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I have been thinking about setting up a Windows Home Server and I am trying to decide which drive would be the best for storage. Would I notice a performance decrease from getting a Western Digital Green Power 5400RPM drive compared to a 7200RPM drive?

I am mainly going to use the server for file storage, utorrent, email and media sharing with my PS3, Xbox 360 and PC over my network and of course accessing the server from out side my network.
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Personally, I would go with the GP drive. Will your WHS be for 1-3 users/systems? If so, you don't need that much performance. If it will be accessed by more than 3 users/systems simulateously, performance will be a factor. Also, are you on a 100Mbps or 1GBps network?
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The only regular users will be me and sometimes my mom. I have a 1GBps LAN and I believe a 100MBps WAN.

I will be using my MacBook for access sometimes and it uses Wireless N when I am at home.
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Any particular reason for the GP drive? It is slightly more expensive per GB... but consumes a few watts less power, cooler, and quieter than other 7200 drives.
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From what I have seen on newegg the cheapest 1TB drive is the Western Digital GP? Unless you know of a better site for buying hard drive. I also like the fact that it does consume less power and is cooler and quieter, but I do still have performance as a higher priority because I am going to be streaming Video from the server to my wireless PS3 and Xbox 360?
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post #6 of 17
I think if you're just running a home server, power saving will be much more beneficial than spindle speed.

There might be a slight noticeable difference if you ran that drive in your main desktop PC, but for a simple server, its fine.
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From what I have seen on newegg the cheapest 1TB drive is the Western Digital GP? Unless you know of a better site for buying hard drive. I also like the fact that it does consume less power and is cooler and quieter, but I do still have performance as a higher priority because I am going to be streaming Video from the server to my wireless PS3 and Xbox 360?
You need 8MB/s for HD video.... most HDs do at least 50MB/s conservatively.


I thought I saw a deal on a 750GB HD for $110-120 recently... a much better price/GB ratio.
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post #8 of 17
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normally I would be looking for a deal like that, but I want as much storage as possible since I will have to use WHS data redundancy instead of setting up a RAID 5.

The 1TB Samsung F1 drive is selling for $10 less then the 1TB Western Digital GP. Should I go for the Samsung drive?
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normally I would be looking for a deal like that, but I want as much storage as possible since I will have to use WHS data redundancy instead of setting up a RAID 5.

The 1TB Samsung F1 drive is selling for $10 less then the 1TB Western Digital GP. Should I go for the Samsung drive?
Why not get two 750GB HDs instead of a single 1TB HD? The more HDs you have, the better redundancy provided.

The Samsung F1 is one of the best performing HDs out there now.
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I planned on getting two 1TB drives to start with so I can enable the redundancy, and eventually getting up to 6TB of drive space which will basically be cut in half to 3TB due to the data redundancy.
Edited by SeanEE89 - 6/11/08 at 8:06am
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