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Well I started a new job got my first pay and have $400 to blow on comp stuff. My first purchase is gonna be ASUS VH238H from newegg.ca for $180.

My current media drive is a 1TB WD1001FALS with 27% free space left. I was looking at the WD20EURS but seen quite a few bad newegg replies on it..

I dont consider those as reviews most users there are ignorant. Love the i7 user who oc'd his cpu and didnt think he would need a fan on the stock cooler and wondered how his cpu died.

But what would be the best drive for media storage, I stream to brothers XBox360, Movies, music mainly. Want decent performance, 64MB cache but something reliable is top priority. Looking to spend about $110CAN approx Absolute limit would have to be $130 gotta leave some cash for taxes, shipping and all..

Lets see what beauty OCN can find me biggrin.gif

Side Note:
Woulda ordered monitor already but gotta wait the 8 days for paypal to process funds from bank. March 1st approx completion date. But stocked about monitor looks like a nice one. Specs look good aswell, seen another b4 that with 10mill:1 contrast then seen that with 50mill:1 biggrin.gif wanted a led tho that and 1920x1080 with a 2ms response were my requirements tongue.gif
     
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You definitely couldn't go wrong with the Western Digital 2TB drives. My friend and I have a bunch of the 500GB, 1TB, 1.5TB, and 2TB drives (greens/blacks) and have had no issues at all.

The Greens are 5400rpm but I've had no issue when viewing movies (1080p and less) off of it. Usually there's a small delay when it first spins up out of hibernate/idle mode or whatever it goes into to save energy. If you're really paranoid about loss of data you can get the Caviar Black RE4 drive which is supposed to be more reliable if you plan on getting more later on and raiding them together (again, this option is even more expensive than the standard Caviar Black).

The blacks are 7200rpm but cost a bit more obviously.

You can find the WD 2TB Green on Newegg now for $80 after instant $10 off promo code:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136514&cm_re=2tb-_-22-136-514-_-Product

Promo ends today though. You can also find it on Amazon for $85 (free 2-day shipping if you have Amazon Prime).

The Samsung F4 Spinpoints are supposed to be good as well although I've never owned one. They go for around the same price as the Caviar Greens.

Just realized you were looking at Newegg Canada so prices might vary.

Hope I was of some help. Lemme know if you got more questions. Rep me if you found the info useful. tongue.gif
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I own a samsung f4 2tb its a good drive so far no problems 6months it does have a firmware update though which can be a pain. It on sale for 80 bucks now. I also have a 1tb black it seems to thrash when over 60% full. I have owned many western digital drives and this is the first one i am concerned with. People complain on the wd green drives the head park frequently leading to excessive wear. Hitachi even makes a 7200rpm 2tb drive if you want to go that route speed and storage. The f4 uses 3 platters and i get

60.5 minimum
143.6maximum
104.7 average
13.3 ms access time
162.7 burst
Thats from a hd tune benchmark today.
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ya was looking at this one.. Meant for pvr and media servers.. From the lil looking up i did suppost to be better than this green WD EURS can kinda save data if there is a small interruption, where the other you would notice a small freezing or glitch where it happened.. No real need for black. My current 1TB Black will turn into my new main OS drive HDTach still gets good results from it so i say its healthy.

EDIT: that RE4 looks sexy drool.gif

Mr. Original took a look at them and 32MB cache. but prices ok, the one WD GREEN was bout &90 or so.
Edited by 420Assassin - 2/21/11 at 3:01pm
     
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didn't know you wanted 64mb cache... Do you notice a difference?? i have never owned one with 64
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ya i have had both and response time in opening larger files rars and all seem to be quicker and peepier .. Since there is gonna be a large amount of data on drive wanna make sure and just get the 64 so i know everything is gonna have a decent buffer.

I look at it same as a cpu.. get a 2x512KB or 2x1MB of course they 2x1 will perform better
     
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I have a Seagate 2TB not sure the exact model atm, but its done 1000 hours in my media server and working fine.
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