My Mac Pro's internal 3TB Seagate ST3000DM001 seems like it may be failing soon (despite no SMART errors, but I've experienced first hand that SMART isn't always that smart and won't always tell you when a drive is failing). So I believe I need a replacement before I start losing data.
Since I use the computer everyday and like a quiet environment it should be relatively silent, but also perform well and be reliable/long lasting. Performance drives as far as I know make some additional noise and of course cost a lot more than "regular" drives, so I don't think I need that. I also have an SSD for the operating system/applications and another SSD for Photoshop/Lightroom caches etc. So the drive in question will basically just be used for storage, but then again I will probably start editing some home videos soon (not HD), so do I need to take that into account, or will just about any regular desktop drive these days be sufficient?
3TB is and has been more than enough for a long time, but if I start editing videos I might wish I had bought a 4TB. Suggestions?
In a previous thread I was suggested a Toshiba 3TB DT01ACA300 when I asked about buying backup drives. I've had good experiences with them and they seem to be faster than my Western Digital 2TB WD20EARS "green" drives. Besides being slow I'm tired of WD's silly "features" like automatic powering down after a few seconds of inactivity (likely a "power saving" feature, completely unnecessary IMHO and also something that provides more tear and wear), so I'm more or less ruling out WD. That leaves Seagate, Toshiba, Samsung, Seagate and Hitachi. Have I left anyone out?
So what do you suggest I replace the Seagate drive with (3 or 4TB)?