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Western Digital Red 3TB SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5in Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD 16 100.00%
Western Digital WD Caviar Green 3TB SATA3 3.5in 64MB Cache Intellipower Internal Hard Disk Drive 0 0%
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Old March 27, 2013, 05:50 PM
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If it's hardware raid, you want TLER enabled which the newer green drives don't have. The old EACS and EADS greens could enable TLER and disable head parking with a few tweaks, but I don't think it's the same with the new ones. I've had a pair of EADS in RAID for 2+ years now with no issues or dropouts.

That being said, for normal use most drives have similar failure rate with very few exceptions, so redundancy and backup are the key. Enterprise level drives are the best route, more reliable and longer warranty, but since they are roughly 2x the cost of normal drives I prefer to just raid1 everything. I've been waiting/hoping for WD to come out with 4TB reds to replace the greens/barracudas in my server.

Raid or not, if you want to stick with WD, go red imo. I think greens would make your server feel unresponsive with their headparking and sleeping.
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I would suggest you use the 2TB versions of the RED. They seem to fare better in terms of failure than the 3TB models.
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Old March 27, 2013, 08:27 PM
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If it counts for anything, i've been using a mix of Hitachi's and Toshiba's for a while....
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Old March 27, 2013, 08:47 PM
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Ok, you make a very good point. I am just a storage whore. I'm thinking about going 12TB with RAID 5 now. Would that give me 9TB of usable space?
You'd need 5 drives to get over 9TB of RAID5 using 3TB drives. You'd actually end up with 11TB once formatted.

Here's a cheat: RaidCalc - Raid Disk Space Utilization Calculator - Raid, RAID, Redundancy, Performance - iBeast Business Solutions
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Old March 28, 2013, 07:44 AM
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I have had two greens drop out of my WHS 2011 due to excessive head parking (>500k). Go with the REDs for sure.
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