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Well, for someone like me who is looking to constantly expand their storage (and when I say this, I mean essentially my entire home network, so not just one PC), and who will be building a dedicated home server/media server/HTPC/part-time folder, the WD Velociraptor's seem quite promising. Especially as I will be getting at least one, likely two, "pretty good"-to-"very good" RAID Controller Cards (8-port SAS, at least 512MB cache and upgradeable, ideally 1GB+, new controller with SSD capabilities...) after the prices drop a bit from their initial boom, and use a PERC6/i to tide me over til then.

For someone who does humongous amounts of audio editing, some video/photo editing, wants to be able to have multiple 1080p streams, etc all from one Home Server, the Velociraptor's make a lot of sense, just as they do for people who want very fast game drives. The cost of a 500GB VR on sale is around $100-125, and the cost of a "true" enterprise 15krpm 450-600GB SAS drive ranges from $300-500+. Take one of those Awesome(!) new Lian Li D8000 square cases, fill it with a dual-processor board that's a year old and two formerly-high-end 6-core Xeon CPU's, add in a couple of nice RAID cards and of course stuff it with RAM, and then fill all 20 HDD racks with say 12x 500-1000GB VR's in RAID0 and 8x WD RE 2TB drives in RAID5 or 6 acting both as it's own array as well as a "critical file" backup for the VR array, and you end up with 6-12TB of maxxed-out throughput from the VR's, and another ~12-14TB (~9-11TB after "critical" backup space) of extremely fast storage from the RE's.
I can honestly say that I wouldn't have to add more storage for at least 3-4 years, and I save EVERYTHING!

Anyway, the point behind this "thought exercise" is that some people, such as myself, have a need for a lot of very fast storage, yet don't have any room in their case to hold it (I can hold 4x 3.5" and up to 4x 2.5" if I get creative...). While external hard drives are handy, I definitely don't want a bunch of them hanging out of all my eSATA and USB3.0 ports. Instead, one big, localized, self-controlled file server makes a lot of sense. Plus, I can always use it as a game server wink.gif


Anyway, that's about a year off. For now, I am just going to be patient and watch and see what comes down the pike. The EZEX is nice, no doubt about it whatsoever, but a 1TB Black using 2x 1TB platters each short-stroked to 500GB would be awesome.
   
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WD10EZEX is not good for OS afterall. I ran some tests and when it come to simple multitasking (instaling a game and browsing on the internet), I got glitches and stops for 0,2-0,3 seconds. Nothing serious, but annoying. WD Caviar blakc 640GB SATA2 was better choice for OS drive/software/games than WD10EZEX. I'm returning my OS on WD 640GB Black until I got myself OCZ Vertex4.
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For the people wondering about the naming scheme. Here is a page from WD's website about the model numbers.

http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/library/other/2579-001028.pdf

Blues, Greens and Reds use a 2 digit representation of the capacity.
Blacks and enterprise drives use a 4 digit representation of the capacity with the first 3 digits representing capacity(add a zero to get actual capaciy) and the 4th digit being a product code that is not specified.
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Just bought one of these today for my storage what do you guys think of the results?


Edited by [CyGnus] - 11/27/12 at 12:55pm
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WD10EZEX is not good for OS afterall. I ran some tests and when it come to simple multitasking (instaling a game and browsing on the internet), I got glitches and stops for 0,2-0,3 seconds. Nothing serious, but annoying. WD Caviar blakc 640GB SATA2 was better choice for OS drive/software/games than WD10EZEX. I'm returning my OS on WD 640GB Black until I got myself OCZ Vertex4.

Has anyone else noticed this? Is it a common trait with is model? I was gonna pick up a few of these for a RAID10 array, but now I'm beginning to wonder...
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Just bought one of these today for my storage what do you guys think of the results?

You got older revision. My second drive have similar results. It is Made in Malaysia. Older revision of the drive, obviously.
I also have newer revision, and it is 10-15% faster. Check my post 1-2 pages earlier.

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Has anyone else noticed this? Is it a common trait with is model? I was gonna pick up a few of these for a RAID10 array, but now I'm beginning to wonder...

Maybe on RAID will be better, but as lone drive for OS and software, not so good. I bought OCZ Vertex4 128GB for OS, 640GB Blacky is used for games and Steam ****s. Faster WD10EZEX is used for storage, and other "slower" WD10EZEX is in USB 3.0 as backup drive. No need to buy those green **** ever again wink.gifrolleyes.gif
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Hi, im from Perú. I need a HDD of 1TB. Which of these 3?

Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB ST1000DM003 $95

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB WD1002FAEX $120

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB WD10EZEX $95


All are SATA III and with 64MB cache.

Thanks for the help.

Greetings from Perú.
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I favour warranties over all else, so I'd probably go for the WD1002FAEX. (5 years!)

That said, the WD10EZEX will be faster and the most quiet. Downside - 2 year warranty.
     
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I favour warranties over all else, so I'd probably go for the WD1002FAEX. (5 years!)

I wouldn't.
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I favour warranties over all else, so I'd probably go for the WD1002FAEX. (5 years!)

I wouldn't.
I would. tongue.gif

Except when the price difference is more than the cost of replacing a drive, warranties can be quite valuable. Keep in mind that modern drives (especially when moving to higher platter densities) always have reliability and early death issues. Some end up DOA, some perish in 1-3 months, some in 2 years, and a few make it longer - but regardless of how long the drives last, we know for certain it's more failures than the "1.6%" we're being quoted. wink.gif Lots of businesses have stories of 50% RMA rates for new models of drives. All it takes is one bad batch... or several, because most businesses are often smart enough to scatter their purchases for any drives making their way into a RAID array to mitigate risk.

There's two main reasons I'd pick WD1002FAEX with a price difference that close - first, if it fails... WD often upgrades you to a newer faster (sometimes larger) model. That means although it's not a 1TB platter Black right now, you may end up with one in the future. (if misfortune strikes) The second reason is a continuation of the first - WD transfers the warranty over, so you're good to go if you need to RMA more than once.

The WD10EZEX is currently faster and more quiet, but... warranties can be valuable. wink.gif
     
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Barton XP-M 2400+ FJQ4C Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe 256MB BFG 7800GS OC 2x512MB Samsung PC3200 
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Raptor 74GB/Seagate 120GB Windows 2000 Pro 60hz 17" CRT Brandless PS2 Keyboard 
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Antec Neo HE 550w Logitech G5 
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