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Need Low head HDD

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by EricCartman, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. EricCartman

    EricCartman Addicted to LI Member

    Can you guys advise me which HDD to get with Low heat and big size for an NAS device preferably 2 TB .

    Thank you
  2. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    I've seen the Samsung EcoGreen Hard Drives recommended for low electrical power (=low heat), which does have a 2TB model

    HD203WI - 2 TB - 32 MB - 3.5" - SATA-300

    I have the "much cheaper at the moment" 1.5TB F2 version


    in a pvr and I get the feeling it may be slow to spin up - but quiet and cool - maybe optimized for streaming and fine for a NAS rather than a desktop HDD.
  3. kardzzz

    kardzzz Addicted to LI Member

    In Order of preference I would go for:
    1) Samsung F3 EcoGreen (HD203WI). These things are super quick and very quiet. 32mb cache. I have a 1TB F3 and the CrystalDiskMark test shows seq speed 120/120 which is quick for a HDD.
    2) WD Cavier Green (WD20EARS). Low heat. I have a 1TB version which I'm pretty happy with and using in a NAS device. Also very quiet. 64mb cache!! I took the noisy fan off my NAS device and the HDD seems happy.
    3) I won't even consider a Seagate/Maxtor drive anymore. They just don't last, the HDD that came in the NAS died after 3 years and another desktop HDD had firmware issues. Pricing seems cheap and available everywhere but you get what you pay for.

    *By the way, speed will be determined by network connections LAN 10/100/1000, hence me having a 64mb cache Cavier green is useless as my maxtor NAS box is only 10/100. I will upgrade to a Synology in the near future.

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