1.5 TB hard drives

Posted by: iBookdude458

1.5 TB hard drives - 05/08/09 05:24 AM

What is the most reliable 1.5 TB hard drive available?

I would like to replace the 250 in my G5 with a 1.5 TB and also at a second one.

also If I have two 1.5 TB drives in my G5 is it possible to put them in a Redundant RAID?

Should I put them in anny sort of RAID?

I also intend to install a SATA control in my G4 and put 2 1.5TB drives in that as well and set it up as a torrent/video box.
Posted by: Oelmuvun

Re: 1.5 TB hard drives - 05/08/09 12:44 PM

Western Digital Caviar Black Editions are generally considered the fastest/best non-enthusiast 3.5" HDDs atm.
The 1TB+ Seagate 7200.11 drives had some firmware issues but I am not sure about the 7200.12 drives since they are pretty new.

I still suggest the newer WD drives though. If you are only using it for storage you can go with a green edition and the blue edition is between black and green performance wise.

Do _not_ waste your money on a velociraptor (or the older raptor). You would be better off getting two WDC blacks, short-stroking them and setting them up in a RAID 0.

I might be wrong but I do not think that the G5 supports hardware RAID. You can do software RAID though. If you want them mirrored that would be RAID 1 IIRC.

Actually, do not go for the black editions, the G5 has completely horrible HDD cooling so one of the cooler greens or blues would be far better off.
Posted by: legomactrumpet

Re: 1.5 TB hard drives - 05/08/09 07:52 PM

I agree on the cooling issue in the G5(better than the G4)

Seagate would be the cheapest option for large drives, plus they don't get that hot
Posted by: Oelmuvun

Re: 1.5 TB hard drives - 05/08/09 10:11 PM

I should point out that I am not anti-Seagate. In fact basically all of my modern HDDs are Seagate. In my PC I have a single platter 250GB 7200.10, 640GB 7200.11 and 500GB 7200.11. I have another 500GB 7200.11 in an external case and a 250GB 7200.10 PATA in my G4. Planning on getting two single platter 500GB 7200.12s and a WDC black 640GB for my PC then moving both 500GB 7200.11 drives into my G4. :P
These Seagate drives have lasted longer than my previous Samsungs and the only failed Seagate I have is an ancient SCSI Barracuda. smile
Posted by: legomactrumpet

Re: 1.5 TB hard drives - 05/09/09 01:47 AM

Of course, SCSI (tehe)
All I use are seagate Terabytes
About RAID, i'm using the raid function from disk utilities to pair some 80's in my G4, Redundancy will give you a good back up feature but not as feature filled as time machine or something, but if you want combined space you might want to use concatenated options
does that answer the original question
Posted by: Waragainstsleep

Re: 1.5 TB hard drives - 05/10/09 04:18 PM

For me, reliability based on brand or model is not worth worrying about. I see them last years or die out of the box, regardless of make or type.
Google did a study which confirmed this random failure pattern across 100,000 drives. I always say: "Get the one with the longest warranty and back up your data."
Posted by: Oelmuvun

Re: 1.5 TB hard drives - 05/10/09 09:42 PM

Well, Seagate recently reduced their warranty to 3 years or so while Western Digital still has a 5 year warranty if I remember correctly.