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Been thinking about getting a RAID enclosure since I'm running out of storage space on my desktop, and have limited spaces for internal HDD mounting. I am considering a 4 or 5 bay enclosure for RAID 5 setup with 1.5TB HDDs.

I am either getting a Sans Digital or Mediasonic box for the enclosure, but not sure on which HDDs would be better. (I am on a budget for this storage setup so I can't afford the $130 drives lol)

Currently thinking about 1.5TB/2TB WD Green drives, and Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000.

Have anyone used the any of the 1.5TB/2TB WD Greens in RAID setup? How about the Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000?

I will be running these in RAID 5 setup for storage, so I don't need blazing fast speed, just want some cool and quiet running HDDs.

Which one do you guys recommend? Or perhaps something from Seagate?
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I can't comment on the Hitachi, but WD is a very reputable brand. All of the products I've gotten from them have performed admirably for me. The green hard drives are a great bang for the buck though. They have a huge 64MB cache on them which helps offset their slow RPM. This means that for smaller reads/writes they can actually feel as fast as a faster drive. Putting five green drives in raid 5 would result in pretty blazing fast read speeds just due to the number you would be using. RAID 5 though can sometimes take a hit while writing to the array though as the parity calculations need to be made.
    
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I stick with WD, quiet and reliable.
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I don't know. All that I do know is that when I axed this question someone who seemed like they knew what they were talking about told me that the firmware you need to adjust the TLER value to keep the WD from falling out of the array doesn't/didn't work on WD greens and if I was going WD to get the black. I got the samsungs everyone told me to (79.99 same as the WD greens) and it's been working flawlessly.
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Haven't the WD greens been in the news lately for having problems?
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I don't know. All that I do know is that when I axed this question someone who seemed like they knew what they were talking about told me that the firmware you need to adjust the TLER value to keep the WD from falling out of the array doesn't/didn't work on WD greens and if I was going WD to get the black. I got the samsungs everyone told me to (79.99 same as the WD greens) and it's been working flawlessly.

True, the TLER on WD drives can be a bit of pain. However I think its only limited to certain raid controllers. Plus sometimes the firmware utility (WDTLER) is bugged and often says "failed" or doesn't say that it completed the operation when it actually did. This was the case for all of my media center drives.
    
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