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Simple, easy question: Which 3TB HDD's are all-round best for RAID in a 4-bay NAS?

NAS in question is QNAP TS-459 Pro II Turbo.
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Personally I would vouche for Western Digital. Never had any issues with them, in the five years, that I have built custom PCs.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136926

This one looks like it has some extra features (i.e. power saving) for when your NAS is not actively used.
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Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 is according to http://blog.backblaze.com/2011/07/20/petabytes-on-a-budget-v2-0revealing-more-secrets/ the most reliable hdd they tested.
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I heard that Western Digital had some problems with very large drives because of the huge amount of platters. I can say that Seagate makes some very good drive. I bought 4 this year (including 2 2TB Barracuda Green) and they all work perfectly. There's also the Samsung F4 but I don't know if it's in 3TB too. Of course, don't forget to consider the Hitachi 5K3000.
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personally i would vouche for western digital. Never had any issues with them, in the five years, that i have built custom pcs.

+1.
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Have you checked the QNAP drive compatibility list as well as their forums?

I think if you do, you'll find that the "green drives" are developing a rep for falling out of RAIDs, due to their tendency to go into some sort of "deep recovery" mode where the drive makes several passes as reading a sector and doesn't respond as quickly as the RAID controller thinks it should, so the RAID controller decides the disk is "faulty" and drops it from the RAID.

I think you'll also find a carefully worded statement on the QNAP compatibility page about green drives. It doesn't quite say that they won't work, but it's very clear that you're on your own if you decide to use them.

In a word this is "bad".

IIRC, the Hitachi's do not have this problem, but they tend to run a little hot and are a little loud, but the seemed to be the 3 TB drive of choice when I looked at a similar NAS box this summer.

Of course, if you're not going to use them in RAID, then any are probably good. I went with WD green for a standalone storage device.
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I've got 10 of the Hitachi 2TB 5K3000. They have been very cool and quiet for the better part of 6 months. Of the 10, 1 started producing errors. I sent it back before I had any more problems with it.

Throughout the past 4 years, I've had probably 20 WD drives for storage. I've always liked WD. I've been a WD fanboy to put it blunt. After going to these Hitachi drives, all I can say is WD's are louder and hotter.

Not to mention, the Hitachi 5K3000 series is 512byte instead of the newer 4k sector drives. This isn't really a problem, but if you plan on mixing drive types in an array, you will probably want to stick with all 512b or all 4k drives to reduce problems.

Though I don't have any statistics about drive deaths, I have RMA'd a handful of WD drives throughout the years and 1 of the Hitachi drives because of some errors it threw. 1 thing for certain is, WD has one of the best RMA processes ever. I have always done the Advance Replacement and get my replacement drive in 2 days.

I just hope after the acquisition of Hitachi by WD, that they continue producing the Hitachi drives as good as they are right now. From many 3rd parties, I'm hearing that the 5k3000 series is about the most reliable that a desktop drive is these days. Just for caution, I run 2xRAIDZ2 (RAID60) anyway.

My Vote: 4x Hitachi 5K3000 3TB
Edited by Bonz(TM) - 10/5/11 at 3:35pm
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by Wazige;15192365 
Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 is according to http://blog.backblaze.com/2011/07/20/petabytes-on-a-budget-v2-0revealing-more-secrets/ the most reliable hdd they tested.

These are the ones I was thinking of. I have 5 WB Blacks in RAID in my PC, I would never use Greens in RAID, they aren't made for it. As much as I like (and recommend), I think I'll go with the Deskstar's.

Thanks all!
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Back in the spring I bought 2 of the 3TB Hitachi Deskstar drives for my 2 bay NAS. Never had an issue with them thus far with daily backups and transfers. I've never had a problem with WD either, but I also own a lot of Hitachi drives which have never failed me. With that said, I'll vouch for Hitachi smile.gif
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