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Originally Posted by Kramy;14389653 
It's actually not the HDD so much as the SATA controller the drives are running off of.

Some people have WD Black arrays without any issues. Other people have issues. Some people have Samsung F4 arrays without any issues. Other people have issues.

I think some controllers are more strict about kicking drives out of arrays after 8 seconds of not responding - but others understand how consumer drives behave, and won't kick them out even if there's a problem.

From my research it seems that hardware RAID controllers are the problematic ones. People don't seem to have as much trouble with software RAID on their mobos. Is this true?
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The F4s are still having firmware and data corruption issues. If you go with one of those, be prepared to update the firmware upon receiving the drive.

WD Greens and Blues have been having issues lately with DOA and quick failures. As stated the first batches were pretty bad, but there is no guarantee that they aren't still sitting around in the warehouse of the store you buy yours from. I wouldn't risk it - RMAs are a hassle.

Building my own media server now and the research I have done has shown that the newer 1.5tb+ drives are simply not reliable - they are packing too many platters in, and the platters are becoming too dense and having issues.

I went with these and I encourage you to spend the extra few bucks for reliability's sake:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136284

The "Greener" F4 can be had for less, runs at 5400rpm (quieter, supposedly cooler), but it wasn't worth it to me.

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