The 4TB Surveillance adds to the impressive portfolio of purpose-built solutions from Seagate. While this drive might show that it has some similarities in terms of performance to the NAS solution, there are certainly areas where you can see that Seagate has tuned the drive for consistent performance.
Build quality of the Surveillance HDD is quite good; I had no issues during testing, and everything went quite smoothly. Performance of the drive was even better than expected, and in testing, we found the Surveillance to keep right with its Desktop and NAS counterparts.
Random performance of the Surveillance hovered around 350 IOPS for both read and write, while sequentials topped out around 160 MB/s. Comparing this solution to the WD Purple, it does appear the Seagate is the better solution up to 16 cameras broadcasting at 720p. Above that, the WD Purple really fights back.
For those building large storage servers for surveillance solutions, the Seagate Surveillance in the 4TB capacity is a solid drive at a very competitive price point.
MSRP of the Seagate Surveillance in the 4TB capacity is set at $189.99 with a three-year warranty. Current market pricing can be found below.
PRICING: You can find the Seagate Surveillance (4TB) for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Seagate Surveillance (4TB) retails for $188.21 at Amazon.
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