Originally Posted by pdxrealtor
Thanks. For now Im going to buy one drive. Gotta buy at least one anyways, right?
That should hold me over until I am at the point where its nas building time.
Is your reccommendation still the same? The seagate 7200.14 still the drive to get?
Depends on what is important to you.
If price and performance are important then there is no better drive. It's very fast, and very affordable.
If your looking more for ultra low heat, noise (not that 7200.14 is very noisy or hot, it's really almost the same) you can look at a Seagate NAS or WD RED. personally I think the RED is crappy and the Seagate NAS is a better drive these days. Both come with 3 year full warranty- while the 7200.14 only has 2 years.
Interesting note on warranty- it usually seems the warranty is 2.6 months from the date of MFG. Most of 7200.14's have longer than 2 years when I run the serial number on the online warranty checker- I like to label the drives with this info when it expires so I know by pulling it out and looking at it how long it's under warranty for.
If you really needed the low spindle speed ( I think it's a gimmick most times ) then the Seagates do 5900rpm so they retain quite a bit more / better performance than the WD GREEN or RED drives @ 5400rpm and are still very energy / noise / heat .
At the end of the day the difference between a RED 5400rpm and a Seagate 7200.14 in a normal set up like a server or desktop is like 1 degree more temp on the surface, and it's probably less than $1 a year in energy. I generally favor the better performance at a cheaper price.
Seagate does not do 7200rpm and 4TB so the 4TB is only 5900rpm. It's a good choice over a RED or GREEN WD I think, if for nothing more than it being cheaper per TB and also bigger. 4TB is always better than 3TB, and WD does not make any good 4TB drives. WD is not today what it was a couple years ago. It's losing ground quickly to Seagate these days as Seagate seems to have heavily invested into 1TB platters and advanced technolgies to make higher density platters work more reliably and so the result is they are launching their 5TB drive soon, while WD can't seem to even get a reliable 4TB RED or GREEN drive to market yet.
Taking my personal bias out of the equation- any modern HDD you buy today that runs reliably for years will be fine. They are all better than anything from a couple years ago on energy, heat, noise, performance and price per TB. The same is true for basic hardware.
Intel HASWELL socket 1150 launches in a few weeks. A CPU for $35 is going to be light years better than something that was $300 a number of years ago. I don't think going used is a good idea for you. It's just not worth it.
I have a 3.16ghz Core2 Duo E8500 CPU I paid $300 for, inside a ROG ASUS MAXIMUS FORMULA II DELUXE socket 775 mobo- with 4GB of CRUCIAL BALLISTIX high end RAM (DDR2 800mhz) - The board has only SATA II, and lacks tons of features you would want like USB3.0, HDMI, Integrated graphics, ...etc... etc... It's my desktop gaming system from 2 builds back- and I spent $600 just on the board, ram and CPU at the time.
Now this was decidedly high end when I bought and built it not that long ago and it's sitting on my shelf now unused because reality is I can buy a $35 CPU today that does the same amount of power on much less energy, heat and noise, and I can get a motherboard for it for $60 that has HDMI, integrated graphics, USB3.0 and SATA3.
If you wanted it- I'd sell it cheap
You can't go used and get anything that is as good a value as brand new modern stuff. Not in the long run anyways. You have nice stuff, so I think you will appreciate spending $100 and doing it right with modern hardware. If you can afford a few hundred bucks your much better off using a modern tech to build your server IMO. It will last you many more years and give you many less issues.