Western Digital has 3 ranges of drives targetted at the enterprise environment, namely the Raptor, Raid Edition and Raid Edition 2 drives.
These drives all feature very high MTBF times, and a standard 5 year warranty.
They are also suitable to be running non-stop 24/7.
I was going to buy a 160gb RE drive (WD1600SD) but a certain warning caught my eye:
on the WD page, it says this : "IMPORTANT: Because of the time-limited error recovery feature, this product is intended for server applications and is not recommended for use in desktop systems."
My question is, how big of a risk is this?
This TLER feature brings a little more danger to the table (when you don't use a RAID controller, which I don't), but these drives also have longer warranty, and better MTBF values than the regular desktop drives... (and they perform better too!).
So, any advice? Or experience maybe?