I was looking at 3TB drives initially but the cost per mb is still quite high. 2.5TB seems to be the best bang for your buck (or pound in my case). Has anyone got any recommendations? Reliability and being quiet and cool are my main criteria. I'm looking at 3.5" only and I'm going to put it in an external USB 3.0 enclosure (not sure which yet).
To me the best bang for the buck are 2tb atm, they sell around $80, and drop consistently to the $70 mark. Hitachi 5k3000
seems to be one of the favorites drives on storage oriented comunities, i have 9 running atm and ill probably will get another 7 by years end hopping the new 4tb drop them into $69 or less. You can also check SPCR review, Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 2TB 5940RPM Hard Drive
, got the editor choice award.
Now if 2tb isnt big enough, my suggestion is to go with an enclosure that can hold multiple drives, for example, Mediasonic 3.5-Inch USB 2.0 and eSATA Pro Box 4-Bay Enclosure - HF2-SU2S23 $110
, it can hold up to 4x 3.5 hdds, so you can just add hdds as you need increases, the fan on the enclosure is very noisy at high, but at low i find it good enough, and in my case is not on full time, just for backups overnight.