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Hello guys!
Well, I am basically looking for a new HDD but I'm not exactly sure which one to get. I'll only be using the HDD to store movies, music, pictures etc. The only time the HDD actually will need to work is if I want to watch a movie from it or when I'm copying new files to it. I've checked out the WD Green and also the WD Red. Which one would suite me the most? Since I'm not going to use the HDD for RAID I'm leaning more towards the Green. I guess the red one is more made for running 24/7 since it's a NAS HDD? Does the red one have the same features that it goes in idle when it's not being used like the green one?

I appreciate any help that you guys can provide. thumb.gif
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I would go with the Green. I would also get a second one to backup the first one on. All HDDs will fail; when they will fail is a crapshoot.
     
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I would go with the Green. I would also get a second one to backup the first one on. All HDDs will fail; when they will fail is a crapshoot.
I already got an external HDD which I rarely use and where I keep my most important stuff. Since I use it so rarely I guess the chance for it to break is pretty low?
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How about the new 8 TBs Seagate HDD? Or is it too much in terms of capacity? Otherwise a Green WD should do the job just fine.
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How about the new 8 TBs Seagate HDD? Or is it too much in terms of capacity? Otherwise a Green WD should do the job just fine.
I'd say it's pretty overkill in capacity for me but thanks for the suggestion. thumb.gif
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I already got an external HDD which I rarely use and where I keep my most important stuff. Since I use it so rarely I guess the chance for it to break is pretty low?

Personally I do not think using a drive very little makes a big difference in the life expectancy unless we are comparing it to something that is going to be used more than 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. I've seen people pull a drive off a shelf that they knew worked fine a year ago, and have it not even spin up. Backup any important data on any drive, no exception unless you don't mind losing the data.


Now to actually answer your questions, yes the WD red is designed for 24/7 while the green is 8/5 I believe. Both drives can be set to spin down when not in use, that is power setting inside of Windows.

With what you have described, the green drive should meet your needs.
Edited by CHIZ - 12/11/14 at 10:18am
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Greens are crap. Get a Red, way better.
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Personally I do not think using a drive very little makes a big difference in the life expectancy unless we are comparing it to something that is going to be used more than 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. I've seen people pull a drive off a shelf that they knew worked fine a year ago, and have it not even spin up. Backup any important data on any drive, no exception unless you don't mind losing the data.


Now to actually answer your questions, yes the WD red is designed for 24/7 while the green is 8/5 I believe. Both drives can be set to spin down when not in use, that is power setting inside of Windows.

With what you have described, the green drive should meet your needs.
Alright, thank you for answering all of my questions. smile.gif
Yeh, pretty much all have been recommending the green one so I guess I'll order the 4TB one.
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Greens are crap. Get a Red, way better.
What do you base that on?
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Greens were originally just brought in for cheap storage options and were pretty pathetic at the start. IMO they still are horrible.

But the Red's are not your average cheap drives. They're NAS drives and even carry a longer warranty proving that WD really backs them up like the Blacks.

I've had a 2TB green and it would sometimes slow down to a snails pace for no reason. SMART reported no issues, then one day it suddenly dies.

Since then I've got multiple RED's running in my rig and Apple Time Capsule. They're flawless. I'd really recommend them over the greens for storage. thumb.gif
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The first Greens had head parking issues that caused premature failure (I got burned by one of those) but that was corrected a long time ago. The Greens are getting better user reviews than the Reds. Other than the first one that prematurely died, out of 12 Greens I have now (five 4TBs and seven 2TBs), only one has gone bad (it started throwing sector reallocation errors but, otherwise, kept chugging right along) which WD quickly replaced under warranty (it was three months shy of running out of factory warranty).
     
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