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My faex worked right out of the packing (I would say box, but it was oem and not in a box (-. I love the drive. I am currently waiting for the 2TB or 1.5TB to go on sale again Last sales I saw had the 1.5TB at 79.99 and the 2TB at 129.99, however both of them came at the wrong time compared to a paycheck so I missed them. I believe the larger drives perform better simply because of more spare space with the same amount of data loaded.
Curious, how long have you had your FAEX because maybe the latest batch is at fault. I know once you get a properly working Black it works well and for a long while, my AALS (once I got a replacement for the original) has been going strong for a year now and in the past my previous Blacks have lived as long as I needed them.
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Curious, how long have you had your FAEX because maybe the latest batch is at fault. I know once you get a properly working Black it works well and for a long while, my AALS (once I got a replacement for the original) has been going strong for a year now and in the past my previous Blacks have lived as long as I needed them.
I have had it for about a year in an almost always on state. Its been running os and a various different files loaded onto it. I am running out of space between my 2 drives so I am playing the game of moving large folders around... I need a new drive; possibly this week actually.... crosses fingers for a 1502faex or 2002faex sale.
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I was just on newegg browsing, and I spotted the 'spotlight deal' which happened to be for the 1002FAEX drive which is now $75 for the time being.
Nice!
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My only concern is this, if I plan on running whichever drives I get in RAID0 I want something with the best reliability (I'm aware all manufacturers have their fair share of DOA's). But I notice that it seems that the FAEX is quite susceptible to faulty build quality. Also just to give background info, I might have the worst luck when it comes to hard drives because I always end up having to RMA a drive every build I've done.
I'm starting to wonder about Newegg's HDD shipping practices. I purchased three drives there, and all three failed. Compare that to NCIX - I purchased nearly 20 drives there, and only ~2 have failed. (one DOA)

I'm thinking Newegg's packaging is inadequate for their courier of choice. (UPS)

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Should I take the chance on the FAEX regardless of it's possible sub-par lifespan or are the F3's much more reliable? If the F3's are better as far as build quality and consistency, they might be a better choice.
I'd take a chance. The 1TB FAEX is a nice drive.
     
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Would you consider an F3?
One of the fastest 7200 RPM HD's, and the price just dropped $15.
I had this bookmarked and 2 days ago it was $65.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185

Now $50.
It's my new drive for my AM3/720 X3/5770 build.
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post #15 of 28
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Bahh decisions !

Option A) Two F3's in RAID0 costing $100 (But I've heard sub-par things about their RMA services and I know for a fact that WD is great for RMAs)

Option B) Two FAEX's in RAID0 costing $150

Option C) One FAEX out of laziness

Obviously A) and B) are the more plausible choices but who knows, maybe I'll just get immensely lazy and not even setup a RAID array.

(Prices are based off of newegg but seeing as Kramy says NCIX is quite good for shipping I might look into their pricing)

Edit: Just checked pricing and without shipping it's $160 for two FAEX's (Although I can't check shipping because their website is reporting a SQL error)
Edited by meeps - 8/8/11 at 7:50pm
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(Prices are based off of newegg but seeing as Kramy says NCIX is quite good for shipping I might look into their pricing)

Edit: Just checked pricing and without shipping it's $160 for two FAEX's (Although I can't check shipping because their website is reporting a SQL error)
NCIX is affordable in Canada. It's the Newegg of Canada. (actually, they consistently have far better deals than Newegg does - but for Americans, the shipping costs to send things all the way down south usually offset the cheaper prices)

Since I'm in Canada, they offer me far cheaper shipping than Newegg.ca does.

I got a 2TB Green at NCIX for $62.99, and a 2TB Hitachi 7K3000 for about $60.


Now, regarding ABC... I usually opt for laziness. A is probably the best performance and capacity per dollar.
     
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Welp, I think I'm going the route that I thought I'd take; immensely lazy C) single drive.

Reasoning: I have no use for 2TB's of space, I currently take up 260GB's of space, so 1TB should be plenty of space. Also, I do plan on getting a SSD down the line for my OS/Game drive once prices are much more in my budget (Although they're priced pretty well right now, the size/drive I'd get would cost me roughly $400 at the moment).

It'll be a nice upgrade over my 5001AALS which I'll use as a hot-swap back-up drive once I do testing on the FAEX and make sure everything's working properly.
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Sounds like a solid plan to me.
     
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Well good news, I missed the sale ! Ohwell, I wouldn't have even been able to order today anyways because I get my paycheck wednesday.

Depending on pricing, I could end up with two F3's in RAID0, but this all depends on my indecisiveness.
Edited by meeps - 8/9/11 at 12:58am
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To the OP, whats your best estimate for a budget for 2 new hard drive, to put in Raid-0???

Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136697

$69.99 each + Free Shipping
Edited by Inteller - 8/9/11 at 1:03am
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