[mythtv-users] Dec 2008 - State of the Art - Hard Drive Recommendations?
bryanfrye at gmail.com
Wed Dec 17 14:52:07 UTC 2008
I use Seagate Barracuda 750Gb 7200rpm SATA. 4 of them. Woot had them on
sale a few months ago for $59.99. I have a 120Gb 7200 RPM Seagate Barracuda
SATA I use for the OS.
They are setup as 5 individual drives.
The 120 is partitioned for OS use only.
3 of the 750's are setup in a storage group for DVD ripping (about 14% full
at the moment), no RAID. I let MythTV handle what goes where.
1 of the 750's is setup for live recording. On average, it sits around
The 750's are still fairly new, so I can't comment on their reliability yet,
but I haven't had a single problem yet.
The 120 is about 2yrs old and I haven't had any problems with it yet.
On Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 8:27 AM, Sandy Walsh <swalsh at impathnetworks.com>wrote:
> Hi all,
> Seems like this is a question that occurs pretty regularly, so let's take a
> snapshot of the "state-of-the-art" for hard drive selection. I'd love to
> hear all of your opinions on the following.
> What would you say are the most important criteria for selecting a PVR hard
> 1. Is it Interface? PATA? SATA? ATA-100, 133, 150, 300?
> 2. Capacity? Is it simply Gigabytes per Dollar (G/$) or do drives just get
> flaky over a certain size?
> 3. Is it Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF)? Is this a meaningful metric
> 4. What about RAID? Good or Bad? Good for peace of mind, Bad for
> performance? Recommendations for/against using RAID? What about software
> raid (useless?)
> 5. Rotational Speed? Is it a factor?
> 6. Average Seek Time? Do technologies like Western Digital Intelliseek make
> any difference or just get in the way?
> 7. Vendors? Seagate? Western Digital? Hitachi? Samsung? Any warrenty horror
> stories? Others to consider?
> 8. Cache size? Since this is mostly a Write operation activity does cache
> really affect performance? How important is a large cache?
> What else?
> Ultimately ... what do you recommend and why?
> Thanks in advance everyone! This will greatly assist my Christmas shopping
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