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Western Digital makes the RAID Edition drives for RAID setups, what other manufactures do this? I hate to be railroaded into buying expensive drives for my NAS...

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It's just a marketing scheme. Any drivers that are the same can be put into raid 0 if they are SATA and the motherboard has a RAID controllor.
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The often have subtle differences such as TLER that make the Raid Editions better for a raid, but honestly, I have used both with equal success.
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sorry been gone for a bit... WD is the only one that does TLER or similar
    
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WD - Time-Limited Error Recovery
Seagate - Error Recovery Control
Samsung & Hitachi - Command Completion Time Limit

WD Caviar Black used to do TLER with some firmware tweaks, but I believe WD has disabled that capability in favor of charging you more for enterprise HDDs. If you look at the RE4 disks and the Caviar Black model you can see they are at a glance mechanically identical. Depending on your RAID controller you will have mixed compatibility with different disk vendors. It is usually best to read the RAID controller manual and see what disks are supported (model and firmware). Most high-end raid controllers are designed for SAS drives and may have better or worse SATA support depending on your HDD choice.
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