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Interested in getting some HDD's but can't really decide on which route to take. I'm mainly looking for reliability more than performance. The drives will only be used for movie backups.

So what's the reliability like between the 1TB, 1.5TB, and 2TB drives? Are the eco/green drives even worth it or not so much? The 1.5TB drives are nicely priced at $60 each at the moment, might even wait until Black Friday to get some nice deals.

The 2TB seem real nice, but I haven't read much about them in terms of reliability.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
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Originally Posted by Sam1990;14584500 
Interested in getting some HDD's but can't really decide on which route to take. I'm mainly looking for reliability more than performance. The drives will only be used for movie backups.

So what's the reliability like between the 1TB, 1.5TB, and 2TB drives? Are the eco/green drives even worth it or not so much? The 1.5TB drives are nicely priced at $60 each at the moment, might even wait until Black Friday to get some nice deals.

The 2TB seem real nice, but I haven't read much about them in terms of reliability.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

Well as you can see I am running a Samsung F3 1tb and i believe it is the perfect hard drive right now on the market. It is the fastest hard drive i have ever owned (tests prove it is the fastest in the 500GB+ range) and it also ran flawlessly for a year since i bought it. I got 2 of these set up in RAID 0 for my friend and they are very reliable and extremely fast. Also, I would believe that with increased capacity the reliability decreases due to more platters being used.
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As far as reliability goes always have backups.... and stick with well known brands such as Samsung WD , Hitachi and unfortunately seagate... ( i personally dislike seagate but that is my opinion possibly a little bias)
I have 3 Samsung f4's 2tb and have no issues in the months i have owned them 4months to 9 months since i didn't but them all at once almost 4000 hours on one of the drives...
They run in my sig rig. I would go with the hard drive that has the easiest and best rma policy so if it does fail you can get a replacement. I have heard great things from WD rma's.... Samsung did recently sell its hd business to Seagate so keep that in mind not sure if they will discontinue samsung drives or not.... Samsung f3 1tb's are a favorite as well here on ocn.... Price vs performance they are hard to beat... Also keep in mind you don't have unlimited sata ports so i would go with the biggest drive you can as far as storage since you don't need raw speed...
Hope this helps....
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Well as you can see I am running a Samsung F3 1tb and i believe it is the perfect hard drive right now on the market. It is the fastest hard drive i have ever owned (tests prove it is the fastest in the 500GB+ range) and it also ran flawlessly for a year since i bought it. I got 2 of these set up in RAID 0 for my friend and they are very reliable and extremely fast. Also, I would believe that with increased capacity the reliability decreases due to more platters being used.

The F3 is nice and I'm actually getting one for my data storage. I'm looking for some high capacity drives for my media storage. The 2TB are great because I won't have to upgrade in awhile or add more drives but the higher the capacity I get worried about reliability.
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As far as reliability goes always have backups.... and stick with well known brands such as Samsung WD , Hitachi and unfortunately seagate... ( i personally dislike seagate but that is my opinion possibly a little bias)
I have 3 Samsung f4's 2tb and have no issues in the months i have owned them 4months to 9 months since i didn't but them all at once almost 4000 hours on one of the drives...
They run in my sig rig. I would go with the hard drive that has the easiest and best rma policy so if it does fail you can get a replacement. I have heard great things from WD rma's.... Samsung did recently sell its hd business to Seagate so keep that in mind not sure if they will discontinue samsung drives or not.... Samsung f3 1tb's are a favorite as well here on ocn.... Price vs performance they are hard to beat... Also keep in mind you don't have unlimited sata ports so i would go with the biggest drive you can as far as storage since you don't need raw speed...
Hope this helps....

Yep. That's why I was thinking of getting two 1.5TB drives. The 2TB kinda scare me away, not too sure how reliable they are.
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2TB drives seem to be fine now. They weren't at first, but now most are three-platter designs. It appears only the four to five platter designs have reliability issues.
     
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Grab a WB green 2tb-3tb ,cheap and lots of storage room
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edit: changed my mind
Edited by shadman - 8/15/11 at 2:43am
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Originally Posted by Sam1990;14586126 
The 2TB kinda scare me away, not too sure how reliable they are.

i have 2 2TB WD Green drives running in my rig 24/7 for over a year now without any issues......i have 3 more as backup.....although these only 6 months old, i'm pretty sure they'll be fine.......WD green drives run at 5400rpm so they're cooler and less stressed than the 7200rpm Blacks......i've had a few Blacks fail but never a Green:)
    
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I go by the 3 rules...

"Any data that you don't have at least 3 copies of is data you don't mind if you lose."

I think green blows because it takes forever to write 1 TB to it (think 12+ hours).

If you have a lot of data (2+ TB) you could be spending days writing to it, and if you had to make backups of that data across multiple drives, days could turn into a week, seriously.

I'd opt for a minimum of 7200 RPM, at least, Green is just way too slow, and you won't be happy.
Even 7200 RPM drives can only write at a sustained speed of 80-30 MB/Second (depending upon the size of the data), so don't expect blazing fast speed there either. (I usually get 30-40 MB/s when writing a lot of files >20 GB)

I cannot stress enough the importance of getting multiple 1-2 TB Drives and using one for storage & one strictly for backup (unplug when done), and backing up your main storage drive every week or two, this way if your main storage drive fails you at least have most of your data saved.

I from time to time burn my documents, pictures, and important stuff I cannot afford to lose, this way I keep that 3rd copy on hand, often having multiple DVDs of that data too.

BACKUP means nothing to most people till they lose a hard drive due to HDD Failure, then they learn the word far too late.


If it's reliability you are worried about I'd buy a Seagate HDD, I have had too many issues with other brands, having fixed many (thousands) of computers in my time, I can tell you that Seagate is the most reliable brand. (In my professional opinion)
Edited by _GTech - 8/15/11 at 9:00am
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