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so many choices @ 2tb?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by Thekwango, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. Thekwango

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    quick question folks - i've not looked at hdd's since the days of the sammy f3's so no idea what the score is quality/reliability wise.

    i want to retire my current disks (2 x 500gb ~8 years old) nothing much important on them just some pics and rarely played steam games (500gb ssd for my active games)

    i went to look at what was available in the 2tb range and between WD's rainbow selection (red, black, blue and whatever else they have) and other manufactureres i got a sore head. so i ask the good folks on here what is good/bad/indifferent!?
     
  2. hornetstinger

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    Look at price per GB because I'd say go for 4tb. Red is for Nas, black for performance, purple for cameras, blue for desktop. Gold for enterprise
     
  3. Quartz

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    Backblaze report drive failure rates. Here's their latest. Toshiba and HGST are the most reliable.
     
  4. MrRockliffe

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    Wouldn't class Toshiba as reliable yet - there isn't a large enough pool of data. 191 drives between them, vs the thousands of other manufacturers.
     
  5. Thekwango

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    mind if ask why the different drives for different applications? the only ones i can guess at are Black = fastest so 7200rpm+ and Gold = reliability?
    i get the £/gb but in truth i can't imagine i'd ever get near to 4tb of storage, neither of the 2 x 500gbs are even close to being full, probably ~70% (give or take)

    cheers for that

    i don't think toshiba even made hdd's the last time i was looking or if they did no one paid them any attention (at least i don't ever recall seeing them when i was picking the f3's)
     
  6. MrRockliffe

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    I think they're just slightly tailored for that application, whether it's firmware or hardware, that's been designed for that particular application.

    For a NAS, I'd get Red.

    Personally, I just bought a couple of IronWolf Pros for my father's NAS.

    For home use, just get a decent branded, cheap 2TB model.

    Barracuda will be fine, for example :)
     
  7. Thekwango

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    this the one?

    https://www.overclockers.co.uk/seag...nternal-hard-drive-st2000dm008-hd-3a5-se.html
     
  8. MrRockliffe

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  9. hornetstinger

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    What about this
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  10. Thekwango

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    cheers fella

    jesus - i'll pass!:p
     
  11. Feek

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    I'll take a guess and say it probably won't fit in the drive bay.
     
  12. Thekwango

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    nothing a dremel and a bit of duct tape would sort.
     
  13. Quartz

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    If you look back over previous reports you'll see that they and HGST regularly come at or near the top.
     
  14. MrRockliffe

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    Ah fair enough :) Was only going on the stuff I could see
     
  15. APM

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  16. Maundie

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    TBH any from Seagate, WD, Toshiba or HGST will be fine, if it's in a desktop I would say either a Seagate Barracuda as suggested or WD Blue (Black if you want the extra performance) will be absolutely fine.
     
  17. Thekwango

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    cheers all. being the miserable sod that I am i'll hold off for the good ole black Friday see if OcUK chuck any decent deals.