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Hey guys,

It's that time. My 500GB 7200.11s are finally dying (or dead )... those were a terrible purchase!

1) What HDDs should I get to replace them in my sig rig?
2) Should I invest in a nice RAID controller / use onboard RAID / not bother and just do a single drive?

I'm looking at 1TB drives, and I'm not sure what would be most cost-effective.

Thanks for your input!
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Recently WD has been the way to go. Newer seagate models have been failing more often. No matter what you do dont go cheap on a HD.

Use onboard RAID. It should be good enough.


Cost effective would be to buy a single 1TB drive. How ever for max performance by 2x 500 or better 4x 250 and put them on Raid 0.

Note how ever the more drives you put on RAID 0 the more unstable it will be. If one goes down in RIAD 0 All go down. Dont use it to back up data.


BTW can you RMA those HDDs?
Edited by KoolGuy - 6/7/10 at 3:31pm
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post #3 of 16
I highly recommend western digital's caviar black line up.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-284-_-Product
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I second that, WD has always been good, Seagate has always had random annoying problems.
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Samsung Spinpoint F3
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Quote:
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I second that, WD has always been good, Seagate has always had random annoying problems.
Dont use the word Always. It makes your statements untrue.
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post #7 of 16
I have a range of drives.

I like the WD's the best.

The Samsungs run cooler by about 5c

The Seagates have been the biggest problems in the last 2 years.

WD overall.

They also offer Acronis True Image for free if you have a WD drive (even one)...wonderful backup (can backup a running Windows OS of about 25 Gbytes in under 15 minutes if write cache is enabled).

Personally I'd never use RAID of any kind. The RAID 0 is just too unreliable long term, RAID 1 isn't backup and doesn't always really protect better THAN a backup, RAID 5 seems a waste of investment, etc.....

For the price / performance balance, I'd rather go SSD with HD for bulk storage.

It does somewhat depend on your usage profile, though....what applications are your performance priorities?
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post #9 of 16
both are equal amount of junk, both i RMA about the same every 2 months.

i like the WD black drives right now, they are awesomely quick and responsive.
Seagate are for people who arent really looking for performance just somewhere to put stuff.

sadly seagate looks to have cut their 5yr warranty , both get the job done. WD i like a little more from experience.

onboard SATA works just fine for home raid systems of most types.
only server functions should you really be concerned about doign the big time and dropping 200$+ dollars to make the jump to off board worth it.

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samsung spinpoint f3, or WD caviar black
yep yep, heard it here and alot of other places.
    
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post #10 of 16
If you don't mind used and saving a few $$,still under warranty.
http://www.overclock.net/other-compo...iar-black.html
 
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