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Well, there i was, battling a Basilisk just north of Heatherton. Then i hear a beeping and clicking noise, kind of like an old camera. I run around to the side of my case and open it up, praying that it was the new, empty 1tb drive that i had just bought that was the culprit. Unfortunately no... it was my full to the brim storage drive.. my media drive.. I have fallen victim (for the second time) to the shoddy failure rate of 3tb seagate drives.
I spend about 16 hours on my pc each day, 10 of those are spent watching anime and re-watching my favorite tv shows. Some of which include supernatural, which i had made the effort to obtain in the best quality i could. That series alone took up 700gb on my hdd. Cut to now.. That hdd is now dead, unable to be picked up by windows. I have put it in an anti static bag so that i can freezer it when i purchase a replacement.
So here lies my problem.. Which drive should i buy (2-3TB) for LONG TERM storage of my media? WD Red? WD Green? HSGT NAS (although i would rather not have to spend that much)?
Thank you for any advice on this topic.. it should ease me through these troubling times..
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WD Red and HGST drive are all I'm buying from now on. I read a report that Seagate 3TB drive do last as long as they aren't powered on for more then 8 hours a day. I suggest you go with a NAS drive from now on as they are designed to be on and spinning all the time.
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I have just ordered a 3tb wd red. I probably have about another hour before amazon ships it to change it if anyone else has any input about this?
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WE reds are fantastic drives. I use a 3tb one in my plex server and its been running strong so far.
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And this is why you should have backups.
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one thing to check, while windows won't pick it up, linux might still be able to recover it
    
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Originally Posted by BakerMan1971 View Post

one thing to check, while windows won't pick it up, linux might still be able to recover it

It is not just that which is the problem. The beeping and clicking happened for about 20 minutes (20 minutes of my frantically running around in a panic) before it stopped being picked up. Before that, during the beeping and clicking, i would be able to go to the main root of the drive, but not into any folder. It would crash windows explorer each time. I think the arm is stuck or something, so even if linux picked it up, it would not be able to read anything frown.gif
I have 80mbps down, 20 up, so i should be able to regain what i lost reasonably quickly. It is mostly annoying as i had just finished "re obtaining" my fairy tail series in better quality.
Also i have now run a speedtest on both of my 1TB drives. One of them is... I have no idea how old now, probably over 5 years, and is getting speeds like:
Samsung F3


Whereas my brand new 1tb is getting:

Seagate deskstar


So it is probably going to be time to say goodbye to my old 1TB soon too frown.gif
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Fairy Tail. Good anime. Gildarts is my fav lol. Need to get back into is as the filler between the arcs were killing me lol. I'm a Gundam guy at heart. Just salvage what you can and always have a backup plan as well.
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Originally Posted by Duality92 View Post

And this is why you should have backups.

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Backups are essential for sure.

I have an external matching my internal in size for the reason. I also have a smaller 2TB(was my old backup drive, but still has very few hours on it) used for backup of things I do not want to loose at all. So my files get copied to my external and then files I do not want to loose. TV does not fall into that category for me, but photos do. Years of pictures I can not get back are the main concern as well as any files I created. I also have my music as well as files I have achieved for others on this drive.

I too have a WDC Red and it has been solid so far, but it has not even been run for 2 years yet. It is a 24/7 drive.

So far so good


I even eyeball the larger Reds because sometimes I record lots of stuff in media center for later watching. I hope 2.5 inch drives get more capacity soon.
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