Best kind of hard drive for heavy use?

Brian W. brian at
Tue Sep 13 19:22:21 UTC 2016

I have an older 74g western dig raptor. I have done perhaps 200 system
builds on it. I have been debating a newer bigger version of that.


On Sep 13, 2016 12:13 PM, "Shamim Shahriar" <shamim.shahriar at>

> On 13/09/2016 19:48, Thomas Mueller wrote:
> > I had a hard-drive crash last night, GPT corrupted, don't know whether
> it's a software fault (NetBSD-current 7.99.15 i386) or hardware.
> >
> > Main question is what kind of hard drive is used for heavy compiling in
> FreeBSD, base system and ports, what might be used to create packages and
> base-system downloadable images.
> >
> > Using a USB-stick installation of FreeBSD including Rod Smith's gdisk, I
> could possibly restore the partition table, assuming hard drive is not
> going bad.  It's a Western Digital Green 3 TB dating to May 2013.
> Experience with Western Digital makes me very afraid of "green" hard drives.
> >
> > I seem to be able to access the partitions, from the USB-stick
> installation of FreeBSD but not from NetBSD or Linux System Rescue CD, or
> at least the partition mounted as /home, read-only, would want to rsync
> that user data to an external USB stick or other drive, before doing
> anything that could mess the hard disk further and destroy my user data.  I
> have rsync on that USB-stick installation of FreeBSD.  I need to fear that
> any kind of write to that hard drive, even to restore the partition table,
> could push my data further to destruction if it's a hardware fault.
> >
> > After updating my backup with rsync, I could try to restore the GPT from
> backup at end of disk; I also found a backup copy of GPT data on the USB
> stick.
> >
> > Tom
> >
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> My personal preference is WD Red (and NOT the Pro, just RED). It looks
> excellent on paper, and so far I have not had any failure on them
> (fingers crossed). The oldest I have is around 3 years old, used in a
> server, and zfs shows no data error.
> Drives I will definitely stay away from (at least for the next 5 years)
> is Seagate -- specially barracuda and the like. Lost several of them as
> they approached their 13th month life time -- similar use case (and
> sometimes even less).
> But I'm sure there are others in this list who has run extensive tests
> on HDDs and can recommend something better with practical data to back
> their findings.
> Hope this helps.
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