The difference between Seagate enterprise HDD and general HDD

We often see many companies promoting and selling Enterprise Hard Disk Drives (Enterprise Hard Disk Drives) and general hard disk drives (Consumer Hard Disk Drives) at very similar prices, which leads us to sometimes not know the difference between Seagate Enterprise Hard Disk Drives and general hard disk drives. Where is the difference between the hard disk and which type to choose.

Many people have an “inexplicable” affection for ST enterprise disks, but do you know what is so good about enterprise disks? Can these benefits be used at home?

The difference between  Seagate enterprise HDD and general HDD

What are general hard drives suitable for?

General hard drives are often called ordinary hard drives, desktop hard drives, and desktop hard drives.

Generally speaking, the hard drives used in home computers are basically consumer grade, and only focus on running regular applications (Windows operating system, office applications, games, etc.), these applications sometimes only need software to read/write to the hard drive drive data.

General hard disks are mainly for general PC applications that do not need to be uninterrupted 7×24 hours, and their drives are usually used for several hours a day, and most of the time are set to scheduled sleep/hibernate/off, during which time the hard drive is not used at all .

What scenarios are Seagate enterprise hard drives suitable for?

Enterprise hard drives are capable of 24/7 non-stop operation, they not only rely on operating system and application load and runtime support, but also provide application and/or storage services to the network. This requires massive data storage, always available and reliable.

For example, an enterprise system can use four drives in a RAID 10 setup for the operating system and can use multiple drives configured in multiple RAID 5 or RAID 6 arrays to hold client data. Enterprise systems not only perform operating system and application tasks locally, but also support client requests 100% of the time.

Enterprise drives also typically contain internal mechanisms that allow for faster access and retrieval of data. These features include heavier actuator magnets, faster spindle speeds, denser magnetic media, and faster drive electronics with more cache and faster microprocessor speeds for hard drives.

Which one should I choose between Seagate Enterprise Disk and general hard disk?

Compared with enterprise hard disks, general hard disks are affordable and perform well, and even some general hard disks perform better than enterprise hard disks.

As a consumer, you’ll likely never see a difference even if you place the drives in the same system running side-by-side. Unless you plan to run a RAID configuration or plan to use your system on multiple users and/or data-intensive applications, a generic hard drive will be all you really need.

The difference between  Seagate enterprise HDD and general HDD

If you plan to put your hard drive in a NAS RAID configuration or a local server that you plan to access remotely, then choosing an enterprise-grade hard drive is the way to go.

For enterprise users, stability is more important. During long-term and complicated work, if the hard disk suddenly fails, it will bring irreparable losses to the enterprise.

In terms of speed, enterprise-class hard drives are about the same as ordinary hard drives. However, compared with ordinary hard disks, the advantages of enterprise-class hard disks are reliability, long-term operation, and high MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure, mean time to failure).

The main difference between Seagate Enterprise and ordinary hard drives is: life expectancy

Enterprise-level must be durable, so the manufacturing process and materials of the hard disk motor, magnetic head, magnetic head arm and other components of enterprise-level hard disks are different from ordinary hard disks, especially the motors, which use high-durability and long-life motors. There may be a state of 24*365 days without shutdown. And it is more resistant to “dropping”. Some of them have multiple fuses for overloading, so as not to damage the disk data in the event of a short circuit. And although the hard disk is already a precision component, the enterprise-level hard disk has higher requirements for the precise parameters of the hard disk. The most basic criterion for measuring the life of a hard disk is the “power-on time” of the hard disk. The service life of enterprise-level hard drives is more than twice that of ordinary civilian hard drives. In addition, enterprise-class hard disks are not equipped with too many new and cutting-edge technologies. They seek stability. All technologies used have been tested by the market and have the longest trouble-free time.

For Seagate enterprise class, Exos and Nytro are their main products recently. Exos has launched a 14TB hard drive with a large capacity, and Nytro has a fast transmission. Readers can go to their official website for more information.

Different from the Seagate desktop HDD zoo, Seagate Enterprise HDD has become Stargate, and the author’s favorite Cheetah and Savvio have also completely become history. Now all enterprise-level HDDs belong to Exos and are divided into two series Exos X and Exos E, they are well distinguished:

“X” has always had a charming mystery, and as a symbol, the various symmetries of the letter itself are also very beautiful. Exos X actually represents Seagate’s helium hard drive:

The difference between  Seagate enterprise HDD and general HDD

Seagate Enterprise Hard Drive

Precautions for hard disk use:

1. Don’t shut down suddenly while working

Hard disk When the hard disk starts to work, it is generally in high-speed rotation. If we suddenly turn off the power halfway, it may cause violent friction between the magnetic head and the platter and damage the hard disk. Therefore, sudden shutdown should be avoided.

When shutting down, be sure to pay attention to whether the hard disk indicator light on the panel is still blinking. Only after the indicator light stops blinking and the hard disk reads and writes are completed can you turn off the power switch of the computer.

2. Prevent dust from entering

The damage of dust to the hard disk is very serious. This is because in a dusty environment, the hard disk is easy to attract dust particles in the air, making it accumulate on the internal circuit components of the hard disk for a long time, which will affect the heat of electronic components. Distributed, the temperature of circuit components will rise, causing leakage or burning components.

In addition, dust may also absorb water, corrode the electronic circuits inside the hard disk, and cause some inexplicable problems. Therefore, although the dust volume is small, the harm to the hard disk cannot be underestimated. Therefore, it is necessary to maintain environmental sanitation and reduce the humidity and dust content in the air. Remember: general computer users cannot disassemble the hard disk cover by themselves, otherwise the dust in the air will enter the hard disk and scratch the disk or magnetic head when the magnetic head is performing read and write operations.

3. To prevent the temperature from being too high or too low

Temperature also has an impact on the life of the hard disk. When the hard disk is working, it will generate a certain amount of heat, and there is a problem of heat dissipation during use. The appropriate temperature is 20-25°C. If it is too high or too low, the clock frequency of the crystal oscillator will change. Temperature can also cause hard disk circuit components to fail, and magnetic media can also cause recording errors due to thermal expansion.

If the temperature is too low, the moisture in the air will condense on the integrated circuit components, causing a short circuit; when the humidity is too high, a layer of water film may be adsorbed on the surface of the electronic components, which will oxidize and corrode the electronic circuit, resulting in poor contact or even a short circuit , it will also change the magnetic force of the magnetic medium, resulting in data reading and writing errors;

If the humidity is too low, it is easy to accumulate a large amount of static electricity generated by the rotation of the machine, which will burn out the CMOS circuit, absorb dust and damage the magnetic head and scratch the disk. In addition, try not to make the hard disk close to strong magnetic fields, such as speakers, speakers, motors, radio stations, mobile phones, etc., so as to prevent the data recorded on the hard disk from being damaged due to magnetization.

Well, the above is the difference between Seagate enterprise hard disk and ordinary hard disk, you should know how to choose now.

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