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My main media storage drive is currently a 500gb Raid 1. I am quickly reaching my storage capacity and I am considering an upgrade. I would like to future proof myself so I wan the largest size I can reasonably get which appears to be 3tb. I have had bad luck with Seagate, and excellent luck with WD and Samsung. I was looking at the caviar reds. Are these the fastest or close to the fastest drives I can get from WD?

I suppose I might be convinced to go with Seagate if they have really gotten better in the last 2-3 years.
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I was looking at the caviar reds. Are these the fastest or close to the fastest drives I can get from WD?
The fastest and the most reliable.
I am using one for almost a year, it is flawless.
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My main media storage drive is currently a 500gb Raid 1. I am quickly reaching my storage capacity and I am considering an upgrade. I would like to future proof myself so I wan the largest size I can reasonably get which appears to be 3tb. I have had bad luck with Seagate, and excellent luck with WD and Samsung. I was looking at the caviar reds. Are these the fastest or close to the fastest drives I can get from WD?

I suppose I might be convinced to go with Seagate if they have really gotten better in the last 2-3 years.

Samsung HDD division has been acquired by Seagate.

The main advantage of the Red drives is that you can reconfigure the RAID response timeout setting.

It's a media drive so you shouldn't have to worry about performance...

It's all just luck.... you shouldn't rely on luck. Just get whatever is cheapest and have a backup/archive plan.
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Samsung HDD division has been acquired by Seagate.

The main advantage of the Red drives is that you can reconfigure the RAID response timeout setting.

It's a media drive so you shouldn't have to worry about performance...

It's all just luck.... you shouldn't rely on luck. Just get whatever is cheapest and have a backup/archive plan.


Ok I just don't want to be stuck with some boggy drive every time I open photos in p-shop or go to load a movie. My current setup can be a little slow at times when opening large folders. I have lots of back up...the raid array, external drive, and google drive. So I am mainly just worried about the hassle of drive failure vs actual data loss.

NOOB question: what exactly is raid response timeout? and why would I need to reconfigure it?
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Ok I just don't want to be stuck with some boggy drive every time I open photos in p-shop or go to load a movie. My current setup can be a little slow at times when opening large folders. I have lots of back up...the raid array, external drive, and google drive. So I am mainly just worried about the hassle of drive failure vs actual data loss.

NOOB question: what exactly is raid response timeout? and why would I need to reconfigure it?

All modern HDDs are basically within 10% of each other in performance... noticable if you time it.

Review: http://www.anandtech.com/show/6157/western-digital-red-review-are-nasoptimized-hdds-worth-the-premium

HDDs do internal maintainence. If they take too long (a few seconds), the RAID controller thinks they are dead and drops them from the array. The override lowers this threshold time on the HDDs and forces the HDD to response.
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