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HGST4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive
 
4.7

(based on 126 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (93)
  • Fast (84)
  • Quiet (77)
  • Reliable (69)
  • Highly compatible (67)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (13)
  • Runs hot (4)
  • Difficult to install (3)
  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • High-end multimedia (64)
  • Gaming (6)
  • NAS (3)
  • Storage (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Heavy duty user (83), Frequent user (35)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (64), Business (53)

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

 

4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Hard

I purchased 4 of these drives at the same time for an expansion of my NAS.One of the drives failed out of the box.The remaining 3 are working fine.If you buy these drives keep EVERYTHING...Read complete review

I purchased 4 of these drives at the same time for an expansion of my NAS.One of the drives failed out of the box.The remaining 3 are working fine.If you buy these drives keep EVERYTHING you get and do not write or tear the box it comes in because Hitachi will NOT accept any missing parts or damaged boxs if you need to return. EVEN the the special offer cards in the box must be intact! I'm serious Hitachi is looking for any microscopic item to disqualify your RMA.

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5.0

Almost Two Years

By Nevo

from Canada

About Me Heavy Duty User

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Fast
  • Reliable

Cons

  • Can Be Noisy

Best Uses

  • High-End Multimedia

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

Bought in 2012 and have been using it strong as a Media Drive ever since. Works great, warms up to 40+ Celsius without cooling, however has been reliable thus far.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

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5.0

A good 4TB Hard Drive

By Alex K

from Manteca, CA

About Me Frequent User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast
  • Highly Compatible
  • Quiet

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gaming
    • High-End Multimedia

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

    I use this drive as a data drive with a 200GB SSD Boot Drive. The combination gives fast boot and load times, and large amounts of storage. The drive is relatively quiet in operation. It's not the fastest drive out there, but its speed is good. I just recently installed the drive, so I can't say much about reliability, yet. Backblaze has more to say about the reliability of HGST drives, you can Google it.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

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    5.0

    A good drive at a good price

    By JH in IT

    from Indianapolis, IN

    About Me Heavy Duty User

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      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          I've had no problems with it so far. For those of you who don't know, Hitachi was bought by Western Digital so these are really just lower priced WD drives. Came in a retail box, no cable (not an issue for me).

          I use it as a back up for a 3 TB drive. I did a long format for NTFS (takes several hours) and then copied nearly 2 TB of data to it without issue and have been using it since. So far so good.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          Great price reliable drive

          By Diskstation

          from New England

          About Me Heavy Duty User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Nas Drive

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

            I have 4 of these drives in my synology nas and have not had a problem with any of them. Very reliable and right priced for my needs.
            Speed is not an issue on the nas for running movies or viewing pictures, but I have it in raid configuration. Can not speak for a single drive cfg. Some of the HGST drives have been operating without issue for more than a year. The drive comes well packaged and simple to install. I can not speak for gaming speeds, but my videos from my camera are all high definition movies.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            Works as it should

            By Greg Edge

            from Black Mountain, NC

            About Me Heavy Duty User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install

            Cons

            • Slow

            Best Uses

            • High-End Multimedia

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

            I use these hard drives for photo storage in a Drobo 5D. They slide in, connect, and operate as they should in the Drobo.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            Fast and reliable

            By cseeman

            from Brooklyn, NY

            About Me Heavy Duty User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • High-End Multimedia

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

              Hitachi drives are the most reliable and this is fast enough for media work.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              5.0

              Fast, best and most reliable

              By gotblue

              from los angeles

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast
              • Quiet
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I only use HGST deskstar for video editing on my mac. It's stable, fat, and fast!

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                  4.0

                  Good, reliable value

                  By Salin

                  from NY, NY

                  About Me Heavy Duty User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Cost-effective
                  • High-capacity

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • High-End Multimedia

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

                    I use these drives for backing up large FCP projects / media from a 12TB Raid. I use a toaster drive to interface with these easily. I think these drives are a great value. And studies have shown that these Hitachi 4TB drives are reliable as well. Of course, you'll do your own research. But definitely back-up your work.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    Good drive so far

                    By David editor

                    from NYC

                    About Me Heavy Duty User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Fast
                    • Highly Compatible

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        Hasn't crashed yet! Then again, it's only a week old. Still, fast.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        5.0

                        Hard Drives for reliable storage

                        By TheMovieGuy

                        from Vernon, CT

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

                        I have always used HGST drives when upgrading my Apple products, and they have always proved to be reliable, and trouble free. This is the third pair of HGST drives that I have bought for use in Icy Dock external RAID1 array enclosures. When you can't afford to lose your data, HGST drives are what you want to use.

