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Seagate Archive 8TB as 24/7 music server?

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Hi, I'm about to buy 2 new HDDs for my 2-bay enclosure to be used in raid 1. I'm inclined to buy the Seagate Archive 8TB (220 Euro per drive) due to the excellent price/capacity ratio but I wonder if it's the right drive for me.

Are these Seagate Archive 8TB drives suitable for 24/7 operation (in Raid-1) acting as a iTunes music server using only lossless files (.aiff)? The work load for these drives will be very low, in general I listen to music about 30 minutes per day average, and I will add 1 or 2 GB of new music files per week to these drives. These new drives will replace 2 WD Red 4TB drives that performed quite well with low noise. And in case one drive fails will the rebuild process in my case take exceptionally long due to the SMR technology used in these Seagate Archive drives or does that apply more to more complex Raid setups?

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I'd say you should be fine.

As a RAID1 the rebuild is basically a straight read-and-write-to the-new-drive so while that will be slow with SMR, so long as time isn't a huge concern...

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I agree that given your use case you should be okay. I would suggest regular backups though, given the point about RAID rebuild from continuum.

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Thanks guys, I'll go for 2 Seagate Archive drives. For backup purposes I already have hdd's with full backups at 2 external locations and new items are saved on Amazon Cloud too until my backups are updated :D

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