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So - it is on the way and will be here next week - Merry Christmas to me :-)

 

On to hard drives .....  I was thinking about starting another thread, perhaps that would be more efficient.

 

I have decided on a RAID 10 configuration with either 4 ot 6 tb drives.  I have primarily used WD in all my PCs and serves with great success.  So I am leaning in that direction, but am a bit confused by what might make the most sense.

 

Here is what I think I know about my choices,

  • WD Reds - 5400 rpm
  • WD Red Pro - 5400, better vibration dampening?
  • WD RE - Enterprise features.... 7200RPM

Then we have the while label versions that seem the best value.

 

5400 vs 7200 rpm drives - I have always used 5400 drives in my WHS and have no problem with playing content and the like.  Do you think that 7200 drives in a NAS are important?  I wonder if the trade off in heat and potential longevity is warranted?

 

I would consider other options as well.

 

What do you guys think?

 

EDIT - just found this guide on newegg.  I guess there are more difference in the Red Pros....

 

http://promotions.newegg.com/wd/14-3773/index.html?nm_mc=KNC-GoogleKWLess&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleKWLess-_-Promotions-2014-_-WDRed-_-NA&gclid=CjwKEAjw0ueeBRCmhozc-_DRrlUSJABihBEE_t9R1XlHMlekzX74T7ZWSCkcR2Xzfr-O5gt_2KfugxoCHKnw_wcB

For home use I would stick with the white label WD Reds, Its the best bang for the buck. I am running the WD Reds with several NAS boxes doing streaming with Plex to multiple clients at the same time doing file sharing of documents & pictures and I never once felt like the drive speed was a bottle neck. I believe where the faster drives would come into play is in a business environment where you have lots of users and maybe your running some kind of database like mySQL then yes you would want the faster drives but personally for home use I feel it adds no value for the extra heat & cost. Just my two cents...

 

Here are the links for the white label drives--

WD RE 4TB http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-4TB-64MB-Cache-7200RPM-Enterprise-Grade-SATA-6-0Gb-s-3-5-Hard-Drive-/160970197779?hash=item257a924b13:g:7SEAAMXQ9u1RELXD&afsrc=1&rmvSB=true

WD Red NAS 5TB http://www.ebay.com/itm/5TB-64MB-Cache-5700RPM-SATA-III-6-0Gb-s-3-5-Desktop-Hard-Drive-FREE-SHIPPING-/151631662151?

WD Red NAS 6TB http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/171734401629

 

Just keep in mind these white label drives come with an OEM 1 year war NOT the 3 year from WD, I do see you can purchase a 3 Year war at checkout for an extra 20.00 or so.

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For home use I would stick with the white label WD Reds, Its the best bang for the buck. I am running the WD Reds with several NAS boxes doing streaming with Plex to multiple clients at the same time doing file sharing of documents & pictures and I never once felt like the drive speed was a bottle neck. I believe where the faster drives would come into play is in a business environment where you have lots of users and maybe your running some kind of database like mySQL then yes you would want the faster drives but personally for home use I feel it adds no value for the extra heat & cost. Just my two cents...

 

Here are the links for the white label drives--

WD RE 4TB http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-4TB-64MB-Cache-7200RPM-Enterprise-Grade-SATA-6-0Gb-s-3-5-Hard-Drive-/160970197779?hash=item257a924b13:g:7SEAAMXQ9u1RELXD&afsrc=1&rmvSB=true

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Just keep in mind these white label drives come with an OEM 1 year war NOT the 3 year from WD, I do see you can purchase a 3 Year war at checkout for an extra 20.00 or so.

 

Thanks for the feedback...   I am going to give the white labels a hard long look.

 

The 6tb pros are a small premium over the reds currently.... 

 

Thanks!

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Thanks for the feedback...   I am going to give the white labels a hard long look.

 

The 6tb pros are a small premium over the reds currently.... 

 

Thanks!

Your welcome but good god, I just looked up the 6TB Red Pro and its 279.99 vs the WD Red 6TB white label is 159.95 :o again if this is for home use save your dollars unless your going to be running something on this NAS that's not clear to us and you have the need for speed.

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Your welcome but good god, I just looked up the 6TB Red Pro and its 279.99 vs the WD Red 6TB white label is 159.95 :o again if this is for home use save your dollars unless your going to be running something on this NAS that's not clear to us and you have the need for speed.

The Red Pro isn't just faster RPM and transfer. It is actually a better drive overall as it is built like their enterprise drives so has a vibration sensor, the spindle is attached at both ends for reduced vibration and has a better factory test. Vibration starts to become a big issue when you have large numbers of drives in your enclosure and even tiny vibration can cause issues as shown by the infamous Sun R&D labs video.
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