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                        5.0

                        Great Product

                        By CB Spartacus

                        from Seattle, WA

                        About Me Heavy Duty User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install

                        Cons

                        • Expensive

                        Best Uses

                        • High-End Multimedia

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

                        Fits in my Drobo-N. Works perfectly.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Fast.

                        By Camguy

                        from Hellam, PA

                        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:

                          They're up-to-snuff for working with today's heavy media. The transfur speeds are good. Write speeds are good. They spin and spin and spin.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          4.0

                          Great size and speed

                          By mcforman

                          from Los Angeles

                          About Me Frequent User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Fast
                          • Highly Compatible
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • High-End Multimedia

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

                            Bought this for my Drobo 5s to replace a failed drive and go up in size. First put in an external enclosure and connected to my mac to format via Disk Utility (Mac OS Extended Journaled) -- Had no need for any other files/software pre-installed on the drive. After done, put in Drobo with no issues. Extremely fast.Only 4 of 5 because I have not used long enough to know durability. But to this point, great buy at $ for 4TB 7200 rpm.

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                            • Personal

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                            5.0

                            MUY UTIL!!!

                            By Francisco Laínez

                            from San Salvador, El Salvador

                            About Me Heavy Duty 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:

                              La capacidad de este disco duro y la velocidad son estupendas! puedo tener muchas horas de video en alta definicion y sigo con mucho espacio de trabajo, muy recomendado, si pueden tener 2 discos de estos es mucho mejor! al principio se hace un poco de trabajo de instalacion para que el OS reconozca los 4TB pero es algo sencillo.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              5.0

                              Just works

                              By MartyS

                              from PA

                              About Me Heavy Duty User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                  Picked up 4 of these for a sysnology nas. Everything worked no dead drives no bad sectors after full drive tests. Drives packaged and shipped tightly in box. A big plus if you've received many DOA drives from other vendors like I have.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business

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                                  4.0

                                  Awesome! Lot's of storage

                                  By Tsafrir

                                  from San Jose, CA

                                  About Me Heavy Duty User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Fast
                                  • Highly Compatible
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • High-End Multimedia

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

                                    I got these drives with my Drobo 5D so I can have 20TB of storage. It's awesome, so far they are working great.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business

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                                    5.0

                                    Great Drive for Drobo 5D

                                    By John

                                    from Longmont, CO

                                    About Me Heavy Duty User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • 5 year warranty
                                    • 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 units to install in my new Drobo 5D. Installation went seamlessly and drives are performing flawlessly after 30 days of use.

                                      The Drobo 5D system with 5 of these drives runs much cooler than the Seagate Black Armor I have with 4 Seagate 3TB 7200RPM drives.

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                                      • Business

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                                      5.0

                                      4tb HGST hard drive

                                      By The Total Pic

                                      from San Jose, CA

                                      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:

                                        I use the 4tb hard drive for editing video and storage. I was running out of space even though I had 15 plus terebytes. I wanted a 7200 4tb drive B&H had it at the best price on the web and instores. I got it. They delivered it quickly now I have 4tb of space. YEA!

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                                        • Business

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                                        5.0

                                        Big, fast and a good warranty

                                        By EVH

                                        from Tuscaloosa, AL

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

                                        4TB is the biggest you can get currently in one drive, and this one is a 7200 RPM drive - many 4TB drives are not and try to hide it by not offering the spec. The warranty is longer at three years and good for the price point, though you may want to pay a bit more to get 7200 rpm disks with a longer warranty of five years (a few more dollars for two extra years warranty is worth considering if you are putting this in a RAID or Drobo

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                                        5.0

                                        If you need it, get it.

                                        By jim

                                        from Pittsburgh, PA

                                        About Me Heavy Duty User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

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

                                            I've had good luck with these in a Synology NAS. I can't speak much about performance because I'm limited by the network. My main concerns are reliability, high capacity and reasonable cost. If you have similar needs, consider these drives.

                                            So far, I've purchased these six times over the last year and not a single one DOA or SMART problem reports. These are shipped with full packaging. Drives that are OEM/bulk packaged often do not survive shipping.

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                                            • Business

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