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WD Red or Seagate Barracuda?

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Looking to build an 8 drive hardware RAID5 array for my media file server. Which would be a better choice, 3TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 or the 3TB Western Digital Red? The Reds are a bit more expensive, but come with a longer warranty.

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The Reds will offer lower power consumption. Really the only reason to go Seagate is if you want max performance, but for that use I can't imagine you'd "feel" it too often.

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I've just recently been looking into new disks myself, and I chose the RED disks from WD from the sole reason that they support TLER, which I believe the Barracudas do not. At least I wasn't able to confirm they did.

Seagate has another name for it that escapes me at the moment. Their old disks supported it, but they took it out at some point.

A little read about the subject: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Error_recovery_control.

I'm no storage expert, but this is what I found during my own purchase.

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Consumer-market desktop-class drives? Hitachi Deskstars might be your best choice if you can find them...

I am curious to see how the WD Reds hold up, both short- and long-term, but I don't trust them yet.

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Looking to build an 8 drive hardware RAID5 array for my media file server. Which would be a better choice, 3TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 or the 3TB Western Digital Red? The Reds are a bit more expensive, but come with a longer warranty.

I just had the same question and decided to go with the WD red drives, I picked up 5 of the 3TB models for my Synology DS1512+ I'm using it primarily as an iSCSI target for 2 ESX servers that are clustered for my home test lab, it works great, the throughput out of the disks is amazing and they're really quiet drives. Energy consumption and warranty of the WD Red drives is what pushed me over the edge, I've been using Seagates for years, but since they're dropping their warranty down it just didn't seem like a good investment. I'm sure you've already read this: http://www.storagereview.com/western_digital_red_nas_hard_drive_review_wd30efrx but it's a great article.

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