So I'm building that RAID 5 enclosure. I noticed on the Tom's Hardware charts that the $100 Samsung 5400rpm F4EG 2TB has a better average read throughput than the $120 Hitachi 7200rpm Deskstar 2TB. (How could that be true?)
a) Is there a problem using these 5400rpm drives in a RAID if they have fast read times?
b) Will the "EG: EcoGreen" rating make it unsuitable for video? I once heard all "green" drives were unsuitable for any video editing, but maybe that was just early models.
c) What cheap 2TB drives would you recommend if not either of these?
Do you want cheap or do you want good? Do you really need all the capacity that multiple 2 TB drives will provide?
I do need the capacity--about 10TB of useable space minimum.
You know the old saying about "good, cheap, fast... pick 2". I'd like to consider a solution where I choose cheap and fast, and the good part would be solved by the parity in the RAID in case a disk failed.
So anyone have any thoughts on these slower 5400rpm speeds which apparently have faster read times than many 7200rpm disks, or about the latest "green" disks for video applications?