Seagate 1.5 TB Hard Drive Added to Windows Home Server

I’d recently noticed the new Seagate 1.5TB hard drives at Newegg had competitive prices. The time came for me to buy a new hard drive for my offsite backups (I backup video files to hard drives and store them elsewhere. Despite the apparent cost it’s actually cost effective since HDD prices are way down). Since the cost per GB of the 1.5TB drive was comparable to smaller drives I decided to get one and use the drive it will replace as my backup drive.

I ran the remove disk wizard for the 1TB drive in the top bay of my HP MediaSmart EX475 Windows Home Server as I’ve done before. Since the disk was 97% full and the files were being copied to a disk connected via USB the wizard was relatively slow and took about 10 hours to move all the files and free up the disk.

Then it was a simple matter of powering off the server to be safe, and replacing the drive. The Seagate 1.5TB powered up just fine. It wasn’t noticeably loader than the Western Digital Green Drive it replaced. The temperature is typically at 38°c compared to the Western Digital green drives that run around 34°c. The drives that HP delivered with the server (and I no longer use) ran as hot as 45°c.

I can’t really speak to performance, it’s one of 4 internal and 2 external drives. All I can say is there hasn’t been any noticeable change in performance.

Due to differences between manufacturer and OS math, along with a little overhead, there was 1,397GB of space after WHS formatted the drive which is 50% more than the 1TB drives.

I’m a little hesitant to go with the latest hard drive capacities before they’ve had a chance to prove themselves. But the Seagate drives have a 5-year warranty so I decided to give them a try. It’s been less than two weeks, but no complaints so far.