So, following on from my previous discussion…
What are everyone’s thoughts on drive manufacturers and drive type - Eco drives for example.
I read a lot about products before I buy, and I’ve read positive and negative stuff about pretty much every drive and drive manufacturer going.
I’ve just read this thread on qnap.com - http://forum.qnap.com/viewtopic.php?f=182&t=34201
Obviously the native RAID constraints for drives don’t apply to a Drobo unit, but what about features of drives just like the Eco drives which try and park the heads to conserve power/energy…
I use WD20EARS drives in my Drobo after having been a staunch Seagate Barracuda customer. I had a few Seagate’s fail within a year and decided to look around - the WD’s seemed to be about as good or bad as any other, but came with both decent length warranty and advanced warranty replacement service. I’ve since had 2 failures in the last 12 months - so no different from the Seagate drives really…
So - I’ve mentioned the one feature - the head parking of the “Green” WD drives - I’ve read the issue here is that they are prone to issues after a few months and that drive units which like drives to never go in to power saving mode (i.e. stop spinning).
One thing I’m also keen on - do DRI test drives with their products? I’m assuming so, and so is this information available to the public?
As I look at purchasing a couple more drives I wonder if I should try yet another manufacturer, especially after colleagues recommend the Samsung drives. Keen for everyone’s opinions and for an open discussion that everyone can hopefully benefit from.