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#21 OFFLINE   SayWhat?

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 11:35 AM

I was wondering about that. I've gotten some emails 'specials' lately that don't seem to be too far off what they were a few months ago. Still high, but not as bad.

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 05:41 AM

Most of our systems are under warranty, but this made me curious. Does anyone know who actually makes drives for systems like HP Proliant servers? The official ones that HP uses, not OEM type. I figured someone else made them for HP.

They use a few different manufacturers - they still have the normal labels on them. They buy drives they need, match them to the appropriate tray/sled, and stick on a HP Spares number sticker. I've seen Seagate, Western Digital, and I think one other I can't remember at the moment (Fujitsu?).

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 08:45 AM

I just checked CamelEgg this morning, and prices are dropping now on hard drives. Mind you, prices are still way above pre-flood prices, but below insane. Examples for Western Digital drives:

750MB 32MB Cache: Dec 03, 2011 08:33 AM $179.99 -> Jan 20, 2012 12:56 AM $139.99
1TB 32MB Cache: Dec 09, 2011 04:41 AM $249.99 -> Jan 20, 2012 12:56 AM $159.99
1.5TB 64MB Cache: Nov 03, 2011 12:37 AM $229.99 -> Jan 21, 2012 12:52 AM $169.99

Not all prices are dropping. My favorite drive, a 1 TB 64MB cache, is still at $239.
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 09:29 AM

Newegg has several 2TB drives under $150, different brands, RPMs, cache, speed, etc.
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 12:26 PM

Back in the day I vividly remember paying $5,000 for a 500MB drive.

Prices on hard drives should be falling due to the popularity of tablet computers and smart phones.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 02:12 PM

The new Ultrabooks have SSDs. In another few years the HDDs will be the latest dinosaurs in the tech world.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 07:50 AM

I don't think so. I think you're going to get the hybrid balance. You'll have your SSD for the stuff that needs to be blazing fast (page & swap files, system libraries, application code) and then regular 'rotational' drives which are ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE cheaper for 'slower' storage.

For example, I don't need the kind of seek and transfer rates for my iTunes library or the several terabytes of video that I have. So I can have my $500 SSD as my system drive (these days buying me between 0.25 and 0.5GB) and $500 worth of "spinning rust" that, today, will buy me something like 10TB for video, backups, etc.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:25 AM

I would like to see a computer boot up with a ssd as the boot drive. Interested how fast it will boot compared to a regular hard drive.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 07:23 AM

Well, they're getting back down slowly. Tiger is running a 2TB Seagate internal for $99 after rebate and a 2TB WD NAS for $149

Maybe a few more months.
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Posted 15 October 2013 - 06:47 AM

Several 1TB models now under $65 again, finally. 

 

http://www.tigerdire....asp?CatId=2459

 

 

I've also seen 2TB and 3TB models under $100


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Posted 15 October 2013 - 10:01 AM

If I get a hard drive now, it would probably be for my own NAS. Must investigate that. 


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Posted 15 October 2013 - 01:59 PM

Periodically Newegg runs email specials like this one. Since I like the Qnap I bought.

 

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QNAP Diskless System Network Storage + Western Digital Red 2TB HDD + Western Digital Red 2TB HDD Combo Discount: -$78.99
Combo Price: $359.99

I also saw the 3TB Red on email special with the Promo code for $125 each.

 

I'll have to see how the WD red NAS drives hold up. Three year warranty however, I also remember when Warranties had climbed even higher on Hard Drives before they dropped them back to One year in many instances.

 

I have decided that a NAS needs a NAS drive. Seagate makes them too. You pay more but it may be worth it.

 

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 05:48 AM



If I get a hard drive now, it would probably be for my own NAS. Must investigate that. 

Tiger Special:

 

WD Red 2 TB NAS  $85


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 08:32 AM

And if you want a full system....

 

Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay 4TB Network Attached Storage (STBN4000100) for around $300


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 11:58 AM

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And if you want a full system....

 

Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay 4TB Network Attached Storage (STBN4000100) for around $300

 

Just a reminder that would be a 2Tb if mirrored and 4Tb if striped. IMHO striping increases the risk of data loss due it only requiring either drive to lose all the data. To me that is a doubling of the risk.

 

To me the Newegg description is more accurate as it shows 2 x 2Tb drives.

 

Seagate Business Storage 2-Bay 4TB (2 x 2TB) NAS(STBN4000100)

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822178332

$329.99 and free shipping

FWIW............... The reviews were not that good on this unit.

 

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 03:55 PM

Yeah, I know.  And it doesn't really change even if you go to 3 or 4 drives.  You really have to go with bigger drives which jacks the cost up.  I'm wonde4ring though if there's a combination configuration.  Let's say you go to a 4 bay enclosure with 4 2TB drives.  Drive 0 and 1 mirror each other.  Drive 2 and 3 mirror each other.  Then Drives 1/2 and 3/4 stripe for a total of 4 TB.  Or is that too stupid?

 

I was looking at this stuff for a while, but it made my brain hurt.  Somebody suggested using a PogoPlug configured with ArcLinux and several USB EHDs.  Did some reading there and kept seeing mixed reviews.  Also, they apparently won't recognize any drive larger than 2TB.

 

For now, I picked up a 3TB EHD to add to the 2TB already in use.  Since it's connected to one PC on the LAN, I can use it from the other boxes.  I plan on using the 3TB the same way from another box .  That'll give me 5TB in addition to the 2 1TB drives in the main PC.  The laptop is only a 320GB, so I should be able to do a full backup of it on the 3TB as well as the user files of the main PC and the two secondaries.  I'm not overly concerned about transfer speeds, so I think the USBs will work for me for now.


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Posted 18 October 2013 - 12:10 PM

With four 2 TB drives you should be able to go to RAID 5  - striping with parity, for a total of 6 TB. That can withstand any one drive going down.


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Posted 21 November 2013 - 05:00 PM

Newegg:  Seagate Backup Plus 3TB USB 3.0 Black Desktop Hard Drive STCA3000101  $99 w/promo code shown on page

 

http://www.newegg.co...-_-22178110-L0E


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