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Super speedy yet whisper quiet NAS drive that's perfect for DLNA streaming
on 26 November 2017
I bought this drive 3 months ago from Appods (fulfilled by Amazon) and it's been used 24/7 in a DLNA wired and wireless streaming NAS environment. This is a really good fast drive and best of all super quiet.
I first tried a 3TB Hitachi HGST IDK Deskstar NAS drive and then a 2TB Seagate ST2000VN0001 NAS drive. Both were officially supported by my NAS but neither was suitable; the Hitachi arrived faulty and failed to initialise whilst the Seagate, although fast, was noisier than a room full of kids in a crisp eating contest. See my other reviews for more details on these two drives.
Back to this Seagate ST2000VN000 then. After the bad experiences with the other two drives, I thought let me have one more go with an older model Seagate before trying a Western Digital Red which reviews indicate has reliability problems.
Like the other disks I tried, this first generation Seagate is officially supported by my NAS and was used to replace a generic 7200RPM 500GB Samsung hard drive bought in 2011 and which has worked fine but is now full to the brim.
The warranty and manufacturing label on my drive was from a few months back so I wasn't getting old stock. After installation, the first thing I noticed was how quiet the drive is. I mean, it's *really* pin-drop quiet. Sitting less than 1m away, you can barely hear the Seagate and I have ears like a bat (literally and figuratively speaking). In fact, sitting in the same place less than a metre away, I can't actually hear the Seagate at all because the noise of the fan on the NAS drowns it out.
The ST2000VN000 is by far the quietest drive I've even heard (or not heard) and even the start-up whine is delicately hushed, almost as if the drive is apologising for daring to make a sound. It might be the older firmware (the newer ST2000VN001 was far noisier) but if you want a drive that won't make a din, this Seagate should be on your short list.
That's not all though as the drive is also plenty fast. Over a USB 3.0, I was able to pull an average of 160MB/s for sequential reads (using CrystalDiskMark) whilst write speeds are also noticeably quicker than the old 7200RPM Samsung it was replacing. Or to look at it from another perspective, the bottleneck in my system ended up being the standard Gigabyte network connection between the PC and NAS which maxes out at 125MB/s so the Seagate has more than enough performance.
In summary, this 2TB Seagate ST2000VN000 NAS drive comes highly recommended. It's fantastically quick, whisper quiet and ticks all the boxes, plus more, for even the most demanding NAS duties.