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Bit of a misleading description on the DABS website - it is SATA2 not SATA3.

I just installed a WD 2TB, if you want Master Boot Record to include have a 2TB partition it means using GUID parition, the result is I have a 1.84tb formatted drive.
I recommend not using GUID and having a smaller MBR partition so you don't lose 40gb more than you need to in the partition process.

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@schizoboy -hi, I'm struggling to understand fully your method but losing 40GB sounds a waste. Can you post a link to a simple explanation/how-to ? I looked at wiki GUID but not easy enough for me!!tia..

IF you plug in a 1tb-2tb drive you get an option to use normal MBR format or GUID, if you want to address one big volume of 2tb without extra partitions (i think) or more including the MBR you HAVE to use GUID, 2tb is the ceiling for the old standard as I understand it.

I'm sure there's lots of info on this via google.

Great price, I just need them to come down some more though. I have a 2 bay external enclosure waiting to be filled up.

Are these compatible with the ReadyNAS Duo? Is anyone using these drives with the NAS?

Just out of interest - wouldn't it be better to spend £4 and get:
Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green SATA300 64MB
which has a 64Mb cache:
dabs.com/pro…000
This is an open question & I would welcome any comparisons between these 2 drives
Edited by: "simonspeakeasy" 7th Oct 2010

liddlefeesh

Are these compatible with the ReadyNAS Duo? Is anyone using these drives … Are these compatible with the ReadyNAS Duo? Is anyone using these drives with the NAS?



I'd be surprised if they weren't. Had no problems using f2 and f3 drives with the stora.

simonspeakeasy

Just out of interest - wouldn't it be better to spend £4 and get:Western … Just out of interest - wouldn't it be better to spend £4 and get:Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green SATA300 64MBwhich has a 64Mb cache:http://www.dabs.com/products/western-digital-2tb-caviar-green-sata300-64mb-6L85.html?refs=52450000-52770000This is an open question & I would welcome any comparisons between these 2 drives



Once you have 32Mb cache there is very little performance difference when you move to 64Mb. The 2 key determining factors are drive rotation speed and number of platters. I think the WD has 4 platters and a 5400 rotation speed. The Samsung has 3 platters and a 5400 rotation speed. Hence, the key difference between the 2 drives is number of platters. Everything else being equal, fewer platters will result in lower power consumption, faster read/write speeds and lower failure rates. Consequently, the Samsung is the better of the 2 drives even though it costs less.

does anyone know if this is plug and play to the Humax foxsat hdr?

The Western Digital streams @ 7200 rpm - much better !

liddlefeesh, this samsung isn't on the ReadyNAS Duo list of compatible hard drives readynas.com/?pa…=82

but the Western Digital one is. I'm looking for a second drive for my ReadyNAS Duo,so I'm tempted by that one. Slightly cheaper on Amazon, but you can get quidco from dabs.com

chao

The Western Digital streams @ 7200 rpm - much better !



The WD Black streams at 7200. The Caviar Green is 5400.

I just got this drive (for about the same price - apparently harddrives are a bit cheaper here in Germany) as a replacement for 1.5 TB WD drive which is of a faulty series. The Samsung is used in my XBMC and it's awesome for that: quiet, doesn't get warm und speedy enough for my needs.

The WD support is giving me a hard time at the moment to acknowledge that there is a problem with the specific drive series that I have (google for wd15eads-00p8b0) so I'm not so sure that I will consider a WD in the near future.

Could these be used to upgrade a sky hd box?

Lowtrawler1 person likes this

Once you have 32Mb cache there is very little performance difference when … Once you have 32Mb cache there is very little performance difference when you move to 64Mb. The 2 key determining factors are drive rotation speed and number of platters. I think the WD has 4 platters and a 5400 rotation speed. The Samsung has 3 platters and a 5400 rotation speed. Hence, the key difference between the 2 drives is number of platters. Everything else being equal, fewer platters will result in lower power consumption, faster read/write speeds and lower failure rates. Consequently, the Samsung is the better of the 2 drives even though it costs less.



the WD20EARS is a 3 platter design and came out in march.

bennydad

does anyone know if this is plug and play to the Humax foxsat hdr?


Every report I've seen for a >1TB drive says it failed to work (I've got a 1TB samsung and it's fine). There is an OTA firmware update for the HDR due later this month that might change this but I wouldn't expect it to.

Banned

Wouldnt it be better to wait a while before buying this, to see if its got any reliability issues/other problems?

F4 is an eco green version, right?

zahidworld

F4 is an eco green version, right?



the hdd in this deal is an eco green version, yes

@ Deal_Hunter & Lowtrawler - thanks for your feedback.

BTW, why is this expired? Still on Dabs at this price . . .

Edit: Ordered. Used TCB - 3%
Edited by: "simonspeakeasy" 8th Oct 2010
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