2TB Seagate ST32000542AS Barracuda LP, SATA 3Gb/s, 5900rpm £71 @ Scan - HotUKDeals
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#1
looks like a good choice for a NAS, except for:
http://forums.seagate.com/t5/Barracuda-XT-Barracuda-and/4-out-of-5-new-2TB-Barracuda-LP-ST32000542AS-click-of-death/m-p/50451

and slow access times?
not sure..

also consider http://www.scan.co.uk/product.aspx?ProductId=33730
on today only for £76

Edited By: Smiff on Oct 06, 2010 15:17: blah
#2
Smiff

also consider http://www.scan.co.uk/product.aspx?ProductId=33730
on today only for £76


I wouldn't recommend the WDXXEARS series for NAS (older NAS especially) due to the advanced format and high LCC caused by these drives. You can use wdidle3 to increase the head parking time to stop the high LCC's but this needs a bit of advanced knowledge. Most newer Synology / QNAP NAS's can handle the advanced format correctly with latest versions of the firmware.
#3
thanks for the tips.
I have a Stora, not sure if that works with EARS drives or not.

LCC = Load Cycle Count

the drive parks itself too early or something?
can anyone confirm the drive posted is a good one for NAS, is that access time (16ms?) really bad?

Edited By: Smiff on Oct 06, 2010 15:37: blah
banned#4
The 'Today Only' tab doesn't appear to be working, maybe they have sold them all.
#5
wobbler441
The 'Today Only' tab doesn't appear to be working, maybe they have sold them all.


What do you mean - just click on this link:

http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx
#6
Smiff

can anyone confirm the drive posted is a good one for NAS, is that access time (16ms?) really bad?


I wouldn't use them for enterprise level storage, but for domestic media storage they are fine. I have 4 in an external housing. No observed problems. They seem to run cool and quiet. The only clicking is when the drive self-calibrates at power-up. I have only had them for a few weeks, so no long term data. I believe that there were more problems with some of the 1.5TB Seagates, but I have not seen a lot of reliable adverse comment regarding this model.

Edited By: bytemaster on Oct 06, 2010 16:29: Edit
#7
Also worth pointing out that Hexus Forum members also get free postage if they meet the requirements.
#8
Take care if you have problems with the drive. I recently had a drive delivered from Scan, which was shown as faulty in the manufacturer's diagnostics program. To be on the safe side, I even used my camera to take photos of the error (DOS based program, so couldn't easily do a screenshot).
However, Scan told me they tested it as working, and charged 15gbp plus vat before the refund, even though I offered the photos as proof. I was told these would not be accepted, unless they showed the serial number of the drive. A problem when the manufacturer's tool doesn't show the serial number on the error screen.
In the process, I had two emails ignored before I resorted to calling them, and a promised email from a manager never arrived. I'm now attempting to get the full balance back via a chargeback. I won't be using them again.
#9
16ms is too long, you should be looking for 8-9ms
#10
Madbitster
16ms is too long, you should be looking for 8-9ms

People will mostly likely be using this for back up or storage so the access time although isn't the best, doesn't really matter.
#11
that access time plus the problems reported with scan put me off, will look for another deal..
throughput doesn't matter with gigabit NAS but access times i think will, if you're using it for user profiles.
#12
Just on a passing point of interest, I've read about the size of sectors on the discs over 2tb (and including 2tbs?) causing problems with Windows XP users.
But I'm sure I've also read somewhere in passing that the HDD manufacturers had come up with a little software dodge to enable XP users to use the 2tb & above HDDs without much problem.

Anyone able to say for sure what the situation is?
Has XP run into its inherent limitations at last or have they really been gotten around?
(I can't imagine the HDD producers wanting to shut out such a large part of the market)
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Gixxerman001
Just on a passing point of interest, I've read about the size of sectors on the discs over 2tb (and including 2tbs?) causing problems with Windows XP users.
But I'm sure I've also read somewhere in passing that the HDD manufacturers had come up with a little software dodge to enable XP users to use the 2tb & above HDDs without much problem.

Anyone able to say for sure what the situation is?
Has XP run into its inherent limitations at last or have they really been gotten around?
(I can't imagine the HDD producers wanting to shut out such a large part of the market)


XP users just need to partition the drive on 4K boundaries - I believe you can download a partition tool which correctly aligns the partitions.
#14
Thank you. :)
#15
Price drop to £70.49.

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