Hi, I need to maximize the storage in one of my 1U machines and I'm planning on going with 4x4TB 3.5" disks in a RAID 10 (for 8GB total capacity).
The server uses Dell H710 RAID controller and since this is a hardware RAID, I know that sometimes, there are problems if I stick in a consumer drive (issues with lack of TLER).
However, in the past (like 2-3 years ago), where would always be SOME consumer drives which would in fact work in a hardware raid environment. I remember specifically the Samsung and Hitachi consumer desktop drives used to have TLER.
Of course, times have no changed and Samsung and Hitachi have now been acquired by WD and Seagate.
Are there still any consumer 4TB drives out there which are RAID safe? I'd prefer to buy the consumer drive rather than pay 2x the price for the server version which is probably identical but with a different firmware.
I can understand you line of reasoning, but have you considered the costs on your pocket and time when the drives in your server do fail, and you have to send of replacements and pay remote hands etc for the faulty drive to be replaced, all of which takes money and time
Anyways stay away from Seagate ST4000DM000, out of 26 i last got, 2 were dead out of the manufacturer 20 drive box, another 3 died within first few months of running.
It seems that they dont even test the consumer drives before sticking them into boxes to sell. No such issues with the the more expensive drives. Had zero failures so far in last 7 months out of 150+ Western Digital WD4000F9YZ and Seagate St33000650ns.
There are a ton of Hitachi 7k3000 Ultrastar drives being sold on eBay at consumer prices. Some are new sealed, some are fresh pulls off new servers, some are used. Those are true enterprise drives with low URE etc. Find some big seller/liquidator there and maybe you can work out a deal.
Yup, WD Reds are the way to go. We use them in 2 of our backup servers that each have 8 x 3TB WD Red's and we have yet to have one fail or drop out of the array as they also have something similar to TLER to prevent it.