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I was curious what Green - Black label means on a HDD?
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The green label implies energy efficiency. The green drives can be slower RPM, and/or have power saving features built-in.
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It's a range, like GTX560-580.
Green = Low power, quiet, slower, drives for storage.
Blue = Mid-range fast drive.
Black = Should be the fastest, might be higher noise.
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I remember when first buying a hard drive I didn't know what the difference was either so I ended up buying a green redface.gif
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Wow thanks for fast reply. So what would this fall under?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7226136
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Originally Posted by ConradGG;15583450 
Wow thanks for fast reply. So what would this fall under?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7226136

Blue I reckon.
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Right on well thanks smile.gif
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Originally Posted by ConradGG;15583450 
Wow thanks for fast reply. So what would this fall under?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7226136

Thats a hitatchi drive, they don't use the same branding like WD. The only reason Seagate, Hitatchi and WD have 'green' drives is because green generally means eco. WD's colour branding isn't an industry standard.
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Originally Posted by ConradGG;15583450 
Wow thanks for fast reply. So what would this fall under?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7226136

That would fall under the term "rip off". Do not buy a HDD right now unless you truly cannot wait a couple of months. There is a HDD shortage worldwide due to flooding in India where nearly all of the HDD manufacturing base is. That price is absolutely ridiculous, and only a month ago you could have bought a 1 TB HDD for half that price.

Not withstanding, that I wouldn't purchase a Hitachi "Death"star drive for anything in the world. If you want price vs. performance, then when the prices drop back to normal, buy a Samsung F3 103SJ. They are fast performers, and very reasonably priced. You should be able to get one for $50-60 after this shortage ends.

Color coded is not always indicative of performance. It isn't an industry standard. smile.gif
Edited by Lucky 13 SpeedShop - 11/5/11 at 1:22pm
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post #10 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lucky 13 SpeedShop;15583569 
That would fall under the term "rip off". Do not buy a HDD right now unless you truly cannot wait a couple of months. There is a HDD shortage worldwide due to flooding in India where nearly all of the HDD manufacturing base is. That price is absolutely ridiculous, and only a month ago you could have bought a 1 TB HDD for the half that price.

Not withstanding, that I wouldn't purchase a Hitachi "Death"star drive for anything in the world. If you want price vs. performance, then when the prices drop back to normal, buy a Samsung F3 103SJ. They are fast performers, and very reasonably priced. You should be able to get one for $50-60 after this shortage ends.

Sigh. Firstly it was Thailand, not India. Secondly Hitatchi drives are actually a decent option now, the deathstar incidents of head crash happened years ago now and Hitatchi make some solid enterprise grade drives. They don't tend to be quite as fast sometimes, but they're not always a bad decision. Also he might need a HDD now, prices won't stabilise until well into next year, even then I can see prices being higher than they were.
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