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Archeon

Using a NAS/enteprise hard disk as a desktop drive

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Hi All!

In my PC I use an SSD for the OS, and a regular HD for storage. The current storage drive, a 6 TB Western Digital (green) model drive is getting cramped again so I guess it's time for an upgrade.

In the last couple of years I always did this like so : I bought a newer and bigger model, copied everything from the old storage drive onto the new one, replaced the drive and put the old drive on the shelf, as a sort of backup in case the new drive would fail in the first couple of months of use.

This modus operandi has worked fine for years, but now I'm facing a problem : it seems most manufacturers stop making desktop drives at 6 TB. They do have NAS drives or enterprise drives that are bigger, but I'm not sure if I can use one of those drives in my desktop PC without problems.

The only manufacturer that seems to have desktop drives bigger than 6 TB is Seagate, in their Barracuda series. But it's Seagate, you know... I've been burned by that brand in the past (multiple times) and I don't know if I want to take that plunge again. On the other hand, I know one bad series does not make a bad brand... Oh, and there's Toshiba also, but reviews about these disks are scarce and users reviews on Amazon and other are not exactly comforting.

If I could choose, I would put a HGST Ultrastar 8 TB or 10 TB drive into my PC, but as said I'm still not sure if that's a good idea. I know about TLER and stuff like that and I'm not sure if this could end up in data loss because enterprise disks are not meant to be used that way?

So should I do it, or simply buy a Seagate drive?
(yes, I know I could also add a second 6 TB drive, but that's an option I would like to avoid... more noise etc...)

Thanks!

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Buying any drive in quantity of 1 will either be fine or not. I'd really not worry too much, the reliability these days has become much better. I'd honestly go on price for bulk storage. NAS drives work find for that, even though the manufacturers would prefer you not use them in a PC. People here and elsewhere have been doing it since day 1.

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Thanks!

So I won't have to worry about TLER, head parking algorythms etc?  I know those were a problem in the past?

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All depends what your noise tolerance is for head parking and whatnot. As Brian said, don't worry about it unless it's actually a problem.

 

A decade ago, hard disk reviews were common, so you could usually tell in advance of a purchase from a review little nuances like acoustics and stuff... but those days are long past.

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