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Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB VS WD Red WD30EFRX 3TB

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Which one would you get? I need to order 2 drives, one for the computer and one for an external enclosure as backup. Looking for reliability and speed, the price difference doesn't really matter for me as long as it's under $50/TB:

Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=22-148-844

Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD30EFRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236344

Should I get one of each to spread my bets? wink.gif

Any suggestions on other hard drives or enclosures are welcome!
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Wrong section m8.

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I should also add that I am doing a lot of video editing and this would be my data drive, I have 2 other SSD's 1 for the OS and one for exporting.
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Oops, I didn't realize this should be in the HDD forum, can the thread be moved/deleted?
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Those two drives are not really comparable. The Seagate is a 7200rpm drive that is built for speed/performance, the WD is a 5900rpm drive that is built for reliability/performance.

That said, IME, the WD Red is more reliable than all Seagate drives. However, for the price, you can do better:
If you just want 3tb and reliability is a concern, HGSTs CoolSpin line is the way to go. Their access times aren't great, but they're fast otherwise and super reliable. Note that B&H sells these drives in the retail packaging, which significantly decreases DOA and, strangely, increases MTTF in my own experiments (2 sets of 10 WD Red 3TB disks tested in same RAID 10 setup - different batches).
3tb for $120
4tb for $150
If you are more concerned about speed, HGSTs 7200rpm line is the most reliable 7200rpm consumer disk I have dealt with. It is expensive, but right now you can get a 4tb in an external USB 3 case for $170. If you wanted to buy two you could pull one from the case and use it as an internal drive - IME HGST honors the warranty on the serial number printed on the disk.
Edited by claes - 10/16/13 at 9:49am
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That HGST 4TB looks like a great deal!

It comes to $42.5/TB close to the Seagate price, plus I would have spent extra for an external enclosure.

I also didn't realize the WD was 5400rpm, I was wondering why they didn't list the spindle speed anywhere.

I totally hear what you are saying about shipping in the retail package with DOA and MTTF, I was thinking the same thing but seeing little mention of it elsewhere when reading about reliability. When I think of bare drives I imagine the possibility of them getting packed like this somewhere down the line:


http://www.reddit.com/r/sysadmin/comments/1755vq/

Thanks for the tips!
Edited by jhsu - 10/16/13 at 10:17am
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If you're using it as a backup or storage solution then get the WD Red 3 TB WD30EFRX. If you're going to be running programs off of it then go with the Seagate Barracuda 3 TB ST3000DM001.
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