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Master Geek


#113592 21-Jan-2013 19:32
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I am adding another harddrive to my media server and am not sure which of these 2 I should get

The drive will be data only, bootup is handled by another drive

Which would you choose? And why?

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  #748447 21-Jan-2013 20:34
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I wouldn't get either.

The EARX is the old model with 3 platters, the new model is the WD20EZRX with 2 platters. Fewer platters means less noise, heat, vibration and a lower chance of failure. Vibration is a big part of why HDDs fail so the vibration from one hard drive next to another can cause the other to die.

If the hard drive's role is as a non system drive with occasional light access then a Green drive should be fine.

But I wouldn't get a Green drive to run with Linux as the file system access profile can cause endless head park / unpark cycles.

The WD Reds are the same as the Greens except the have anti-vibration technology and don't park their heads by default. You should disable their default 7s error correction timeout before using it in a non RAID computer setup.

The other Barracuda drive you mentioned is a triple platter desktop drive. It will be louder, hotter and faster and may or may not be what you're after.

The 2 platter ST2000VM003 looks like a good option if you can find it for a reasonable price.



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  #749094 22-Jan-2013 19:47
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Thanks for the advice. I have opted for the 2 platter Seagate

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