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Old 05-09-2010, 12:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Wasn't going to buy until a week or two from now, but the hard drive I was looking at just went on sale.

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Will these work fine if I got 3 of them in a RAID 5? Some of the Newegg reviews suggest that this drive isn't good for a raid setup.

Also some of the reviews mention the 4k sectors and dealing with them... do I need to worry about that?
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Old 05-09-2010, 01:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Larger drives like that, in general for some reason just aren't best when used in a RAID array unless its like RAID 1. I have a feeling it's due to access times.
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So then what do I do if I want at least 4TB backed up? It's just for a HTPC.
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It won't be the "Fastest" Raid Array, but it will still be faster than a single stand alone drive. If you want faster look for a Blue or Black WD Drive
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Well for a HTPC I wouldn't think that it would need to be very fast... it's just going to be for storage. I have a 1TB of that drive that I currently use to store movies and it works fine. + I'm looking to save money here...
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I wouldn't even bother Raiding them then, you'll get 6TB instead of 4TB or you could save the cash and only get 2 drives. Enable the SMART drive feature and monitor the drive occasionally for reliability. With the exception of a power supply burning out a few drives I've never had a drive go bad that I didn't know it was coming.
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If you are worried about it being reliable, do a Raid 5 array, with it being an HTPC it won't matter as much since you will only be using it for playing back and recording multimedia.
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I'm somewhat obsessed about having my stuff backed up.

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So if I want 4TB, you think it's better for me to get 4x2TB drives and have them just backup to each other, rather than getting 3x2TB drives and doing a RAID5?
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Yes x1000, if you dont need RAID for uptime then true backups are much more reliable.
So you agree with this, Slaymate?
Although if my power supply were to have a problem, my backup wouldn't do me much good if it was an internal drive connected to the same power supply, right?
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I believe in Backup's

You never know with a power supply. I've had them go out multiple times with no additional problems arising. But I had a Power Supply "POP" once and it killed every drive I had. I felt lucky that only the drives were damaged thou.
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Well maybe I'll just suck it up and use the SMART thing and not have a backup... it will at least save me a lot of money.
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