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Hey guys I'm pretty much tired of not having a good amount of storage space in my PC. I've decided to go ahead and buy some drives for various near future projects I hope to tackle. Here's what I'm trying to do.
I'm hoping to get 1 drive for each task.

1. Me and a friend started a Youtube gaming channel for our LAN group. So I'll be needing space to record games and do video editing. Also to edit my skate and car videos.

2. I need a bigger and faster drive for games since I'm tired of having to delete games to install others etc.

3. I plan to rip all the DVD's I have since I don't really use discs much I'd rather just have everything on a drive. I also want to store music on this drive.



So I'm thinking about a 2TB WD GREEN for the YT channel editing stuff. Will the slow speed of the drive effect rendering times etc much? A 1TB WD BLACK for my games for fast loading. And a 1TB WD BLUE for movie and music storage.

Am I mad for wanting this many different drives ? Should I get all the same drives? any input would be appreciated biggrin.gif
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Well your selection seems reasonable. If there were not a need for different classes of HDDs they wouldn't go through the trouble to make them. The Black for games and Blue for mass storage are good, as for using the green for the YT channel, seems fine. I really don't have much experience with them but from what I have heard they are supposed to be a good compromise between performance and power savings. As far as cost is concerned I remember them being closer the the blacks than the blues. Additionally You might look into enterprise drives for the YT channel since they are storing "irreplaceable data." I have had good experiences with the Hitachi Ultrastar series.
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Right now I'd skip the Black and get two 1TB Blues, unless you care about the 3 extra years of warranty. The WD10EZEX has pretty impressive performance - if you're dedicating it solely to games (and it doesn't have to multitask and run your OS), it's going to perform really well.

http://www.overclock.net/t/1297633/wd10ezex-review-wd-blue-1tb-single-platter-drive/40

What resolution do you record at? I'd consider recording to a 1TB Blue (very high sequential speeds!) and then encode/transfer to the WD Green for archival.

If you insist on using the Green for recording, be sure to partition it. While the edge of the drive is fast enough for 1080p @ 30fps, I'm not sure if the inside is. If you split it in roughly two, you can record to the faster (first) partition and archive to the second (slower) partition.
     
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Basically get the new 1TB Blues for work and Greens for backup...unless the blues are cheaper then get all Blues. biggrin.gif

Also, there is the Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K1000.D. It has a 3yr warranty and 1TB platter.

You do have a backup config planned right?
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I don't really have a backup config because really its just for fun and I don't care too much if I lose it all lol. I don't keep anything THAT important on this rig.

Thanks for the advice everyone! Will keep all of these considerations in mind while I go shopping biggrin.gif
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Hey guys I'm pretty much tired of not having a good amount of storage space in my PC. I've decided to go ahead and buy some drives for various near future projects I hope to tackle. Here's what I'm trying to do.
I'm hoping to get 1 drive for each task.
1. Me and a friend started a Youtube gaming channel for our LAN group. So I'll be needing space to record games and do video editing. Also to edit my skate and car videos.
2. I need a bigger and faster drive for games since I'm tired of having to delete games to install others etc.
3. I plan to rip all the DVD's I have since I don't really use discs much I'd rather just have everything on a drive. I also want to store music on this drive.
So I'm thinking about a 2TB WD GREEN for the YT channel editing stuff. Will the slow speed of the drive effect rendering times etc much? A 1TB WD BLACK for my games for fast loading. And a 1TB WD BLUE for movie and music storage.
Am I mad for wanting this many different drives ? Should I get all the same drives? any input would be appreciated biggrin.gif

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Well your selection seems reasonable. If there were not a need for different classes of HDDs they wouldn't go through the trouble to make them. The Black for games and Blue for mass storage are good, as for using the green for the YT channel, seems fine. I really don't have much experience with them but from what I have heard they are supposed to be a good compromise between performance and power savings. As far as cost is concerned I remember them being closer the the blacks than the blues. Additionally You might look into enterprise drives for the YT channel since they are storing "irreplaceable data." I have had good experiences with the Hitachi Ultrastar series.

Really? WD says green for storage, blue for normal, black for performance. http://www.wdc.com/en/products/internal/desktop/ all you had to do was google it.
you both just said blue for storage, green for normal, black for performance.

I use RE4 drives for my RAID 5 NAS. As for desktops, a few watts doesn't make much difference to me, so it's all SDD/RE4/VR class drives.
 
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