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    Mushkin Enhanced Reactor SSD

    Sorry, I was not very clear. What I meant was the Enhanced part. I was unable to find any info on what Enhanced means. The only model I could find is the plain Reactor. Newegg has both. Every one else; just Reactor. Including the Mushkin web site. I was concerned that they may have moved to TLC. Update: It came off back order and is on its way. I probably will still not know what is different. Re-update: No it ain't. What I thought was payment and being shipped was more backorder stuff.
  2. I just missed buying (by minutes) and got put on back order on one of these in 1TB for $220. That happened because I was looking for any info on the device with zero luck. Including on the Mushkin site. Does anyone have any idea just what this is?
  3. They are now shipping with the 1TB/platter and I believe 5400 RPM. ST 4000DM000. YMMV since there still seems to be some old stock with the 7200 drives. But these drives seem to run pretty cool. They do not put any performance info on the label on this drive (e.g., cache, rotation, transfer rate).
  4. Does anyone know what drive is in the SAMSUNG STSHX-D201TDB external USB 3 drive? I need a new boot drive and taking one out of there would be relatively inexpensive. I would like 7200 RPM and 6Gb performance. An alternate answer would be a list of actual internal drives for high performance external drives > 1TB. As I am sure most have noted - frequently an external drive can cost less that the bare drive inside.
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    WD Red Reliability

    Vallyforge - The drive I had running with essentially constant reads for about 4 days seemed quite cool. Given the rotation speed and 1TB platters, I would think this is a whole bunch like an updated green drive. From what I have found in digging around the DX is quite hot and the DM is not. Not arguing with your experience; just curious. Was it just one sample of the DM drive that was hot or multiple drives. If one, maybe a bad one.
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    WD Red Reliability

    Re: DBAN - it appears to be an all or nothing application. Not suitable for application to one individual drive on a functional system. But their documentation is a bit sparse, so I might be wrong. The Costco drives: from researching (YMMV), they used to have the DX (7200 rpm) drives and there may still be some of those out there. If the box is for Backup Plus (maybe) and/or the box has an ORIGINALLY PRINTED (there are hard to detect stickers on older boxes) Win 8 compatibility listing it is most likely to be the DM (5900) drive. The three I bought meet those criteria and are DM. From research, I have decided the DM versions is better for my use. Almost the speed, but much less heat. and maybe a bit quieter. DX is 5 platters, DM is 4 @ 1TB each. The post above about firmware is interesting/annoying. Anyone have a way to switch it over to a mainstream version? I really have not found a suitable Windows app for testing; and I have looked a lot. There was one or two that required learning a scripting language or something; not acceptable to me. Tried HDDScan - after running for close to 4 days on one of the drives, it crapped out overnight before it was finished with a whole bunch of little windows saying it was out of memory. It must be talking about the space it requested being misused (perhaps a memory leak)because I checked Task manager before killing the app and there was plenty of RAM available for use on the machine.
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    WD Red Reliability

    I agree about Newegg reviews not being the best scientific basis for decisions. However - doing my own testing for reliability also is not even close to practical. Nor is it for any normal review site. No one except a very large user can accumulate sufficient data, and in a timely period. What I generally do is start with Newegg and Amazon. They are usually a good concentrated source of customer feed back. I start from the bottom of the list (one star) and I read my way up. Some of them are quite straight forward and are likely to be correct (e.g., DOA, replacement DOA, failed after 30 days). Then I apply some thought to the others. Like the guy complaining that he just bought a USB 3 drive but it didn't run any faster than his USB 2 he had been using (probably on a USB 2 port). And I go through them all. I never just look at the totals at this point. Then, after having read them, I look a bit at the overall ratings and mentally adjust for what I have read. Looking at all the 3 and 4 TB drives, around 50% of the reviews are three stars or below. With heavy weighting toward 1 star. I believe this is probably the most valid reliability information I am likely to find, and probably is a pretty good reflection of reality. I really have not seen a good scientific evaluation. The stuff Storage Review is not real useful. It is mostly too old and in many cases too small a sample. It is unfortunate because that could be an excellent resource. And a long time ago, it was. I was a member of this forum since it was in diapers, and real men rode bucking bulls down to the store to buy their huge 50 MB drives. I do not treat things lightly. I have three Costco drives sitting here in their boxes (the cashier was pleased to see us yesterday). From research last night, I believe they will all be the 5900 rpm 4TB drives. I was actually shooting to the 7200, but on reflection on comments and some actual published performance comparisons I believe I am actually happier to have these drives. I have yet to decide to open the boxes. The price ($180)was not great (it was $20 less in Jan and Feb) and I paid sales tax. But on the other hand, if I have a DOA, no shipping or time delay. But I have long had an aversion to Seagate drives. And just after posting this I opened today's Newegg ad and they have the Seagate STBD4000400 for $169 free shipping. Does anyone have a recommendation for any freeware that can be used to do a thorough exercising of the drives and report what is going on. I would like to run them for a few days before I put any data on them and try to get past the real short infant mortality thing. I will need to take the drives out of their cases when I actually use them, so a little testing via USB feels like a good thing to do.
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    WD Red Reliability

