HGST Deskstar NAS Drives

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Manufacturer Bio

Drawing on the heritage of invention that first introduced the hard disk drive, HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies) is a new type of storage company for a new world where ever-increasing amounts of content are being generated from cloud services, Internet content providers, social networks, mobile devices, Big Data and enterprise business transactions.

HGST has an unmatched reputation for product quality and reliability; offering award-winning enterprise optimization software and a broad portfolio of innovative, high-quality hard disk and solid state drives that store, manage and protect the world’s data. Our intelligent storage solutions are trusted by enterprises, Internet companies, consumers and creative professionals to store and manage their data efficiently and securely.

Our commitment is to deliver innovative, high-value datacenter, mobile, personal and consumer electronics storage solutions together with storage infrastructure consultation to the world’s largest and most sophisticated OEMs, businesses and hyperscale cloud customers. Our unmatched science and unique technology vision, combined with our deep understanding of customers’ needs and market opportunities, sets us apart.

HGST is a wholly owned and independently operated subsidiary of Western Digital Corporation, marketing and selling its leading storage portfolio around the world. HGST continues to strategically invest in high-growth and emerging technology segments, attracting and retaining the industry's best talent, and expanding research and innovative product development.

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HGST US Office

U. S. Headquarters: San Jose, California USA
President: Mike Cordano

Call (Toll-Free): 800.801.4618
International: 408.717.6000

Product Overview

More Performance, More Reliability

The Deskstar® NAS hard drive is a 7200 RPM 3.5-inch hard drive that provides an exceptional blend of reliability and performance, making it an ideal solution for consumer and commercial desktop NAS systems. This NAS-ready hard drive from HGST delivers media transfer rates that are as much as 20% faster than 5400 RPM drives and seek times less than 12ms. Furthermore, Deskstar NAS hard drives incorporate a rotational vibration sensor and achieve reliability of 1M hours MTBF.

HGST Quality and Service

All HGST hard drives are designed to the highest quality standards with field proven components. They are backed by HGST worldwide technical support and integration services, enabling customers around the globe to bring their products to market quickly.

HGST – a Western Digital Company and formerly known as Hitachi, is the latest manufacturer to announce hard disk drives that specifically addresses the Network Attached Storage (NAS) product range. Unlike its competitors HGST NAS drives are of a higher specification and has no restrictions attached limiting the use to merely 1-5 bays NAS appliances.

At SimplyNAS, we have been using HGST drives with a great deal of success, both the Deskstar (Desktop) and Ultrastar (Enterprise) drives, by far these drives have been the most reliable and have an excellent performance and value for money ratio.

A recent survey of drives failures was carried out by a cloud solution provider that vindicates our findings of the HGST being the most reliable drive when compared to its main competitors, WD and Seagate.

Annual Failure Rates

It is fair to say Seagate’s 1.5TB drive was fraught with errors as the drive clearly had technical flaws and should be excluded from this graph. Nevertheless, the HGST clearly stands out.

Our burn testing drives before implementation has been invaluable towards the collection of reliability and Dead on Arrival data. These then have been the basis of our recommendation for which drive to buy for NAS appliances supported by us.

We are certain HGST NAS 3TB and 4TB drives will do well based on historical data, we will continue to promote and integrate drives that have the highest combination of reliability, longevity and value for money ratios, with performance to match.

Product Specs



  • 7200 RPM performance
  • p to 4TB capacity
  • 1 million hours MTBF
  • 6Gb/s SATA interface
  • No additional hardware required
  • 3-Year limited warranty


  • Desktop NAS System

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