I just recently bought 5 3TB Seagate Barracudas for RAID arraying in a lab data server. Western Digital just released the Red line today, and I was just wondering if it would be worth it to eat the cost of a re-stock for the 3 year warranty vs. the 1 year warranty that comes with the Seagate Barracuda (along with the RAID/NAS friendly features the Red drives have).
Follow up question, although this may be a question better suited for the NAS/RAID board. In the trade off between storage and reliability, would it make more sense to go with more than 5+ WD 2TB Caviar Blacks, or stick with 5 of these new 3TB WD Reds? I guess it's still too early to tell how reliable the Reds are going to be, but part of me is wondering whether or not I should stick to something currently known as heavy duty and reliable.
That is a good question zielaks, personally with an investment like that I would err on the side of caution and go with the Caviar Blacks, though the Reds are tempting. I dont think they have been out long enough to really say how they will perform alone, much less in a RAID where small problems can become big problems.