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Sadly my oldest HDD drive died after 8 and a half years of usage and honestly a handful of times falling down. I am shocked that I managed to recover from it everything mine 2 video files. If only newer HDDs were this reliable.

Ok to get on the topic, I decided to buy a 3TB WD to replace not only this one but also a 1TB Black caviar that I regretted owning from day 1.

I do not want speed, but if anything I want more reliability and as less noise and heat as possible. The four choices I have are;

WD Blue WD30EZRZ
WD Green WD30EZRX
WD Purple WD30PURX
WD Red WD30EFRX

The HDD will be part of my main PC, but most probably 80-90% of the time it will be spinned down with revoSleep or I might design to make it an external one, but if anything, it will not work for anything but me storing stuff I do not use much.

Any reply is appreciated biggrin.gif I wish you all have a wonderful day!
    
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Have you gone to WD and looked at their recommendations foe what drives for what purposes?

If you're so concerned about data integrity and want low power/noise then two WD greens in a RAID 1 will do that.
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I did look around before posting here. The main reason Purple and Red are in the choices, is the 1 extra year of warranty. The price difference between Green-Blue and Purple-Red is 10 euro, so I thought it was worth to ask people and see what they think. But indeed #1 is data integrity. Even noise and heat come second to that, although after my Black one, I would want one that does not drive me insane. Every since I switched to SSD for main though, I never hear my HDDs, since they all eventually spindown. Sadly I can't afford 2 HDDs, but it will not be used to store files that I can't live without. I have two Hitachi HDDs that are used for that. This WD will be mostly for downloaded files that i can't keep in my SSD or my main 1TB HDD
    
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I think the Red is the best all around choice.
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Hi @weltall!

Since you're looking for more mass storage suitable drive I'd suggest WD Blue 3TB. It's meant for everyday computing and it is most commonly used for regular computing, light gaming and workloads and combined with SSD. It will be OK for gaming as well in case you decide to install any games on it, but do have in mind that games rely on the storage's performance only for the loading times and autosaves. FPS and graphics stay completely unaffected so it won't matter much for this sole purpose. The only benefit from a faster drive would be your loading times. A few games need to load huge texture packs while in-game (usually open-world games and MMOs) but the drive is completely capable of handling it.

As for the other drives you've mentioned, WD Green recently merged with the Blue. It is basically an energy-efficient drive that works cool, quiet and saves a lot of power. It is designed for backups and secondary storage.

A lot of people choose WD Red for PCs as well, although it's the NAS/RAID class drive from the consumer series that is designed specifically for RAID environments and NAS devices. This drive is often used for backups, stable secondary storage and in streaming builds and it is tuned and optimized for 24/7 performance, RAID arrays and up to 8-bay NAS systems.

As for WD Purple, it is a surveillance-class drive, designed specifically for surveillance storage, video recording and streaming. It has optimized noise reduction and sequential read/write speeds, but the random read/write speeds are lower than normal and some people experience problems with it in regular desktops. Its features are modified in a way to accept larger number of errors in the name of the goal for consistent speeds. Basically, WD Purple has optimized writing speeds, special error correction features and is generally developed and tuned for DVR and other surveillance systems, and although it can work, there may be some data corruption due to the error correction feature of the drive that is designed to record videos with no frame losses.

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

Cheers! smile.gif
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Thank you everyone for the detailed reply. I am not looking for it to be my main secondary HDD to be honest. Indeed the main reason I bought an SSD was loading times, mostly for heavily modded games that the loading times were painful. My main HDD is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.11. I say main, but if anything it is for me to store large files like movies, videos or like you said install games in there, that take too much space, but do not have a loading time problem.

I want the new HDD to be there to keep my files safe and not working and whenever I want something, I will open it to move files between it and either my SSD or my main HDD. Thank you for pointing out that WD Purple may corrupt data due to it's features. I will definitely not go for it.

Even if my seagate will fail, since I know their fail rate is high, I will still not use this HDD as a main HDD, mostly because I do not like tiring or keeping much online this one, be it to not wear it down or to keep it from malware.

If anything 24/7 is not something I want for sure, since I want something safe. But the main reason like I mentioned, is that Red comes with a 3 year warranty, where Blue and Green comes with two. Honestly Green and Red sound more like what I want. Probably though I will go for a Red one.

Thank you all again for the replies. I hope you all are having a great day smile.gif

One question though about Red. A warning on the site of the store I want to buy it from, mentions that it can't be formatted with GPT and that it can't be used with Windows. I never heard of GPT, but does it mean it can't be used as a main windows HDD or something else? Again I will use it either with revoSleep or put it in an external box. I am not sure.
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You should seriously considered the Western Digital RE drives. They are enterprise drives which basically means they are fast or faster than blacks and rated for twice the longevity. They also have much less vibration going on as they are made to work in large racks with lots of other drives. Only downside is they are a lot heavier. Amazon has some pretty good deals.
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Thank you everyone for the detailed reply. I am not looking for it to be my main secondary HDD to be honest. Indeed the main reason I bought an SSD was loading times, mostly for heavily modded games that the loading times were painful. My main HDD is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.11. I say main, but if anything it is for me to store large files like movies, videos or like you said install games in there, that take too much space, but do not have a loading time problem.

I want the new HDD to be there to keep my files safe and not working and whenever I want something, I will open it to move files between it and either my SSD or my main HDD. Thank you for pointing out that WD Purple may corrupt data due to it's features. I will definitely not go for it.

Even if my seagate will fail, since I know their fail rate is high, I will still not use this HDD as a main HDD, mostly because I do not like tiring or keeping much online this one, be it to not wear it down or to keep it from malware.

If anything 24/7 is not something I want for sure, since I want something safe. But the main reason like I mentioned, is that Red comes with a 3 year warranty, where Blue and Green comes with two. Honestly Green and Red sound more like what I want. Probably though I will go for a Red one.

Thank you all again for the replies. I hope you all are having a great day smile.gif

One question though about Red. A warning on the site of the store I want to buy it from, mentions that it can't be formatted with GPT and that it can't be used with Windows. I never heard of GPT, but does it mean it can't be used as a main windows HDD or something else? Again I will use it either with revoSleep or put it in an external box. I am not sure.

You're always welcome! smile.gif

There shouldn't be any problem to format the WD Red in GPT and you can use it with Windows. thumb.gif
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You should seriously considered the Western Digital RE drives. They are enterprise drives which basically means they are fast or faster than blacks and rated for twice the longevity. They also have much less vibration going on as they are made to work in large racks with lots of other drives. Only downside is they are a lot heavier. Amazon has some pretty good deals.

Even if I do believe that is a perfect HDD, I would only get it to replace my current HGST Ultrastar, that is my safeplace for anything that I want to never lose. The price compared to the others ones is double, which I am sure it is 100% worth it, but definitely out of my current budget. My budget started from a 1TB replacement, but seeing 3TB is just double the price of 1TB, I decided to push it to a higher storage to replace my WB Black too like I mentioned. I was sadly unlucky with that one since it started making a noise which gradually over the years it became much louder and annoying.
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You're always welcome! smile.gif

There shouldn't be any problem to format the WD Red in GPT and you can use it with Windows. thumb.gif

Thanks once more for replying and confirming that. Definitely going for the Red one since it seems to be ok smile.gif
    
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Thanks once more for replying and confirming that. Definitely going for the Red one since it seems to be ok smile.gif

It will, mate! thumb.gif

Needless to say, if you experience any issues or something during the initialization - please, let me know so I can help you out. smile.gif
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