Alrighty fellow LTT members. I'm looking for a reliable hard drive around 3 TB in size, bigger the better however the catch here is I'm looking for something that will last me years and can handle 24/7 operation(low failure rate drives).
I've been eyeing WD Red Pro 3TB drives for a while now, however I wanted to see what recommendations you guys have! I've personally never had a WD drive fail on me aside from the very first one I've ever purchased which stopped functioning due to overheating and maintenance negligence(not my fault I gave the rig away to a family member).
I don't plan on spending more than $200 dollars since money is tight and I'm somewhat cheap(in my profession the more money you have the more you can make).
HGST(Formerly Hitachi drives)
HGST Deskstar NAS 3TB $134.99
HGST Deskstar NAS 4TB $184.99
Hey MyInnerFred,As the guys suggested, WD Black is a great drive that goes up to 4TB and has the longest warranty in the whole WD drive series. They are durable and designed for high performance. Here's a link for more info: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=760 .Also, if you can find one within your budget, I could also recommend checking out WD Se - a drive designed for durability and NAS. They also work well in regular computers and are specifically designed to work 24/7 and have 5 year warranty. Here's a link to that too: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1050 .The WD Red is also a great option as they are designed for NAS/RAID environments that run non-stop and also work good in desktop computers. The difference betwenn WD Red and WD Red Pro is that the Pro version is designed to work in 8 to 16 bay NAS/RAID setups while the regular WD Red works great in 1 to 8 bay setups. WD Red goes as high as 6TB. Here's a link: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=810 .The HGST drives also have great reputation among users for durable and safe drives.If safety is what you need, I would strongly suggest having a full backup offsite (maybe more than one). If you decide to go for RAID, have in mind that even Mirroring is not considered a backup, even though it provides redundancy.Hope this helps out,Captain_WD.