[mythtv-users] 2 TB Hard Drive Recommendations

Dean Collins Dean at cognation.net
Mon Dec 6 04:27:06 UTC 2010


I bought my drives "during" the firmware disaster.

I'm no it guru but my understanding was the firmware I upgraded wasd to
fix a problem these drives had with raid implementations.

I'd actually received but not installed the drives just as the issue was
announced and 2 weeks later they solved the problem which is when I
broke open the seals, updated the drives one by one and installed them.

Since then no issues at all 24 x7 run time.

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Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] 2 TB Hard Drive Recommendations


On 6 December 2010 10:35, Dean Collins <Dean at cognation.net> wrote:
> I use Seagate 1.5tb's in my Thecus N7700 box (not for myth but for
mp3/s work/home files etc).
> Been running raid 6 for over 2 years now.
> Haven't had any issues at all once I got all 7 drives onto the same

I bought 6x1.5TB Seagate drives for my RAID5 array (Barracuda 7200.11
ST31500341AS) about 18 months ago; my backend wouldn't reboot last
week: turned out one drive didn't respond ata commands anymore and
would lock the bios boot ; then found that another drive was clicking
like crazy..

I replaced one disk with a 2TB samsung drive, which the RAID array was
rebuilding, the seagate that was clicking suddenly died...
Luckily, when out of frustration of loosing it all I slapped the disk,
it started to work again. Just sufficiently for the raid array to
rebuild completely. It has too been replaced by another 2TB samsung

so two drives out of 6 dying in 18 months, so close to each other
isn't that great.

At work, we use 500GB NL35.2, the last batch of drives (12) , a
quarter died within 18 months..

So sure they are under warranty, but really it's pretty poor from
seagate. I was very happy with seagate in the past.

The new drives we bought are the WD 2TB Green raid edition... so far
no problem whatsoever.

I've never heard of the firmware problem with Samsung drive, when I
bought the 2TB drive to replace the seagate last week, they were on
special and the only 2TB drives they had in stock.

Having said that, when I bought the 1.5TB seagate, everyone were
complaining of their "firmware disaster", now I bought samsung and
once again we have a firmware disaster.

Not sure what those disasters refer to, but it surely have impacted me
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