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Looking for an additional media storage drive for my desktop tower.

Poll Results: Media Hard Drive recommendations:

 
  • 16% (1)
    WD Green Caviar
  • 66% (4)
    WD Red NAS
  • 0% (0)
    WD AV-GP
  • 16% (1)
    Other (please list below)
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post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
Hey Folks,

I’m looking to supplement my storage space with an additional 2-3TB hard drive.

My current setup is
1) SSD – 250GB (Windows, Microsoft Office, Adobe Products and other various system programs)
2) WD – 1TB Black Caviar drive (Games, Music)
3) Seagate -- 700GB. Salvaged from an older PC. 5400 RPM (Everything else - Used as my current drive for downloads, movies and etc)
4) External 1TB Drive (Backups)

Essentially this new drive will be a heavy-use media center for me. I’m looking for a reliable, long lasting drive that I will use to
1) Download large files and torrent
2) Store and watch large movie files and other media
3) Backup other drives

I won't be gaming on this drive.

Since I like WD products and speed isn't as much of an issue I looked at their Green, Red and AV-GP series.
It looks like the AV series isn't designed for desktop use and it's a toss up between the Greens and Reds.

I'm wondering how you guys think of these particular hard drives.
Feel free to recommend other reliable hard drives that you like.
Should I go for a green/red caviar drive OR should I grab another "faster/more RPM" hard drive for my storage needs?

Thanks for the feedback!
Edited by the1onewolf - 1/4/14 at 2:42am
post #2 of 6
Green and Red are very similar, but the Red has firmware optimized for use in a NAS or entry-level RAID environment. They have TLER, optimized NCQ algorithms, and better platter/spindle balancing depending on who you talk to. The Green is a little faster in single-drive environments. Both are slower than WD Blue or Blacks.

If you like WD, you should consider the Hitachi drives too. The Deskstar 3TB and 4TB drives are very decent, and Hitachi is owned by WD now. The drives are completely different than WD offerings mechanism-wise. A lot of enterprise storage solution providers source Hitachi as their drive of choice, though they're usually Ultrastars for the enterprise-grade BER and warranty.

Greg
post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks Greg!
I didn't know Hitachi was bought out by WD and rebranded into HGST. I'll definitely check out their drives.

I forgot to mention this in the main post.

The Seagate Barracuda 3TB is about the same price as a 3TB Western Digital Green, except the seagate is 7200 RPM instead of the WD intellipower (5200 RPM).

Since I won't be using this as a main drive, speed won't be a huge factor. I've had one Seagate drive fail on me before but this one seems have to decent reviews.
Any reason to pick one over the other?
post #4 of 6
Seagate burned me badly with a batch of 1.5TB Barracuda 7200.12 drives about 4-5 years ago. 11 of 12 drives failed in a server over a 3 year period. I had two other servers of the same generation with WD AAKS series blacks in them, and experienced 2 failures out of 24 drives in the same time period. Guess where I put my money on future builds? WD/Hitachi all the way.

Greg
post #5 of 6
Quote:
Originally Posted by hammong View Post

Seagate burned me badly with a batch of 1.5TB Barracuda 7200.12 drives about 4-5 years ago. 11 of 12 drives failed in a server over a 3 year period. I had two other servers of the same generation with WD AAKS series blacks in them, and experienced 2 failures out of 24 drives in the same time period. Guess where I put my money on future builds? WD/Hitachi all the way.

Greg

Youe mean 7200.11 right? Yeah those suckers were really bad, but not a single issue with the newer 7200.12 or whatever model is newer.
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I also got burned by the 7200.11s. What really bit my backside (besides tall dogs) was the way Seagate, once they had a fix for the problem, made no effort to let people with registered drives know there was a problem and that there was a firmware update to fix it. I've had far better luck with Western Digital. From what I've read in customer reviews, WD treats their customers much better for warranty claims than Seagate does.

I prefer using the WD Blacks for storage drives. Besides having snappier performance when moving data, they have a five year warranty. I use WD Greens for my backup drives since they are connected only during a backup (and I'm cheap) but I feel the Blacks will hold up to continuous use better than the Greens (my desktop runs 24/7).
     
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