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Toshiba P300 3TB HDD Review

Rating: 8.0.

When thinking about the good fashioned rattly mechanical desktop hard drives, Toshiba isn’t usually the first name that springs to mind but they offer three ranges of 3.5in drives from Low Energy models to high-performance ones. Today we look at their latest P300 series – in a 3TB capacity.

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The P300 series sits in the middle of the three ranges with four capacities; 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and the flagship 3TB (HDWD130EZSTA) model we are looking at here. The P300 3TB drive uses three 1TB platters (discs) to achieve it’s capacity, has a spindle speed of 7,200rpm and 64MB of cache with a quoted average latency of 4.17ms.

Physical Specifications:
Usable Capacities: 3TB
Spindle Speed: 7,200 rpm
No. of Heads: 6
No. of Platters (discs): 3
Cache: 64MB
Recording Method: Perpendicular
Interface: Serial ATA (SATA) 6Gb/s (SATA III)
Form Factor: 3.5in
Dimensions: 26.1 x 101.6 x 147mm
Drive Weight: 680g

Firmware: MX6OACF0

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  • campdude

    Western Digital is the way to go.
    But if you don’t want to pay a premium for a 7200 RPM drive… The WD blue series dropped 7200 RPM and are only 5400 RPM. You need a WD black for 7200 RPM.

    Seagate has a bad reputation for reliability. However, the price/storage is the influence in this segment for purchases.
    I’d still choose the X series Toshiba as it has 128 megs of cache for the 4 TB drive.
    3 TB P series and 64 meg seems small (in comparison to others).
    Not sure if its a huge difference in performance.

  • Nikolas Karampelas

    I have my eyes on the X400 seriers for some time now, my aging WD Blacks will need to be replaced soon (they are beasts however, 10 year now they run like champs).
    I heard toshiba have good reliability now, maybe not as good as HGST but if they can match WD I’m sold.
    (Seagate and reliability are not compatible, sorry and hello from the .11 fiasco 😀 )

  • Jure Pokeržnik

    Seagate having bad reliability is not entirely true . They did have some issues with their 1.5TB drives failing, but they are perfectly fine otherwise. People just assume they are bad because of Backblaze reports, which have vastly different sample sizes and also have consumer grade HDDs deployed in enterprise environment. But at the end of the day every mechanical drive dies at some point and I’d recommend upgrading HDDs at least once every 5 years.

  • Nikolas Karampelas

    Well personally when I say seagate is not reliable I don’t necessary speak for the drives alone. Reliability from a company can consist of many factors like if there is problem with a product, to inform consumers in time to save their data and change the drive.

    Many people tend to forget or ignore the fact that the .11 series fiasco was more a fiasco because seagate failed to communicate the problem and recall the drives for almost a year!
    Sure EVERY hdd maker out there can push in the market some bad drives because of manufacturing error, the problem is what they will do after the s**t hit the fan.
    Seagate on their side just ignored the problem for the first 6 months saying there is not any problem with their drives at all, then they said that maybe (just maybe) there are some issues but you can fix it with that new firmware we released (wait, you said there is no problem, how did you made a firmware to fix a problem that doesn’t exist?) and after 6 more months that this firmware just bricked a lot of drives (from the ones who where still working) they decided to do a recall and say that yes, the drives from series .11 have a non fixable problem!

    Now I could let something like this slip if it was for let’s say a gpu, it could be a headache but not a headache like the one you get if you lose valuable files!

    So yes it is not like seagate just have unreliable drives, they are as a whole unreliable.

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  • campdude

    Jure.. I am talking about the Blackblaze reports. I’ve had many Seagate drives more than 5. The only one that I’m afraid to use is the Hybrid Drive. It for some reason causes errors on every hard-drive in my system when I use it.

    Anyhow, to say that Seagate is unreliable As Nikolas (below) says as a company. I’m not sure. Seagate and Western Digital are in the same bed. Western Digital is a subsidiary of Seagate now. I think that might be why Western Digital Blue dropped 7200 RPM as it was competing against Seagate line of 7200 RPM.