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I want to eventually look into building a nice media server. Do any of you have much experience with internal HDs that are 2.5 TB or larger? Even upwards of 4 TB or more if that is even realistic? I would just love to fit as much space as I can into my server. Any input would be greatly appreciated!


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What are you worried about? I have used 3TB and 4TB drives with no issues.
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What brands/models would you reccomend?

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Thats kind of a loaded question. Any size/brand of HD can fail. Just the luck of the draw.

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I know. Let me rephrase. Have you had better performance and reliability with any specific brands/models in larger internal drives?

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There's all of two manufacturer's left. Pick one or the other.
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I know. Let me rephrase. Have you had better performance and reliability with any specific brands/models in larger internal drives?

I would say that differences in performance are pretty minor for typical home theater file servers. Reliability seems to have dropped across the board in the past 6 months but my sample set of 100 or so drives probably isn't very accurate. I have read about some compatibility issues with certain 'green' drives in raid arrays but other than that I would just search for the cheapest prices at stores with a good return policy, many prefer amazon. Overall, it's not a good time to buy hard drives (winchester, not ssd) mostly due to lack of competition.
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I agree with Assassin concerning green drives, if you're anticipating hardware raid you need to be very careful and do some investigation before selecting drives.

I recently purchased 3 Seagate St3000... 3Tb drives for use in my dedicated server. I wouldn't recommend them if using them in an HTPC or anyplace where noise is an issue. They have this hard to describe, periodic clanking/ratteling noise that I've not heard on any other drive. Unfortunately they tend to be one of the cheapest alternatives of late.
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They have this hard to describe, periodic clanking/ratteling noise that I've not heard on any other drive. Unfortunately they tend to be one of the cheapest alternatives of late.


Sounds like there gonna fail.

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Could just be the head parking.
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Could just be the head parking.

Exactly, it's not the "click of death". It would be extremely unlikely that all 3 basically new drives would be failing that quick. It's annoying though, can't recommend them.
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I have a 3TB WD Green. If you power down your drives when they aren't in use I wouldn't recommend the green drives. They have built in power saving functions. I don't have data to back it up, but I think the extra wear and tear of the drive power saving and windows drive power saving is the reason I lost one of these drives a little while back. (The one I have now is the replacement for the failed drive.)

I know you are looking internal, but I have a 3TB external seagate that has been running like a champ.

I'm confused too.

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I have a 3TB WD Green. If you power down your drives when they aren't in use I wouldn't recommend the green drives. They have built in power saving functions. I don't have data to back it up, but I think the extra wear and tear of the drive power saving and windows drive power saving is the reason I lost one of these drives a little while back. (The one I have now is the replacement for the failed drive.)
I know you are looking internal, but I have a 3TB external seagate that has been running like a champ.

I've been considering daisy chaining externals until I can afford a storage server case. Does this work well? Is firewire sufficient for 1080p x264?

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I've been considering daisy chaining externals until I can afford a storage server case. Does this work well? Is firewire sufficient for 1080p x264?

It depends on the version of Firewire that is used. The older spec is 400Mbit/s the newer one is 800Mbit/s.
Actual payload on Firewire 400 is about 200-250Mbit/s
Bluray off the disc tops out around 50Mbit/s, this gives you about 4 usable streams, more if the movie is re-encoded to reduce the bitrate.

When daisy chaining check the particular disk enclosure will keep downstream devices connected in the event of problems with the disk it holds.
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