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I have (8) 1TB blues in a raid 50 that comes out to 5.45 TB that has been on 24/7 for over a year with no issues. I had one drive fail immediately when I built the array but WD replaced it for free. That just happens once in a while with new drives.
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Originally Posted by seabiscuit68 View Post

Blues are typically 5400RPM...black is first level 7200RPM

WD Blue 1TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD10EZEX

that came straight from newegg and that's what I'm running in RAID0 at the moment.
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Originally Posted by billbartuska View Post

Hmmmm.

Drives don't "know" whether they are in an array or not. The memory controller just sends data to and gets data from them. So long as the drives can be "seem" by the computer any fault is with the raid software, cables, power, etc., not the drive(s).

Wrong. I never said that drives know or don't know when hook up to RAID controller (and I'm ignoring pseudo-soft-RAID off the chipset). Lack of support for TLER command on basic HDDs from WD is enough for me to stay away from them. With WD Blacks I ceased to use them past older 1/2TB models where you could enable the function. On new drives WD disabled the feature and as such I ceased to utilized them in RAID arrays.

Furthermore. I abandoned RAID for HDD altogether because for redundancy nothing beats drive pools. Nothing.
post #14 of 18
well i had wd blues that just threw a raid 0 fault, still worked but faulted some how, and replaced them with other drives. this was a week ago and when took them out they had a birth date it 2009. they have been in raid 0 their whole life so 6+ years.

also looks to be that wd blue in 1tb or smaller are 7200 rpm where as larger then 1tb are the 5400rpm.
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Furthermore. I abandoned RAID for HDD altogether because for redundancy nothing beats drive pools. Nothing.
Interesting. Never heard of drive pools. I'll be looking into that.
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well i had wd blues that just threw a raid 0 fault, still worked but faulted some how, and replaced them with other drives. this was a week ago and when took them out they had a birth date it 2009. they have been in raid 0 their whole life so 6+ years.

also looks to be that wd blue in 1tb or smaller are 7200 rpm where as larger then 1tb are the 5400rpm.

yeah mine are 1tb that's probably why. Models up to 1 TB can be both 5400-RPM & 7200-RPM Class. Models that are 2 TB and above are 5400-RPM.
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Originally Posted by Kerelm View Post

Hey guys, looking to get a pair of 1tb drives and mirror them in a little HP proliant that i picked up.

Wanted to know if a pair of blues would have any issues in a raid setup on 24/7 ?

I know the reds are probably a better option but in the interest of saving some $ I'm looking at the blues.

Thanks.

Hi @Kerelm!

Yes, you can create a RAID 1 with two Blue drives, there's nothing to worry about. As for WD Red, it is designed for RAID and NAS in particular which is why it has some additional features for such usage that WD Blue doesn't have, like 24/7 operational and NASware 3.0.

Here's a KB article you can take a look at about setting up an array with desktop consumer drives:

http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=GDjC5Q

Cheers! smile.gif
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the wd blue WD10EZEX is a 7200 rpm hdd. There's a new wd blue that has 5400 rpm though, I think that's the green one being re-labeled as blue.

You're absolutely right, @Luciferxy - we've merged WD Green and WD Blue in the WD Blue line and the drives that are 2TB and bigger were the old Green. smile.gif
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