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Hi guys,

We already some Dell r310s with H200 raid cards and have just picked up 4 more, Question is Dell has allowed 3rd party HDD but doesn't recommend them.

Should we follow this advice? Even though they are significantly more expensive or shall we use 3rd party such as Seagate or Samsung?

Most importantly Which drives do you recommend? Need about 1.5TB to 2TB. Need reasonable speed but highly prioritize reliablilty.

I know the Samsung Spinpoint series gets high reveiws on here so would they be suitable, considering we would save £200 per a drive and need about 10.
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I would definitely recommend [URL="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152245[/URL]. Good drives, fast, and pretty cheap.

The F3s are a tad better I've heard, but unfortunately those are out of stock and only come in 1TB flavors. I think you'd be perfectly content with the F4 2TB though. smile.gif
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Get the Samsung f4 2tb good drive low power consumption. smile.gif

if you need speed and high performance get the f3 1tb models but the f4 2tb are'nt too slow in all honesty smile.gif

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb-samsung-hd103sj-spinpoint-f3-sata-3gb-s-7200rpm-32mb-cache-89ms-ncq

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2tb-samsung-hd204ui-spinpoint-f4eg-sata-3gb-s-5400rpm-32mb-cache-89ms-ncq
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Thanks for the help, are these disks reliable? I'm in the **** if these things blow after a month or something.
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The F3s and F4s have great reliability.
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This sounds like a business environment. For that reason, if you want to go 3rd party, go for units such as Western Digital's RE4 (7200RPM) or RE4-GP (5400RPM). These are enterprise-class SATA drives, and ready to be used in a RAID array.

The other option would be Seagate's NL series units (which I know little about), or Hitachi's UltraStar SATA drives, which are excellent by all accounts.
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post #7 of 9
You can also use Samsung F3R's. Same drive basically as the F3's, but it's their enterprise RAID-rated drives - comes with a 5 year warranty and is usually the same price as the F3's smile.gif.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152238&Tpk=samsung%20f3r

Limited stock per the supply fiasco in Asia/Southeast Asia though frown.gif.
    
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This sounds like a business environment. For that reason, if you want to go 3rd party, go for units such as Western Digital's RE4 (7200RPM) or RE4-GP (5400RPM). These are enterprise-class SATA drives, and ready to be used in a RAID array.

The other option would be Seagate's NL series units (which I know little about), or Hitachi's UltraStar SATA drives, which are excellent by all accounts.

i agree... i would get WDs if this is for a business... their drives are the best i have found for large RAID arrays... thats also what they are meant for... TBH, the dell drives are probably re branded WDs
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Thanks guys, we normally use Seagates, and some WDs. Don't care how long the warranty is, i just don't want them to break in the first place. I know warranty is usually a good sign but its not a priority.
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