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What are the differences between the WD Caviar SE16 WD2500KS, WD WD2500YS Caviar RE, Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST32250620AS, and the Seagate Barracuda 7200 ST32250620NS?

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Are you limiting yourself to these 4 drives? The Seagate 7200.10 ES drives are server quality and better than what you have listed above.

The YS is the next best option as it is an Enterprise drive as well.
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Not really.

What is a good drive? Note, I do not need a lot of storage.

I don't see any 7200.10 ES. Either 7200.10 or ES.
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I guess the ES since it has both perp. recording and NCQ.
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So the WD1600YS is a good Enterprise class hard drive?


From what I understand NCQ decreases performance.
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Best is a subjective term. When I view a hard drive I look for quality over performance. A drive won't do me any good dead or faulty.

Are you talking sheer performance?
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Best is a subjective term. When I view a hard drive I look for quality over performance. A drive won't do me any good dead or faulty.

Are you talking sheer performance?
These will be going into a 4 drive RAID0 array using an Areca ARC-1210 RAID controller. I need reliability and speed. Capacity is of no concern.
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After some digging, apparently the ES is the class while NS denotes the model.

Anyways, from what I have seen NCQ does not decrease performance relative to other drives that do not use PRT. They offset each other for the most part.

Quality and reliability I would go with the NS and YS drives first.
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These will be going into a 4 drive RAID0 array using an Areca ARC-1210 RAID controller. I need reliability and speed. Capacity is of no concern.
Here is a good read.

The NCQ drives actually perform better than their non counterparts. This was what opened my eyes to the ES drives.

http://techreport.com/reviews/2006q3...s/index.x?pg=2
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According to those benchmarks, the 7200.10 looks like the winner.
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