What size hard drive would be more reliable?

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January 15, 2011 at 14:04:16
Specs: FreeNAS, 2ghz / 1gb
It seems like the more I read most any drive like a 1, 1.5, 2 TB drives are unreliable. I was wondering what everyone thinks? If this is true I'm thinking something like a couple samsung 500 gb sata drives would possibly last longer. They have the highest rating at newegg. Luckily I haven't had too many drive failures just one 80gb quite a few years back.

Reason I ask is I just put together a FreeNAS box and going to set it up for not only storage but a media server. I've run a small 200 gb test drive in it now and like that it will stream to my ps3, wdtv live box, heck even my directv HD receiver. And for the record, I do for the most part back up back up my data to a external drive and dvd r's / dvd DL's just for added protection. I just know to put everything into one available machine for anytime access is going to take quite some time to fill and I hate to do it only to have the thing fail. My case it an antec 300 with an 800 watt psu and I have three 120 mm case fans plus whatever size the top fan is. Hopefully heat won't be an issue ! lol

MSI K8N Neo
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ @ 2.21ghz
1.5GB DDR 3200
nVidia N6600 256mb video
Segate 500 gig sata
NEC ND-3500AG DVD R/RW


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#1
January 15, 2011 at 15:43:48
You would need to read about the progression of hard drive capacity. There is something called areal density. As the areal density grows the head alignment becomes more critical.

IMO you are right about dependability. I think it is a combination of the density and quality control. Look at the link below and also look at the specs of any hard drive you are considering. The more data per platter side the higher the density. This makes reading the data faster but as I mentioned, things can get out of wack easier.

There was a firmware issue with one brand and series of drives recently that virtually guaranteed the drive would fail to retain data.

All that said, there is no substitution for regular backups.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/1...


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#2
January 15, 2011 at 15:53:01
I you can live without the huge storage space, a 500GB single plattter Samsung Spinpoint F3 is the way to go. The thing is, the 1TB 2 platter version doesn't cost all that much more. SuperBiiz (eWiz) has been selling them cheaper than newegg & constantly run promo codes. The current code for 10% off is HIBERNATE10 which means the 500GB is about $43, the 1TB about $55.

Samsung SATA HDDs at SuperBiiz


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#3
January 16, 2011 at 10:53:51
Yea I too see all these minor price jumps with major storage jumps. I think quality and reliability would easily trump the amount of storage for me.

MSI K8N Neo
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ @ 2.21ghz
1.5GB DDR 3200
nVidia N6600 256mb video
Segate 500 gig sata
NEC ND-3500AG DVD R/RW


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#4
January 16, 2011 at 23:59:52
You guys kinda' answered a question I had also. I'm a little confused as to wide variation in prices of HDDs. A 1TB by xxx corp is ~$100, where as abc corp sells the 1TB drive for $85. I don't get it.

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#5
January 17, 2011 at 06:11:50
If you are comparing the same exact model then one vendor may not have the same buying power, or wants more profit.

One the other hand capacity is only one of many factors included in the value of a purchase. Read the fine print too.


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#6
January 17, 2011 at 14:57:25
Yea look closely some are referbs too. Though that's not always a bad thing, I have a 200 gb sata seagate referb drive and haven't ever had a single issue with it. I also have an asrock AM2+ board that's a $29 referb running a dual core. So I'm not against them if the price is worth the gamble.

MSI K8N Neo
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ @ 2.21ghz
1.5GB DDR 3200
nVidia N6600 256mb video
Segate 500 gig sata
NEC ND-3500AG DVD R/RW


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