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Author Topic: Suggestion on what HDD to add  (Read 5184 times)

SwatKat

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Suggestion on what HDD to add
« on: February 01, 2010, 06:33:41 AM »

Hello! I am using a NAS 323 with a Seagate 1Tb hdd and I would like to add another hdd, no raid, just single mode. I understand that the new 1.5Tb Seagate's are not so good, even with the new firmware - some users say that they experience BSODs, Win failure.

So I was thinking about a Samsung 1 TB SATA-II 7200RPM 32MB Spinpoint F DT or maybe another Seagate 1TB SATA-II 7200 rpm 32MB Barracuda 7200.12 (that's what I currently have).

What would you think? Stay with Seagate or not? (I do not intend to use raid.)
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Re: Suggestion on what HDD to add
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2010, 06:46:53 AM »

FWIW, I'd be looking at the 5400 RPM drives for this box.  You won't get the benefit of 7200 RPM anyway due to the speed of the interface, might as well go for less power consumption and lower operating temperatures inside the box.
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Re: Suggestion on what HDD to add
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2010, 07:07:04 AM »

What factors are most important to you? (i.e. storage capacity, reliability, speed, price)
Also, is the second HDD a backup of the data on the first HDD or will this be used for primary storage/access?
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SwatKat

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Re: Suggestion on what HDD to add
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2010, 01:09:14 AM »

Thanks for the tip about 5400rpm.
Second, the new hdd will be used for primary data, as the current one. I use the NAS for storing movies/music to be watched/listened on the TV/audio system through my lan.

Where I live I can only find max 1.5Gb hdd and only Seagates that I heard they have firmware problems.

I'll liik anyway for a 5400 rpm drive unit
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Re: Suggestion on what HDD to add
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2010, 04:53:53 AM »

I am using 4 5400 RPM 2TB seagate HDDs in my DNS-343 (configured as standard volumes) and have no issue streaming video/audio.  If you are concerned about the recent Seagate firmware issue, find out which model/lot numbers were affected prior to making your purchase.
« Last Edit: February 02, 2010, 05:12:59 AM by JavaLawyer »
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Re: Suggestion on what HDD to add
« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2010, 06:01:39 AM »

Seagate released a firmware upgrade for the affected drives.  Any that are in the distribution channel now have been fixed.  I bought my 1.5TB Seagates months ago, when I checked the firmware version, they were already upgraded to the fixed firmware.
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Re: Suggestion on what HDD to add
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2010, 06:37:35 AM »

OK. Thanks a lot.
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Re: Suggestion on what HDD to add
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2010, 07:02:52 AM »

Seagate released a firmware upgrade for the affected drives.  Any that are in the distribution channel now have been fixed.  I bought my 1.5TB Seagates months ago, when I checked the firmware version, they were already upgraded to the fixed firmware.

If he's buying a HDD from a brick-and-mortar store, or questionable online retailer, there's a real concern that he may be purchasing a product that's been on the shelf for some time.  There's a danger of purchasing an older lot/model number that wasn't fixed.
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Re: Suggestion on what HDD to add
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2010, 07:13:41 AM »

And if he gets one of those, you can download the updated firmware and the installation utility from Seagate.
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Re: Suggestion on what HDD to add
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2010, 07:18:52 AM »

That's true, but I've heard many horror stories about HDDs not working after manually updating the firmware.  Not sure if that was b/c of the revised firmware being faulty or some other issue.
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