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Western Digital RE4 VS SAMSUNG F3 in Raid 0

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Just wanted to make a quick post before i call it a night. which drives would you say run faster in RAID 0?

I hear great things about the F3 but the WD RE4 are made for RAID so im not to sure what would be best. Any info would be great, thanks (:

Also, im thinking 500gb WD vs 1tb F3 because of price.
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Based on price alone I would go with the 1TB F3's. The two drives will be less than 1 WD RE if you get them on sale. The speed difference in RAID will be virtually unnoticeable.
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The RE4's have TLER support, which allows the drive time to rebuild itself before dropping it out of the array if they get an error. I would also say, you get what you pay for. The RE4's are way more reliable. I also tried the Samsung drives first, because of all the hype here, and sent them back. With a very quite or silent case, they can make this constant vibration noise, about every second, that drove me crazy. The RE4's are silent. Her are my two 500GB RE4's in RAID0, short stroked to 500GB total. If someone has the same setup with the F3's, I'd love to see it. I think that the transfer rate is about the same, but the RE4's beat Samsung with the access time. I could be wrong.

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I can somewhat agree with ski-bum about the reliability issue. I bought 2 new F3 500GB drives (Newegg), but ended up RMA'ing both of them back to Samsung. Both drives had a constant and annoying whine, but Samsung came through and I must say I am completely happy now

The 1TB drives in RAID0 bench is slightly better, I hear.

500gb F3's RAID0 SS 53gb.

Edited by gymenii - 4/20/11 at 6:59am
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Thanks gymenii,
Finally someone that agrees with we on this constant whine that the F3's make (& the F4's by the way). It becomes very annoying. So many people on this site love these drives. Others have also found this out as posted here:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/25...tent-vibration

Your bench mark is for 53GB. I'll run mine at that and see what I get.
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Here are my RE4's short stroked to 53GB like yours:

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