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Which Hard Drive is Best for Your Home Server or NAS?


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Just read this article over at we got served.  Very detailed article with a lot of good details.
 
http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/09/26/round-hard-drive-right-home-server-nas/
 
Also saw this article posted in the comments about hard drive reliability which I found interesting.
 
https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-reliability-update-september-2014/
 

After all of the tests they recommend the WD Red drives.

 

 

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BackBlaze is an interesting company. They take some unusual approaches to classical problems.

Yup, definitely.

And one thing that has been brought up, they mention that enterprise drives are not any better failure-wise. But none of their statistics include enterprise drives....

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Just read this article over at we got served.  Very detailed article with a lot of good details.

 

http://www.wegotserved.com/2014/09/26/round-hard-drive-right-home-server-nas/

 

Also saw this article posted in the comments about hard drive reliability which I found interesting.

 

https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-reliability-update-september-2014/

 

 

After all of the tests they recommend the WD Red drives.

 

 

Yes, saw both of these articles. I stay away from Seagate due to personal experience and numerous online articles

detailing lack of reliability. I have also had suboptimal luck with the WD Greens and now buy only WD Reds. 

It is however hard to deny the results that Backblaze discovered in their testing. 

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I've not had an issue with Seagate drives until recently. In fact, I'd had more issues with WD.

 

However, in the coarse of 2 weeks, I had FOUR seagate drives develop severe issues (~1000 uncorrectable sectors, each). It's a SMART warning, yes, but it's a critical one. One one of those drives.... actually caused the system to become unstable and then stopped the system from booting while connected.

 

Though, these were all shelled external drives. So, it's been a common belief that both WD and Seagate throw their lower quality drives into the externals...

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Given the comparatively low prices per gigabyte for external drives, and their frequently reported high failure rates, it seems hard to believe that the manufacturers are not using lower margin drives in them.

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I've personally been running the 4 of the WD Reds in a ProBox for just over a year now.  Its quiet and very cool.  I use them with DrivePool and have had no problems at all.

 

I did have issues with transfer speeds which I solved by adding an ssd cache to the drive pool and now writing and reading the pool is great.

 

Before I had the reds I had a miss mash of different drives.  All of which eventually started either making funny sounds or causing other various issues after a year or two.  They were all drives I grabbed on sale somewhere so I guess I wasn't really getting the best of the bunch. 

 

I just feel so much better using the reds.

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