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Seagate Barracuda 3TB vs. Western Digital 3TB?

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July 10, 2012 8:13:55 PM

Hey there,
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).

3TB Seagate Barracuda (7200RPM, 1 yr warranty)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3TB Western Digital Red (variable RPM, 3yr warranty)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The re-stock fee would be ~$127 (15%)

Advice?

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a c 204 G Storage
July 10, 2012 8:20:57 PM

3TB Western Digital Red , looks like a nice niche product from wd.
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July 10, 2012 8:28:13 PM

Sorry to say, but eat the restocking fee. In my experience, Seagates are notorious for dying (most of the time just after the warranty runs out) and in a RAID setup thats bad.

Go with WD.
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a c 204 G Storage
July 10, 2012 8:29:06 PM

With the reliability and better warranty go with WD.
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July 10, 2012 8:48:29 PM

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.
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a c 204 G Storage
July 10, 2012 8:52:46 PM

should i stick to something currently known as heavy duty and reliable < always helps because you know that these are great performers.caviar blacks are true and tested.
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July 10, 2012 8:57:56 PM

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.
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a c 204 G Storage
July 10, 2012 9:02:35 PM

I agree , go with the drives that aren't rookies in the game,maybe down the road we will see if the reds become a bigger player in the game.
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July 11, 2012 2:42:02 PM

Thanks to both of you, sorry I can only pick one best answer, you were both helpful.
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July 11, 2012 2:42:25 PM

Best answer selected by zielaks.
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a c 204 G Storage
July 11, 2012 2:48:21 PM

Glad the forum could help,great work dalmvern.
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a c 204 G Storage
July 11, 2012 2:48:31 PM

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