Review: Toshiba N300 6TB HDD
Reviewed by: J.Reynolds
Provided by: Toshiba
Firmware version: FS1M
Welcome to Myce’s review of the Toshiba N300 6TB SATA High Reliability (hereafter referred to as the N300).
This review follows our earlier review of the Toshiba X300 6TB High Performance HDD, which you can see by clicking here. It is immediately apparent, as you can see below, that the N300 and the X300 drives are very similar as from the outside they appear to be identical. They also have very similar performance characteristics and thus all that we said about the X300 being deserving of its ‘High Performance’ description is also true of the N300.
The N300 is also available in capacities of 4TB and 8TB. Just like the X300 the N300 has a 128MB DRAM buffer.
What differentiates the N300 from the X300 is a 3 Year standard warranty period (up from the X300’s 1 Year) and some important features that make it ideal for use in NAS (‘Networked Access Storage’) enclosures. Typically NAS enclosures pack a number of drives closely together, which can lead to challenges for heat dissipation (particularly during periods of intense usage) and from the effects (and knock on effects from one drive to the next) of drive vibrations, which could, if unchecked, ultimately cause a mechanical failure.
Market Positioning and Specification
This is how Toshiba positions the N300 series of HDDs –
Now let’s head to the next page, to look at the Testing Approach adopted in this review…..