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Confused About HDD Storage Drives

  • Western Digital
  • Storage
  • Hard Drives
  • NAS / RAID
Last response: in Storage
May 7, 2014 7:02:45 AM

Ok Folks I’m Like Confused Here; Here Deal I Have Roughly 2tb’s Of Movies And Music Scattered On Hard Drives And Another 1.5tb Worth Of Movies On Data Disks
Now My Thing Is I Need To Centeralize Everything Basically Building A Media Center HTPC.. Now Last Nite Spent Great Deal Of Time On Raid Setup I’m Guessing I Be Using Riad 1… Now HDD I See A lot People Say WD Red Are Best For NAS / Media Server’s.. Then People Say Greens Are Best…But Then I Look At WD Blacks The Have 5 Year warranty.. I’m Starting To panic A little Bit Because…No1# Don’t Want To Lose My Media….No2# I Have Money To Be Replacing HDD Everytime I Turn Round .. What is Lifespan oF These Hard Drives, Currently I Have Pc I Built 6yr Ago and it Still Have Original HDD Now I Have Done Hard Disk Recovery on It A Number Of Times And Its Still Fine & It Didn’t Cost Near Az Much Az Reds & Green & Black.. So Can Anyone Offer Any Type Insight Or Suggestion As To Which I Need To Buy

IntelliPower SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
2 year limited warranty

WD Red NAS Hard Drive WD10EFRX 1TB
IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
3 year limited warranty

WD Black Series - WD1003FZEX 1TB
7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
5-year limited warranty

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a c 144 G Storage
May 7, 2014 7:16:13 AM

No1# Don’t Want To Lose My Media.

What are you doing for backup? Raid is not a backup.
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May 7, 2014 8:29:25 AM

This Is Why Im Confused ... I Have Roughly 1.500 movies and heap more in Music Mp3's , Tons of photos and XBMC now people telling me I need to have all this backup az so not to loose anything , im seeing people talk about how drives fail and types of drives and nas and raid everything has got me confused its like I see people say to use western digital red hard drives and I see they only have 3 year warranty so why pick a 3yr warranty over and 5yr warranty this I don't understand

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a c 144 G Storage
May 7, 2014 8:58:25 AM

Reds are designed for high utilization of a raid system used for servers. The Greens are a low power drive and not suitable for raid. The blacks will work just fine for your system in a raid configuration.

The backups are still needed because there are other things(besides HDD failure) that put your data at risk. A fire(flood, theft) can take out your whole system. Having an off-site backup means that your data can be easily recovered.