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Which 1tb hdd for long life raid 5
nosferatu 
20/8/08 8:17:41 AM
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So i've got a rocketraid card which im gonna put raid5 on, and was originally going to get the Western digital 'AV' drives from MSY, but then this 'black edition' drive comes out. The drives are going to be in an always-on server. but i also dont want to spend too much extra (coz im buying 4 drives).
Do the AV drives still exist or are they now the black drives?
Would it be ok to put regular 'green' drives in the array, or would the lifetime be dramatically reduced?
I would need about 3-5 years of use (depending on how long it takes to fill up and when 4tb drives are cheap).

I dont think they would be spun up all the time - they will just be uber storage for media and the like

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wilsontc 
20/8/08 10:19:55 AM
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If this is just a standard home file server, then anything will be fine. You might look into the Green Power drivers as they use less power; ideal for a home environment.

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Cpt. Lock 
20/8/08 10:22:55 AM
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you should get 4 or 5 years out of a drive anyway so long as you're not thrashing the hell out of themc. The caviar black drives seem like they have decent performance from recent reviews, if you have the money for them I don't see the issue

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iamthemaxx 
20/8/08 10:39:57 AM
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Yeah go the Green Power drives, they are good value and good quality.

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eckythump 
20/8/08 2:06:26 PM
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+1 for pretty much anything, whatever's cheap should be fine.

I'd personally opt for the cheapest and probably buy an extra drive to just keep on a shelf to throw in should one of the drives fail. This might seem a little over the top given you're having RAID 5, but you need to keep in mind that if all your drives come from the same batch, the possibility of two drives dying around the same age does become higher, even if only slightly. So having a spare drive ready to go live ASAP isn't a bad idea.

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Mac Dude 
22/8/08 2:27:59 PM
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Quote by iamthemaxx
Yeah go the Green Power drives, they are good value and good quality.



I was going to but my NAS has problems recognising their status correctly :( I went with the SpinPoint drives instead - lower thermal footprint.

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Sparky 
24/8/08 8:22:54 PM
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Yay for SpinPoints. (what are they gonna call the SSDs, SolidPoints) :)

They seem to be working well, must have been about 3 months now.

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