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post #1 of 6
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Hi,

I need some advice on which 1 TB WD HDD's (Red or Black), in Stripe (RAID 0), would have the best performance and reliability. I already have a Samsung 256GB 840 Pro for a boot drive. Would like to add some drives for video editing and performance.

The WD web site says that the Reds are made for RAID arrays and the Blacks are made for performance. This leads me to indecision on what would be best for my needs.

Anybody have any experience with this or any opinions are welcome.

Thanks,

Mike
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post #2 of 6
Neither.

The WD Blue is faster, quieter and more reliable. Only downside is the 3 year warranty vs the Black's 5 year.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339

HD Tune bench of the Blue:

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post #3 of 6
^Right!

WD Reds are supposedly purpous made to be used in Raid Arrays cuz they are supposedly more reliable.
WD Blacks are supposedly purpous made to be performance drives. ......
Gets some WD Blues (General Purpous) and call it a day.

Unless its for a boot drive you will bareley notice any performance differences between blues and blacks. And the Reds they can die at any time just like any other HDD.
post #4 of 6
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Thanks for you input!

I never thought of the Blue drives, as they are listed as general purpose I'll have to check out the specs on them! They sure are cheap enough, but money isn't the object here! thumb.gif
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I have had such phenomenal results from the Blues (WD10EZEX), whether in single drive (200MB/s R/W), 2 or 4 drive RAID0, and 4-drive RAID10, that I would stake whatever little bit of reputation I may have accidentally acquired on them!

Quite frankly, they are:
Faster sequential(ly)
Quieter
Cooler running
Equivalent in latency
And $25-40 cheaper than the slower, hotter, louder Black lineup.

I have paid as little as $46.98 a piece, so if you watch sales, you can have a 4 drive RAID10 array for the cost of a 2-drive R0 array of Blacks, but you would have significant redundancy, as well as performance nearing 800MB/s sequential reads and 400MB/s writes.

I have my beloved 256GB 830, 256GB M5P-Xtreme, and now also a 480GB SanDisk Extreme II in the same computer as most of the Blues, and I will be honest, running a SINGLE Blue as a games drive, I see maybe 5-10pct longer load times, Max, compared to having the game on any of my SSD's.
   
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post #6 of 6
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Thanks for the advice based on your experience!

Yes I think at the cost of these Blue drives I could easily run 4 in RAID 10. I believe I will do that, there are many out there between $50 and $60.

Just the info I needed.! thumb.gif

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