A&P Need OTAPs opinion.

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  1. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    I have 10 GB of room in my external HD and I've decided I'm not going to buy more Externals and take up room. Instead, I'm getting a drobo. Looking at the ones on their site and B&H, they have packages w/ HDs already w/ them.

    Best example is this one.

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    and these are the drives that come in it.

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    I just wanted to know what OTAP thought about the HD itself... not so much about the drobo. If there's better options w/ 2TB available (which I don't doubt) that are reasonably priced, let a brotha know!

    The HD itself is $150 on B&H's website.
     
  2. gtcrispy

    gtcrispy New Member

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    Comparing that HD to the same one on Newegg, B&H is $50 cheaper. I had recently read some reviews on 2TB and smaller HD's and one of the Seagate's was less desireable because it used older CSS technology and had a low rated load/unload cycle time of 50,000 where most were in the 300,000 cycle range. That was the Barracuda LP version and it's $139 on Newegg. You don't need a 7200rpm drive for storage unless you need to constantly access files which probably isn't likely? The drive seems like a good choice.
     
  3. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    Sweet, thanks. I figured w/ something I'm not accessing all the time that 7200RPM wouldn't be necessary. I just want to make sure the drives themselves are halfway decent. I looked on newegg, but didn't see too much of a difference between the 2TB drives.
     
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  5. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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  6. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    just build a file server with a good raid card.
     
  7. Professor Chaos

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    Seems a bit pricey for 10TB of space

    If you want to deal with building a server yourself you can probably save a good bit of money :dunno:

    Heinz built a wicked server so I'd PM for some advise.
     
  8. Gvidon

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    Why in the world you need so much space for? Trigger happy? Porn? Bragging rights?
     
  9. Gaylord Focker

    Gaylord Focker 8=oOOo=D ~ ~ ~

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    Drobos are pieces of shit. I bought one and couldn't return it fast enough. the transfer speeds are horrid even with firewire/esata, and if you ever lose a drive it will take you a almost week to rebuild.
     
  10. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    doesnt even have to be a good server. Just a big case (preferably with hotswap sata bays) with a core2duo e6400 or something, 4GB ram, and FreeNAS, a good raid card, and you are good to go.

    Probably 200-300 for the hardware other than the actual drives.
     
  11. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    The last time I looked at them, drives were way cheaper separately than in a Drobo package.

    Also, I wouldn't get anything but WD RE3/4 drives
     
  12. Professor Chaos

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    Well for RAM and all the other parts (a good tower/power supply etc) it would likely run upwards of $500. But it's worth the time because you have more hardware/OS/RAID options to work with.
     
  13. turbodude

    turbodude Just a photographer OT Supporter

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    buy an old machine on craigslist. :)
     
  14. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    why hotswap bays? its just a file server for a single computer, not an enterprise solution. if he has to shut it off to replace a bad drive its not going to be the end of the world. :o also, c2d and 4gb of ram is probably overkill for what he needs. a p4 and 1+gb of ram would be more than enough to run freenas for a single computer.
     
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    Oh yeh, how could i forget, WD drives > shitgate.
     
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    This may be a silly idea, but for $1,400 why not just build a server for less with the same amount of storage?
     
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    this appears to be a neat little package, not to mention it looks compact
     
  18. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    and thats what i want... not to mention its portability. :dunno:
     
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    I love my NAS drobo with 5x 1tb's

    ( got it under my old works budget )
     
  20. nine

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    i just bought a dlink NAS and put a WD 500gb and 250 barracuda in it. im loving it so far.

    speed is an issue, but its versatile and all around awesome. it does upnp av, dhcp, ftp, and ddns.
     
  21. upgrayedd

    upgrayedd a double dose of this pimpin OT Supporter

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    I would avoid those 2 TB Seagates as they are unreliable and have a gross failure rate.

    Heard great things about the Drobo though; the initial cost is a bit high but it makes up for its with is small form factor, ease of use, low power consumption and it seems to be made with decent hardware.

    To build a comparable PC setup, you would need a PC, OS, RAID card and 1.5 TB drives at $90 a piece. In a RAID 5 config with 5 1.5 TB drives you would have 5-ish TB of usable storage.
     
  22. Wheezer

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    I'm running a 3.2ghz prescott w/4 gb ram and it's completely overkill for my freenas system. If you look at the resources during file transfer, it's only about 3% on both.

    This! A small dedicated NAS like the drobo or dlink is nice and clean looking. My old full size chassis that holds my FreeNAS is bulky and ugly, but it works.
     
  23. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    freenas can do software raid and is an os, so all he would need to do is pick up an old p4 system on craigslist and the drives.
     
  24. xenon supra

    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    Seems pretty sweet, but that's expensive. :eek3:

    I'd rather burn a boat load of DVDs than drop $1300 on hard drive space.
     
  25. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    its just money, right? :mamoru:
     

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