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Poll Results: What drive? ( 1TB )

 
  • 37% (3)
    Western Digital Blue
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    Western Digital Green
  • 12% (1)
    Other(s) Please specificy
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post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by CynicalUnicorn View Post

Blues are better. They're faster and Greens' aggressive power management means they park their heads and spin down more often, which is annoying when using them.

However the greens parking etc can be controlled. There is no real issue there. I like WD because i came out of seagate when their world turned upside down. Its really a matter of what ive been using and they are as good as any for data storage. As someone else has said, your pocketbook can really be your guide here unless there is a particularly troublesome model.
   
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    You can get either for the same price?  Go with the better (faster) HDD then, which is the Blue (WD10EZEX).  You won't even have to worry about the Green drive's frequent and continual head parking.

    Personally I would recommend WD simply because you know what you're getting with the WD10EZEX.  From what I heard, Seagate sells a couple different HDDs under the same number (different speeds and platter counts) for their equivalent (1 TB) drive.
 
Edited by Techie007 - 7/12/14 at 10:51am
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I also agree with getting the Blue. While I use Greens for my backup drives, they are kept off the computer in a drawer and get used only an average of 5 minutes a day each when making backups. I would not use them 24/7 in a computer. Blues are excellent drives and, in the case of the 1TB version, the fastest by a hair but only have a two year warranty and go only as big as 1TB. I prefer the Blacks because they are almost as fast as the 1 TB Blue (in actual use, I probably wouldn't notice any difference between the Blues and the Blacks, unlike the difference between a Green and a Black), have the five year warranty, and are available up to 4TB (all my 3.5" drives are 2TB and, from now on, any new ones will be 4TB).

As I mentioned in another one of your posts, I've had much better luck with WD than with Seagate but, for everyone who says that, there will be another one saying the opposite. As Duckie Ho said, it's safer to assume all drives will fail (thus the need for a solid backup scheme) however, I also feel a manufacturer isn't likely to give a longer warranty on a drive if it is likely they will have to pay out on it. User reviews I've read on equivalent Seagate and WD drives show WD having a much better track record on favorably settling warranty claims than Seagate. Seagate has also been shortening some of their warranty periods.
     
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completely subjective WD fanboi checking in here:

either get the green (as i voted for) or black (faster access speed and longer warranty).



personally, i haven't had the best of luck with blues.
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Except Blacks are entirely pointless other than warranty and speed over 1TB. The drive will die, that's a guarantee, but not necessarily within warranty if you take care of it well. Most HDDs die within their first few months of operation, followed by a period of relatively few deaths, followed by a sharp decline after several years.
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So I got a seagate, it worked fine for awhile, and after about a month or so, I started bluescreening a lot, thinking it was other components, testing other parts in my pc, then I noticed I didn't have the same issues when I would run programs off of my external, rather than my seagate, so I'm pretty sure I need a new harddrive. I was thinking about getting a western digital because I know people that use them and have ones that are like 10 years old and still work fine, and I saw a graph about how they last a lot longer and have less issues than seagate. So I was looking at some 1tbs, and I can't seem to pick between blue, green, and black, what's the real difference? I do video editing, lots of gaming, and a bunch of file transferring.
The blue sounded nice, I saw a ton of complaints on the green, and then the black said it had a dual processor, but is it really worth the like 15-20$ increase? I'm a hard-drive noob.
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Except Blacks are entirely pointless other than warranty and speed over 1TB. The drive will die, that's a guarantee, but not necessarily within warranty if you take care of it well. Most HDDs die within their first few months of operation, followed by a period of relatively few deaths, followed by a sharp decline after several years.

except nothing.

the OP ask for an opinions/suggestions - i don't see anything about opinions of others' suggestions.

again, personally i have had three out of four WD blues die soon after their two year warranty in two different systems and won't touch them with a ten foot pole regardless of any bathtub curve graph that sites love to show.

thanks for your entirely pointless critic.
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After experiencing MANY Seagate failures, I can only recommend WD blacks (RE series) and Hitachi from personal experience to have superior reliability. Cost aside, I still think Hitachi has the best track record, and can back it up with a link to the Backblaze HDD reliability study:

http://blog.backblaze.com/2014/01/21/what-hard-drive-should-i-buy/

They've got almost 13,000 Hitachi and about the same number of Seagate in service, with almost 3000 WD HDD in service. Annualized failure rates of Hitachi are HALF that of WD and 1/7th that of Seagate. So, I buy nothing buy Hitachi DeskStar , DeskStar NAS, and Ultrastar drives. Ultrastar for enterprise applications, and DeskStar NAS mostly for media server/FreeNAS installations.

