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Old April 2, 2011, 07:07 PM
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HI , I have 2 extra WD scorpio brand new, I may want to build a small mini-itx Windows Home Server with them, it will be to host the mp3, photos and also back up the documents and favorites of the wife and kids, of course I will back up this server on my 2008r2, it's just I don't want give access to my server to the rest of the family.

So what are your thoughts? Can they run 24/7?
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sure thing. lappy drives are made to run in worst conditions than desktop drives, trust them more :)
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Old April 2, 2011, 08:00 PM
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sure thing. lappy drives are made to run in worst conditions than desktop drives, trust them more :)
Yup. And for that matter, lots of servers use 2.5" drives as well, probably more due to density so you can have more drives in less physical space.
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i was quite surprised when 1tb 2.5' came about, cant wait for the next gen drives!

price per gb is still a bit prohibitive,though,at least for the bigger ones.

ive 'hanged' 12 in a custom nas box for a bud a little while ago,sure it was many many times smaller
vs one with 3.5" units,but by the gods it was pricey!
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most of the 1-2U servers use 2.5" drives.. most commonly they are SAS, not SATA.
I used to use a 2.5" 160 gig WD blue hdd for my HTPC. It just had common MP3s and the OS on it, everything else was streamed from my WHS.

The benefits to the laptop drives, are they are typically more quiet, and require less power than a regular 3.5" 'green' drive. For storage density, and cost efficiency, it's best to go with the 3.5 drive though.. think about it. Two 1TB wd 2.5" with adapter, in a single 3.5" bay would cost $260 ($130x2), and use more power than a single 2TB WD green, which would cost $70.
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