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HGST4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive
 
4.7

(based on 165 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (130)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (120)
  • Fast (112)
  • Reliable (95)
  • Quiet (92)
  • Highly compatible (82)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (15)
  • Difficult to install (4)
  • Runs hot (4)
  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • High-end multimedia (83)
  • Gaming (10)
  • NAS (3)
  • Storage (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Heavy duty user (104), Frequent user (48)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (83), Business (69)

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

Solid drive

By IkeWink

from Fairfield, IA

About Me Power user

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • High Capacity
  • High RPM/read/write
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Additional Storage
    • Backup
    • File Transfer
    • Photo Storage
    • Video

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

    Great read/write speeds with 7200RPM. Rated to last longer than other drives on the market.

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac

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    5.0

    Running strong for 3+ years now

    By D. Silver

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Heavy Duty User

    Pros

    • Fast
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Nas
      • Video Editing

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

      Super happy with these hard drives. I purchased 3 of them many years ago and they've been spinning 24/7 to this day and no failures what-so-ever. The real-world transfer rate is incredible; About 160 MB per second when copying large files or backing up my SSD to it. Super happy and I will be ordering more.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      4.0

      Reliable

      By NOVA Photog

      from Northern VA

      About Me Frequent 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:

        High reliability rating. 7200rpm beats 5400rpm. Not cheap.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        Does what is should

        By Jeff S

        from Kentucky

        About Me Heavy Duty User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Fast
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • High-End Multimedia

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

          I am happy with this drive, noise is less than my other drives.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          It's a hard drive

          By Ernie

          from Ohio

          About Me Frequent 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:

            Easy install, fast drive, reliable as far, what I expected.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            Fast, reliable, inexpensive.

            By Luki

            from Los Angeles, CA

            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've had literally hundreds of these drives in service for the past several years, as single disks and in RAID arrays with 8 - 24 disks. They are super reliable for the price with an annual failure rate of less than 1% (1/200 disks die on average per year). They run a little warm (32 - 35C) but are fast.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                4.0

                Good drive, but not compatible with my desktop computer.

                By JeffB

                from San Antonio, Texas

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Cost
                • Fast
                • Quiet
                • Reliable
                • Storage Space

                Cons

                • Compatability Issue

                Best Uses

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

                  I bought this HDD to replace a failing hard drive in my Dell Precision T1650 model work station. After I bought it with 4TB of storage, my computer would only recognize 2TB of space. It turns out my mother board would not accommodate more than 2TB, so I had to buy another drive with just 2TB of storage. I bought another brand because of cost difference, but I think this drive is very good if it had been compatible with m setup.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  Quality Hard Drives

                  By Frank D

                  from Albuquerque, NM

                  About Me Frequent 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:

                    I purchased 5 of these drives to go with my Drobo 5D. They were easy to install and all seems well so far.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Quite Fast

                    By Dennis DeVore

                    from Southern CA

                    About Me Heavy Duty User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Fast

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        I bought 3 of these drives and set them up in a RAID 0 configuration. The speed is registering quite fast at 470mb/s (total speed for all three in RAID 0). I use these hard drives to edit 2k raw video and so far they are working out nicely.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        4.0

                        Looking for a Hitachi Drive I got Western Digital ???

                        By medbiller

                        from Arroyo, PR

                        About Me Heavy Duty User

                        Verified Buyer

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

                        I've only had this drive for 3 weeks, so it's hard to give a just and complete review. However I've got something to say... About a year ago Google published some statistics where Hitachi drives showed a far superior ranking over Western Digital, Seagate and others. Actually the worst was Seagate with a high percentage failing within the first year. Hitachi came out as the best. This drive was advertised as a Hitachi drive but it turned to be an HGST drive which when I finally got had a Western Digital logo. Anyway, so far so good. B&H delivered promptly. No complaints there. We'll keep you informed.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        5.0

                        HGST is a great choice

                        By Sultan

                        from San Jose, Ca

                        About Me Frequent User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Fast
                        • Highly Compatible

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • High-End Multimedia

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

                          You cannot go wrong with the quality of these HDD.
                          Great value for they money

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          4.0

                          Drives for RAIDs

                          By Broadcast Operations Specialist

                          from Orlando, Fl

                          About Me Heavy Duty User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Fast
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                          • Flimsy

                          Best Uses

                          • High-End Multimedia

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

                          Like all mechanical drives, HGST drives are coming down in price. This makes RAIDs for affordable and expandable than ever. We've more than doubled our data size in the past year and a half. We have several large arrays, with redundant backup systems and dozens of smaller 4-8 bay arrays. All of our new bays house HGST 3-6TB drives.

                          These drives are reliable, affordable, quiet & flimsy. All mechanical drives are flimsy... You drop them once and more than likely you'll have to replace it.

                          HGST does a great job in the packing and shipping of their drives.

                          I would recommend Deskstar drives for any business that is looking to expand, or create, RAID arrays.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          So far so good

                          By Mike

                          from United States

                          About Me Heavy Duty User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Expensive

                          Best Uses

                          • Gaming
                          • High-End Multimedia

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

                          Faster than other 4tb drives, a great company and a pretty good warranty. These drives are supposed to be some of the most reliable and i love that about them.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          5.0

                          It's new, so what's to say

                          By JimH

                          from jimh_leb@comcast.net

                          About Me Frequent User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • High-End Multimedia
                            • Mass Storage

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

                            Did a lot of online research before buying this drive and what I found was all good. It's fast and it works, but beyond that I found info on failure rates (they all fail at some point, in fact I will too) and HGST drives had the best record. Great price, decent warranty, fewer failures vs. other brands! Works for me.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            5.0

                            Great HDD

                            By Jeff

                            from Muncie, IN

                            About Me Heavy Duty User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Video Editing

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

                              Bought this hard drive to back up my video files and have had no issues with it. Reasonably priced and highly recommend.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              5.0

                              reliable

                              By proshoot

                              from richmond, va

                              About Me Frequent 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:

                                I use this in my drobo and have had good experiences so far with reliability and speed.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                5.0

                                Excellent Hard drive

                                By Tim

                                from California

                                About Me Frequent User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                    I have owned 4 of these for over two years without a problem.
                                    I have also owned 4 1TB Hitachi HDS721010KLA330 hard drives that are about 7 years old and have never had a single problem.
                                    I highly recommend Hitachi hard drives.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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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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