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Which HDDs to use for a RAID configuration?

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July 28, 2010 3:54:49 AM

I need some help picking two HDDs for around $40-70 each for a RAID configuration
i dont care about noise, power consumption, or heat generated, just at least 8mb cache, 7500rpm, and GREAT RELIABILITY
July 28, 2010 7:01:17 AM

Alot of the Hard Drives now are very Reliable, it would be pretty bad if yours (or mine) died in a year or 2.

johnb0118's HDD pick is a pretty good choice but I would still prefer the Samsung F3 500Gb 16mb cache.

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July 28, 2010 7:07:41 PM

I'd have to prefer the Samsungs over Western Digital as well. If I was going to use Western Digital (which I currently do use in my system) I would go with a black version. But really, it's more personal preference than anything, both brands are very good choices for your array.
August 4, 2010 12:08:45 AM

AHAHA
7500? thats a typo

Well see the desktop WD HDDs are not able to set in a RAID config cuz of the, i believe, repair times are longer than 8 seconds

Im going with the samsung F3
August 4, 2010 12:36:12 AM

I have 2 Samsung F3 500gs in Raid 0 and couldn't be happier!
August 5, 2010 6:18:44 AM

I have two Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB in RAID 0 myself.

They are the only (i think) single platter 500GB HDDs available. Get them. Cheap, and veyr good.
August 10, 2010 3:19:47 PM

belltollsforthee said:
AHAHA
7500? thats a typo

Well see the desktop WD HDDs are not able to set in a RAID config cuz of the, i believe, repair times are longer than 8 seconds

Im going with the samsung F3


Good idea, while WD HDDs from the Blue or Black label will technically work in a RAID0 any one of them produced recently (since Nov 2009) do not support TLER (time limited error recovery) which is fine for standalone drive use but potentially causes chronic dropouts in a RAID conifguration and conveniently provides a means for WD to charge twice the amount for "Enterprise Level" RE3/RE4 models (which are the same drive with TLER enabled in firmware).
August 12, 2010 3:06:54 AM

guskline and xbonez, out of curiosity, what is your performance like with those two drives in RAID 0?
I hear they are fast drives, but I'd like to know what to expect for read/write speeds with them in RAID.
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