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Advice on Big Disks [Jan. 28th, 2008|02:15 pm]
Douglas Spencer
I'm about to get four large SATA disks to upgrade a server that's currently got four 250MB disks in it. They're on a proper RAID card (not a mock-RAID-done-in-SW system), and the machine runs vmware-over-Ubuntu.

I haven't bought any big disks for ages, so I'm a little out of date. I've looked at the curve of price-per-GB, but I don't have a handle on which disks people feel good about.

So...
Poll #1128664 Big Disks

What size of disks would you be happy to have in your server?

Four 500GB SATA disks, might have to upgrade again later
2(15.4%)
Four 750GB SATA disks, might possibly outlast the server
8(61.5%)
Four 1TB SATA disks, will very probably outlast the server
2(15.4%)

Which disks would you be happy to have in your server?

Hitachi
0(0.0%)
HP
0(0.0%)
Samsung
1(7.1%)
Seagate
4(28.6%)
Western Digital
1(7.1%)

Anything else you'd like to say?



I'll be recovering the existing disks -- two to redeploy as hot-spares in servers of a similar age, and two for desktop systems.
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Comments:
From: envoy
2008-01-28 03:07 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested in more details about what you decide when you decide it. I'm looking into a SATA RAID for my new box.
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[User Picture]From: cobrabay
2008-01-28 04:14 pm (UTC)
I've had some bad experiences recently at work with Western Digital disks. Far too many failures on both internal and external disks (particularly the latter with 2 out of 5 WD ext. drives failing in the 3 months since they were bought).
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[User Picture]From: phlump
2008-01-28 08:46 pm (UTC)
Wow I misread the subject of this post! lol
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[User Picture]From: johncoxon
2008-01-29 01:25 am (UTC)
I had a Samsung drive in a LaCie d2 Quadra enclosure and it broke, so I'd avoid them. :)
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