I’m looking for someone with knowledge on pervious versions of the WD Velociraptor series to advise me on a purchase.
I’m wanting to buy a set of 6 identical WD Velociraptor hard drives for my 1st generation x58-based I7 to use in raid-0.
I -DO NOT- want to buy the ‘newer’ SATA-III/6Gbps version of these (even if they are backwards compatible with Sata-II) because of two reasons:
1.) The onboard raid on my i7 only supports Sata-II/3Gbps so the faster drives would be a waste.
2.) The newer Sata-III/6Gbps versions are rather expensive.
Now that aside, I’ve looked on the wikipedia article for “Western Digital Velociraptor” and noticed that there were reported bugs or problems with certain versions of the Sata-II versions of the Velociraptors when used in raid.
So Ultimately my question is this: If I’m buying the Sata-II version of these drives (Possibly, and most probably used off of ebay, unless I find some new ones on there), Which versions have the raid bug and which versions are safe for raid?
Size is of no importance, since they’ll be in Raid-0 configuration, even 80gb drives would be fine for my purposes, I’m only looking for the speed and performance, I have external drives and other computers with multiple TB of drives for storage.
Any advice would be appreciated.
I currently have my eye on a listing on ebay for the 80gb Sata-II velociraptors, model WD800HLFS for $24.99, does anyone know if this exact model is safe / good for raiding?