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Hey all,

My 640s are getting a little old now and i'm running out of space due to regular backups.

I've decided to take them out and put in 2 new: Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" in their place.

I'm windering if anyone has any thoughts on these drives. I've sniffed arund and havn't found too many people complaining about them, but it's always good to get some oppinions seeing as they are quite an investment at over $130USD
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The drives will be hooked into my main system, so they will be on when ever it is on (it usually stays on most of the day and turned off most nights.
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Often it's actually cheaper to buy 2x1TB drives.

Personally I would go for 2 Samsung F3 1TB's for $60 each
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...k=samsung%20F3

That saves you $30 overall. (the price is $150 on newegg, not $130?)
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Often it's actually cheaper to buy 2x1TB drives.

Personally I would go for 2 Samsung F3 1TB's for $60 each
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...k=samsung%20F3

That saves you $30 overall. (the price is $150 on newegg, not $130?)
I said at over $130USD and i live in Norway so the prices are not the same. It's just easier to cover a range of pricing rather than specify on an international forum.

I really need continuous space. I have some files that are 400Gb each. With that being said i could buy 4x Spinpoint F3 drives for well under the price of 2x 2TB WD Black.

Maybei should buy them and consider raid??
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I have always used WD Hdd and have had no probelms with them what so ever i currently have the 1tb wd black the 1st version and backup regularly and have games on it no problems. I would get them if you need the space. They are the best performance hdd for their size.
    
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If you need cheaper jsut raid 4x1tb samsung f3's.
    
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I said at over $130USD and i live in Norway so the prices are not the same. It's just easier to cover a range of pricing rather than specify on an international forum.

I really need continuous space. I have some files that are 400Gb each. With that being said i could buy 4x Spinpoint F3 drives for well under the price of 2x 2TB WD Black.

Maybei should buy them and consider raid??
Yeah you could but if you just want a backup drive look at some WD greens.
RAID 0 will split the drives, but double the chance of failure. RAID 1 with mirror the drives, half the chance of failure, but you will only have 1TB, not 2TB.

You could maybe get 2 F3's, RAID 0 those, then get 2 WD Greens and just use those as back up.
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I have found WD to have the most reliable drives. I have the one you are looking at and have one word of warning: it is extremely loud, easily the loudest sound that comes out of my rig. If you are sensitive about noise you might want to look at the Samsung instead. Otherwise it is a great drive.
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Modern HDD's very very rarely fail. If they do it tends to be a general fault with the line of products or negligence.
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If you need cheaper jsut raid 4x1tb samsung f3's.
Well cheap is the wrong word, i don't need cheap, but getting the most for my money is more or less what i'm after.

The reason i've been considering the higher capacity drives is because i'll be having all my family video and photos on these drive. RAID 0 is definately out of the question. I have an SSD for anything that needs fast storage, but i might have to consider RAID 5 or something like that. I'll have to do some research on that.

although 4TB of space would be very nice. My only gripe is WD and RAID. The TLER function in the drives more or less rules them out for RAID unless i buy the RE edition drives which are more expensive.
Edited by jackbrennan2008 - 7/22/11 at 7:56am
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I have been running 2TB caviar blacks in R5 and R10... about 16 total since they came out earlier this year. If there is a problem with TLER its coming from someone that doesn't own them and is spewing crap from their keyboard.
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