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What is the best Hard Drive out there?

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November 19, 2012 5:05:55 PM

I'm looking for the best Hard drive out there that is like 1-2TB or more. I want like 2 of these. Also, I want them to be reliable, so they won't break after like 3 years.

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a b G Storage
November 19, 2012 5:24:35 PM

Bestkid said:
I'm looking for the best Hard drive out there that is like 1-2TB or more. I want like 2 of these. Also, I want them to be reliable, so they won't break after like 3 years.


Well with the current crop of SATA drives failing at about 30% you better hope you get good ones or they fail within 6 months.
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November 19, 2012 5:38:11 PM

I hate all HDDs over 500GB to unstable IMO. if you have that much info to store i suggest network attached storage in a Redundant RAID array
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a b G Storage
November 19, 2012 5:51:51 PM

The last 5-6 drives I bought were WD Black drives. While many others have cut back, these drives retained a five-year warranty. If the others no longer trust theirs to last, I'll be damned if I will. If WD trusts them to last, then I probably can too. To be fair, I got one DOA; hey it happens. All the others (and the DOA replacement) have been running just fine. I am running most of them in RAID1 pairs for extra data safety.
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November 20, 2012 5:42:00 PM

Onus said:
The last 5-6 drives I bought were WD Black drives. While many others have cut back, these drives retained a five-year warranty. If the others no longer trust theirs to last, I'll be damned if I will. If WD trusts them to last, then I probably can too. To be fair, I got one DOA; hey it happens. All the others (and the DOA replacement) have been running just fine. I am running most of them in RAID1 pairs for extra data safety.


?I was thinking about buying x2 2TB WD Black? Is that good? Maybe make them in RAID 1 Config?
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a b G Storage
November 20, 2012 6:06:33 PM

That sounds like an excellent idea. Afterall, I'm doing the exact same thing, although my drives are only 1TB since I don't collect video or other huge files.
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November 20, 2012 6:37:49 PM

If I do RAID 1, will the data transfer slow down since I'm copying to two hard drives? Or as your saying that Western Digital is keen on their warranties and not go for RAID 1?
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a b G Storage
November 20, 2012 6:45:47 PM

RAID1 actually reads faster than a single drive. Writes can be a little slower, but the WD Blacks are relatively fast drives. I haven't noticed any problems, although I'm not running database crunch jobs or other tasks that do a lot of continuous disk I/O.
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November 20, 2012 6:47:08 PM

All I'm going to do is alot of video editing and recording games. And I don't want to waste an extra 2TB...
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a b G Storage
November 20, 2012 7:31:02 PM

I'd probably still go with RAID1 for the data safety, although I guess it could depend on how important the data is, and what sort of backups you maintain.
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November 22, 2012 3:05:14 PM

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