Specifications and Feature Set Comparison

Prior to getting into the performance evaluation, we will take a look at the specifications of the 6 TB Seagate Enterprise NAS HDD and see how it compares against the other NAS-specific hard drives that we have looked at before. As mentioned in our launch coverage, the Enterprise NAS HDD takes the hardware guts from the Enterprise Capacity v4 drives and firmware features from the NAS HDD line. The hardware aspects (such as the rotational speed, cache size, URE ratings etc.) come from the Enterprise Capacity v4. The table below presents the data for the drive against the others in our evaluation database.

Comparative HDD Specifications
Model Number ST6000VN001 ST6000VN001
Interface SATA 6 Gbps SATA 6 Gbps
Sector Size / AF 512E 512E
Rotational Speed 7200 RPM 7200 RPM
Cache 128 MB 128 MB
Rated Load / Unload Cycles 600 K 600 K
Non-Recoverable Read Errors / Bits Read < 1 in 1015 < 1 in 1015
MTBF 1.2 M 1.2 M
Rated Workload 180 TB/yr 180 TB/yr
Operating Temperature Range 5 to 60 C 5 to 60 C
Acoustics (Seek Average - dBA) 27 dBA 27 dBA
Physical Parameters 14.7 x 10.19 x 2.61 cm; 780 g 14.7 x 10.19 x 2.61 cm; 780 g
Warranty 5 years 5 years
Price (in USD, as-on-date) $TBD $TBD

A high level overview of the various supported SATA features is provided by HD Tune Pro.

We get a better idea of the supported features using FinalWire's AIDA64 system report. The table below summarizes the extra information generated by AIDA64 (that is not already provided by HD Tune Pro).

Comparative HDD Features
DMA Setup Auto-Activate Supported; Disabled Supported; Disabled
Extended Power Conditions Supported, Enabled Supported, Enabled
Free-Fall Control Not Supported Not Supported
General Purpose Logging Supported; Enabled Supported; Enabled
In-Order Data Delivery Not Supported Not Supported
NCQ Priority Information Not Supported Not Supported
Phy Event Counters Supported Supported
Release Interrupt Not Supported Not Supported
Sense Data Reporting Supported, Disabled Supported, Disabled
Software Settings Preservation Supported; Enabled Supported; Enabled
Streaming Not Supported Not Supported
Tagged Command Queuing Not Supported Not Supported
Introduction and Testbed Setup Performance - Raw Drives


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  • cm2187 - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - link

    +1 Reply
  • MikeMurphy - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - link

    Exactly. Reply
  • tocker - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - link

    We could place bets. I'm going for a 40% failure rate inside of 3 years.
    Thats probably being generous.
  • Laststop311 - Thursday, December 11, 2014 - link


    Hitachi has the lowest failure rate in a massively huge deployment of HDD's in a cloud storage facility. Gives you a pretty good idea just how amazing they are.
  • ddriver - Sunday, December 14, 2014 - link

    Yeah, but that's not a given, remember back in the days where those same deskstar disks were called deathstar cuz they were dropping down life flies?

    It would be nice of more cloud storage provides post their stats so that regular people know what to buy.
  • Zap - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - link

    What RPM are these drives? I know manufacturers like to obfuscate this information, but as a consumer I'd like to know. Reply
  • wavetrex - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - link

    That raw read/write speed is typical for 1TB platters on a 7200rpm drive.
    My guess is that speed is the comfort zone for these drives, and they probably spin down to 5400 when idling to reduce power consumption
  • MrSpadge - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - link

    No matter what WD likes to tell you with "IntelliPower" etc. drives do not normally run at different speeds. The mechanics, head aerodynamics / fly height and everything must be tailored to a specific spindle speed. Changing it on the fly has so far been unfeasible and wouldn't be much quicker than simply spinning down at idle, yet provide a only a small fraction of the power savings. Reply
  • hlmcompany - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - link

    IntelliPower and WD don't say that the drive changes speed during operation. An IntelliPower drive is a fixed speed, but set to meet certain power requirements. Because of this not all IntelliPower drives are at the same spindle speed.
  • Navvie - Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - link

    When 'IntelliPower' was first introduced WD were very secretive about exactly what it meant. Although there are now sources, their vague comments on exactly what IntelliPower is lead people to the conclusion that the drives were adjusting speed depending on demand.

    I believe the clever guys at SPCR were the first to determine the speed of IntelliPower drives by looking at the drives harmonics.

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