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Drives for Home File Server - Need A Change

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I have a home server running XenServer (going to be switching to ESXi soon however) which manages a low number of VMs. Untangle, Debian and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Debian box is on it's own drive while Untangle and Windows share a host drive between them. Since this is a home server, a very fast RAID array for such few VMs is not really needed at all.

Where a RAID array is needed however is the Debian server. The Debian VM acts as a file server, media streaming, Ampache server and a newsreader among other things. I currently have 3x1TB Seagate Barracudas in a RAID 5 array being controlled by MDADM that is used for storage for the server.

Now, I have never had these kinds of issues with Seagate drives before but I cannot go for very long without having to replace a drive in that RAID array, and I believe it's because the server is on 24/7. I'm probably taxing the consumer level drives a bit much.

So, my question is this: which higher-level drives should I go with? I was looking at the Western Digital RE3/RE4 drives since they are enterprise-grade drives with firmware that is geared towards RAID. However, they are literally twice as expensive as the drives I'm currently using. Would the Samsung Spinpoint F3/F4s be any better/worse than the WDs? I've also never tried Seagate Constellation drives, but I haven't heard many good reviews about them.

Which would be the best fit for a home file server environment in terms of reliability/cost ratio?

Also, I originally was using MDADM over a dedicated card for a couple of reasons, but I have recently been wondering if the virtualization of the drives from Citrix could be causing any issues? Part of the reason I'm going back to ESXi is the ability to do a raw mapping for either the individual drives for another MDADM controlled array, or could do the same from a dedicated card. Thoughts on this?
    
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2x 500gb Seagates RAID 0, 1x 500gb non-RAID Windows 7 Professional x64 ASUS 24'' VH242H / Spectre 24'' WS Corsair 750TX 
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Core i7 970 @ 4.0 GHz 1.22 Vcore Asus Rampage II Gene GTX 260 216SP G.SKILL PI 3x2gb DDR3 1600 @ 7-8-7-24 
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2x 500gb Seagates RAID 0, 1x 500gb non-RAID Windows 7 Professional x64 ASUS 24'' VH242H / Spectre 24'' WS Corsair 750TX 
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Corsair 300R 
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If you're looking at Samsung drives meant for RAID. Look for the F3R's.
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