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| p.2 #12 · Favorite Hard Drive Manufacturer? |
With proper precautions, a drive failure is inconvenient, but not a catastrophe. For a single user in a desktop, is an enterprise drive really cost effective?
The answer is yes for me, but with caveats. Others must weight their own cost/benefits. On my main machine, the current tiers of mass storage are SSD (240GB), SCSI (300GB), SATA (500GB), and tape. While backups are performed, data loss/corruption is always a pain. The tier occupied by SCSI (soon SAS) is the one I expect to exhibit greatest reliability, and I pay accordingly. At times when I maintained massive quantities of data at work, the economical route was eight ATA Maxtor drives on a 3Ware controller. Even with RAID5, that sucker was a bitch to recover when a Maxtor died (several times) but, hey, that was a paying gig.
I wouldn't touch Seagate consumer with a 10-foot pole, but their enterprise 2.5 HDD look pretty good. I'm planning to install the Savvio 10K.6 (SAS) next week.