    I spread out in looking for drives. Again using Newegg reviews, Seagate and Toshiba (Hitachi) and Hitachi all seem to have 40-50% of the ratings at 3 stars or below. DOA and early death is a very common complaint. I have the terrible feeling that 3-4TB drives may not be ready for prime time. A note (I particularly noticed on the Seagate reviews) Newegg combines all drive sizes in the reviews. I need to find out what drives are in the Seagate usb drives Costco is selling. Their prices are a bit high, but if they don't work I can take them back without paying shipping and waiting weeks. If I am interpreting the box markings correctly, my local Costco is selling drives made about 6 months ago. That is a rather long time ago in drive years. If there is an endemic problem with this size drives across manufacturers, these drives would probably not be fixed yet. My head hurts.
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    WD Red Reliability

    I am not sure how valid it is to identify shipping as a possible issue without faulting the drive. Powered off drives should have the heads locked away somewhere they can't be hurt, and can't hurt anything else. Designers know they will be shipped. The probability of the drive going somewhere via common carrier is essentially 1.0. OEM and retail packaging can help. It seems unlikely the platters will be damaged in shipping. I really feel it is a drive issue. And what happens if someone backs into the operating server? That is really a worst case scenario.
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    WD Red Reliability

    The scary parts: 1 - having to go through the hassle of RMA when all you want to do is buy drives 2 - warranty transfer after RMA for WD drives (serious problems posted in various places - the replacement drive will not have the original warranty expiration) 3 - receiving a "recertified" drive from an RMA (if I wanted a used drive of unknown handling and wear, I would have bought a recertified drive. I have never done this! 4 - I am sorry, if they can't deliver a drive that works out of the box, how can we assume that the replacement (or an original) has a reasonable lifetime? Clearly their testing or packaging is completely unacceptable. And in a large number of the reported cases, they have not. 5 - If I have put data on a drive and it fails; If I can not access the drive to securely erase the contents, the warranty means nothing. I am not going to send back a drive with my data. Ever! Big issue in the value of a warranty! I view warranty only as a guideline to what the manufacturer's view of reliability is. Economically, after simple testing, it could be quite worthless.
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    WD Red Reliability

    Just a heads-up. I have been looking for 3 drives (preferably 4TB) but reading the review and comments here, the WD red seemed like a good idea. So I have been watching for a sale. Newegg has the 3TB red on sale today, but I started looking at comments/reviews on the drive there because the overall score was rather low. Read through them. Very scary. Off my list.
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    When WD red in 4TB or more?

    Thanks. How is Seagate reliability wise?
  13. Anyone have any info on when WD might start supplying a 4TB or larger red? I am contemplating an NAS in the not too distant future, but right now I am using a hardware RAID external box with 1.5TB drives. I use RAID 1 and after a backup swap out one of the drives. The hardware will then bring the newly inserted disk up to the current content. The removed drive goes somewhere else for storage and can be used as a standalone drive for recovery. RAID 10 looks attractive. For one more drive I eliminate the fooling around with swapping drives each time. I would need a safe to put the RAID10 box in to get the same security for a copy. I am thinking burglary rather than fire in my current approach. But fire is a consideration. I have an aversion to Seagate in terms of reliability. This may be incorrect. I think of Hitachi and WD having reasonable reliability. But to do RAID I should probably have drives intended for that application. But 3TB drives do not seem like a reasonable upgrade from the drives I have at this time. I am open to suggestion. Just assume I understand how much storage I will find of use.
  14. I have 3 Hitachi 500 GB drives and I would like to make a RRAID5 array. My controller is a SiL3114 built into the mother board. I don't want to buy any more drives that small so I am looking at a pair of spinpoint 750 GB. I understand that I will lose 250 GB from each spinpoint, but there be a problem in operating like this, with this controller?