Recommendations for 1 TB drive?


J

JimR

I am looking for a 1 TB HDD to go into my Dell PowerEdge 400SC, which I
use as a general purpose desktop running Mandriva Linux.This is to
replace an existing ST3400633 SATA drive. The old drive is working
fine, but is about 3 years old, so I want to pre-emptively replace it.

I am thinking of the WD Caviar Green ($84.99 at Newegg) or Black
($99.99). Does anybody have a strong opinion on either of these?

Also, I see the current crop of drives are "SATA-3". Is that liable to
cause me any compatibility problems? The SATA connector is on the
mainboard. The hardware configuration reports the following:
Identification
Vendor: ‎Intel Corporation

Description: ‎82801EB (ICH5) SATA Controller

Media class: ‎IDE interface

Connection
Bus: ‎PCI

PCI domain: ‎0

Bus PCI #: ‎0

PCI device #: ‎31

PCI function #: ‎2

PCI revision: ‎0x02

Vendor ID: ‎0x8086

Device ID: ‎0x24d1

Sub vendor ID: ‎0x1028

Sub device ID: ‎0x0162

Misc
Module: ‎ata_piix

Thanks,
JimR
 
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Rod Speed

JimR said:
I am looking for a 1 TB HDD to go into my Dell PowerEdge 400SC, which
I use as a general purpose desktop running Mandriva Linux.This is to
replace an existing ST3400633 SATA drive. The old drive is working
fine, but is about 3 years old, so I want to pre-emptively replace it.
I am thinking of the WD Caviar Green ($84.99 at Newegg) or Black
($99.99). Does anybody have a strong opinion on either of these?
The greens can have problems in some systems. Not completely clear what the
problem is yet, it appears to shut down and the system doesnt notice or something.

I prefer Samsungs myself and the 1.5TB is currently best value.
 
M

mike

JimR said:
I am looking for a 1 TB HDD to go into my Dell PowerEdge 400SC, which I
use as a general purpose desktop running Mandriva Linux.This is to
replace an existing ST3400633 SATA drive. The old drive is working
fine, but is about 3 years old, so I want to pre-emptively replace it.

I am thinking of the WD Caviar Green ($84.99 at Newegg) or Black
($99.99). Does anybody have a strong opinion on either of these?
I strongly opine that you should be able to get 50% more drive
for that money. If you're not in a hurry, hang out at bensbargains.net
or fatwallet.
 
M

mscotgrove

I strongly opine that you should be able to get 50% more drive
for that money.  If you're not in a hurry, hang out at bensbargains.net
or fatwallet.




















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I've used WD Greens in a simple RAID-5, and a PC without any
problems. Being 5400 rpm they may not as fast, but they do remain
cool.

I've just bought some 1.5TB WD Greens (about £90 in UK), but too
early to say if reliable

Michael
 
Y

Yousuf Khan

JimR said:
I am looking for a 1 TB HDD to go into my Dell PowerEdge 400SC, which I
use as a general purpose desktop running Mandriva Linux.This is to
replace an existing ST3400633 SATA drive. The old drive is working
fine, but is about 3 years old, so I want to pre-emptively replace it.
Well, I don't think you need to replace it, you can often keep both hard
drives in most desktop systems. I don't know anything specific about
that Dell system, though. The 1TB can supplement the 400GB, or vice-versa.

I am thinking of the WD Caviar Green ($84.99 at Newegg) or Black
($99.99). Does anybody have a strong opinion on either of these?
I have had two pairs of 640GB WD Caviar Blacks at one time, and they
both suffered from SMART errors within days or weeks of installing them.
However, that could have been due to an underpowered power supply in
my system at the time. The PS has been since upgraded. Yet, my other
drives in the system ran fine for years at the same time on that PS. I
typically have between 2 to 4 internal hard drives running in my system
at the same time, so I'm an extreme case. So they might be susceptible
to power issues more than other drives.

To WD's credit, they replaced both drives through their RMA process, no
hassles.

I currently have two 1TB drives on my system. One is my Windows & Linux
boot drive, which is a Hitachi. I also have a second external 1TB drive,
which came with a Seagate internally when I bought it. Both have been
reliable so far.
Also, I see the current crop of drives are "SATA-3". Is that liable to
cause me any compatibility problems? The SATA connector is on the
mainboard. The hardware configuration reports the following:
The SATA-3 connector is exactly the same as the SATA-1 & -2 connectors.
Just a faster speed grade available. Just like there is no problem for
SATA-2 drives to run on SATA-1 motherboards, I don't anticipate SATA-3
to have any problem running at slower speeds either.

Yousuf Khan
 
C

Cronos

Rod said:
I prefer Samsungs myself and the 1.5TB is currently best value.
You've been recommending Samsung for donkeys years now. I've bought
Samsung in the past and they are good but they are no better than the
last 3 WD Black HDDs I have bought either.
 
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Cronos

JimR said:
I am thinking of the WD Caviar Green ($84.99 at Newegg) or Black
($99.99). Does anybody have a strong opinion on either of these?
WD Black are highly rated and popular with hardware enthusiasts. My last
3 HDD purchases have been WD Black and have had no issues with them. YMMV.
 
I

iws

|I am looking for a 1 TB HDD to go into my Dell PowerEdge 400SC, which I
| use as a general purpose desktop running Mandriva Linux.This is to
| replace an existing ST3400633 SATA drive. The old drive is working
| fine, but is about 3 years old, so I want to pre-emptively replace it.
|
| I am thinking of the WD Caviar Green ($84.99 at Newegg) or Black
| ($99.99). Does anybody have a strong opinion on either of these?
|
|
Frys has a 2 TB Hitachi (retail version) for only $150 if you've got a bit
more to spend http://www.frys.com/product/5613901 Pick it up at a Frys store
and save on shipping. Hitachi drives seem to get good ratings and have shed
the infamous DeathStar moniker left over from IBM.
 
E

Ed Light

I've recently bought 2 Samsungs and 3 WD's. Had to send back 1 Samsung
and 1 WD.
I relaced the Samsung with WD at newegg. RMA'd the WD to WD.

And the WD they sent me on RMA was a recertified, not new. But I assume
it was tested with some individual attention. Hard Disk Sentinel says it
has seen 52 degrees Centigrade. My new one has never gone over 52C.

I set them all to maximum acoustic management, being a quiet freak, plus
it must be easier on the moving parts, so more reliable.

Out of 8 WD's I've bought or put in friends' computers, or that were
already in there, only the one began to go bad, a few days after
installing it.

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Ed Light

And the WD they sent me on RMA was a recertified, not new. But I assume
it was tested with some individual attention. Hard Disk Sentinel says it
has seen 52 degrees Centigrade. My new one has never gone over 52C.
Make that: My new one has never gone over 42C.

--
Ed Light

Better World News TV Channel:
http://realnews.com

Iraq Veterans Against the War and Related:
http://ivaw.org
http://couragetoresist.org
http://antiwar.com

Send spam to the FTC at
(e-mail address removed)
Thanks, robots.
 
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