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September 11, 2013 12:06:29 PM

I have a Dell PowerEdge T105 running WHS 2011. It's time to replace the HD's. I need 2 of the same drives but I don't want to spend a ton of money. Any suggestions? Thanks
September 11, 2013 12:59:53 PM

I have used the Seagate "NAS" drives (4tb) and they have been working well so far. Only $10-20 more than regular 4tb desktop drives so would fit into your not wanting to spend a ton of money. Not the best performance in terms of rpm, but supposedly reliable and ok for storage puposes.

WD Red just came out with a 4tb model which is very similar but I have in the past gone with Seagate.

If you really want maximum $/gb then at this point I think 3tbs are a little cheaper. However, if you need to buy a matching drive in the future, 4tb gives you more options.
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September 14, 2013 7:08:35 AM

Please be aware there is a huge difference in reliability from "mainstream" or standard hard drives and performance or enterprise level hard drives. Just look at the warranty. Most of the Seagate Barracuda and others of their drives come with only a 2 year warranty now. After years of being a loyal Seagate user, we experienced a tremendous number of failures (greater than 50 % of the drives we purchased experienced failures within 2 years.) Thus we made the switch to Western Digital, but only deal with their performance or enterprise line of drives, such as the WD Black and the WD RE4. These have a 5 year warranty and offer the greatest performance available of any desktop-class 7k RPM hard drive.
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September 18, 2013 11:51:39 AM

choucove said:
Please be aware there is a huge difference in reliability from "mainstream" or standard hard drives and performance or enterprise level hard drives. Just look at the warranty. Most of the Seagate Barracuda and others of their drives come with only a 2 year warranty now. After years of being a loyal Seagate user, we experienced a tremendous number of failures (greater than 50 % of the drives we purchased experienced failures within 2 years.) Thus we made the switch to Western Digital, but only deal with their performance or enterprise line of drives, such as the WD Black and the WD RE4. These have a 5 year warranty and offer the greatest performance available of any desktop-class 7k RPM hard drive.


That's the issue I'm having. Trying to find something low cost but good enough to be enterprise class.
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