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I have 3 of these. One died at a year old, but caused me to investigate why that happened. I found that like other 4TB drives, they run quite hot. In the exact same case and enclosure that previously contained 5 Samsung 2TB, they were reaching >50C and during the recent hot spell, >55C. This is too hot for any drive to last long, and it was the central drive that ran hottest and failed. The Samsungs ran at 40-45C and were still fine at 6-8years old. It's not just this Toshiba N300 drive that runs hot, I have HGST 4TB that are the same, running 10C hotter than the old drives. Having now installed an extra large fan, they're running at a safer 40-45C so I don't anticipate more failures. Just something you need to be aware of, if you buy an N300 download and use Crystaldiskinfo (free) and keep an eye on temperature.
Having purchased and use 2 of these drives over a year ago, I must say I am very pleased with them. I have had no problems and they are very responsive. If you have a case where these drives will be in contact with metal I would not recommend buying one, they do not seem to have any vibration dampening and all head seeking noise is transferred into the case. In my original case they were screwed directly to the metal and were so noisy I considered sending them back but I needed a case upgrade and invested in a Fractal Design case which uses rubber grommets so no part of the drive or screw touches metal, now I can just hear the drive seeking if I listen carefully.
I bought four of these for a NAS after extensive research. In terms of what's on the spec sheet, they blow the usual competition for NAS storage drives out of the water. They're cheaper, have lower URE rates, and very respectable MTBF times et al. I ran them for a month problem free, so while not long enough to get a true idea of review, I got a feel for their general characteristics in operation.
In reviewing which drives to go for, something I hadn't bothered to take heed of is how noisy the drives would be. The first time I powered up the NAS in my living room I couldn't believe how noisy four of these operating at once were. The humming sound can only be described as a constant booming base note that is felt rather than heard and whenever the drives were accessed the sound is like a deep thrum that resonates around the room. I am a light sleeper and no matter where I placed the NAS in my home the sound of it operating disturbed my sleep - placing two walls between it and me still didn't fully filter out the sound!
Unfortunately largely due to this noise issue I reconsidered my use of a NAS in the home. My concluding words would be, if you need excellent value enterprise storage in a situation where noise isn't a concern, I would recommend these drives. If noise is a concern I strongly advise against considering these.
Now I bought 3 x 4TB versions of these to replace the drives in my RAID-5 array. Compared to the Seagate Ironwolf Pro drives, these are a real bargain in terms of price, being almost 1/3 cheaper. And you really HAVE to compare the N300 against the Ironwolf Pro rather than the Ironwolf because only the Ironwolf Pro spins at 7200rpm like the N300 does. They're certainly faster in terms of transfer rate than the Ironwolf spinning at 5900rpm, but DEAR GOD are they noisy. I don't think I've come across a drive as noisy as the N300 in a LONG time. We're not talking about case-rattle here either, so it's not something that can be damped-down, this is head stepping noise. I read one of the reviews here that said that they sound like a tractor and I have to absolutely agree.
So the conclusion is this: If you don't mind the noise, these drives are fast and work well. If you're annoyed by the noise, as I am and if you want something comparable in speed, you'll simply have to fork out the extra and buy the Seagate Ironwolf Pro drives, or if you don't mind sacrificing a bit of speed for less noise, then the Ironwolf is only a little more expensive than the N300.
I have some 20 of these drives in various capacities in my home NAS/SAN's and have yet to have an issue with them.
These are probably in the most unfavourable conditions imaginable - some are crammed in a tight 2U chassis on top of each other, limited cooling with maximum dust and the storage arrays live in a cupboard under the stairs with little to no ventilation.
All of these drives sit in various forms of ZFS pools and are quite heavily used with lots of daily read/writes and the weekly scrub. I've not had a single drive fail yet in the 4+ years I've been using Toshiba which I am very happy with (especially given the thrashing they've had)
A couple of things to note though is that these drives run HOT (at least in my poor environment) and boy are they loud. Sitting in the same room as them while they are running an intensive operation is frankly unbearable.
After trying two (BarraCuda and Toshiba) 3.5" desktop drives and finding them far too noisy to sleep near I opted for a 2.5" drive and so far have found it to perform the same as the desktop drives minus the grumbling noise. The OS install from a system image took the same time to complete as the desktop drives, as did the transfer of 750GB of files. Maybe some will find the 2.5" slower for specific tasks, but for general use and gaming I have found them the same so far. But it is an SMR drive unfortunately.
Received the drive today, nicely packed so thanks to the shipper. drive is housed in mounting frame that houses 3 other discs, each 8tb drives. Write and read performance using it as a stand alone drive formatted in ext4 is comparable with HGST or Seagate. I compared copying a large file from an ssd to each of the 3 drives and they all managed it in similar time frames. read performance is equally comparable. noise levels are comparable too.
So all things considered I am happy with the result given that the price for the 8tb bare drive is also in line with the other 2 vendors.
Wonder how long it will last. I already had 2 seagate (out of 4) and 1 HGST (out of 3) drives die within a year. hopefully the Toshiba will last longer
Bought this drive to go into a NAS for media storage. The drive comes in a nondescript box/packaging as it was bought as part of a larger order and resold but warranty applies as normal (confirmed with Toshiba).
This is the first Toshiba drive I've bought and it sits alongside several Seagate Ironwolf's and honestly, the quality of the drive is just as good. Read/write speeds are respectable and more than sufficient for a NAS.
The only drawback is the Ironwolf's have Seagate's health management suite on my NAS whereas this Toshiba doesn't. This does not affect the usability or quality of the drive at all. For the performance to price ratio, this is an exceptional drive!
I ordered four of these from Amazon when they were on special offer. I chose the 8TB version to replace my WD Red 1TB drives as I was running out of space. These N300s are on the compatibility list for my Qnap nas so installation was a walk in the park.
The drives were the lowest cost per TB and I'm pleased with the capacity improvement and performance. The only issue is the N300s make significantly more noise than my WD Reds. It is normal hard drive access noise rather than spindle or bearing noise, not a problem for me as my nas lives in my lounge. This could be a problem for a bedroom or quiet study location.
Very much a drive with an old-school mentality, which is nice to see - no gimmicks, just a nice fast 7200rpm disk.
Performance is good, temperatures fine, but other reviewers have mentioned it's not a quiet drive at all. If you don't mind a bit of mechanical noise it's a winner, especially for storage/backup where you won't be spinning it up all the time.