On Jun 4, 2008, at 11:40, Luke Scharf wrote:
> All drives suck. Use RAID. :-)
So true. I've been using Seagate Barracudas mostly because of their
warranty, and they've been generally good, but we got one server in
where 4 of the 8 drives failed in the first two months, at which
point we called Seagate and they were happy to swap out all 8 drives
for us. I suspect a bad lot, and even found some other complaints
about the lot on Google. Current Barracudas are nice - some of the
first 'parallel recording' ones ran really really (really) hot.
I recently tried out a batch of Western Digital 'green' drives, and
1/4 was riddled with bad sectors (ZFS found these for me). I do
think I'll be going with WD's for a big ZFS server build, though,
since you can tune down the bad block retries on their "desktop"
drives, and I don't know that there's a way to do that with
Seagate's. The WD Velociraptors look really nice for ZFS cache
drives, but it looks like that might be a bit not-quite-ready at this
point (failures appear to hurt quite a bit), so I'll save two slots
for a pair down the road.
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