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post #11 of 14
I stumbled across a pretty cool site that has the platter densities of many hdds, i thought i would share. It does show that the Toshibas are the only 2TB drive besides the WD Blacks that come in 1TB platters and are 7200RPM. Im actually thinking of grabbing some of the toshibas with my PERC 5i card.

The link is here
post #12 of 14
3TB and 4TB Blacks have 800GB platters, but those are the biggest. 2TB and smaller are only 500GB. It's sad when your "performance" desktop HDDs have the same platter sizes as your budget laptop HDDs (i.e. Scorpio Blues). They're finally getting around to refreshing the line but are still only using 800GB platters. I guess that helps the 1TB drives since they'll be short-stroked (EDIT: or use only three recording heads, which would still be a slight short-stroke, but not much) but that's it. We'll see how the controller helps their performance. I hope it's "a lot." thumb.gif
Edited by CynicalUnicorn - 10/21/13 at 2:42pm
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post #13 of 14
I am aware of the WD, HGST, and Toshiba love triangle wink.gif

I have used theDeskstar and Ultrastar drives ffor RAID for years and have nothing but positive things to say about them.

The limited experience I have with the Toshiba drives, the new ones, shows me that the performance range is almost identical to the range between my various WD10EZEX individual drives, but that the Toshiba are louder by a fair amount.


The only and I mean only reason I can see that anyone would buy a Black at this time is for the warranty. The small difference in access times is imperceptible compared to the Blue, but transfer rates in the 120-130's vs the Blue's 160avg and 190-210 peak rate is extremely noticeable.

Factoring in cost, I simply don't see their place. I would go immediately to the RE for an array (or Reds for network array), and I have done so many times as the lack ofcompati bility issues due to TLER is worth the extra ten bucks to me.

I look forward to the 1TB/24GB hybrid Black but I also feel that it's the only direction left for them to head that isn't right into obsolescence.
   
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AFAIK,

blue and blacks are similar atm, with the only difference on blacks being that they have a bit longer warranty date.

So blue will be your choice as they are cheaper,
greens will be a bit cheaper than blue, but they are slower by a bit. so for music, media, photos and such a green will be cost efficient.
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