Seagate ST40000VN000 4TB NAS hard drives provide a good size data storage capacity, fast and responsive access time, low noise volume, cooler temperature, and save energy with a lower power consumption. I’ve owned lots of different 2TB, 3TB and 4TB Seagate hard drives over the last 5 years, used in 2 different NAS enclosures, Icy Box and various Desktops with large Storage Pools. These are definitely the best drives I’ve owned yet from Seagate. No Problems and Highly Recommended!
– Home/SOHO NAS
– Desktop RAID
– Multimedia server/storage
– Backup and disaster recovery
– Print and file servers
– Small- business file sharing
– Backup servers
– Manufacturer: Seagate
– Capacity: 4TB (3.64TB usable)
– Form Factor: 3.5″
– Interface: SATA III – 6Gb/s
– Rotation Speed: 5,900 RPM
– Cache: 64MB
– Operating Power Consumption (Average): 4.8W
– Idle Power (Average): 3.95W
– Standby/Sleep Mode Power: 0.5W
– Acoustics (Typical): 2.3 dB
– Acoustics (Operational): 2.5 dB
– Warranty: 3 Years
Why I Purchased the Seagate Hard Drives? A Synology NAS Hard Drive Failure!
I was woken at 7am by a loud warning beep coming from my Synology DS412+ NAS. At the time I was using 4 x 3TB Seagate ST3000DM001 drives purchased Aug 2012, so they lasted about 2.5 years, but they weren’t designed for NAS applications. Drive 3 had failed and drive 2 showed bad sectors. I did have a backup of the 5.5 TB of data, but hot-swapping the drives as opposed to worrying about transferring backups was my priority. With the potential of drive 2 also failing soon, I looked at the options and decided on these NAS specific drives, and thought it a good time to upgrade all 4. I’d normally order from Amazon, but with it being somewhat of an emergency, I called into Scan as I live close, prices are also competitive.
My NAS volume uses SHR (Synology Hybrid RAID) and the NAS supports the hot-swap process, meaning you can exchange drives one at a time, without switching the NAS off. I highly recommend this feature if you are in the market for a NAS. I’d never had a faulty NAS drive before so had concerns, but it’s as simple as following the on-screen process in DSM (Disk Station Manager) seen below…
Main Menu > Storage Manager > Volume > Select Hard Drive to be Replaced > Physically Remove HD & Replace > Click Manage > Select Repair > Select the New HD to add the Volume > Let the Drive Initialize and then Expand the Volume onto the new Disc (may take a while) > Done! Simply follow this process one drive a time.