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Windows 7: Will the WD40EZRX HDD work with the ICY DOCK MB662U3-2S???

30 Sep 2013   #1
Radical924

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 
What is the best combination of 4TB Drive(s) with an enclosure???

Okay so I was looking into buying 1-4 External HDD's online AND an enclosure and I came across the items below:
Newegg.com - WD Green WD40EZRX 4TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Bulk Bare Drive
Newegg.com - WD Red WD40EFRX 4TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" NAS Internal Hard Drive -Bulk
Newegg.com - ICY DOCK MB662U3-2S Aluminum 3.5" White USB 3.0 External Enclosure
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817994028
http://www.caldigit.com/T3/


So what would be the best combination with the items I listed??? OR can you specify some better products with the parameters below:

1. Drive must have 4TB storage
2. Enclosure must be able to handle Greater than or equal to 2 drives (preferably 3 or more)
3. Price must be reasonable not like 1000$ or something ridiculous... Max $300 per drive and $300 for the enclosure (I would prefer cheaper than this obviously lol)
4. Must be out already or be coming out soon
5. USB 3.0 or greater drives and enclosures
6. If it is RAID I would like RAID 0,1, or 10...RAID 1 and 10 adds data loss security... So idk... If disk fails happen then I guess RAID 1 or 10 would be my first choice than no RAID or RAID 0...

Regards, Radical924


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30 Sep 2013   #2
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

The WD Greens would be a poor choice for use in the Icy Dock because they spin down when not being read from or written to, which could break the RAID. The WD Reds were designed for this kind of use and would be a much better choice.

This from Western Digital's website:

Desktop drives are not recommended for use in RAID environments, please consider using WD Red hard drives for home and small office 1-5 bay NAS systems and WD Enterprise hard drives for rackmount and >5 bay NAS systems.
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01 Oct 2013   #3
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Yes they would all "work" in either enclosure, that is they can be read and written to. As Lady Fitzgerald said the Red drive is the better choice.
This would also be a good one. Newegg.com - Western Digital WD Black WD4001FAEX 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

I'd use this enclosure, Newegg.ca - ICY DOCK MB561US-4S-1 Aluminum / Plastic 4 x 3.5" USB2.0 & eSATA Aluminum HDD Enclosure for Mac & PC and use the eSATA connection, it has higher through put than USB 3.0.

Any of these drive would be good. They are Enterprise class and designed for 24/7 use. Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!
I have a 500GB version of the Constellation.
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01 Oct 2013   #4
Radical924

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Yes they would all "work" in either enclosure, that is they can be read and written to. As Lady Fitzgerald said the Red drive is the better choice.
This would also be a good one. Newegg.com - Western Digital WD Black WD4001FAEX 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

I'd use this enclosure, Newegg.ca - ICY DOCK MB561US-4S-1 Aluminum / Plastic 4 x 3.5" USB2.0 & eSATA Aluminum HDD Enclosure for Mac & PC and use the eSATA connection, it has higher through put than USB 3.0.

Any of these drive would be good. They are Enterprise class and designed for 24/7 use. Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!
I have a 500GB version of the Constellation.
The enclosure you linked to only allows up to 3TB per bay and I'd want 4TB drives... =(
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01 Oct 2013   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

OK, I was going with the choices you gave.
Here's one using Newegg's drill-down search. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16817256095
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01 Oct 2013   #6
Radical924

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
OK, I was going with the choices you gave.
Here's one using Newegg's drill-down search. Newegg.ca - Teratrend TowerStor TS431U Aluminum + SECC 3.5" Black USB3.0 & eSATA 4-Bay External HDD Enclosure
What does this mean exactly? "*For recognizing multiple separate HDDs (Non-RAID) with eSATA port, SATA multiplier is required". Also does it mean that this HDD enclosure uses RAID normally without the cable? If so what type of RAID?
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01 Oct 2013   #7
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I don't know as I didn't look at the unit's manual. It should be available from their site.
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02 Oct 2013   #8
Radical924

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
I don't know as I didn't look at the unit's manual. It should be available from their site.
I took a look at the manual and apparently it doesn't mention anywhere about RAID... So I am going to have to assume it has RAID but idk what type... Is there maybe another drive enclosure you or someone else can recommend that has full details on RAID etc...???
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10 Oct 2013   #9
Radical924

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Bump......
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10 Oct 2013   #10
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Look through these and pick one to meet your needs, then match some drives with it.
Newegg.com - RAID enclosures
Or pick Amazon, Tiger Direct, Micro Centre, etc.
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