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[KG] Western Digital to abandon "Green" brand in favor of "Blue" HDDs

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Western Digital is set to unify its Green and Blue families of hard disk drives under the “Blue” brand, reports PC Watch. WD Blue HDDs will be aimed at mainstream personal computers, WD Black will be designed for high-end desktops and workstations, whereas WD Red will focus on network attached storage systems.

For a limited period of time current WD Green HDDs will be sold under WD Blue brand, but with different product numbers.

WD reportedly claims that the unification is made to simplify HDD choice by consumers.

Source: http://www.kitguru.net/components/hard-drives/anton-shilov/western-digital-to-abandon-green-brand-in-favour-of-blue-hdds/

I'm hoping this just means that the Blue line will take over, because my 1TB Blue has been phenomenal in terms of capacity and performance.
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Forget cassette tapes, floppy disks are the hippest new format from the past!
    
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For a limited period of time current WD Green HDDs will be sold under WD Blue brand, but with different product numbers.

Um, aren't Greens /not/ meant for typical use? I've seen a few users around having issues with them in the long run over typical use..
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WD’s Green hard disk drives have variable RPM [revolutions per minute] performance, whereas WD Blue feature 5400 or 7400 RPM. It is unclear whether new HDDs will all feature variable RPM, or will stick to 5400 RPM, leaving 7200 PRM to the WD Black series.
For a limited period of time current WD Green HDDs will be sold under WD Blue brand, but with different product numbers.

Hopefully that doesn't mean that Blues will disappear and be replaced with disguised Greens. I think higher capacity Blues are best.
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My NAS has been going great with 2x WD greens for at least 2 years now, which is not bad considering I got them dirt cheap.
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The WD website is still showing the Greens and Blues separately. The Greens' speed is still listed as Intellipower but the larger Blues are still listed as 7200 rpm for the smaller but the newer, larger drives are listed as 5400 rpm.
     
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I've always been suspicious that Green drives are simply binned Blue drives that failed at 7200 rpm but passed at 5400ish rpm. I guess now you have to look closely again at the rpm's when buying a drive?
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I'm guessing that WD will list 7200 rpm Blues until the existing stock runs out. Whether or not Intellipower and head parking will be retained or not is anyone's guess. I have no problem with either.
     
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5400rpm drives?

7200rpm drives that aren't WD are cheaper than greens.

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