Consumer HDDs - Top 5
Western Digital Red 4TB
Previous to the latter end of this year, the WD Red HDD was only available in 1, 2 and 3TB capacities. Expanding the lineup and introducing the 4TB model, WD allowed home and business users the ability to expand from 15TB of storage capacity to 20TB in a five-bay NAS appliance. Sequential performance of this drive touches 140 MB/s read and write, while using less than six watts at its peak.
Seagate Desktop SSHD 2TB
The Seagate Desktop SSHD for most of the year went relatively unnoticed, even by me. It wasn't until I was browsing through forums and found people asking about it did I myself curious as well. After receiving the unit and running it through the normal suite of tests, I came away relatively surprised by the performance and its offerings over a standard HDD. The amount of NAND cache is just right and the caching algorithms adjusted to desktop use making this one heck of a drive for your OS.
Seagate Desktop HDD .15 4TB
The Desktop HDD .15 is Seagate's first consumer level 4TB HDD. Expanding from the 3TB peak of the Barracuda generation, the Seagate Desktop HDD offers that extra space needed for your gaming PC or data backups. Sequential performance of this drive is around the 150 MB/s mark for both read and write with power consumption just under seven watts at its peak.
Western Digital Red 1TB 2.5"
In the middle of the year, along with the launch of the 4TB 3.5" Red, WD announced the world's first consumer 2.5" NAS HDD. Packing in all of the NASware technology of the larger drives the small form factor, Reds are perfect for small form factor storage appliances and in particular when power consumption is of high importance. The 2.5" WD Red is available in 750GB and 1TB capacities.
Seagate NAS HDD 4TB
The Seagate NAS HDD was launched early in the year, aimed at the same 1 to 5 Bay NAS appliance market. This drive carries 4K random performance near 350 IOPS for both read and write with sequential performance near 150 MB/s read and write. Power consumption of this drive touches just under 6.5 watts at its peak.
Well, you have made it to the end of my rather long list of favorites for the year. Of course with each of these items being my personal favorites, I must stress to you that the number one thing you must do when you're in the market for any product is research what you're buying and ask questions! If you need any help or have question, you can always find me in the TweakTown forums rather easily.
As winter approaches and we tend to stick to the indoor a little more leading us to spending our hard earned money, I hope this article serves you well in your endeavor whether it be looking for a new flash drive, USB 3.0 HDD, DAS or even a shiny new spinner to replace your aging drives.
One thing is certain, next year will be full of new surprises and innovation, as manufacturers begin to jump on the Thunderbolt 2 bandwagon. The next version of USB 3.0 and accompanying product arriving shortly after and even HDDs could see a boost in capacity and performance as Helium and SMR technology reaches completion.