I also like the WD Reds, at least the 2TB ones I have in service have been 100% reliability for about a year now (7 spinning at the moment)

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Edited by hammong - 7/12/14 at 7:31pm
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After experiencing MANY Seagate failures, I can only recommend WD blacks (RE series) and Hitachi from personal experience to have superior reliability. Cost aside, I still think Hitachi has the best track record, and can back it up with a link to the Backblaze HDD reliability study:

http://blog.backblaze.com/2014/01/21/what-hard-drive-should-i-buy/

They've got almost 13,000 Hitachi and about the same number of Seagate in service, with almost 3000 WD HDD in service. Annualized failure rates of Hitachi are HALF that of WD and 1/7th that of Seagate. So, I buy nothing buy Hitachi DeskStar , DeskStar NAS, and Ultrastar drives. Ultrastar for enterprise applications, and DeskStar NAS mostly for media server/FreeNAS installations.

I also like the WD Reds, at least the 2TB ones I have in service have been 100% reliability for about a year now (7 spinning at the moment)

Greg
Yeah, that's the thing I was talking about, and you'd suggest a black over a blue? Any specific difference? I heard HDDs hardly make performance difference
For me, I'm between getting this:
The thing that makes me iffy, is the amount of reviews, blue has waaaaay more, which means the tons of people that did get it, were satisfied.
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Cache-Desktop-WD1003FZEX/dp/B00FJRS6FU/ref=sr_1_13?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1405219164&sr=1-13&keywords=hitachi+hard+drive
Or:
http://www.amazon.com/WD-Blue-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B0088PUEPK/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1405219261&sr=1-1&keywords=WD+hard+drive
Edited by sirheroin - 7/12/14 at 7:42pm
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So I got a seagate, it worked fine for awhile, and after about a month or so, I started bluescreening a lot, thinking it was other components, testing other parts in my pc, then I noticed I didn't have the same issues when I would run programs off of my external, rather than my seagate, so I'm pretty sure I need a new harddrive. I was thinking about getting a western digital because I know people that use them and have ones that are like 10 years old and still work fine, and I saw a graph about how they last a lot longer and have less issues than seagate. So I was looking at some 1tbs, and I can't seem to pick between blue, green, and black, what's the real difference? I do video editing, lots of gaming, and a bunch of file transferring.
The blue sounded nice, I saw a ton of complaints on the green, and then the black said it had a dual processor, but is it really worth the like 15-20$ increase? I'm a hard-drive noob.

The blue is a 7200 RPM drive. That's the normal desktop drive speed.

The black is probably not worth it. It's also a 7200 RPM drive. You get two years extra warranty or so (not sure).

The green and red and purple are slow 5400 RPM drives. They can still be pretty fast if you buy the super large sizes (I mean the 3 TB or 4 TB sized drives), but they are really for a home file server or external HDD or if you want a super quiet drive. They also seem to always stay super cold at all times so might be interesting for using it where there's terrible air flow.
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About those different colors for the slow 5400 RPM drives, those behave very similar if you just use a single drive at home for data.

The colors are interesting if you build a network-attached-storage box with a bunch of drives. In the past there was only Green and you could tweak some secret settings about head parking and error handling with special tools, but now that's mostly locked for the Green and there's instead those different colors. It was cheap and immune against vibrations from its neighboring drives in the tight case and it being slow made it stay cool. Now you need to buy Red for use in a server like that.

You had bad luck with the Seagate. For every kind of device, there's always an increased chance for it to die early when it's still new. It's just that the device was good enough to pass whatever testing was done after manufacturing in the quality control section of the factory, but it was still not manufactured quite right or the materials used had some issues. For HDDs in particular, all that live through the first year or so, those will all typically get very old before eventually failing.

In a weird way, you are actually lucky that you found out early that your drive is crappy. tongue.gif If it's still pretty new, won't they replace the drive for you? I feel the logical choice is to give it another chance (and I say that as someone intentionally avoiding Seagate for more than a decade).

EDIT: I just remembered something that I feel is important... I have a hunch that the shop you buy from is often involved with broken HDDs. They might have thrown the drives around while handling them. Or they might use a parcel service that is bad and not diligent in handling packages. If you suspect something fishy, buy somewhere else the next time. I'd hope the big computer hardware shops would have more of an idea about how to handle HDDs, so I'd buy from those instead of being cheap and choosing to save a handful extra dollars at some super cheap shop.
Edited by deepor - 7/12/14 at 7:44pm
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