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Best Western Digital for storage

Discussion in 'Storage' started by MaximusE, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. MaximusE

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    What is the best storage hard disk from western digital?

    red,green black?

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    Red.
     
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    ^^^

    What he said unless you need an extra notch of reliability in which case you'd be wanting an RE4, mirrored if possible :)
     
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    Is black the only one with a 5 year warranty? This confused me as I was looking at the Red drives
     
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    yes. they give 2 year on all, and only the black ones come with 5year warranty.

    even WD says that for purely storage and RAID, to use RED drives.
     
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    Blue/Green = 2 Years
    Red = 3 Years
    RE/SE/Black = 5 Years
     
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    I though so. it just doesn't make sense to me. You would think the red drive for storage would have a longer warranty not a performance drive. I guess that explains the premium price on black drives
     
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    I was wondering, I know that WD reds are optimised for NAS use but what if i put it into a USB3.0 Enclosure? I know that greens are probably more suited for that.
     
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    Green is the worst overall.
     
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    WD generally use greens in enclosures themselves, so I guess you'd be safe with a green. They do fine for streaming audio/video. I've switched to Seagate about a year and a half ago because (at least here), 3TB 7200rpm Barracudas are cheaper than the greens.

    Do note I did have one of these Seagates drop from 100% to 25% in less than 3 months which I had to replace. I've got 6 year old greens that are running just fine and have been running 24/7 since October 2011 and at least 4 hours a day for the other 4 years.
     
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    How do your green operating temperatures compare to blue/black/red? Are they cooler due to energy efficient design?
     
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    That's actually something I overlooked, apologies for not mentioning it. During the Summer my bedroom is usually between 30 - 40 degrees Celsius during the day. Bearing this in mind, the my blacks (both scorpio and caviar) will idle over 40 and the greens are usually hovering around 3-4 degrees less. Under usage I've observed this to be around 6-8 degrees in difference between both kinds of drives. Let us bear in mind that the scorpios run slightly cooler than the caviar but just by a couple degrees every now and then.

    What baffles me is that under heavy usage, my Seagates are still cooler than a WD would be on idle. My Seagates are abused daily for media streaming around the house so they go through a lot. Not to mention read speeds of over 190mb/s averaging over 155mb/s. I might seem like I've become a bit of a Seagate fanboy but I'm so impressed with these drives I just can't describe it.
     
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    Well I only want a drive for external use so I guess im fine with greens, as for warranty, the place Im planning to purchase from also sells WD care plans which arent too bad so I might do that too.

    I just need a few hard drives so i can start sorting out and organising all the existing trash on my current ones.
     
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    Well, for drives that will be stored and not used I'd probably just go for the cheapest I could get my hands on and check it for errors every now and then just to be safe.
     
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    Just remember the external enclosures will get really hot, I killed my last one due to heat, now I just plug in an internal drive when I want to use it instead.
     
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    I'll be using a HornetTek Enterprise 4X JBOD which has active cooling so i should be fine. WD Greens power down when they arent in use so at least 2-3 of them will be powered down at any given time once the whole setup is up and rolling.
     
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    Any drive should be able to power down, you should be safe in that aspect.
     
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    tigger I'm the only one

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    I'm using a single RE4 for storage as it was very cheap, still has 3yrs on the warranty too :)
     
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    2TB RE4 is £154. Price is too high for me plus i need more capacity


    ::EDIT::

    2TB WD Reds are only £83
     
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    tigger I'm the only one

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    I got my RE4 for £50 :p
     
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    secondhand or brand new?
     
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    tigger I'm the only one

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    second hand, I know a guy who is a network engineer of some sort, works for a ISP.
     
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    FreedomEclipse ~Technological Technocrat~

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    Any chance or getting sorted out? :p - depending on the end price you both might get a small cut from doin business
     
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    tigger I'm the only one

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    I can always ask him if you like, What you after RE4's?
     
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    I need 3TB RE's mainly - failing that a few 2TB RE4's will do fine so long as they are in good condition.
     

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