizona
    Thanks for posting, I am not the thread starter but this is the info that I was interested in seeing if someone knew.

    For performance I suspect a pair of WD 2TB blacks in a RAID enclosure is still the way to go, but for a redundant backup drive, the 4TB GoFlex sounds like it might be a good fit.
  8. JES thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2003
    Thanks for all the replies. I'm setting up a home media server (and a backup). I could probably get by with 3TB for now but by the time we get everything on it, it will already be 50% full or more. So I don't think I need serious performance, but I do want durability. Which is why I was worried since the 4TB drives are still essentially in public beta even though it's not called that.

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