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Best WD harddrive for Raid

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by daz87uk, 22 Oct 2009.

  1. daz87uk

    Hitman

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    Hi, Im looking to buy 2 Western Digital Harddrives. I need 2x 500GB for my Raid setup what would be best? Ive heard there are some single plater drives but not a clue which ones they would be??? could anyone point me in the right direction. :D
     
  2. BeeP

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    I'm using 2x 320gb RE3 drives, fast & quite quiet. RE means raid edition so pretty much made for the job.
     
  3. Guest2

    Capodecina

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    Raid 0 or 1?
     
  4. BeeP

    Wise Guy

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    Sorry I assumed he meant RAID0. Should have asked 1st I guess :)
     
  5. Amraam

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    I would assume RAID1, as I can't see why you'd want a 1TB RAID0 array? That's a lot of data to have on RAID0 array...
     
  6. daz87uk

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    TBH I have never Raided at all, I already have a green power 1TB which I just drag stuff I want to keep away from my main operating harddrive, I just wanted to increase the speed of OS drive using Raid not really sure what kinda raid Im gonna use they all seem to be around the same price so I thought I go for the 500GBx2 not really bothered about it being that big I could settle with 2x320GB but It was a small price for a lot more space. so i thought what the hell it might come in usefull :D. So you reccomend Raid 1 then? just need to find out which Drive has the single plater for faster access or something Ive been told lol Im no expert but Ive been told to aim for a single plater drive so anyone know which drive that is?
     
  7. PlumpMonkey

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    The Raptors are fast drives. On my last rig I went a bit OTT and got 2x raptor drives in a split raid config and 2x 250gb in mirrored raid. I put the OS and only the OS on the raptor and apps/data on the other disks. It booted quick, but really was kinda pointless :)
     
  8. daz87uk

    Hitman

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    Yeah, my pockets dont go that deep lol. If it where up to me I would have all my data on backup Raid and my OS for Speed. I have a 12month old WD 16MB cache Drive sitting around atm, If I buy 2 more and raid that??? 3 drives in raid, whats the best Raid for 3 drives? I will be buying this next week if I get a plan in action :D
     
  9. AbsenceJam

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    Go for Samsung F3's, they are quite a bit faster than the WD drives as they have 500GB platters.
     
  10. daz87uk

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    oo so its the F3's that have the single platters cheers, how would this work if I had the spare WD or would that just slow the raid down?? I was thinking of using the WD for a external drive if I wasnt going to implement it into my Raid anyways :D
     
  11. AbsenceJam

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    Yes it'd slow it down.
     
  12. daz87uk

    Hitman

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    ok thanks