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Old February 15, 2009, 07:16 PM
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Question Hard drive advice plz....

my windows home server is giving me grief. i have determined that one or more ne drives will make it all go away.

right now i have 4 500 gig drives with file duplication turned on. i am thinking of at least one of those new ( to me) western digital 1tb hard drives. trouble is that when i look at customer reviews and not tech review by various sites, i find that a lot of people are having problems with them.

would it be better to get a couple of the 640 blacks or 1 of the 1tb drives?

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Old February 15, 2009, 07:17 PM
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I say a couple of the dual-proc 640GB drives...they are too nice in comparison to everything else to pass on.
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Old February 15, 2009, 07:47 PM
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For a file server, I think those Western Digital "Green" hard drives would do nicely. Cool, quiet, and uses less power.

However if for some reason you need insane speeds, then grab some WD 640GB Blacks or maybe some 750GB Samsung F1s. However buy at least 2 of anything so you can had redundancy. It's madness to have that much data unsecure.
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Old February 16, 2009, 06:24 AM
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for my file server i dont think great speed is a real need. i would settle for a little less speed and more reliability. power use also isnt a great concern.

jdrom17, have you or anyone else who reads this heard of problems with the 1tb green drives?. of course all the reviews are glowing. i have read the more important ( to me ) customer reviews. while there are many who like the drives, there are also a large number of people who are having problems.

since i heard that seagate was also having trouble with the 1tb drives i figured that it might be some sort of problem with ALL 1tb drives.

still prowling the weeb looking for clues.

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Old February 16, 2009, 07:01 AM
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+1 for the green drives in a server....more than fast enough.
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Old February 16, 2009, 07:20 AM
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since i heard that seagate was also having trouble with the 1tb drives i figured that it might be some sort of problem with ALL 1tb drives.
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Even the 500GB are affected by this cruddy firmware. The newer Western Digital 32MB Cache Greens are reported to be loud for some odd reason. I have not gotten one of them to play around with yet but I am sure that the AAM is just turned off for some odd reason. The older 16MB ones are quiet though.

I would recommend Western Digital over anything else. They are just that good.
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Old February 16, 2009, 07:34 AM
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I've got a 1T WD green in my test/work rig that runs open air on my desk all day and I can't hear the drives to speak of, I'm pleased with it.
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Old February 16, 2009, 07:44 AM
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But is it the newer one with 32MB Cache or the older one with 16?

Like I said I am just going by what I read on NCIX....
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Old February 16, 2009, 09:36 AM
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Only major HDD issues I've heard of are the Seagate 7200.12s and their crappy firmware along with those 2TB drives having some issues with Windows I believe.
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