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Poll Results: Which would you go with?

 
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post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by meloj17 View Post

Since it won't be your primary driver, than a green HD sounds good. The Green HD come in 2 Tb at the most.

Just like to point out that is not true, I currently have a 3TB WD Green in my setup.
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Western Digital is a favorite around these parts because, I think, of their simple naming scheme. Seagate and Hitachi have capacities (500GB, 1TB, 2TB, etc) and speeds (5400, 7200, etc) but usually the name of the drive itself is a 7200.14 or something along those lines.

Western takes a different approach and color-codes their drives. According to them,
GREEN: Cool, quiet operation for efficient eco-conscious computing
BLUE Solid performance and reliability for everyday computing.
BLACK: Maximum performance for power computing.
RED The new color of NAS. WD Red hard drives are designed and tested for compatibility in the unique 24x7 operating environment and demanding system requirements of home and small office NAS.
RE4: Enterprise-Grade drives for mission critical applications


Honestly, I think that Western does have lower failure rates than Seagate or Hitachi, but a lot of their allure is the ease with which someone can understand what each color does. Generally speaking, Green is for long term backup and storage with low power consumption but also low performance as far as read and write speeds. Blue spins faster (7200RPM) and is more geared towards everyday desktop use. Black is the performance line that has the drive rotor mounted at both ends and spins at 7200RPM. They have higher cache sizes and generally provide better read/write speeds. Red is the NAS line for 24/7 operations. They're essentially RE4 enterprise drives that are sold cheaper and with a bit less warranty.

As far as cost per gigabyte of storage goes, you get what you pay for with cheapest to most expensive:

Green
Blue
Black/Red
RE4

To your original question, an internal drive is almost always better. They do not rely on USB or eSATA drivers and have a direct connection to your motherboard. They are powered over the PSU and not from a USB port, so if your computer is getting power, so are they. They are generally going to get better transfer speeds than externals, and if mounted correctly in your case, will be FAR less prone to shock and liquid spills, etc. All that being said, external is possible if you don't have the SATA ports or need portability.
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post #13 of 14
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Thanks for the input. Looks like I'll be gettin gthe 2TB WD Green drive. Rep given to all.


Also, this deal just came into my mailbox. It says that this drive is designed to be always on, what are your thoughts?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136783
Edited by NotReadyYet - 11/29/12 at 7:17am
    
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post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by NotReadyYet View Post

Thanks for the input. Looks like I'll be gettin gthe 2TB WD Green drive. Rep given to all.
Also, this deal just came into my mailbox. It says that this drive is designed to be always on, what are your thoughts?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136783

That's not a bad deal to be honest. I would, however recommend this:

http://www.overclock.net/forum/newestpost/1332422

If 3 TB is what you need, this is by far one if the best deals out there. And the price for the 2TB is only $11 more than the green for considerably better performance, reliability, and warranty.
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