Choosing the right Hard Drive for samples

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  1. beluga_man

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    I'm looking at 4TB drive. I'd really want to go for a 8TB but since I have it in RAID I need to buy 2.

    I usually select one with 7200 RPM. I see some NAS with those specs. Are those recommendable options?
    Are there any other specs that I should look for?
     
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    Too small too expensive
     
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    Thank you for the suggestion. I'm tempted especially given the one I'm considering
    (Toshiba X300 4TB Performance Desktop and Gaming Hard Drive 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive (HDWE140XZSTA)
    is out of stock until early May.

    I must say I'm weary about buying refurbished drives but this would be cheaper and give me extra 2TB and I would get it much sooner. Reviews of that product are mixed though.
    How long have you had yours?
    You are using them to stream samples?
     
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    I've been using these for awhile. Replaced my kontakt, and sample libraries with these and have no issues. I believe they also have a year warranty. In all seriousness though drives no matter what brand, new or referb can guarantee life expectancy so I would have a back up.
     
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    True enough. I used them in RAID so as long as they don't both fail at the same time I'm good
     
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    If you are on a budget the Toshiba X300 is the cheapest 7200rpm drive. If you 're looking for the best performance in a hdd, the Seagate BarraCuda Pro is the fastest drive along with the WD Black in the 4tb capacity. NAS/server drives are good for raid partitions but not really fast unless you go for something that 'll be even more expensive than a performance desktop drive. Keep in mind nas and server oriented drives are spec'd for raid - desktop drives aren't.
     
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    I still say SSD due to speed. I will be saving up to get a 2tb. I get Samsungs every time. Only speaking from experience yet I dont want to sway you.
     
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    I think OP needs something for libraries I'm guessing that exceeds 4tb. SSD are way to expensive for that big of a capacity.
     
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    I'm looking for the best compromise between price and performance. What other specs are important Data rate, cache? What should they be? I'm not knowledgeable on the difference between a desktop 7200RPM drive and a NAS 7200RPM. I have all my data drives in RAID1 so I have a copy if one fails or could I go with one high performance desktop drive like a WD Black and RAID it with a NAS or is it recommended to use identical drives? I'm not clear on RAID1 works if I can select which is the main active drive I read off data from and which one is the copy. Maybe that would be the most cost effective solution but I'm not sure if that's a good idea.
    Thanks for the insights
     
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    Typically NAS drive are more reliable as they are drive made to be constantly transferring. This being said NAS drive usually come with a longer warranty period than standard desktop drives. I could be wrong but higher the cache the better.
     
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    If size is key, and money is an object, I would go with an enterprise rated 7200 drive with the best speed and ratings that you can google.
     
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    What are enterprise HD exactly?
     
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    You can of course go higher than 7200rpm. Still pretty cheap.
     
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    I did not know there was faster! WHat is it?
     
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    You'll have to check on eBay, which is where I saw them. My connection is really shlooooow right now.
    May have some bookmarked pages in browser though. Hang on a mo'.
     
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    Ah. Not in browser. Must be saved in my eBay watchlist! Which I won't be able to get to right now due to bandwidth probs. I keep losing connection even here!
    But they're like 10,000rpm or so. And there are even faster, too.
    I've done what you've done. I have 2x 4tb in RAID, so two 2x2tb backed up, but some libraries really need to have SSD, so I have a few SSDs also.
    If I didn't, I'd constantly be having to instantly print those tracks to get anywhere!
     
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    Ok I'll look up those 10,000 rpm. Thanks. Is that what your 2 4TB are? Just curious which libraries you need to have SSD to use?
     
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