Seagate Surveillance 4TB HDD Review: A Perfect Storage Solution for Surveillance Setup

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  • Performance

  • Features

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Price: ₹ 9,700

Key Specs

    High-Write Workloads, Precision-tuned for high write surveillance workloads, supports 64 cameras per drive and 8+ drives per system, Seagate Rescue Recovery Service, latest DVR and NVR video surveillance systems, Low power consumption and heat emissions, RV sensors, 180TB/year workload rating

Pros: High-Write Workloads, good performance, Low-power profile, RAID support

Cons: None

Bottomline: The drive performed well in all the tests and overall experience of the drive with CCTV setup was good. It consumes less power and offers different functions which are useful for CCTV setup.

Every drive is made for some specific purpose and we received Seagate Surveillance HDD this time for review. The surveillance drive is tuned for 90% of its time (24x7x365 days) for recording video and 10% for reviewing and playing back data. It supports video streaming firmware designed and built for write performance. These come with enhanced writing function that ensures first-rate performance and better drive durability for DVR, media center or video security applications. The surveillance HDDs firmware is custom built for streaming videos in the sense that captures every pixel while streaming HD videos.


Surveillance HDD is built to record data 24×7 from multiple camera streams or channels. A desktop class drive can eventually fail under constant, 24×7 operation, while video-optimized drives provide reliability benefits far beyond desktop drives, which are designed to run lighter workloads. Video and surveillance HDD offers low-power profiles, which not only help with energy conservation but also ensure cool operating temperatures and enhanced system reliability while working a 24×7 profile.

The drive is pre-tuned for multi-drive systems with RAID support and comes with Seagate Rescue Recovery Service option for 360-degree data protection. It has Surveillance-optimized firmware that improves drive reliability up to 30%, helping to reduce data loss. Comes equipped with RV sensors to maintain performance in multi-drive systems. Idle 3 power setting allows immediate recording when motion sensing is detected in a camera.

We connected the drive in our test bed as well as surveillance DVR setup. First, we tested the performance of the drives using some benchmarks. The results are as follows –

On HDTunePro, it resulted in 180.7 MB/s read speed and on CrystalDiskMark read speed was 166.8 MB/s and write speed was 165.5 MB/s.

In our real life test, it was able to transfer 2 GB of assorted data from PC to drive in 8 seconds with speed up to 563.2 MB/s. While transferring from drive to PC, it took 34 seconds, with up to 459.8 MB/s speed.

Later, we installed the drive on DVR. We kept it installed in the DVR setup for more than two weeks.The surveillance drive did better than desktop HDD in terms of overall performance.

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