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April 16th, 2010, 01:47 PM
Good Morning peoples

First this post is not to be used to start a flame war!

I am looking at the next major step in my Mythbox system. Server to the house, as opposed to the current stand alone box. I will be building my first server box.

As such I would love some advice on which hard drives to use. I will be building a box with
6 X 1TB hard drives in a hardware RAID 5 configuration.

Just to add to the complexity (for noob to servers me anyway) I will use this box to store my home moives and pic of the family, so I want to serve them up to non-myth boxes.

I want to be a little eco-friendly and need help with finding a good 1TB eco-friendly hardd rive to use. Reading through the various reviews and forums and searching the web has helped me a little but WOW there is a lot of contradictive information out there.

Anyone got a good recommendation on which is the best eco-friendly 1TB hard drive to use and why? ignore purchase price.


April 16th, 2010, 02:26 PM
Yes it is a difficult decision. I usually take a non-scientific approach. Using Newegg for 99% of my purchases, I trust the reviews...mostly.

I generally search the component three ways, price, number of reviews, and highest rating.

If I can afford, I generally choose a device with many reviews and/or highest rating.

With this approach I see the Samsung Spinpoints (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152173) satisfy the customer.

Choice may change based on drive size. Such as for lowest failure rate, I'm am seriously considering building a NAS with the WD Black 640 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319) Even at a higher $/GB, I am liking the low failure rate.

April 16th, 2010, 02:35 PM
Buy hard drives that can be used in a RAID. Often times people buy regular desktop hard drives and then have disk failure and think they have abad disk.

They cost a bit more, but well worth the investment

April 16th, 2010, 03:55 PM
Hard disk management also comes into question here. Though you may have 6 disks i am assuming the will not be accessed all the time in this case you want to "spin down" or power down the disks until they are required this will result in a huge power saving.

Something like this (http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/jaunty/man8/noflushd.8.html)is what I am talking about.