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So I'm in the market for a new storage drive for my file server. The most important thing for me is reliability and drive life, followed by read/write speeds of large files. I was looking at getting this but the reviews were not great and I wanted to get some opinions from people who knew what they were talking about before I committed to something.

So what do you guys consider to be the best drive, or company, for reliability?
Edited by Xazen - 2/14/11 at 10:25am
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Usually $$ corresponds with reliability - if you buy a cheap drive, it isn't built as well as an enterprise drive - if you want something that is super reliable buy a WD Raid Edition drive - they are pricey, but are built for servers - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136365
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My server is running a bunch of 2TB Spinpoint F4s with no issues.

Wouldn't recommend WD Green drives for RAID.
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post #4 of 22
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My server is running a bunch of 2TB Spinpoint F4s with no issues.
+1 to this. F4s/F3s are pretty awesome drives, and they're quite faster too.

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Wouldn't recommend WD Green drives for RAID.
Do not put Green drives on a file server
    
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post #5 of 22
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My server is running a bunch of 2TB Spinpoint F4s with no issues.

Wouldn't recommend WD Green drives for RAID.
I've had good experience with the F4s too.

I think redundant cheap drives would be more reliable than a single expensive one.
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Usually $$ corresponds with reliability - if you buy a cheap drive, it isn't built as well as an enterprise drive - if you want something that is super reliable buy a WD Raid Edition drive - they are pricey, but are built for servers -
There ya have it. The WD Enterprise Drives are what you're asking about but now that you know the price of quality you may want to change your mind?

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followed by read/write speeds of large files.
Then you don't want any green drives.

I suggest you rethink your priorities and come back with more specific, realistic requirements.

Like size/RAID capable/price point...?
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post #7 of 22
Samsung F4 2TBs seem to be a good drive.

Do you not use RAID in your file server?
post #8 of 22
green drives are slow because they typically have lower RPM's. ie 5400. I can attest to that, as my 2TB green drive isn't exactly a speed daemon.

But yes more specifics would greatly help in giving back specific answers.

The best advice though is to just read reviews on newegg for the drives that match your criteria and see how many good/bad reviews there are.
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post #9 of 22
Quote:
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The most important thing for me is reliability and drive life, followed by read/write speeds of large files.
The Seagate Cheetah 15K is extremely reliable while providing the best sequential performance.

However, 600GB costs $400 and you need a SAS controller.

Please provide better requirements....
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post #10 of 22
the wd grteen do not raid if you get it to raid they will drop.

as just a simple storage drive no raid etc... the wd green are good. i have had a few drop out my hand etc... and still nothing wrong with them.
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