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Does anyone have any experience with these drives?

I am looking at data storage solutions and came across these drives and fell in love with the 3TB (specifically WD30EURS) version. Now I have never used them, but I do have a blue and black caviar that I like. The drive would be for music/media storage in a daily working home desktop.

My questions are...
How are they on speed?
reliability?
any problems with being over the 2.2TB limit?

I did read they need a PCI card or there is a fix for certain motherboards (note: i do have an Asus 880g as listed as having a fix).

Anything else I should know?
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Originally Posted by Fooliobass;14347344 
reliability?

WD AV drives have no error correction, so if you get them you'll probably want 3-4 drives in RAID5/6.

Note - AV-GP drives are far slower than WD Blacks.

They're actually optimized for security camera footage, where tiny blips and data corruption matter less than having gaps in the footage. Because of that, the drive will try its damndest to continue along, even if it fails to complete a write. (resulting in corrupted files - blah blah, who cares? tongue.gif )

If you don't have them in a RAID array with parity data (RAID 5/6), expect files to go bad at some point.


What you probably should be looking for is WD Blacks.
     
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post #3 of 5
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Hmm, that makes me a bit sad.

How do other consumer class 2.5/3TB HDs fair?
What kind of performance would I be looking at compared to a WD 1TB Black (Faex)?
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Well, the WD Green 3TB drives are the fastest WD Greens out there. No idea how reliable they are...

Hitachi also has some affordable 3TB drives - but again, no idea how reliable they are.

3TB is bleeding edge, I'm afraid. Too new to know how reliable it is.
     
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@OP

If the drives are just for media storage, you could look at units such as the Samsung F4EG 2TB or the Hitachi 5K3000 2TB or 3TB. Western Digital also have a 3TB Green drive, WD30EZRSDTL. Don't bother with the Seagate.

You'll need a SATA controller that will recognise the 3TB capacity. You will also need to use GPT partioning, not MBR, to see the full 3TB.
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