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Old August 30, 2012, 07:54 AM
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i have finally purged my server of the seagate menace (7200.11)

i heard about these western digital reds. but, i understand that they are only good for servers with up to 5 drives?

i havent been able to find out why that is.

has anyone else been able to find out?

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Old August 30, 2012, 08:04 AM
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The are designed for raid arrays not single storage. Get the ES series from seagate if you want server drives.
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Old August 30, 2012, 10:17 AM
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Where did you read that it's only good up to 5 drives? They are designed for NAS devices but I suspect they will function fine inside a tower.

@enaberif: is it because of TLER that you wouldn't want to use it as a single storage drive?
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Old August 31, 2012, 10:57 PM
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i got this from a data page on the wd site

"WD Red is the only hard drive designed for NAS systems
that have 1-5 drive bays."

why 5? i dont know

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I seriously doubt the RAID array will explode and take all your data to hell if you use 6 of those drives. May be I can get some donation to test out this theory? I have a 3Ware 12 port RAID card.
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i got this from a data page on the wd site

"WD Red is the only hard drive designed for NAS systems
that have 1-5 drive bays."

why 5? i dont know

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Likely just marketing. I don't think any consumer-grade NAS goes above 5-bays. Anything beyond that typically gets into a rack-mounted unit.
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I also wanna know if these are fine for internal tower backup drives?
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Anything above 4 is usually considered SO/HO and not home user. Cant imagine why these wouldnt be good for a 8 bay SO/HO grade device. I know I want about a dozen of them to upgrade (one of) my personal NAS units! :P
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Linus said on his livestream last night that he will be doing a nas / red drive showcase soon. I was about to buy some more seagate 3TB drives, but if these will be reasonably priced and offer a longer lifespan for 24/7 use I may just wait and switch to WD reds. Enterprise drives are just to expensive for me to justify for my home server.
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