Will the New WD 2TB Drives work in Drobo?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by BrittQ, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. BrittQ macrumors regular

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    I am planning buying a Drobo this week for my HTPC storage needs. I read the article on the new 2TB drives form WD coming out soon.

    Does anyone know if these should play nice in a Drobo or not? 8TB Drobo.
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    It says on the website that it supports up to 16TB, so you're good.
     
  3. mpshay macrumors 6502

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    Make sure you setup the drobo up for 8 Tb (or 16 TB if you think they will be coming out with 4 TB models soon) that way al you will have to do is slide the 2 TB moedls once they start shipping. No rebuilding required.
     
  4. Theophany macrumors 6502a

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    Are these drives going to be a repeat of Seagate's 1.5TB drives? I get the feeling manufacturer's are reaching the limits of what can be stored on platters limited to the dimensions of a 3.5" drive...
     
  5. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    What happened to those?

    Currently using 2x 1 TB WD Caviar Black drives myself- which already seem old...
     
  6. Theophany macrumors 6502a

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    Massive problems with the disks. Solved, eventually, by a firmware update applied to the disk, but when you've got a lot of data on a disk the last thing you want is to lose it because of a manufacturer screw up.
     
  7. weckart macrumors 68040

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    The Seagate firmware problems extends to its 7200.11 range with smaller sizes also affected. I don't think the size of the platter comes into it.

    http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=207931&Hilite=

    Seagate has had a few goes at fixing this. Hopefully for it, this latest firmware update will do the trick. As it happens, it seems to have inherited the "Deathstar" mantle from Hitachi/IBM and system builders are avoiding its disks for the moment.
     

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