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Hello everyone,

I need to set up two 1TB drives in RAID1 and I have never done anything like this before so bear with me.

I don't have a huge budget to do this and I'd like to not spend an arm and a leg on these drives. Which drives would you recommend? I've never bought a drive from any other manufacturer than WD and I'd like to continue that "tradition" unless you guys have a reason I shouldnt.

I read that some drives can't be used in a RAID configuration, not sure what that's all about. I just need about 1TB of space and I'd like to have a real-time back up.

Thanks for your help.
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The samsung F3 spinpoint are like 40 bucks each i think. And i heard they are the best mechanical drives atm.
    
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The samsung F3 spinpoint are like 40 bucks each i think. And i heard they are the best mechanical drives atm.
Another vote here for the Samsung F3.
    
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...and the F3s will RAID with no problems?
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yea no problems. ive never had any drives not work with RAID before...
    
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They're $75 on newegg

Edit: Sorry, it's the F3R that's $75, the F3 is $60. Any difference between these?
Edited by sintricate - 7/31/11 at 9:59pm
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post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by sintricate View Post
Hello everyone,

I need to set up two 1TB drives in RAID1 and I have never done anything like this before so bear with me.

I don't have a huge budget to do this and I'd like to not spend an arm and a leg on these drives. Which drives would you recommend? I've never bought a drive from any other manufacturer than WD and I'd like to continue that "tradition" unless you guys have a reason I shouldnt.

I read that some drives can't be used in a RAID configuration, not sure what that's all about. I just need about 1TB of space and I'd like to have a real-time back up.

Thanks for your help.
F3 is old tech.

Hitachi's 7K3000 1.5TB, 2TB & 3TB rule the roost now.

You're better off with 2x Hitachi 1.5TB, it's only $5 more and you get 0.5TB more storage space and their much faster than the F3.

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They're $75 on newegg

Edit: Sorry, it's the F3R that's $75, the F3 is $60. Any difference between these?
Comparison button?

F3R has 5 year warranty, F3 has 3 year.
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RAID is not a backup. If your data gets corrupted/deleted from one drive, it's instantly corrupted/deleted from the other drive. Yay!

Hourly/Daily/Weekly backups are backups. Pick based on your requirements.
     
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Are the Hitachi drives really much faster than the F3's? I'm currently on my phone and can't really look up the differences between the drives, do you have specs on the two drives?
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