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#1 janiy

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 06:53 PM

Hello

I have been research HDDs for my home NAS upgrade. At the same time with new HDDs I am also installing Icydock 3 in 2 HDD Cages

http://www.icydock.c...oods.php?id=153

Currently I have WD Blacks in use in a rather cusrtom installation but would like to ask comments would they still also be good for the HDD cages? Reason why I ask this is because I have read about the stress factors and vibrational aspects when you put HDDs in racks. Are they an issue in this case due to the low amount of drives in one cage? I would be putting at start 2 but eventually 3-4 cages on top of each other in a server case's 5,25" bays.


#2 Brian

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 07:58 PM

Icy Dock has a fan in this enclosure so I wouldn't worry much about issues popping up with the drive. We've had most of their kit in our lab and it's largely well designed and our go-to for oddball projects. 

 

http://www.storagere...00d_case_review


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#3 Kevin OBrien

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 12:27 PM

Generally speaking, vibrations are an issue at large scale (16+ bay JBOD units inside a rack with other JBODs as well) where small scale vibration isn't a problem.


#4 janiy

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 03:09 AM

Thanks for the replies.

 

A follow up: Why are for example WD Red and Seagate NAS HDD advertised to be most suitable for 1-5 bay systems and WD SE 6-12 bay systems? Of course WD Blacks that I currently use are not recommended at all for NAS use by WD.

 

Is it a marketing trick, a way to steer customers to certain kind of HDDs that manufactures want people to buy or what?


#5 Brian

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 11:51 AM

The Se drives are just engineered differently for higher demand workloads. The Se are also 7k where the Reds are 5k spindle speed. 

 

http://www.storagere...d_se_hdd_review


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