Solved Most reliable HD for storage plus question about WD Red TLER

September 14, 2013 at 09:29:34
Specs: Windows 7, FX-6300 / 16Gigs
I want to get most reliable and quiet hdd for storage on desktop pc.I have researched many disk on forums such as wd green, wd red, wd AV-GP and seagate desktop.hdd.15, 7200.14 barracuda and SV35 series.

But I can't decide which is the less problematic and reliable disk.I'm considering to buy WD Red but I heard that these drives have TLER (Time-Limited Error Recovery), so does it cause a problem for using on destkop pc for storage? Do I have to disable this feature or something like that or I can put the disk in the case and go?

Thank you.


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#1
September 14, 2013 at 18:56:46
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I generally use WD Black drives. Green are suitable for storage but not very good for primary drives. Red I know were designed for RAID and NAS set ups but should be fine for storage. I do not know if TLER is useful or detrimental for your purposes or if it can be turned off. AV drives are not suitable for desktop computers. I stay away from Seagate drives because the only drives that I have ever had go bad in normal use were Seagate drives (all included with OEM systems).

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#2
September 15, 2013 at 01:30:08
First of all thank you for your help fingers.I will use it secondary drives not primary.But you know when we keep archive on drives we are concerned about the data on our disk.If there is any failure all our data is gone.

I know blacks are really tough but because of 7200rpm I heard these disks are little bit noisy and expensive also I will use it for secondary disk so thats why I'm considering green and red rather than black.As I mentioned before I don't have enough information using wd red for secondary disk on desktop pc.But still thanks for your help again. :)


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#3
September 15, 2013 at 05:31:47
I am sure others will fill in the blanks with details. I never hear the hard drives. The blacks are rarely that much more than the blues are. The greens have their points though in energy savings and probably in wear due to the powering down of their design.
DO NOT forget to set up a back up scheme. I may go against the popular thoughts since I use an extra internal hard drive as a back up drive and have it automatically back up weekly (for businesses and for critical data, daily is better). I also have a separate partition on the back up drive for a periodic image of my Windows/Programs partition (120GB OS & programs, balance for files on primary drive).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
December 6, 2014 at 12:40:58
Strongly echo "Fingers's advice re' having a separate (external) drive for backups; regularly updated too.

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