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I just got this sucker in the mail:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816322001

And am wondering what 4 drives I should stuff in it. I am going raid 5, and I would like more space than 4 1tb drives, but I hear that 2tb drives can be dangerous in rebuilding the array sue to the chance of a byte level error. So can anyone point me in a good direction? I was thinking 4 samsung 2tb f4's would be great, but is that a good idea?
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I have yet to rebuild my array from a RAID-5 failure but I think the danger in rebuilding the array also depends on the RAID controller it's on...not just the drives. Since you already have an enclosure with a built-in controller...that's pretty much out of the picture. The obvious choice would be either 4x1.5TB or 4x2TB drives for RAID-5 since you need at least 4TB of storage. From the looks of things...4x2TB Samsung F4 might be the way to go if using them for nothing but personal storage.

I needed performance and reliability when I was looking for my 2TB drives (basically Green or non-7200RPM drives is a no-go). I've heard/read Western Digital enterprise drives not doing so well in that department. I don't have experience with Samsung drives and they don't have any high-grade 2TB drives. So my only choice from experience was Seagate and their new Barracuda XT drives being the only available 2TB internal storage device (Western Digital 2TB Blacks were another choice but had lower cache at the time).

Two XT drives purchased back in September 2010 and another two back in November 2010. All drives working 24/7 up to this day and no problems so far. Four more Barracuda XT drives on the way.

EDIT: Forgot to mention that Western Digital Green 2TB drives should be decent as well. In the end...should come down to how much experience and reliability you've had with either manufacturer.
Edited by pvp309rcp - 1/10/11 at 7:00pm
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