Aloha Storage Review,
~ just wondering if anybody has any thoughts or experience with either the Hitachi Ultrastar A7K2000 or the TOSHIBA MK1002TSKB drive -- both are 1 TB enterprise drives. They would be used in a 2-bay Synology 212+ NAS, are on Synology's hard disk HCL.
I plan to populate both bays configured as a RAID 1, disk mirrored volume. As you may know, the Synology 212+ runs a Linux OS that uses a software-based mirror solution. The NAS will sit in a quiet home-office environment serving 2 users as a storage device, a backup target for daily user-file deltas, an hourly Apple-esque Time Machine backup; and, during playtime, as the host device for music and picture libraries. In short, as enterprise drives go, they'll see light, 16x7-ish duty. A voltage-regulated UPS will stand guard, and to minimize drive start-up wear 'n tear, I'll schedule the box to hibernate solely during evening and nighttime hours. Where necessary in this case, I place quiet, reliable, and durable before high performance and energy efficiency.
My 3, 1TB Seagate ES.2 drives in an existing file server are running hiccup-free for the last 2+ years. For the new Synology joining the Lan, I'm exploring drive options but to keep things simple and consistent, I want to use native, 512k sector drives until I make a wholesale move to larger advanced format drives. I could buy ES.2 drives again but two other 1 TB enterprise drives have caught my eye that are perhaps, cool and quiet jewels born without mainstream marketing campaigns?
A. Hitachi Ultrastar A7K2000
Link to Drive Specs
I've read all SR's references to the drive. It's not a hotly discussed drive but it seems cast in generally favorable light for my usage-case. The 3-year warranty is good, it's native 512k-based, and locally it's attractively priced. However, I don't know if it runs cool and quiet -- both qualities I covet for the NAS's location.
B. Toshiba MK1002TSKB
Link to Drive Specs
The 5-year warranty is great, it's native 512k-based, and here, too, it's attractively priced. Beyond that, I've come up dry consulting professor Google and Storage Review Engineering.
I hope I've painted enough detail without running on. If anyone has any thoughts or in-the-field, hands-on experience with these drives, I would be most grateful for your advice and guidance.