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 Post subject: HD choices...
PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 5:59 pm 
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Since Win8 is out, I'm tempted to either build or refit a system to make use of its expandable Storage Spaces feature. Made more pressing since my main storage array is down to its last 30GB of free space, and one of my existing 2TB storage drives seems to be on the way out (it is already backed up).

Of the major brands I've tended to lean towards WD, since Seagates I find tend to have more of a sudden death characteristic as opposed to a slower death mode of WD, when they eventually fail. But I'm not up to date on WD's current range. I tend to leave PCs running 24/7, especially so if it's one running as a storage server. Currently I'm using WD green as a low cost low power option. I don't need high performance since it's mainly bulk storage.

Looking around, there's still greens, but also an AV-GP, and Red drives. AV-GP seems to be optimised for PVR like applications so again kinda always on. Red are their raid optimised ones, designed for 24/7 running, some claimed build updates at a small increased cost. I'm tempted to try Reds unless there's other options I should consider...

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 Post subject: Re: HD choices...
PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:18 pm 
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Just a little comment here, it maybe won't help a lot but, have you ever considered LaCie HDs? I've always owned these and I've never have had any of these fail. The oldest one is perhaps about 10 years old and it still runs fine. Maybe the only implication would be the price, from what I've seen LaCie HDs are quite more expensive than Seagates and WDs.

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 Post subject: Re: HD choices...
PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:30 pm 
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As far as I'm aware, they don't make hard disks. They just buy them from the major players and stick them in an enclosure. I'm not looking for external solutions anyway.

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 Post subject: Re: HD choices...
PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:32 pm 
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Oh really? I didn't know that :oops:
Anyways, if you're not looking for external solutions, then I don't think I know what you're looking for :|

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