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alright well it looks like my wants/needs were misaligned. It would be nice to not have to worry about the firmware update on the samsung. So everybody is saying to go with teh WD green for a large quiet media storage drive? Is this EARS model I have linked the right one?

DuckieHo: for the incremental back up you mean just have two drives of equal size and copy the same contents to both and call that good enough?

Oh and they are all exactly the same price because I would probably forget the Hitachi $5 rebate, and my preference was the Samsung but that's only because I had heard that the WD doesn't do RAID and I thought that was something I would want but apparently I was wrong. Other than that I have always heard good things about WD as a brand.
Edited by juano - 4/15/11 at 2:08pm
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Don't see a link but if you mean this then yes:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-514-_-Product
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If this is for media storage, I would not run RAID1.

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



...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.
Now that you mention it, I do remember reading about WD Greens not working well in hardware raid.
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WD is a great media drive. I use it to write Fraps files to, and it records 60fps half size videos smoothly. $/TB is great. Can't go wrong with Seagate either. Other drives, haven't tried.
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Yep that's the one I linked in my OP. I just read some newegg reviews and should I be worried that 25% are 1 star reviews? I trust the people on here more than on newegg but that still seems kinda high. But if I went with WD that grean EARS is the one to get?
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Now that you mention it, I do remember reading about WD Greens not working well in hardware raid.
i believe if i remember right the reason that WD does not recommend the WD greens for raid is because the drive powers itself down when its not in use (something thats programed into the drive) so it can sometimes not be detected as being part of the raid when it needs to be powered up again.
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Yep that's the one I linked in my OP. I just read some newegg reviews and should I be worried that 25% are 1 star reviews? I trust the people on here more than on newegg but that still seems kinda high. But if I went with WD that grean EARS is the one to get?
Feedback is like anything else in life. If people have a bad experience they tend to say something about it on the feedback because they wanna vent to someone or somthing. If they have a good experience the product worked as intended and they rarely say anything about it in feedback. Hence why 25% is pretty insane compared to the others.

If they were that bad Murlocke would have had at least four of his die by now and I'd have at least one. Don't let the bad reviews put you off.
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The Hitachi's are SATA III.... So I would go with them
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DuckieHo: for the incremental back up you mean just have two drives of equal size and copy the same contents to both and call that good enough?
Sort of.... RAID provides redundency, not backup.

Redundency allows you to continue to work even if 1 HDD fails. This does not protect from user error, virus, corruption, deletion, etc.

Backup allows you to have copies of data even if the primary storage fails. It is not real time and creates some downtime but protects from user error, virus, corruption, deletion, etc.

Home users with media drives generally need backups.


Incremental backup is done via software. It basically copies an image of your target drive to a back up drive. The next time it runs, it saves any changes to that data instead of backing up the entire disk again. The advantage is you have a history of the files and it is faster after the first time. You just schedule the software to run every night. (I assuming you are not saving new files daily and would cry if anything for a given day was lost.)

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The Hitachi's are SATA III.... So I would go with them
SATA 6Gb/s makes absolutely and utterly no difference.
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Feedback is like anything else in life. If people have a bad experience they tend to say something about it on the feedback because they wanna vent to someone or somthing. If they have a good experience the product worked as intended and they rarely say anything about it in feedback. Hence why 25% is pretty insane compared to the others.

If they were that bad Murlocke would have had at least four of his die by now and I'd have at least one. Don't let the bad reviews put you off.
Alright well it looks like I'm going WD green. So I should just not worry about the bad reviews and as far as RAID I shouldn't need RAID but instead just duplicate the contents manually once I get two of them? I think if I understand everything correctly then this sounds like it will work for me, thanks guys.
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