Most reliable hard drive for powermac g4 mdd server?

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  1. drnebulous, Jun 26, 2014
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    drnebulous macrumors regular

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    Hiya,
    I'm making my Powermac G4 MDD into a server. Now it's time to choose the hard drives. Performance isn't a priority - all I'm looking for is reliability - hard drives that lasts. Which one of these would fit:

    Western Digital RE
    Western Digital SE
    Western Digital Green

    Or maybe something else? I need at least 3tb.
    The RE is way more expensive than the green - is it worth it? I'll be using the server for backups and accessing files from around the world, sharing files etc... (basic stuff)
     
  2. Zotaccian macrumors 6502a

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    Offtopic but when reliability is concern, I think the power supply of that machine is more worrying unless it has been replaced / repaired already. According to internets those machines had quite a lot of PSU failures.

    I think no matter what drive you choose, it would be good thing to ensure that the drive stays cool, probably even add fan just for the drive.

    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/internal/enterprise/
     
  3. drnebulous thread starter macrumors regular

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    I know the psu's are crap in these, but it doesn't matter as I'm putting an tax corsair in it! I will definitely be adding drive dedicated fans for the HD! But I was just wondering if the RE/SE are worth it?
     
  4. drnebulous thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's going to be a great server. I got it for £20 but it was full of dust etc... so I have completely stripped every component and chassis (the lot) and fully cleaned each one. It is all in pieces at the moment! I am changing the PSU to a corsair and changing the fans to Delta FFB1212EHE's. I'll also put dedicated HD fans in and a pci exhaust.
     
  5. gavinstubbs09 macrumors 65816

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    My MDD has turned into my server too. I have a 500GB Enterprise Storage WD which I bought for $25 that seems reliable enough for just storage. Works well!
     
  6. G51989 macrumors 68030

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    Anything Western Digital is pretty good, they are reliable drives, and not all that expensive.
     
  7. drnebulous thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks everyone for your help! Just got two 1tb SE's for £35 each! Will be getting a green 3tb later on for all the unimportant stuff.
     

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