454°
EXPIRED
Toshiba 5TB External Hard Drive, USB 3.0 (amazon, Lightning Deals) £94.48
Toshiba 5TB External Hard Drive, USB 3.0 (amazon, Lightning Deals) £94.48

Toshiba 5TB External Hard Drive, USB 3.0 (amazon, Lightning Deals) £94.48

Buy forBuy forBuy for£94.48
GETGet dealVisit site and get deal
7200rpm and USB 3

19 Comments

Have some heat..

great to use with an xbone

Hotttttt !

Great price! Hot

But a lot of comments say it actually runs hot.

I might just take the drive out and install in my PC

Been waiting for 1TB:£20 ratio. This is even better!
Thanks, OP! I just hope I won't be kicking myself on black friday.

Waitlist

Atheos

Great price! HotBut a lot of comments say it actually runs hot.I might … Great price! HotBut a lot of comments say it actually runs hot.I might just take the drive out and install in my PC



I have 2 of these, now it may be that there are different drives in different batches, but I have mine set up to contain video files for a Plex server, one is used to manually mirror the other via Robocopy, so initially the mirroring was of around 4.5TB, basically running flat out for several hours copying data, one drive is stacked on top of the other, neither got more than a bit warm, certainly not anywhere close to hot.

I guess I've had it running more or less 24x7 since then, but it does spin down after a couple of minutes of inactivity. Would be tempted to get more at this price, only I'm moving to 8TB drives.

mike

typical.. paid £125 for 5tb yesterday at currys for the seagate.

mbuckhurst

I have 2 of these, now it may be that there are different drives in … I have 2 of these, now it may be that there are different drives in different batches, but I have mine set up to contain video files for a Plex server, one is used to manually mirror the other via Robocopy, so initially the mirroring was of around 4.5TB, basically running flat out for several hours copying data, one drive is stacked on top of the other, neither got more than a bit warm, certainly not anywhere close to hot.I guess I've had it running more or less 24x7 since then, but it does spin down after a couple of minutes of inactivity. Would be tempted to get more at this price, only I'm moving to 8TB drives.mike



​Thank you for the reply Mike.

I assume you took the drives out of the caddy?

Atheos

Great price! HotBut a lot of comments say it actually runs hot.I might … Great price! HotBut a lot of comments say it actually runs hot.I might just take the drive out and install in my PC



It runs too hot in the case. Break it out and install in well ventilated enclosure or pc and it is a great drive.

Atheos

​Thank you for the reply Mike. I assume you took the drives out of the c … ​Thank you for the reply Mike. I assume you took the drives out of the caddy?



Nope, both are sitting in their caddies on top of the server. My server RAID card can't handle greater than 3TB drives, so was forced to go USB, but since it's relatively unimportant data I don't care the mirroring is done once a day and manually.

I've just been to check them, they're stone cold, enough that I had to check they were still running, sitting on top of them is the 8TB WD drive I bought a while ago, cold as well. I do keep my house relatively cool, but there's no way I'd describe these as running hot, maybe I have a better batch than others.

mike
Edited by: "mbuckhurst" 5th Nov 2016

I found these fast spinning Toshiba's do get hot (65 Celsius which is uncomfortable to hold onto) until they are in a draft. As soon as I placed a 120mm fan in front of them (on low speed), temperatures plummeted to the same as a WD green. It's all about air flow, temperature is a secondary concern.

I've got 6 of these outside of the caddy in a server array - even managed to open one caddy without breaking the seal which might be useful for a return should the worst happen. Temperatures are nothing significantly different to the other disks. Even more sensible to surface scan the disk beforehand if one is going to do that.

mbuckhurst

Nope, both are sitting in their caddies on top of the server. My server … Nope, both are sitting in their caddies on top of the server. My server RAID card can't handle greater than 3TB drives, so was forced to go USB, but since it's relatively unimportant data I don't care the mirroring is done once a day and manually.I've just been to check them, they're stone cold, enough that I had to check they were still running, sitting on top of them is the 8TB WD drive I bought a while ago, cold as well. I do keep my house relatively cool, but there's no way I'd describe these as running hot, maybe I have a better batch than others.mike



​Hi Mike, are they utilizing the usb 3.0 or is it trsnscoding over usb 2.0? Thanks

Gone back to normal price !

tommyleinen

​Hi Mike, are they utilizing the usb 3.0 or is it trsnscoding over usb 2 … ​Hi Mike, are they utilizing the usb 3.0 or is it trsnscoding over usb 2.0? Thanks



USB 3 via a PCI Express USB 3 card (StarTech) with UASP, this allows compatible OS and hardware to communicate over USB much faster by changing the protocol, whether the Toshiba drives support it or not, I've no idea, but it is necessary when using SSD drives.

I've found this setup to be almost as fast as the internal drives, plus has the added advantage of being able to take the mirror and put it somewhere safe if I go on holiday.

The server sends me a S.M.A.R.T. status update on a daily basis, so I can keep an eye on the disks, because obviously they're not linked to the RAID hardware or alarm, so it's possible to miss a failure.

mike
Edited by: "mbuckhurst" 6th Nov 2016

surface scan the disk

hA,HA lol IF YOU HAVE a cupla days to wait. I bought this from BT and started the surface scan , tooo long. Ended up creating a dummy file of 4.5Tb .(about 10 hours). drive does run warmer than WD greens but in my NAS sits at 36/37 , writing 38/39 not really any noisier than other drives.Writes at a steady 180/200Mb too.
Whoever designed the enclosure needs a kick up the arseugly as sin.
Strangely, nothing on the box (or instruction) says disassembling voids the warranty oO
Edited by: "GwanGy" 6th Nov 2016

mbuckhurst

USB 3 via a PCI Express USB 3 card (StarTech) with UASP, this allows … USB 3 via a PCI Express USB 3 card (StarTech) with UASP, this allows compatible OS and hardware to communicate over USB much faster by changing the protocol, whether the Toshiba drives support it or not, I've no idea, but it is necessary when using SSD drives. I've found this setup to be almost as fast as the internal drives, plus has the added advantage of being able to take the mirror and put it somewhere safe if I go on holiday.The server sends me a S.M.A.R.T. status update on a daily basis, so I can keep an eye on the disks, because obviously they're not linked to the RAID hardware or alarm, so it's possible to miss a failure.mike



​Thanks, I'll see if I can get similar card for my nl54

mbuckhurst

Nope, both are sitting in their caddies on top of the server. My server … Nope, both are sitting in their caddies on top of the server. My server RAID card can't handle greater than 3TB drives, so was forced to go USB, but since it's relatively unimportant data I don't care the mirroring is done once a day and manually.I've just been to check them, they're stone cold, enough that I had to check they were still running, sitting on top of them is the 8TB WD drive I bought a while ago, cold as well. I do keep my house relatively cool, but there's no way I'd describe these as running hot, maybe I have a better batch than others.mike



Have you actually checked the drive temperature when running, the enclosures may feel only slightly warm, but the actual drives are probably getting quite hot. I have one that has not been used for a while so I thought I would fire it up. Within 20 minutes of surface scan the drive was up to 55C. I use Stablebit Scanner which automatically throttles the drive, otherwise the temerature would have gone higher. These drive units are good but the enclosure is abysmal.
Post a comment
Avatar
@
    Text