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6tb 7200 RPM HDD

tommy2911

1 month ago

Hello, I'm looking for a 6tb HDD to substitute the two 3tb western digital green (5400rmp) I actually have.

I use them only for data, so no programs are running on them. I was thinking about a 7200rmp just to have an extra boost during usage and 6tb in order to use the old ones as backup for the new one.

Not sure about which model going for: western digital red pro or black, seagate barracuda or ironwolf/ironwolf pro. I like more the WD since years ago I had some problems with seagate but they are also a bit less expensive.

Any suggestion? Thanks

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  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

The best 1TB drive, is a 2TB drive.

The best 6TB drive, is an 8-12TB drive.


I wouldn't go into this limiting your selection to the 6TB size. Look at your options above this size range. A TB of unused space means more of your data is concentrated near the outer part of the disk, giving you better access performance, better bandwidth, and less wear and tear over time on the drive.

The 6TB "size" is also in an awkward space in-between consumer oriented sizes and enterprise sizes. Enterprise is pushing 10-14TB size drives right now, consumers are still mostly running 1-4TB size drives, so the stuff in the middle is often not high volume and not very good value.

Example list of 6TB options:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
Storage Hitachi - Ultrastar He8 6 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive €364.00 @ Amazon Deutschland
Storage Hitachi - He6 6 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive €259.00 @ Amazon Deutschland
Storage Toshiba - X300 6 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive €165.41 @ Amazon Deutschland
Storage Western Digital - Gold 6 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive €328.47 @ Amazon Deutschland
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda Pro 6 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive €237.00 @ Amazon Deutschland
Storage Western Digital - Black 6 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive €246.99 @ Amazon Deutschland
Storage Western Digital - Red Pro 6 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive €232.85 @ Mindfactory
Storage Seagate - Enterprise Capacity 6 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive €238.00 @ Amazon Deutschland
Storage Seagate - IronWolf NAS 6 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive €179.90 @ Caseking
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-06-02 03:40 CEST+0200

Of the bunch here... The X300 looks like pretty good value, but the nicer quality drives have value problems. If we're going to be into a drive for ~€250, there are bigger drives to choose from...

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
Storage Seagate - Enterprise 8 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive €243.99 @ Senetic
Storage Seagate - Enterprise Capacity 10 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive €293.73 @ Mindfactory
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-06-02 03:44 CEST+0200
  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

thanks a lot for the answer! For the usage I need I think 8tb it's even too much and they are also quite a bit more expensive; ideally I would stay below 200€

I checked the prices of several hdd you suggested; which one would you grab?

WD red pro 6tb WD6003FFBX 190€ (renewed-amazon warehouse)

WD black 6tb WD6003FZBX 255€ (new)

Seagate SkyHawk 6tb ST6000VX0023 175€ (new)

Seagate SkyHawk 8tb ST8000VX0022 190€ (renewed-amazon warehouse)

Seagate Barracuda pro 6tb ST6000DM004 235€ (new)

Seagate Ironwolf 6tb ST6000VN0033 181€ (new)

Seagate Ironwolf 8tb ST8000VN0022 220€ (renewed-amazon warehouse), 240€ (new)

Seagate Ironwolf pro 6tb ST6000NE0023 170€ (renewed-amazon warehouse), 235€ (new)

Toshiba X300 6tb HDWE160EZSTA 177€ (new)

Excuding the more expensive ones I'm not sure if it's better to grab a new one or the amazon warehouse ones; the SkyHawk 8tb has a really good price but I have some doubt about the mechanism, more movemnts might have damaged it. Between seagate and WD what is your pick?

Thanks a lot for the help

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

thanks a lot for the answer! For the usage I need I think 8tb it's even too much and they are also quite a bit more expensive;

When compared new vs new and looking at enterprise quality options there's almost no price difference. As shown in my response above, the 8TB enterprise drive (Seagate: ST8000NM0045) is about the same price (and often lower) than the many 6TB enterprise grade drives.

You're looking at a bunch of used drive prices there... I would pass on buying storage products in the used market.

ideally I would stay below 200€

I would just get a new toshiba X300 then. From Amazon.de they are €165.

Between seagate and WD what is your pick?

For under €200, that question doesn't apply as WD isn't on the map. It's Seagate vs Toshiba at that point and the Ironwolf line appears to have unusually high failure rate so I'd take the Toshiba X300 for a whirl.

If you want a higher quality drive you're going to be over €200, at which point, I think you'll find some price compression effect between 6-10TB drive options that make the 6TB size seem like bad value.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

so, excluding the renewed ones, the ironwolf and the WD since 25% more expensive (but I guess with higher quality) the choice is limited.

Checking the seagate enterprise models I've found a 6tb exos enterprise ST6000NM0115 at 190€; I think it's not the latest one since I've found others at 50-100€ more with different code (ST6000NMZ115 and ST6000NM0095) but it might be a good choice.

I guess the final choice is between those three:

Seagate Exos enterprise ST6000NM0115 190€ (new)

Seagate SkyHawk 6tb ST6000VX0023 175€ (new)

Toshiba X300 6tb HDWE160EZSTA 177€ (new)

Eventually there’s also the WD red 5400rpm (188€), but I guess higher quality. Since I need it for data maybe it’s the best compromise between price, quality and performance

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Of those options I would go with the ST6000NM0115.

I realize there aren't a lot of reviews out there to judge this purchase by, but trust me... there are tens of thousands of these "NM" series enterprise capacity drives out there in service in enterprise environments. That's a mainstream drive in professional spaces where there is no "please leave a review" option because it's standard equipment from the supplier or support provider. You'll find these model drives sold re-branded as SuperMicro/Dell/HP enterprise drives.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

thanks! I will go for that one

The few review on amazon are not amazing but I will trust you

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Location? if in US here are 4 of then (there is no 6TB barracuda 7200rpm version):

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
Storage Seagate - IronWolf 6 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive €193.81 @ Amazon Italia
Storage Western Digital - Black 6 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive €256.57 @ Amazon Italia
Storage Western Digital - Red Pro 6 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive - ???
Storage Seagate - IronWolf Pro 6 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive €300.22 @ Amazon Italia
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total €750.60
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-06-01 19:48 CEST+0200
  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Italy but I can buy in different EU Amazon. The barracuda pro is a 7200 rpm Between the WD and the seagate with one you suggest? You know exactly what's the difference between the two ironwolf; they're both 7200?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The Pro has more cache, but is 107 more. i adjusted the list above to reflect your country.

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