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I need to get a 500GB HD.  Probably not a typical need for a server designed for large capacity, but there is a large number of small size files and there are regular additions and/or deletions.  Most files are irreplaceable so what is really important here is reliability and stability, not so much speed.  I really don't want to mix this with media drives containing a relatively speaking low number of large size files that stay pretty static.  The current total size is somewhere around 200 GB, so I don't see needing to exceed 500 in any reasonable length of time.  I don't mind spending a few $ more, but really don't think I want to go to the expense of an enterprise level drive.  I have these files backed up in two other locations.  One daily, one monthly.

 

Any suggestions are appreciated.  I would go slightly down ot up in size if there is a better drive for the money, but would rather buy reliability instead of size.

 

I looked at this, a little pricy for the size but has good ratings.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136697

 

Also looked at

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073 which has tons of reviews, most good

And

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136795 which has a 5 yr warranty

 

Thanks

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I would suggest this drive:

 

HITACHI Deskstar H3IK5003272SP (0S02859) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

 

Note that the only bad review is by someone who doesn't know what they are talking about - a beeping sound at boot indicates bad RAM, not a bad HDD.  Hitachi has overall the best track record recently, and their drives won't be available for too much longer as they were bought out by WD.

 

If you prefer WD (my second choice at the moment), then the Caviar Blue that you linked would be a good choice.  You don't need the speed of the Black or the 'RAID' features of the RE4.  The length of the warranty only helps you get a new drive if yours dies, it doesn't protect your data or help you recover it.

 

I also suggest getting a 500 GB (or larger) external HDD (or 2) and creating manual off-site backups on a monthly basis.  No unRAID server can protect you from fire or flood, so off-site backups are critical as well.  If you have two externals, then you can rotate them so that you always have an off-site backup while you sync the other one.

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Is this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299 the bare drive version of the retail box above?

 

I had a busy weekend and didn't really have time to think about this much.  The only reason I'd go for the black drive is if it was more reliable.  The 5yr warranty only really matters to me because it means they believe in the drives longevity more than the blue, which should mean there is a difference in build quality.  There certainly are a lot more reviews of the blue drive, but that's probably only because it's cheaper.  The blue is actually on sale for $39, or 2/3 the cost of the black drive.  

 

I have been liking Hitachi better than WD as well in general, but then think they all have high failure rates until you get to enterprise level $200 drives.  If the hitachi above is the same in the non retail that puts it about where the blue drive is and I'll probably go that way.

 

I'm sure i'm over-thinking this more than it deserves.  Thanks for the advice.

 

EDIT:  I spoke to Hitachi, and they are identical drives. One is retail and the other is a bare drive.  Guess I'm going that way.

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