Enterprise HDD vs Desktop HDD - advice please?

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paulb100

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My Dad is interested in Enterprise Class HDD as he has heard they are more reliable? - its one of the very few things in computing Iam not too familiar with..

all I know is

CONS:
A) they cost more
B) usually less storage
C) Noisier due to 10k or 15k spindle speeds
D) Require SCSI/SAS connector?? (motherboard availability?)

PROS:
A) last 3-5 times longer than regular HDD's
B) have better error-correction so less errors occur
C) faster throughput and IOPS than regular drives

but as I understand it some features considered standard with enterprise drives may be missing in some models, I notice you can now buy 'Value' and 'SATA' Enterprise drives,

My Dad currently has a 60Gb OCZ Vertex SSD as system drive (which he has had for 1.5 years) and a 500Gb Seagate Barracuda - he asks how SSD's stand up when compared to Enterprise versions - I think he means, what about Enterprise SSD drives, but from what I can gather they are more or less the same but come in PCI-E format for faster throughput.

anyway - if someone could give us some advice on this subject it would be great.


thanks
 
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