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I'd say that the F3's are good value. But noise has never bothered me since I wear headphones anyway :-)

If I remember correctly Hitachi (or whatever they're called) had a few quality drives too.
Edited by RankWinner - 10/26/11 at 12:56pm
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post #12 of 23
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Didnt like the F3's as they were noisy!
Hmm strange, all of my F3's are extremely quiet.

Mine are fast, quiet, solid drives.

Too bad you have a couple that are noisy.
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post #13 of 23
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Green's have problems dropping out of arrays because of the sleep feature. I really wouldn't recommend them for hw raid
I have read and been told the very same thing.
I would go for WD cavier black or blue drives or even the sammies F3's
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post #14 of 23
Don't do the greens.

Also, don't fool yourself into thinking that your raid1 array is a good redundancy backup.
    
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Don't do the greens.

Also, don't fool yourself into thinking that your raid1 array is a good redundancy backup.
why so?
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why so?
Because raid 1 is designed for functional redundancy, not data backup or an actual method of data redundancy. If one drive physically fails (like, hardware failure) while your computer is actually running, the computer will continue to function--this would be for something that's time-critical that can't suffer from downtime. But it doesn't do anything to back up data whatsoever. Raid1 mirrors but it doesn't do anything about data integrity. It's a "dumb" method (for lack of a better term) that goes "okay, this bit is on this sector of that hard drive, I'm making a copy of it." There's no way for raid 1 to know if that bit of data is what the user intends it to be (i.e., it could be corrupted).

For example, you could encounter a situation where we did--you get some issue that affects your primary disk--in my situation we believed it to be a power surge--which causes massive data corruption on the primary hard drive. All of that corrupted data simply got mirrored to the second disk (because that's what raid 1 does--it mirrors). And because no one was conscientious about external backup of their data, a lot of data was lost and we had two corrupted disks instead of just one.

Note, this may not be a common occurrence. But I would argue that we keep backups just because of the fact that uncommon occurrences are possible. Never again have I bothered with the idea of a raid 1 disk.

If you're looking for an actual backup method, I've found that nothing beats an external hard drive that you use for periodic manual backups, and disconnect from your system.
    
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I don't like external drives for backup but.....

Surely I would be better off just running 2x1tb drives and setting a periodic backup to one of them instead of RAID1 then based on what you have said above?

I think I am going to buy a small SSD for my OS, a 250 or something similar for programs and then 2 1TB drives for data/2x500gb in RAID0 and 1TB for backup.

Plan?
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I don't like external drives for backup but.....

Surely I would be better off just running 2x1tb drives and setting a periodic backup to one of them instead of RAID1 then based on what you have said above?

I think I am going to buy a small SSD for my OS, a 250 or something similar for programs and then 2 1TB drives for data/2x500gb in RAID0 and 1TB for backup.

Plan?
Yes, I would say you'd be better off using the drives independent of a raid 1 array.

If you're getting an SSD, then I think the configuration you mentioned would work well (actually, that's exactly how I'd do it).

I'm a fan of external hard drive backup, only because if something does happen to your computer for any reason, the disk is physically disconnected/removed from your computer (like power surges, virus, etc.).

I'm also not a huge fan of relying on external drives, but they make me feel a little more comfortable that something couldn't accidentally happen to the data while it's sitting in my computer. But I might be more paranoid that others in that regard.
    
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If you're getting an SSD, then I think the configuration you mentioned would work well (actually, that's exactly how I'd do it).
Which one, two 500's and 1 tb or just two 1tb?
Edited by skaboy607 - 10/27/11 at 9:01am
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Which one, two 500's and 1 tb or just two 1tb?
Oh, sorry, I missed that you had two options.

Well, logically the 2x500GB in raid 0 plus the 1TB as a "backup" would make sense, since the total space on either volume is the same. If you had 2x1TB for raid 0, you'll only have half of that for backups--depends on how much storage you think you'd need.
    
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