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I don't know much about HDs and I was thinking of getting a 2TB internal HD. I've never used RAID in my life nor I know much anything about it either. In my future upgrade I will be using a different hard drive for my OS, the "fast" ones that they use, I believe it has only 150GB of space. But the 2TB i'm looking for will be just for storage of media files and bunch of trash Thanks!
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I have one of these and it works fine...I'm actually ordering 4 more for my home server

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

As for RAID what do you mean? Why are you stating that? You can run multiple drives in the computer at once with out putting them in RAID.
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I have one of these and it works fine...I'm actually ordering 4 more for my home server

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

As for RAID what do you mean? Why are you stating that? You can run multiple drives in the computer at once with out putting them in RAID.
I know, but some RAID configuration help it make it faster right? Like making a mirror image of the other HD if i'm not mistaken.
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I know, but some RAID configuration help it make it faster right? Like making a mirror image of the other HD if i'm not mistaken.
RAID-0 is for speed when large file transfers are important.

I will tell you that RAID will not benefit a lot of setups unless you're constantly moving files around (Movies, recording audio in lossless formats, transcoding, encryption).

Otherwise go for raw single drive performance speed and get a couple of them.
    
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There are different levels of raid...ex RAID 1 "mirror RAID" everything that is put to one drive is on the other. Keeps data safe, write speeds are lowered, read speeds are like single drive.

Raid 0...two or more drives used as one to give faster reads and writes. If one drive were to fail though you would lose all the data. Not good for back up.

There are a few more but those two are the basic ones.

Since you are using it for storage i suggest you either just buy one drive and leave it or get two and put them in RAID 1.
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If you have the money go with the two and put them in RAID 1 for storage.
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I have one of these and it works fine...I'm actually ordering 4 more for my home server

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

As for RAID what do you mean? Why are you stating that? You can run multiple drives in the computer at once with out putting them in RAID.
I would not recommend a 5400 RPM drive, you would be better off going for a 7200 RPM drive.
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I would not recommend a 5400 RPM drive, you would be better off going for a 7200 RPM drive.
For the storage of media files, 5400RPM drives are plenty - media files require decent sequential access, and 2TB 5400RPM drives are more than sufficient, due to their high platter density.

I have three of those Samsung F$EG 2TB drives in RAID 5, and they perform excellently for their designated purpose.
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So the samsung F4s are the bang of the buck for 2tbs? And I can raid them later on right? Which is better, the F4s or Caviar Black?
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Either will be fine, but I say go with the WD Green, not the black. But whatever's on sale.
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