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Hey gents,


What do you guys think about using 3TB drives? I was considering getting a WD Green WD30EZRX 3tb for my Mediasonic enclosure. I would save more money buying it than buying 3 seperate 1tb drives but im worried about reliability. Any advice you guys hvae on them?


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2TB is the sweet spit right now.

I have four 2's running in a San Digital JOB. At 59 dollars each today it's a lot of storage for the buck. I run 4TB storage for movies and 4 TB for back up...........the drives cost less the the usb storage cace.
 

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At the moment 2Tb drives are about the best price/capacity deal.


Although, of course, if you want really big storage you have to weigh this against, say, having to buy a second or larger enclosure/server to accomodate the larger number of drives.


The fact that some older kit won't support drives bigger than 2Tb probably hasn't helped push forward the market either.


2Tb is huge for most end users, whilst corporates hardly have to worry about cost or space


Hence the bigger drives aren't appearing as fast ordropping in price as quick as I;d like them to
 

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I paid $109 at Fry's over the weekend for a retail box 3 TB Hitachi. It is the second physical drive in my WHS after a 2 TB Hitachi for $69. Pricing is very comparable.
 

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I recently added a 3tb wd green drive. My 2 year old dell xps could not use it but it came with a sata card to take care of this. I just filled it up with movies so it shouldn't take too much wear and tear. This being new tech/product would not use it as a drive that getts lots of reads and writes.
 

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7MC recognizes HDD 3T|HITACHI 0S03230 5.4 K % - OEM . Easy to install as GPT and working fine. I paid $110 with rebate last month. Wise to get the bigger drive. Computer cases can only accommodate so many drives. Then you need another enclosure or external drives.
 

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Of course I speak from a UK point of view and as usual we're way behind what you can get in the US. It's bloody annoying - things you get easily we have to get at ripoff prices from specialists or can't get at all.


It's almost impossible, for example, to find 3Tb drives here yet.
 

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I will be backing up the data on 2 x 2tb drives. Would you say the green drives are reliable for movies/back ups? Im actually considering going with just a 2tb now but if the means to back up exists what would you guys go with? The enclosure I have says it can support SATA 3 / 3tb drives.


Really appreciate the help guys. Proud to be apart of this forum


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I have my 3TB drive as one drive of 4 in my computer case. I back it up on a 5x1.5 TB drive direct attached storage unit set up for raid stripping and using 7MC backup. It works fine.
 

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This being new tech/product would not use it as a drive that getts lots of reads and writes.

What's new about it other than size? It's not like it's a new interface or technology; it's just bigger. Hard disks have continuously gotten bigger (and cheaper) for the last 20 years.


We've gone through periods before when hard disk size outstripped what was contemplated when a then-in-use operating system or drive interface was designed and workarounds to size limits were required. But I don't recall those issues ever affecting the reliability of the drives themselves.


I'm not sure they are cost effective compared to 2GB drives today, but personally I wouldn't hesitate because of reliablity concerns.
 

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What's new about it other than size? It's not like it's a new interface or technology; it's just bigger. Hard disks have continuously gotten bigger (and cheaper) for the last 20 years.


We've gone through periods before when hard disk size outstripped what was contemplated when a then-in-use operating system or drive interface was designed and workarounds to size limits were required. But I don't recall those issues ever affecting the reliability of the drives themselves.


I'm not sure they are cost effective compared to 2GB drives today, but personally I wouldn't hesitate because of reliablity concerns.

Any new product or line can have bugs/issues that don't become to lite until in use for awhile.
 

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Any new product or line can have bugs/issues that don't become to lite until in use for awhile.

That issue, to the extent there is one, exists just as much with 500gb drives as 3tb drives - it's not size dependant. Mfgs come out with new lines all the time.


For example, Hitachi makes 1.5, 2 and 3 TB versions of the 5k3000 Coolspin drive. No reason why the 3tb would have any more problems than the 2TB (which I'm using two of myself).
 

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ok, so would you get 3tb drives then? i'm building an htpc and was hoping to have it build for maximum internal storage...ideally 2 or 3 3tb drives, but I was told to stick to 2tb max...should i just go for the 3tb then?
 

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ok, so would you get 3tb drives then? i'm building an htpc and was hoping to have it build for maximum internal storage...ideally 2 or 3 3tb drives, but I was told to stick to 2tb max...should i just go for the 3tb then?

Two seperate issues. Would I be worried about reliability? No more than any other hard disk. That certainly wouldn't stop me from using a 3tb drive.


Would I be worried about compatibility? Well, I'd be doing my homework and be certain my OS and my motherboard or SATA adapter would recognize a 3tb drive, and since I haven't had the need and because 2tb have been until recently a much better value, I've been using 2tb drives and haven't studied the compatibility issue enough to give you an answer.


You might read this as a starting point:
http://www.hitachigst.com/tech/techl...finalwebv2.pdf
 

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ok, so would you get 3tb drives then? i'm building an htpc and was hoping to have it build for maximum internal storage...ideally 2 or 3 3tb drives, but I was told to stick to 2tb max...should i just go for the 3tb then?

I went with the 3tb so Ill update you guys on how that goes. Ill be backing up data on 2 tb WD AVGP drive
 
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