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Should I get the Seagate 4TB or the WD-Green 4TB for storage ?

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WD Green WD40EZRX 4TB IntelliPower 64MB [140$ about]

or

Seagate Desktop HDD.15 ST4000DM000 4TB 64MB (OEM) [about 20$ more]
Retail kit STBD4000400 few dollars more, same spec drive.


Things to consider:

I read before that the green drive auto parks the head every 8 seconds if no disk activity and leads to premature failure but I think that was a model from a couple years ago.

The Seagate has 1TB-per-disk hard drive technology so it's a 4 platter design. So I assume the Green drive has 5 platters ? Not sure if a pro or a con.

The Seagate has 5900rpm the Green not sure but it's around the same, if one is a little faster then the other by a little it really does not matter to me. It's the one that is more reliable is important to me.

Being low rpm I assume they should both be pretty quiet ?

Also I know that Green goes to sleep automatically after 10 mins. I have my Power plan setup so it won't, it's not a con anymore and not to consider.
Edited by Subzero11 - 10/19/14 at 3:57pm
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I just ordered two 4TB WD greens at the beginning of the month. Right after I received the first I was so happy with it I grabbed a second immediately. I ran an error scan with HD tune pro before using them and found no bad sectors. I believe the problem with the heads spinning down was fixed a while ago. I ordered off newegg and received both in under 48 hours with eggsaver shipping and packed very nicely too, only paid 135 I believe using the visacheckout promo code. I have 1 seagate drive and 7 WD greens. the read/write speed is a little higher on the seagate drive but not as consistent, and my seagate drive has failed me before and is used for unimportant data.
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i have 6 seagates been running for a year fast and quite.
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The head parking issue the first WD Greens had was fixed several years ago so the newer ones should be just fine. Out of nine Greens I have owned, the only one to fail was one of the early ones. All the others are still in service as backup drives.

I personally prefer WD Blacks for internal HDDs that run 24/7 for their noticeable snappiness when moving large amounts of data and the longer warranty 5 years instead of the Green's 2 years (although one can inexpensively buy three more years of warranty for the Greens when buying them from NewEgg).
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Hello,

The Green WD drive is designed exactly for storage – big capacity, low power consumption and lower noise level. The average noise level is about 25 dBA when idle. I haven't seen any users recently having issues with the head parking and there is also an available utility you could use to adjust the parking idle timer in case you need to.

Hope that helps.
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Originally Posted by Subzero11 View Post

Things to consider:
I read before that the green drive auto parks the head every 8 seconds if no disk activity and leads to premature failure but I think that was a model from a couple years ago.

I believe the WD40EZRX does have aggresive head parking like the older EARS drives, this is on a 8 second timer like the rest of the series. You can use the wdidle3 utility, this is DOS based and you can disable it from there. You can increase it to 300 seconds, the maximum allowed by the firmware or disable it entirely.
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The Seagate has 1TB-per-disk hard drive technology so it's a 4 platter design. So I assume the Green drive has 5 platters ? Not sure if a pro or a con.

I think the 4TB Green is 4*1TB platter design; the price and weight of the drive are just about right for this, it wouldn't be a deal breaker if it wasn't this design. Take my speculation with a grain of salt regardless.
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The Seagate has 5900rpm the Green not sure but it's around the same, if one is a little faster then the other by a little it really does not matter to me. It's the one that is more reliable is important to me.

The Seagate is 5900rpm and the Green runs at 'intellipower', this is marketing friendly speak for 5400rpm. From what I have seen the Seagate is fairly faster than the Green. Reliability wise any drive can fail at any time, both drives come with a 2 year warranty. WD do offer an ARMA, an Advanced RMA, they send you a new drive before you send you old drive in. They're not too picky about what you send it back in and you can send it back in what they sent your replacement drive out with. Seagate have no such service.

Here is a miniture comparison between both drives: http://goughlui.com/2014/06/20/4tb-head-to-head-western-digital-green-wd40ezrx-vs-seagate-desktop-st4000dm000/
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Being low rpm I assume they should both be pretty quiet ?

Yes, but it depends how obnoxious you find the head parking.

I'd buy the WD due to ARMA and being $20 cheaper.
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Well I'm not using it for a OS, just storage. If I keep the drive in tower hooked up and I only power on the PC for a few hours during the day and it happens that I don't need to use that drive during the time then technically the Green drive should only need to park and unpark a few times at the most, correct ? Basically I'm asking will Windows randomly often access the drive with no reason ?
Edited by Subzero11 - 10/21/14 at 6:43am
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I have 2 of the seagate 4tb drives and in my opinion the performance is better than the greens, have heard too many failure stories, one of which my 2tb green failed a few years ago.
the seagates are 5900 rpms and i believe the WD are 5400 but not sure as have not looked into it extensively for a couple years.
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I have 2 of the seagate 4tb drives and in my opinion the performance is better than the greens, have heard too many failure stories, one of which my 2tb green failed a few years ago.
the seagates are 5900 rpms and i believe the WD are 5400 but not sure as have not looked into it extensively for a couple years.

For everyone who says they have had better luck with Seagates than with WDs, there will be someone who has the opposite luck (such as me). I've owned four Seagates: two failed, one (a SSHD) was a disappointment, and one worked ok. I've had a total of 19 WDs which includes nine Greens; only one of the Greens ever failed—it was an early one with the head parking issue, which has since been fixed—and all the others are still in service as backup drives. Of all my WDs, only one other has failed (it actually was DOA which could have been a result of rough handling in shipping). I still have all my remaining WDs except an external drive that I used for backups for over seven years; I retired it because I outgrew its capacity (120GB), it was too large and cumbersome to use, and it required an inconvenient external power supply. I didn't keep it because it was just too small, bulky, and old.

From reading user reviews of Seagate and WDs, WD's customer service record is much, much better than Seagate's when it comes to honoring warranties.

WD doesn't advertise the actual speed of its Greens, allegedly because the speed is variable according to usage. If the speed is more or less 5400 rpm most of the time, the difference between that and 5900 rpm is not going to be all that noticeable, if at all.
     
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