Those new 4TB drives look like a good starting value for the capacity (I think 3TB drives started off at around ~$200 range). I'll probably wait until manufacturers roll out with 5TB-8TB drives depending on how quick my current capacity runs out. Even then I'll still try to wait for new drive release prices to dwindle around the ~$150 range unless another so called 'flood' occurs.
As usual though...most of these hard drive threads turn into a fanboy fight between manufacturers. I'll just say this again...backup your precious data cause every single piece of hardware has a chance of failure.
Originally Posted by kevinf WARNING:
Jumping on new 4TB drives is a risky move unless you have good backups!
A buddy of mine purchased 10x 4TB drives from Hitachi, and his raid was able to survive 2 hard drive losses.. but within 24 hours, a 3rd one died before the raid could rebuild (and later more died). He had a backup, but recovering 40TB from TAPE is SLOW.
That sounds terrible. Your buddy might want to rethink a different setup like unRAID but that's something I don't have any experience with. I've just heard that you have less to worry about in terms of multiple drive failures. Recovering 40TB of data must be really slow...I'm approximating about ~8TB per day if you're running eSATA or USB 3.0 which I hope is what's being used to transfer back those files.