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Lars Johnsson
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p.1 #1 · Hard Drives for Drobo


I will order 6-7 new hard drives for my Drobo's. 3 or 4 TB in size. Should I go for the WD Red or the WD Black? I'm thinking both about the price and performance here.


Apr 06, 2013 at 08:06 AM
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p.1 #2 · Hard Drives for Drobo


The Red's are probably the better choice, being specifically designed for NAS applications. The Blacks are faster, but are designed for standalone use not array use. Accordingly the Red's have TLER timeouts set correctly for RAID which can make the array more stable. They probably use less power and make less heat too as they spin slower.


Apr 06, 2013 at 10:01 AM
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p.1 #3 · Hard Drives for Drobo


Make sure to burn-in the drives. When we were using WD Red drives, we saw higher than normal infant mortality.


Apr 06, 2013 at 10:26 AM
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p.1 #4 · Hard Drives for Drobo


I have one 2 TB red in mine for the past 3 months running true.


Apr 06, 2013 at 01:01 PM
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p.1 #5 · Hard Drives for Drobo


Thanks everyone. I like the Red drives. But I don't think they have 4TB of those? If choosing those I will probably wait until WD makes those in the 4TB size also.


Apr 06, 2013 at 01:13 PM
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p.1 #6 · Hard Drives for Drobo


currently 3TB max at the moment


Apr 06, 2013 at 02:52 PM
 

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p.1 #7 · Hard Drives for Drobo


Lars Johnsson wrote:
I will order 6-7 new hard drives for my Drobo's. 3 or 4 TB in size.



You did not mention which model Drobo you have. The hard drive compatibility does vary with the different models of Drobo.




Apr 06, 2013 at 03:57 PM
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p.1 #8 · Hard Drives for Drobo


DanBrown wrote:
You did not mention which model Drobo you have. The hard drive compatibility does vary with the different models of Drobo.



It's for the Drobo S Gen 1 and the Drobo S USB 3. Both those drives are compatible.



Apr 06, 2013 at 04:35 PM
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p.1 #9 · Hard Drives for Drobo


I cannot use a Drogbo, but we normally run with the Constellation drives in the NAS. They recently qualified a 4TB drive.

EBH



Apr 06, 2013 at 09:32 PM
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p.1 #10 · Hard Drives for Drobo


I had Green drives in my Drobo. But I'm replacing those drives with larger Red drives


Apr 13, 2013 at 07:46 AM
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p.1 #11 · Hard Drives for Drobo


EB-1 wrote:
I cannot use a Drogbo, but we normally run with the Constellation drives in the NAS. They recently qualified a 4TB drive.

Those 4TB drives are just coming out, and are of the latest generation: Constellation ES.3 with 1TB per platter. I just received the 1TB version today. Tested the SAS hot-plug feature - it worked. Linux placed it online without even rebooting! Tests indicate good serial read performance of 170 MB/s in the outer zone. These drives are cooler than Cheetah 15K, but do need airflow.



Apr 13, 2013 at 08:43 AM





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