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salisbury shake
Dec 27, 2011


What's a reliable drive, preferably with an external enclosure, that's at least 2TB in size? I'm replacing an old 2TB drive on a media server that I hope fix and not touch again for a long time.

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Rexxed
May 1, 2010

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salisbury shake posted:

What's a reliable drive, preferably with an external enclosure, that's at least 2TB in size? I'm replacing an old 2TB drive on a media server that I hope fix and not touch again for a long time.

All drives are reliable until you hear that clicking. If reliability is a big concern I'd get a higher end disk (WD Black/gold, HGST) and put it in an enclosure myself, otherwise just pick up a 4TB WD easystore and follow the golden rule of having at least 2 copies of anything you can't replace.

necrobobsledder
Mar 21, 2005
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If you’re ok with no back-ups, the WD EasyStore series at Best Buy is pretty ace. During sales you can see the 8 TB drives drop down to as low as $135 making it the best cost / storage drive out there. In terms of reliability, they are either red or white label WD NAS drives, just with shorter warranties because they’re external drives.

A bit of anecdotal warning though, I bought 9 of these last year using my batched purchasing strategy and 2 of them have failed in the first year of use. One was basically broken and clicking within 2 weeks of light duty, the other died five days ago after I suspect abuse due to me forgetting to hook up a case fan and all my hard drives climbing up to 65 degrees Celsius for weeks instead of the normal 35 - 42. I’d still buy them but would suggest something like BackBlaze as a backup if you’re going to use only a single drive for all your stuff.

Just avoid Seagate’s drives and you should be ok. The most reliable external drives would probably be buying some enterprise-grade drive with a long warranty (read: better parts) and putting it into a well cooled and shock proof enclosure, and that would run you a couple hundred minimum. My 1 TB WD black from 2009 has had a lot of usage but is still going very strong while I’ve gone through at least 3 green / eco variants from different manufacturers. Also, Toshiba and HGST are also great drives that may run a little warm and anyone using those in an external enclosure is probably going to get better results for reliability than an external drive from retail with 1-2 year warranties.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





The problem with hyperfocusing on drive reliability is the same as focusing on reliability of anything else - you're buying a current product based on the past performance of older products. With the added "benefit" of the fact that hard drive manufacturers are seemingly deliberately obtuse about when they revise a given product in a way that could impact its reliability, such as decreasing platter count on a given capacity. There's still trends you can somewhat rely on, but every infamous "this drive is a piece of poo poo" drive was on the market for at least a year before widespread problems cropped up. I wouldn't expect WD, HGST, or Toshiba to ship a lemon anytime soon, but you never know when the next 60GXP is going to show up.

If you ever end up in a situation where you are comparing the total cost of one solution where you buy a cheap drive and some paid backup, or an expensive drive and no backup, take the cheap drive with backup every time.

Kreez
Oct 18, 2003



ughhhh posted:

So i currently have a i5-4590, z97 mobo, 4gbx2 ram and a couple of 2tb 3.5 hdds laying around after having upgraded my old computer. Would this be a good base to start a plex/torrent/media box? Would it be worth it to use this to make one or should i just sell it?

It's more than enough. I was running a plex/torrent box on a Q9300 (seems to get half the Passmark score of your 4590) until 2 weeks ago, and only upgraded because the motherboard died, the performance was fine.

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salisbury shake
Dec 27, 2011








Thanks for the responses. Just picked up a WD Easystore from Best Buy with plans to do some type of mirroring as these drives are very cheap.

edit: any thoughts on raid1 via btrfs?

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