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I sent in an original SATAII 640GB black drive and got a 750GB blue drive back.

Is the Blue drive as fast as the black drive? They both have 32mb of cache, but does the blue drive have denser platters than the black drive to compete speed wise?

I can't find this info on the WD site.
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Originally Posted by Popple View Post

I sent in an original SATAII 640GB black drive and got a 750GB blue drive back.
Is the Blue drive as fast as the black drive? They both have 32mb of cache, but does the blue drive have denser platters than the black drive to compete speed wise?
I can't find this info on the WD site.

Ouch...
Thats an upgrade in capacity but a downgrade in reliability and speed if memory serves...
They may just be out of 640Black drives..
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They may just be out of 640Black drives..

And too cheap to give out 750GB black drives.

Would you demand a black drive in my case? Western Digital never releases the actual differences in the practical sense (especially regarding reliability) of the black drives. They just throw abstract data like "dual controller, 5 year warranty etc..." at you.
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And too cheap to give out 750GB black drives.
Would you demand a black drive in my case? Western Digital never releases the actual differences in the practical sense (especially regarding reliability) of the black drives. They just throw abstract data like "dual controller, 5 year warranty etc..." at you.

I think it depends on what you are doing with the drives. If you don't plan on having a raid array, I would just use you one 640gb black as a boot drive and the larger 750gb for a storage/backup drive. That way getting the bigger 750 gig drive is actually a win for you = more storage space for stuff that speed isn't as important.
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No, I don't use raid.

The other drive is for the live streaming of large media files (e.g. lossless music, music sequencing samples etc...)

Are the Blacks mainly intended for Raid? Western digital made it seem like they are just faster drives no matter the setup. (we have scorpio blacks, can notebooks have raid?)
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No, I don't use raid.
The other drive is for the live streaming of large media files (e.g. lossless music, music sequencing samples etc...)
Are the Blacks mainly intended for Raid? Western digital made it seem like they are just faster drives no matter the setup. (we have scorpio blacks, can notebooks have raid?)

No, blacks aren't just for raid. Just you said you had 2 of the same model drive so I thought you might be using them in raid. If you are just using the drives for storage, I think that the larger size is better than the bit more speed of the blacks.

Basically, I think you came out ahead with the larger green drive is what I am tying to say lol.
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