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Old 07-13-2015, 11:40 AM
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Default Drives - which spinners?

I only use a SSD for system. My main record drives are all spinners. Every year or 2, I upgrade them since they run 24x7 and get beaten pretty good. I was using 3TB Seagate 7200s, but I got spooked when I read all the articles about their failure rates.

Since my 3TB ones are a year + old... I decided to "upgrade". I bought WD 4tb Black drives. 7200, decent specs, and I'm on a 2010 Mac Pro, so I know their is a speed ceiling.

I got nothing but playback errors and the session stopped 3 or 4 times. I know I'm on an old system, but it worked ok. Switching to the Black 4tb? Major headaches. $500 in drives down the drain.

All I do is bands. So Many clients eat up 40-50GB of data. I'm working on over a dozen records right now and space gets eaten up quick. A new Mac is just not in the plans at the moment. And I plan on going back to the Seagates. I keep daily backups.

Has anyone else used the 4TB drives to track to? Bad luck? Or am I just the unlucky one? Can anyone recommend something better?
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Old 07-13-2015, 12:30 PM
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Default Re: Drives - which spinners?

drives bought from the same source at the same time are most likely from the same production run
I find problem drives tend to be production run related

I also believe the bigger the drive, the grater the hell if/when it fails

I would go with smaller local working drive(s) and near line NAS storage for projects not currently being worked on

or step up to the WD RE4 server drives
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