I've been reading a lot of posts here for some time, but this ismy first post here. Be gentle, please...
I'm going to setup a server at home and a vital part of this machine is of course the disk drives. I'm not going for SCSI drives, I think this will be too expensive. So, SATA it is. The role of this server will primarily be file serving, a bit of web serving and a bit of CD ripping/burning. The server will be running 24/7 (maybe going to standby during night), and I plan to go for RAID 5.
I have been reading a lot of reviews and a lot of forum posts all over the internet and I think I have narrowed down the down choices:
- Hitachi 7K500
- Western Digital WD4000YR
- Western Digital WD4000KD
Initially, my first choice would be wd4000yr since they seem to be the most reliable option (at least if you trust WD's marketing). However, if I understand everything correctly, this drive should be operated off of a controller that supports TLER. If I can run the drive from an onboard nForce4 controller, of course this will be a cheap solution, but I cannot find any evidence that this is possible?
Another option would be to pair the wd4000yr with a RAID controller that actually supports TLER, but I cannot find a source anywhere that can tell me which RAID controllers support TLER? Promise SuperTrak EX8350 could be an option, but it doesn't seem to support TLER?
My second choice would be 7K500, simply because of capacity. However, I cannot see anywhere how reliable this drive is compared to others. E.g. the wd4000yr enjoys a 24 hour burn-in, while the wd4000kd enjoys an 8 hour burn-in. How does the 7K500 compare to this?
I could really use some help. Any thoughts on this?