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HGST4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive
 
4.7

(based on 148 reviews)

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    (117)

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    (23)

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    (3)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (107)
  • Fast (98)
  • Quiet (85)
  • Reliable (83)
  • Highly compatible (75)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (14)
  • Difficult to install (4)
  • Runs hot (4)
  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • High-end multimedia (74)
  • Gaming (9)
  • NAS (3)
  • Storage (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Heavy duty user (96), Frequent user (40)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (75), Business (60)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Cool, fast, caches well, low power

Please don't leave bad reviews for either B&H Photo or the HDD all over the web, without reading the info below and understanding the tech. DYI tech takes a little reading.These drives...Read complete review

Please don't leave bad reviews for either B&H Photo or the HDD all over the web, without reading the info below and understanding the tech. DYI tech takes a little reading.These drives will work with older motherboards with some easy tweaks or cheap add on controller cards. Just google for info and for forums.Make sure your motherboard's BIOS and chipset supports the higher capacity.So don't hesitate to buy these larger drives. They are the future and save a lot of energy and space. If your not sure you can always buy a controller card for cheap..... High quality engineering. Well built and protected PCB and casing.Cool running, fast, excellent caching, handles large and small file writes and transfers very well, great spin up speed.I can confirm the 7200rpm speed and 64mb cache.You need to format this with GPT in "Disk management" in "Computer management".Formatted Total available capacity is 3.6 TB. That's how formatting works.Works well with Windows 7 64 bit.Hitachi's always have been VERY relaible.Handles USB to SATA and e-sata convertors well and the full capacity is recognised.Remember to buy an SATA 3 cable from B&H as I bought several and they all allow the SATA 3 speed! Stuff sold by other retailers are suspect nowadays. ......CONS:Too expensive for this size. The Thailand flooding caused this, but it is long over now and hope Hitachi reduces the prices on these drives to pre flood levels.OTHER THOUGHTS.B&H Photo is my new go to place for electronics. The procesing and shipping is simply fast and wonderfull.All the stuff I have bought so far have been top notch brand new in original packaging and they arrive in 2-3 days even with standard shipping!They pack harddrives with TWO DIFFERENT MATERIALS FOR EXTRA SAFETY. That is another reason to buy from B&H, because HDDs are very sensitive.I used go to this other place, but B&H Photo's prices are wonderful!I plan to get about 5-6 more of these and my company wants 100, if these drives goes down to the ~$200 level. So here is waiting for that discount :-)I need to buy some quickly.Buy as much as you need of this model, as it is rock solid.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Noisy drive

The package came with a dented box, I guess UPS is being so busy or careless to handle fragile item in a proper manner.
Fortunately, the drive is still working.
My...Read complete review

The package came with a dented box, I guess UPS is being so busy or careless to handle fragile item in a proper manner.
Fortunately, the drive is still working.
My Dell Inspiron desktop recognizes the new drive at boot. Window 7 recognizes the drive after running "Control Panel" -> "Computer Management" -> "Disk Management" (allocation)
Access time for read and write is three times faster then the "Green SATA 3" drive I had before. One annoying thins is the drive makes whizzing and clicking noises and vibrates during read and write access. I wonder if this noisy operation will hurt the drive in the long run and I can end up loosing 4TB of my data some day!!!

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5.0

FAST

By tim g

from Knoxville, TN

About Me Heavy Duty User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Install

Cons

    Best Uses

    • High-End Multimedia

    Comments about HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive:

    Fast and so far so good. No regrets.

    • Primary use:
    • Business

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    5.0

    Very Satisfied, Bought Two!

    By Nevo

    from Canada

    About Me Heavy Duty User

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fast
    • Quiet
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gaming
      • High-End Multimedia

      Comments about HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive:

      I bought my first drive back in 2012 and have been using it strong as a Media Drive since. Decided to buy a second drive back in 2014 and have been using it strong as Second Media Drive. Both Drives work great running at 40+ Celsius without cooling and average 25-30 Celsius with light cooling. I'm considering buying a third Drive and am extremely happy with this product. As expected, it will make noise if its almost full and you are accessing it however that noise is very quiet and only heard if your case is open and close by. I Love the performance and reliability of this product and my only request is for it to become cheaper! :)

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      4.0

      Reliable

      By Cyprian Films New York

      from Booklyn

      About Me Heavy Duty User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Fast
      • Highly Compatible
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • High-End Multimedia

        Comments about HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive:

        Have been using these drives for over a year now in my Mac Pro tower. Very reliable. No problems. I also raided 2 together (RAID 0) to work on a big 4K film project. No problems.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        Works Perfectly

        By Jonathanworld

        from Central Kentucky

        About Me Frequent User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • High-End Multimedia

          Comments about HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive:

          Seems to work like all the other hard drives I buy. Just wish the companies would ship flat head screws for mounting since tray systems don't care for the bulkier rounded head screws that I always get.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          Easy installation

          By Steve

          from Mary Esther Fl

          Comments about HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive:

          I researched this product before purchased and found it has the highest reputation for reiablity. Installation was easy using the suggest cables offered by B&H.

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          5.0

          Switched because of Interesting Article

          By PT the Bike Guy

          from Boulder, CO

          About Me Heavy Duty User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Fast
          • Highly Compatible
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gaming
            • High-End Multimedia

            Comments about HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive:

            We used to use Seagate Barracuda 3TB drives as our media for archiving our video projects, and they were okay (1 failure out of 20 drives after only a few reads and writes), but after reading about the research by the manager of a large IT department, showing that the 4TB HGST Deskstar drives had been significantly more reliable over a three year period, I decided to try them. So far, so good.

