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Seagate Desktop HDD ST4000DM000 4TB Drive Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Specifications and Images
  3. Closer Look
  4. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  5. AS SSD Benchmark
  6. ATTO Benchmark
  7. AIDA64 Benchmark- HDD Access Test
  8. Anvil Benchmark
  9. Boot Load Test
  10. Transfer Tests
  11. CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark
  12. HDTune Pro Benchmark
  13. PCMark Benchmarks
  14. Conclusion
  15. Online Purchase Links
  16. View All


We had a look with Seagate’s NAS HDD earlier. This time, we’re taking a look at its Desktop HDD counterpart 4TB ST4000DM000 drive. Desktop HDDs are available in capacities up to 5TB. Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB uses an odd spindle spin speed of 5,900 RPM with 4x 1TB platters inside. The 5TB counterpart uses 1.25TB per disk.In the drive’s specification chart, it’s under “Desktop HDD.15” drive.

Other than for desktops and AIO PCs, Seagate recommends this drive for home servers and even for entry-level direct-attached storage devices (DAS).

This drive weighs 610 grams and its average operating power is only a 7.5w. Its obvious that Seagate is aiming for low-power consumption HDD drive, but how good this really is?

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The specifications are as follows:spec_seagate_hdd_4TB

After removing the screws to detach the PCB from the Desktop HDD, we find that the ST4000DM000 drive uses LSI 841281V0 controller, a Samsung K4T51163QJ-BCE7 64MB DRAM Cache and a motor controller from SMOOTH.  As stated before, this drive uses 4x 1TB platters.

It gives me great pleasure every time I put up a review. It’s always good to appreciate the support that the manufacturers give from time-to-time to review their own products and others on behalf of the readers. Thanks to companies such as Asus, Gigabyte, Kingston, WD and Coolermaster who give me hardware support by updating my test rig no strings attached. Thumbs up to these guys! I would like to thank

  • Gigabyte India for providing Gigabyte 890GPA UD3H Rev 1.0 motherboard
  • Asus India for providing Asus 990FX Sabertooth motherboard
  • Kingston Taiwan for providing hardware support with memory kits and SSD drive.
  • WD India for providing WD 300GB HLFS Velociraptor Hard Drive.
  • Coolermaster India for providing Coolermaster GX450 RS-450-ACAA-D3 Power Supply
Test Setup for: Seagate 4TB NAS HDD ST4000VN000 Drive
Motherboard+ Processor Gigabyte 890GPAUD3H Rev 1.0+ AMD 965BE
Memory Kingston KHX1600C9D3P1K28G HyperX Genesis 8GB 1600MHz DDRIII
Primary OS drive WD 3000HLFS Velociraptor 300GB/ WD Blue AAJS 320GB
Power Supply Corsair TX750
Chassis NA

The Benchmarks that I am using are as follows:

AS SSD– Read and Write (Pass 3)

ATTO- Test File Size= 0.5 to 8MB- Read and Write Pass 3

Aida64- Write and Read Access time File Size 64KB Pass 3

Anvil Benchmark- Compressible and Incompressible run each with 4, 16 and 32MB File Size

Boot Load Test- (Windows 7 SP1 clean installation with AMD 12.6 drivers+ AHCI drivers pre-installed with Utorrent, Avira Security Suite, Asus Xonar DX+ 7.12.8.1794 Drivers,

Netgear WG111 Wireless LAN USB drive software as start-up items) Pass 1-5 (Pass 1= System start from Power Off)

Transfer Tests- 1.34GB Assorted Photos transfer Test, 11.34 ISO File Transfer Test, 1.27GB Compressed Data File Transfer Test and 98.39 Assorted Movies Folder Transfer Test with TeraCopy

CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark- with Pass 3, each with 5 re-runs 1000MB File Size

HDTune Pro- Write and Read Pass 3

PCMark 7- HDD test

PCMark Vantage- HDD Test

PCMark 8- HDD Test

Although this drive is used for AS SSDs, the tests in these give a good idea of Sequential, 4K Aligned, 4K Aligned with 64Bit thread test and the Access time of the hard drive using incompressible data.

as ssdASSSDREAD

ASSSDWRITEThis drive’s access speed matches Seagate NAS 4TB HDD.

attoThe drive’s performance- both read and write, is maxed out from 4KB file size, with write/ read speed starting from 155MB/s up to 167 MB/s.

ATTOREAD

ATTOWRITE The drive has better smaller sized file read and write, and head-to-head with WD 3TB WD30EZRS.

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AIDAAVGREAD

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AIDAAVGWRITE

The read access is enough, but the write access is the quickest here, even compared to the WD1000DHTZ Velociraptor.

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BOOTThe lowest boot speed of this drive is 37 seconds and at mat it touched 43 seconds during Pass 1

TRNSThe drive’s real-world transfer speed is simply another drive. The drive gets DATA from other drives WAY quicker than any other drive. Definitely an excellent drive for secondary storage. Most likely is because of quicker write speed. Do note that Hardware BBQ does many of these tests three times to confirm the findings.

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CDMWRITE

Read Test

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HDTREADWrite Test

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HDTWRITE Average wise, this drive is second only to WD 1TB Velociraptor in many tests, including HDTune Pro.

PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Test

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PCMVHDDPCMark 7 HDD Test

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We had a look with Seagate’s NAS HDD earlier. This time, we’re taking a look at its Desktop HDD counterpart 4TB ST4000DM000 drive. Desktop HDDs are available in capacities up to 5TB. Seagate Desktop HDD 4TB uses an odd spindle spin speed of 5,900 RPM with 4x 1TB platters inside. The 5TB counterpart uses 1.25TB per disk.In the drive's specification chart, it's under "Desktop HDD.15" drive. Other than for desktops and AIO PCs, Seagate recommends this drive for home servers and even for entry-level direct-attached storage devices (DAS). This drive weighs 610 grams and its average operating power is only…

Review Overview

Performance - 9
Storage Space - 10
Value - 6.5

8.5

BBQ Score

Summary : For a 4TB drive, this makes it a pretty good choice for a secondary storage drive- provided you need a lot of it and you can afford it. A single SSD and a single HDD- slap it in your mini-ITX rig and you get a lot of performance and storage space. Since it has good write access and excellent transfer speed (from source to drive), this also is a good drive to dump large amounts of data. That said, this also is a good solution for many of those entry level NAS units and even for download rigs.

Though if you plan to use a mechanical drive as a primary storage in this day of age, WD 2TB FAEX Black and WD1000DTHZ Velociraptor.

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Rs.10,608/- $139.99 £110.06


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