HGST Deskstar NAS 6TB Hard Drive Review (HDN726060ALE610)
The demand for storage drives with larger capacity is getting greater. Even typical consumers now needs larger storage drives specially for media files and important data. Companies like HGST has provided storage drives not only with larger storage capacity, but also offers faster read/write speeds. Today, let’s take a look at the HGST Deskstar NAS 6TB (HDN726060ALE610) hard disk drive. The Deskstar NAS 6TB HDD is geared towards consumers, SOHO (small office or home office) or small enterprise looking for a faster and larger storage solution for their NAS system or even for desktop use. Are you in the market looking for a storage drive for your NAS or desktop? Please continue reading our HGST Deskstar NAS 6TB review below.
HGST Deskstar NAS 6TB Hard Drive Review
Unlike most NAS drives that are running at 5400 RPM, the HGST Desktar NAS is a 7200 RPM hard drive that provides a blend of performance and reliability. One main advantage of a 7200 RPM drive over a 5400 RPM drive is that obviously a 7200 RPM drive is faster than the latter thus media files, specially large size files can be transferred faster. It also offers a much faster seek time which is less than 12 ms. And on top of that the HGST Deskstar NAS features a rotational vibration sensor keeping the head sensor on the right track, thus making it more reliable. The rotational vibration safeguard also makes HGST’s Deskstar NAS drives suitable for multiple drive bay configurations.
HGST Deskstar NAS is available in 3TB, 4TB, 5TB and 6TB capacities. It also features 64MB cache buffer for 3TB and 4TB capacities, and 128MB cache buffer for the 5TB and 6TB capacities. Aside from the larger cache size, larger capacity and faster speed, the drives are also rated to have 1M hours of mean time before failure and the company is offering a limited 3-year warranty for the drives.
Check out the specifications table below for more details of each capacity, and then we’ll proceed with a closer look at the hard drive itself.
HGST Deskstar NAS HDD Specifications
Packaging and Closer Look
The HGST Deskstar NAS drive comes in a retail box. It’s nice to see hard drives that are shipped with a retail box. Usually when we buy a hard drive, we only get the hard drive itself wrapped with an anti-static bag or transparent case.
The packaging includes a quick start guide, reading materials, four screws and the drive itself. The drive is protected with an anti-static and anti-moisture bag paired with some plastic padding to keep the drive secure while inside the box.
The HGST Deskstar NAS 6TB drives look very familiar with its sibling drives. The design of the enclosure is pretty much similar. It also looks so plain and simple.
The drive features a standard SATA III 6Gbps interface with the traditional data and power connectors.
Removing the PCB was pretty much easy. By the way, there is a slim foam in between the drive and the PCB which was not included in the photo above.
On the HGST Deskstar NAS 6TB HDD’s PCB you can see some major components like the LSI 7101B TNNPF09621 controller and SMOOTH L7229 (which are also used on WD 6TB and 8TB drives); an Etrontech EM6GC16EWXD-12H memory and Winbond 25Q80BWNIB sensor.
Let’s proceed to the next page for the test setup and operating temperature of the drive.
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