which 2tb hdd for storage

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  1. fadz

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    Hey all once again which 2tb hdd is bang for buck atm,not to concerned about prices just want the better 2tb hdd currently on the market based on speed,performance,storage etc,cheers
     
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    +1

    I'd also be interested in knowing this. :)
     
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    How do you intend on setting up your storage? Single drive? RAID? Always on?
     
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    Single drive:thumbup:
     
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    Personally, if I was to use a single drive that would only be on/ accessed when backing up/ restoring, I'd be looking at a WD Green for the following reasons; price and (lack of) noise. 2TB 64M cache and quiet for less than $100.

    But the truth is practically any drive will do the job.
     
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    cheers mate,thanks for ur input.
     
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    For single drive storage it doesn't really matter. Just get which ever one is the cheapest. They're much of the same really. WD has 64MB cache but Seagate has higher RPM. However if you're using them in RAID, I'd say don't use WD. Apparently the spin down is a problem with them in RAID. I had a 4x 2TB RAID 5 Array as test last week using 4x 2TB WD EARS. Build the raid on saturday and on sunday one of the drive has decided to go to sleep. Had to turn it back on manually via the console. Switched to 8x Seagates Green 5900 RPM drives instead. Can't say much about Hitachi or Samsung though as I haven't personally experienced them.
     
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    No problem. :)

    Don't use Greens for RAID. Not getting the parked issue with FAEX (Blacks) :thumbup:
     
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    Blacks are hugely expensive for low price RAID solutions. Hence choose another brand. I know Blacks has no issues. I've got blacks and RE3 as well running in smaller RAIDS. I'm talking about low cost storage raids so thes are not exactly in the same ball park as the Greens.
     
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    Just purchased a green for $100:thumbup:
     
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    Perceptions of cost are different for everyone. :thumbup:
     
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    Not many people recommend WD Blue drives.
    I'd say they're more reliable than the Black, are quieter and cheaper.
    EDIT: The performance is only slightly lower than the Blacks too, (from reviews I've seen).

    In any case, I wish I'd gone with those Seagate 5900's over the WD Green.
    I keep reading bad things about WDEARS drives. :(

    EDIT: Cancelled the WDEARS drives.
    The Seagate 5900s look good but they're still 4K sector drives which I'm unsure of how to format when it comes to Linux.
     
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    i have three samsung hd204ui and recommend highly. a very quiet and cool drive.
     
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    I've been having problems with these drives. So read/write times; not sure how to format it 4K in Windows 7. Can't update the firmware due to no 32bit machine.
     
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    really? i don't have problem with read/write times... the drive is for storage only so who cares if it's not super fast.

    as for 4K formating, not necessary as long as partioned with windows 7 it will be properly aligned for 512 byte sectors.

    the guys where i bought my drives from updated the firmware infront of my eyes. afaik all drives with manufacture date of 02/2011 onwards come with the *fixed* firmware anyway.
     
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    WD black 2002AYBS. Incredibly fast drive, reliable.
     
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    I've too have been looking at getting a 2TB single hdd just for storage and confused about which to get..

    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but the only 2TB HDD around the $100 mark at the moment with 7200RPM is the Hitachi? The Seagate/WD/Samsung offerings all seem to be from their 'green' range which is typically 5200RPM?

    ..but, as a media storage drive, the slower green drives should be a non-issue..?
     
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    Don't know much about hitachis unfortunately. The Seagates are 5900 RPM. There are 2 models though. They both says LP (low powered) but one says GREEN and the other doesn't. The one that says GREEN is the newer one and has better performance. However I doubt you'll find much of the original 2TB LP drives around as they've been phased out already. For storage, it really doesn't matter what you use. The green drives are great for this because of their low power consumption.
     
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    Is it preferable at this point in time to buy the traditional 512byte sector drives or are the newer 4K ones offering more performance despite possible setup difficulties?

    After cancelling the WDEARS, I was thinking of getting the Seagate Greens but then saw the Hitachi 2TB SATA 3 64mb cache and 512 sector. So now not sure about the Greens...
     
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    Another one is the samsung HD204UI

    2002FYPS is the 2tb GP drive from wd, its black, but only 5400rpm.
    2002AYBS is the 7200rpm version, with the dual core cpu, and 64meg onboard. Fucking fast drives!

    Remember if you put any WD drive into a raid array, use wdidle3 to disable the unload timer.
     

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