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2x 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green Hard Drive £156 @ Scan
2x 2TB  Western Digital Caviar Green Hard Drive  £156 @ Scan

2x 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green Hard Drive £156 @ Scan

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As hard drive capacities increase, the power required to run those drives increases as well. WD Caviar Green drives make it possible for energy-conscious customers to build systems with higher capacities and the right balance of system performance, ensured reliability, and energy conservation. - WD has reduced power consumption by up to 40 percent compared to standard desktop drives with the combination of WD's IntelliSeek, NoTouch, and IntelliPower technologies.

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nice! might order two now..

Original Poster

Warranty Info (as many ppl ask about this for HDDs)

Details
Duration: 36 months
Type: Direct
DOA Period: 28 days
RTB Period: 1 months

Manufacturer Contact Details
Manufacturer: Western Digital (UK) Ltd
Telephone: 01372 360055

Was looking at these earlier but found out that they're not recommended for NAS drives - QNAP at least - so check compatibility first if that's your planned use for them.

2 for £156? So £78 each? You can get this drive for about that on ebuyer.com anyway.

orb

Was looking at these earlier but found out that they're not recommended … Was looking at these earlier but found out that they're not recommended for NAS drives - QNAP at least - so check compatibility first if that's your planned use for them.



What reasons have been given? Was thinking about doing this later on.

orb

Was looking at these earlier but found out that they're not recommended … Was looking at these earlier but found out that they're not recommended for NAS drives - QNAP at least - so check compatibility first if that's your planned use for them.



Sound advice, these drives use 4K sectors. You can Google for more information. Much better off spending a couple of quid extra for the Samsungs on the same page.

bytemaster

Sound advice, these drives use 4K sectors. You can Google for more … Sound advice, these drives use 4K sectors. You can Google for more information. Much better off spending a couple of quid extra for the Samsungs on the same page.



What is the difference/impact on the 4K Sector?

roh008

What is the difference/impact on the 4K Sector?



"You can Google for more information." I'm not being sarky, its just that I am more aware of the problem, than what the problem actually is. In time all larger drives will have to move to 4K sectors, but as I understand it, some OSs are not ready for it.

Original Poster

I think you can make the drive ready using THIS WD website and tools.
You can then populate your RAID/NAS.
A basic raid controller (which is transparent to the OS used) or a good Intel based NAS (which should be built ona suitable LINUX OS) should be fine. I think other NAS have problems as they run cut-down (for low resources) OSs

I'm running two in my Netgear Stora MS2110, no issues there, they're listed by Netgear as a compatible drive.

does anyone know if this would work in a lg nas unit (at mo its got 2x1tb hard drive and blu ray) thinking upgrading to 2x2tb drive i heard the new lg software could support 2tb drives but dont know whivh ones

icstm

I think you can make the drive ready using THIS WD website and tools.You … I think you can make the drive ready using THIS WD website and tools.You can then populate your RAID/NAS.A basic raid controller (which is transparent to the OS used) or a good Intel based NAS (which should be built ona suitable LINUX OS) should be fine. I think other NAS have problems as they run cut-down (for low resources) OSs



That tool is for running on Windows XP installs that don't understand about the 4K sector as OS X works perfectly with them as is I expect the same to be true of Linux installs as well and by default most NAS setups.

Info here

zdnet.com/blo…731

tempting as i've just received my readynas 2110 yesterday and it's got 2x1tb drives

more info for readynas owners
readynas.com/?p=…690
Edited by: "MuscleFlex" 4th Sep 2010

Did a bit more digging and there is a firmware update from QNAP which appears to fix the issues with the Western Digital EARS drives for some of their NAS boxes, but not all. The compatibility list seems to have particular firmwares of the EARS drives listed as compatible:
qnap.com/pro…asp

WD themselves don't recommend the use of desktop range drives in RAID arrays - they'd rather people bought the more expensive RAID Edition models.

Link to WD knowledgebase article on desktop vs RAID drives:
wdc.custhelp.com/cgi…397

this one is on the HCL and it's not much more
aria.co.uk/Sup…391
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