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Old 10-28-2015, 10:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Stupid question...... are larger drives reliable?(4TB, 5TB, 6TB)

I feel dumb asking this, but please do not flame.

For years, I have used Western Digital 3.5" bare hard drives. Mainly the EZRX series(WD20EZRX, WD30EZRX, etc.). I have always had great success with these.

Primarily, I use these drives to hold video files. The typical file sizes range from 1gig up to 5 gig. I access these hard drives approximately 5 to 10 times per day each.

So, my question is this....... are the new, larger 3.5" drives trustworthy(4TB, 5TB, 6TB)?

I have no reason to believe that they are not trustworthy, other than it seems like this is too much data crammed into too small of a space.

Is there any reason to have this type of concern?

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Old 10-28-2015, 11:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Stupid question...... are larger drives reliable?(4TB, 5TB, 6TB)

No concerns, the life expectancy of larger drives is no less than the older / smaller hard drives.
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You just have to worry about more data being lost if it does indeed fail and is more of a "risk" in that sense, unless you have backups/data redundancy.
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^ what they both said
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Reliable... Yes, to an extent, when they first started popping up, not exactly reliable, but firmware changes, and lessons learned by the manufactures have made 4TB disks a lot more reliable than what they once was. I still view 6TB+ to be cold storage though.
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Reliable... Yes, to an extent, when they first started popping up, not exactly reliable, but firmware changes, and lessons learned by the manufactures have made 4TB disks a lot more reliable than what they once was. I still view 6TB+ to be cold storage though.
By Cold storage are we talking about Server type storage or something similar. I got a bit confused over that for a moment their.
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I'd use a mirrored raid setup to insure one of them survives a catastrophic event. Cheap insurance.
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Yep, having that much data on one drive with no backup and/or redundancy is just asking for a lot of heartache in the future. Either a quick mirror, or get 3 of the drives and do a nice RAID5 redundancy AND performance improvement
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By Cold storage are we talking about Server type storage or something similar. I got a bit confused over that for a moment their.
Cold storage typically means storage used purely for archival purposes, not active usage. Generally this means backups, which hopefully will never need to be accessed.
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