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I'm looking to pick up two HDDs for a Linux install, finally making the transition. I bought an SSD for the OS and games I'm currently playing. The HDD will be primarily for bulk storage: music, pictures, videos, and some games I don't play as often. Do I need a performance drive, such as the WD Black or HGST 7K for the storage, or should I go with something like the WD Blue or an HGST 5K model? If I should get performance, should I also get the same model for the backup drive?

I currently have a WD Black running, and a WD Green for backup (this was before I knew about Green's bad reputation) so I've had good experience...with the Black, at least. Don't have much to say about Green, since it's just for backups. The five-year warranty is also appealing. I know HGST is formerly Hitachi and owned by WD now, but I've heard they're the best bang for buck currently. What do you recommend?

Update
I got a great deal on an HGST40005K. Thank you all for your suggestions and advice. Kept me on the right path.
Edited by Pakeo - 2/10/16 at 12:14pm
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I don't think you need a performance drive for storage. I have a WD Green in my server, it's run 24/7 since August 2011 without issue. I've run plenty of Windows and Linux virtual machines off of it, and they're surprisingly quick. You could even use a WD Green or other 5400rpm HD as your system drive for Linux without an issue, since most distros are fairly minimalist.

Of the choices listed, I would get the WD Blue.
 
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I'm looking to pick up two HDDs for a Linux install, finally making the transition. I bought an SSD for the OS and games I'm currently playing. The HDD will be primarily for bulk storage: music, pictures, videos, and some games I don't play as often. Do I need a performance drive, such as the WD Black or HGST 7K for the storage, or should I go with something like the WD Blue or an HGST 5K model? If I should get performance, should I also get the same model for the backup drive?

I currently have a WD Black running, and a WD Green for backup (this was before I knew about Green's bad reputation) so I've had good experience...with the Black, at least. Don't have much to say about Green, since it's just for backups. The five-year warranty is also appealing. I know HGST is formerly Hitachi and owned by WD now, but I've heard they're the best bang for buck currently. What do you recommend?

Greens are fine for backups; they are what I use for my backups. The bad reputation the Greens have is a carry over from the early Greens that had an excessive head parking issue. That was fixed a long time ago. I don't where you actually live but, if you live in the U.S. and buy your Greens from Newegg, you can buy an extended warranty with them that will give you a total of five years warranty.

I personally prefer the WD Blacks for the HDDs in my desktop machines but the HGSTs do have a good reputation. The Helium drives are too new a technology for me to trust them yet.
     
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I don't think you need a performance drive for storage. I have a WD Green in my server, it's run 24/7 since August 2011 without issue. I've run plenty of Windows and Linux virtual machines off of it, and they're surprisingly quick. You could even use a WD Green or other 5400rpm HD as your system drive for Linux without an issue, since most distros are fairly minimalist.

Of the choices listed, I would get the WD Blue.

The Greens were never intended to be used for a system drive, even on Linux. They are better suited for storage only. If the OP needs to use a HDD for a system drive for financial reasons, he would be better off use one of the smaller 7200 rpm Blues; the 1TB 7200 rpm blues is one of the fastest HDDs that is still economical.
     
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http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-7200rpm-3-5-Inch-Internal-PH3500U-1I72/dp/B00OP2PKH2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452958565&sr=8-1&keywords=toshiba+5tb


Get one of these.

Better than a Green in terms of reliability, and one of the fastest 7200rpm HDDs around. Only Getting beat out by the new 6TB Black in terms of performance.

Better warranty than a Green, way better performance. And you can choose how long you want the drives on before the heads park. In my Server I have it set to 30min, which is great as I travel for work and only use it so much.


I have three of them myself, and will be getting more. They are just that good.


Toshiba owns Hitachi's old Consumer brand, while WD owns the Commercial one. The older 3TB and under drives are pretty much just rebranded Hitachi drives. And the 4TB+ Drives are much improved in terms of performance, they are awesome drives. I love WD Drives, but honestly would take these over a Blue or a Green any day of the week.
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I don't think you need a performance drive for storage. I have a WD Green in my server, it's run 24/7 since August 2011 without issue. I've run plenty of Windows and Linux virtual machines off of it, and they're surprisingly quick. You could even use a WD Green or other 5400rpm HD as your system drive for Linux without an issue, since most distros are fairly minimalist.

Of the choices listed, I would get the WD Blue.
I could, but I decided to hop on the SSD bandwagon. Yeah, I didn't think performance mattered for bulk storage either.
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Greens are fine for backups; they are what I use for my backups. The bad reputation the Greens have is a carry over from the early Greens that had an excessive head parking issue. That was fixed a long time ago. I don't where you actually live but, if you live in the U.S. and buy your Greens from Newegg, you can buy an extended warranty with them that will give you a total of five years warranty.

I personally prefer the WD Blacks for the HDDs in my desktop machines but the HGSTs do have a good reputation. The Helium drives are too new a technology for me to trust them yet.
Haha, sorry, but I don't believe in buying an extended warranty. To me, that's just handing the merchant money. My Green is from 2011, is that when they were bad? Well I only use it for backups, so I guess it'll be fine. I certainly would not trust the helium drives, and I think that kind of tech is for enterprise applications anyway.
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The Greens were never intended to be used for a system drive, even on Linux. They are better suited for storage only. If the OP needs to use a HDD for a system drive for financial reasons, he would be better off use one of the smaller 7200 rpm Blues; the 1TB 7200 rpm blues is one of the fastest HDDs that is still economical.
I definitely need more storage than 1 TB. I'm currently running a 2 TB Black, and I'm running around 40% free. If I'm going to get new drives, I'm most certainly looking to increase my storage capacity...by at least 100%.


Alright, so I will probably get another eco model of some sort for backup, but I still have to decide on the model of the storage drive.

Thank you all for your advice and suggestions so far.
Edited by Pakeo - 1/16/16 at 8:52am
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Hi @Pakeo!

I agree with what the others said - a performance drive for a bulk storage will be kind of an overkill, so I would suggest to get an HDD designed for mass storage in this case. Such one indeed will be a WD Green, but keep in mind that we recently announced that WD Blue and Green will emerge in the WD Blue line - you can find more information about it here:

http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=nrpTQc

On the other hand, do you plan to setup RAID with the two drives you're going to plan? In case you do you can check WD Red as well since it is a NAS/RAID class drive designed specifically for RAID environments and NAS devices. It is tuned and optimized for 24/7 performance, RAID arrays, and it is often used for backups, stable secondary storage and in streaming builds:

http://products.wdc.com/support/kb.ashx?id=QUFXyn

Hope this helps and feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Cheers! smile.gif
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Apparently, this thread is now sponsored by Western Digital.

What an ingrate! You asked for advice, you received it (the advice you received from WD's rep about which of WD's HDD should be used for what was excellent), then you responded with ridicule and sarcasm. Some gratitude.
     
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I always look at corporate representatives with suspicion. I know they're just doing their job, but I thought vendor reps had their own boards on the forum they posted in. It was completely unexpected to see a post from one. Yeah, some of the information was helpful in reinforcing my own conclusion, but it's weird, like seeing an ad tailored to me...that's unsettling. If you don't like my kind of cynicism, regarding that (and only that) post, then kindly see yourself out. No need for namecalling.
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