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Ok so my media server is almost finished. It's up and running. Got FlexRAID installed and now it's time to throw some storage drives in it and start tinkering with it.

I know a lot of folks seem to suggest the WD greens, but looking at the reviews on them at the egg, it seems like there are a LOT of one egg reviews recently. In fact 25% of the total reviews are one eggers. Looks like a lot of DOA and dying drives. Not to mention they are back up to $85 each now.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136514


What are your folks opinions on the Samsung F4s for storage on a media server application? Seem like a lot smaller percentage of DOAs and failures compared to the WD Greens. But are they going to be a lot more power hungry? And am i going to notice a difference with the 32MB cache versus the WD's 64MB cache?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152245

Second question. I'm currently running Ubuntu server, from a 1TB F3. Which I know is overkill for an OS drive. I'd like to pull it and move it to my sig rig and raid it with my other F3 in there. What do you guys recommend for an OS drive? Doesn't have to be large, or fast, I assume right?

Sorry if this is the wrong forum. I considered posting in the HD forum, but figured since this was a movie/media server application, it would hit a more accurate target audience If not, feel free to move it.
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I read some reviews (1-2) sometime ago and the F4 uses less power then the WD greens. I have used WD greens 2tb and the F4 and would defiantly recommend the F4. The WD will be a bit quieter, and if you plan to raid the 2tb hdd greens aren't the best (depending on models i believe) because of the Greens tendency to automatically spin down so (according to WD) they could disconnect from the raid array. Although the overall start up speed to me seemed faster on the WD green (maybe by 1-2 seconds) but that shouldn't mater really on a server i would think.

For the 32mb vs 64mb cache you shouldn't notice a difference

But if you want a seprate OS drive in your server you could always get a WD blue or raid the f4's if you dont want to go SSD. I have 3 f4's in my HTPC/server, and use a c300 SSD for my OS driive to bring some snappyness to my HTPC part.
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I read some reviews (1-2) sometime ago and the F4 uses less power then the WD greens. I have used WD greens 2tb and the F4 and would defiantly recommend the F4. The WD will be a bit quieter, and if you plan to raid the 2tb hdd greens aren't the best (depending on models i believe) because of the Greens tendency to automatically spin down so (according to WD) they could disconnect from the raid array. Although the overall start up speed to me seemed faster on the WD green (maybe by 1-2 seconds) but that shouldn't mater really on a server i would think.

For the 32mb vs 64mb cache you shouldn't notice a difference

But if you want a seprate OS drive in your server you could always get a WD blue or raid the f4's if you dont want to go SSD. I have 3 f4's in my HTPC/server, and use a c300 SSD for my OS driive to bring some snappyness to my HTPC part.
Good info here. I've been researching WD vs Samsung this morning and have come up with the same opinion. For your purposes i think you can go with or without the SSD depending on your needs.

My server build uses a single seagate barracuda which has been BSODing on me and will replace it with 2 Samsung 2tb F3s in raid 1. This will provide better power savings vs WD with performance being right where it needs to be.

For more information and to see side by side benchmarks, this is a great article on the F3s.
http://www.storagereview.com/samsung...review_hd203wi

Here is a great discussion on a build similar to yours. If you scroll down a little past half of the page you will see benchmarks on the new F4s which are seeming to be significantly better than the F3s.
http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums...ic.php?t=59946
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As for your 2nd question, find a 7200 RPM 160 gig drive for $30 and partition it to 20 gigs. There's a term for this but it is slipping my mind. What you are going for is the partition will be on the outer portion of the platter where the drive reads the fastest and leave the remainder of the space unpartitioned. This should give you fast boot up times.
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Hey guys, thanks for the replies. I ended up going with 2x2TB F4s to start of my storage pool, will add more as necessary. And a 640GB WD Blue for the OS. Way more drive than I need for the OS, but I can partition off a chunk for Ubuntu Server, and add the rest to my storage pool in FlexRAID.

All will be here Monday.
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f4's are great drives i have 3 no problems yet quiet and actually fast for a 5400 rpm
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benchmarks are far below what is advertised at my local computer store but I agree, no doubt a good fast drive for a 5400 rpm low power drive. The more I talk about the F4s the more I want 'em vs going cheaper with F3s.. Were either of you able to find good deals on them?
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