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8TB of Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003

Those of you who know me personally, will know that I am married. Those of you know me a bit better than others, will also know that yours truly lost all of the honeymoon pictures (and some) during the death of a hard disk.

8 years later, I am finally just a breath away from trying to make sure that the next honeymoon, well… won’t be lost.

Which is why I have finally taken the plunge, and invested in a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device. The Synology DiskStation DS410 (bought from amazon.co.uk). More about that later.

This post, is about the hard drives which will go inside it, to form an 8TB RAID-5 array, which means that I will have the redundancy of 1 of the 4 drives. I’m guessing that this will give me 6.3TB 5.44TB of usable space which is plenty for my needs.

And so, here is a picture of the largest amount of Made in China space I have ever been near (in my house):

Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB

In Cyprus terms, at time of writing, that’s EUR €338.57 of your cash, available from my friends at Singular in Limassol.

I must add that I chose these drives over the (more expensive) Western Digital WD20EARS Caviar Green drives, due to a widely talked about issue with LCC (Life Cycle Count).

EDIT: My decision was also very much based on this review which compares the two drives.

If you have reached this post whilst researching Synology products and are considering making a purchase, I have set up an online store here (opens in new window). If you end up buying via this store, I get some pennies for it which helps pay for my hosting fees. 🙂

  1. Chris Ergatides
    May 23rd, 2011 at 06:17 | #1

    One of these drives arrived full of bad sectors, so I’ve had to RMA it. Won’t receive replacement drive before Wednesday morning, so I’ll need to rebuild the RAID 5 array once again.

    My new laptop should be arriving on the same day, so I’ll have plenty to do and plenty to write about.

  2. Peder
    March 15th, 2012 at 18:30 | #2


    Still happy with the drives? No lost images?

  3. March 15th, 2012 at 18:34 | #3

    Absolutely! They have hardly been offline since!

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