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I am trying to make a decision to buy a 2TB drive from newegg today and I don't know too much detail about the specific ones in question. I'm looking at the Samsung F4, the WD Green , or the Hitachi Deskstar. My needs are just a large drive that's relativity quiet for media storage and the like that isn't much more than $80. I would like it to be able to run in them in RAID 1 if I ever got another one for back up so I think that disqualifies the WD but I'm not sure. I have also heard about a firmware update that is necessary for the Samsung but I don't know what that entails or if it something I would need to worry about. I have also heard about the less than stellar reputation of the Hitachi so that combined with me liking my Samsung F3 has me leaning towards the F4, so is there anything I need to know about the firmware thing or is there anything else I am forgetting?

Thanks in advance for your advice, I'd like to place this order fairly soon.
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post #2 of 25
If it's for back up, then get some WD Greens.
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I thought the WD green had a problem with RAID?
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Samsung F4 or Hitachi. I like my Hitachi 2TB but Samsung F4 is good also. I wouldn't go with WD these days (imo).
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+1 for those WD Caviar greens, they'e great for backup drives, if that's what you're using them for
    
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As I mentioned with all else being equal, as it seems to be on these drives, the ability to be used in RAID is a plus which I believe the Samsung has and the WD does not. Am I mistaken or are people not seeing that I mentioned RAID would be nice?
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post #7 of 25
I have 21 WD20EARS (Western Digital Greens) in a server. No problems with them.
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post #8 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by juano View Post
I thought the WD green had a problem with RAID?
If this is for media storage, I would not run RAID1.

Instead, I would run nightly/weekly incremental backup instead.


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Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post
I have 21 WD20EARS (Western Digital Greens) in a server. No problems with them.
...but that's an unRAID server. Hardware/host-base controllers have issues with acknowledge times while the drive is remapping bad sectors. They think the drive is dead since it is unresponsive for a few seconds and marks them unavaliable.
Edited by DuckieHo - 4/15/11 at 2:03pm
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personally i havent tried raid on the WD's but i use the green 808.88gb and the samsung 2tb, the samsung overall i feel is quieter. Although i feel much more comfortable with WD because i never had a drive from them fail on me. When i was decideing beteen the WD green 2tb and the F4. i found that the F4 also consumes less power then the WD green, just some food for thought.

I have 2 f4's in raid 1 currently and it runs just fine.. (although boot up is a bit slow compared to the 808.88)
Edited by DNytAftr - 4/15/11 at 2:05pm
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Samsung F4 or Hitachi. I like my Hitachi 2TB but Samsung F4 is good also. I wouldn't go with WD these days (imo).
F4's, Hitachi's and WD are all good. I personally prefer WD because of their customer service and I've had more experience with them. I've owned four 2TB WD greens for backup and my HTPC, two 1TB blacks for raid 0 in my sig rig, one 1TB green, and one 500GB and one 2TB external.

The only that's failed on me was my 500GB external and that was after 8 years of pretty consistent use so I certainly got what I wanted out of it.

Anyway I'd go with whatever's cheapest and your personal preferences. Oh and I wanna say that in a recent study, about 3-4 months ago, Hitachi was the best in terms of longevity. Just a little bit of extra info.
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