I have been reading through this forum and some of the others extensively. I still don't know what the best eSata setup seems to be. Everyone seems to be a fan of the Antec MX-1 enclosure. I can't seem to get a handle of which drives of the best. Some like the Seagates, others the WD. I also can't figure out what the correct drive speed is.
Doesn't really matter, the WD EADs work well and the Seagates work well. With the Seagates you'll want the 7200 RPM drives.
The WD Green drives don't even have a stated drive speed, while some of the Seagate models are 5400 and others are 7200. They also have different Cache sizes. Does any of this matter for an HD DVR external drive?
I wouldn't buy the Seagate drives that aren't 7200 RPMs. From what I've read, the slower ones make a lot of noise. I use the Seagate 7200s and have had no problems with them and the MX-1s. Get the ones with the cache size of 32.
I was looking for a 2TB drive, but when I looked at the WD Green drives, it deems seem worth the price to upgrade from a 1.5 TB model. Price difference was around $90.
That really depends on how many HRs you have. If you have one or two, go with the 2TB size. I have ten and I use the 1.5s. Cheaper and not really that much difference in capacity. I wouldn't buy a Seagate 2TB right now.
I really want ease of use and the highest reliability. Reasonable cost wouldn't be a bad thing either.
Again, that depends on how many HRs you've got. You can get the WD 2TB for $179 or less at most sites, that's really a good price considering that they were $300 at this time last year.