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            • Business

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            4.0

            Unexpectedly noisy

            By Macs R We

            from Arizona

            About Me Heavy Duty User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Fast
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Noisy

            Best Uses

            • Archival Storage

            Comments about HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive:

            The drive seems to work fine -- I haven't had any technical problems with it -- but it's the noisiest drive I own. It's not rotational noise -- the seeking mechanism makes a "poit-poit" noise like someone drumming on the side of a half-full soda can. It's not a failure indication, just an unfortunate resonance. However, for the price, I shouldn't complain.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            Works fine with my powermac G5

            By PolishKnight

            from DC Metro, USA

            About Me Frequent User

            Pros

            • Fast
            • Highly Compatible
            • Quiet
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive:

                This drive has high reliability ratings according to backblaze and my own personal experience (knock on wood.) Drive from B&H arrived fast, powered up and partitioned quickly. Reasonably quiet. I checked on Hitachi's website and the manufacturer warranty is also valid (you should always do this yourself when checking in a new drive.) I think it was something like 3 months out of the factory.

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                • Personal

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                5.0

                Fast 4 TB

                By Nick

                from SAn Francsico, Ca

                Comments about HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive:

                Finally made the right choice on this product. I have been debating between Maxtor Blk, Barracuda and this HGST.

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                5.0

                so far so good

                By tommisalami

                from bigfork, mt

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive:

                    i use it in a external enclosure. initialize it with gpt not mbr or only 2tb will be available (in disk management). so far no probs. bought because of reliability and reviews.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Works as advertised

                    By Rebecca

                    from San Antonio, TX

                    About Me Heavy Duty User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Fast
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Quiet
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • High-End Multimedia

                      Comments about HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive:

                      Great price for the product. It works as advertised and installation was easy.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      4.0

                      bought on reputation

                      By Gunnar V

                      from Baltimore, MD

                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • Expensive

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive:

                        I bought this hard drive based on the reputation of HGST, mostly due to Backblaze. The Hitachi/HGST drives fail far less often than Seagate and WD. As I have only had this disk for a short time, I can't really say whether it delivers.

                        All I can say definitively at this time is that...
                        - it's more expensive than other brands
                        - it's a little on the loud side when chugging away
                        - it feels slower than my old Maxtor 7200 disks (purely anecdotal)
                        - it seems to spin down more aggressively when I am working, which is annoying

                        Again, I bought this because I really don't want a failure. If it does not fail, the cons are (IMO) a small price to pay. It was painless to set up, has nice capacity, and seems to be operating flawlessly.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Great drive for tons of data storage

                        By StudioGuy

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Frequent User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Fast
                        • Quiet
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • High-End Multimedia

                          Comments about HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive:

                          I really like this drive, I'm able to store a ton of data and use for audio sessions as well with the 7200rpms.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          Great Value for a 4TB Drive

                          By Kayakpointer

                          from Stanwood, WA

                          About Me Heavy Duty User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Fast

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • High-End Multimedia

                            Comments about HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive:

                            Drive is fast - only question remaining is how long it will run. Never had one of this brand before, but no reason to believe it won't be a solid addition to the system.

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                            • Personal

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                            5.0

                            Best reliability in my server room

                            By itperson

                            from Chicago, IL

                            About Me Heavy Duty User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install
                            • Fast
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive:

                                I have many hundreds of terabytes of the storage on the variety of boxes in our server room. They are mostly on hardware RAID, significant portion of actual drives are these ones. Drive failures are very rare, and this is why we use these particular drives. If you tell me some drives do not fail on you, I would say: you don't have large enough number of drives, so you don't represent the statistics. All hard drives fail with some probability. These particular ones are most reliable - at least in our server room.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                3.0

                                Noisy drive

                                By Arctic Puffin

                                from San Jose, CA

                                About Me Frequent User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Fast

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive:

                                    The package came with a dented box, I guess UPS is being so busy or careless to handle fragile item in a proper manner.
                                    Fortunately, the drive is still working.
                                    My Dell Inspiron desktop recognizes the new drive at boot. Window 7 recognizes the drive after running "Control Panel" -> "Computer Management" -> "Disk Management" (allocation)
                                    Access time for read and write is three times faster then the "Green SATA 3" drive I had before. One annoying thins is the drive makes whizzing and clicking noises and vibrates during read and write access. I wonder if this noisy operation will hurt the drive in the long run and I can end up loosing 4TB of my data some day!!!

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    5.0

                                    Very good drives

                                    By Rick

                                    from GINE

                                    Comments about HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive:

                                    Now have 24 of these and so far none have failed, some are 3 years old 24 x 7 365 run time.

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                                    5.0

                                    drives work great

                                    By rick

                                    from gi-ne

                                    Comments about HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive:

                                    Drives work as expected, shipped on time, packing was good.

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                                    5.0

                                    Roomy

                                    By Rocco

                                    from CA

                                    About Me Heavy Duty User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Fast
                                    • Quiet

                                    Cons

                                    • A Bit Warm

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Gaming
                                    • High-End Multimedia

                                    Comments about HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive:

                                    Arrived quickly.
                                    Roomy drive. Fast. Runs a bit warm.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    3.0

                                    Be careful with this product

                                    By Kng

                                    from Philly, PA

                                    About Me Heavy Duty User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Highly Compatible
                                    • Quiet
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                    • Difficult To Install

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive:

                                      Drives above 2TB need to be user programmed to access storage space above the 2TB. The instructions lead to a site to download software which was supposed to do this. The software was totally useless and I had to find a 3rd party software online to do it, which also requires another HDD to be installed on. Kinda stupid it wasn't set up from the factory. Also 3rd party software was accidentally installed on the 4TB drive and I had to reinstall windows 8.1 b/c it screwed it up during the HDD partition extending. However overall fantastic product, just need to have software ACTUALLY available and ez to use or just factory set-up.

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                                      • Personal

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