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Hi @Wakizashis!

The main difference between these two is that MBR has limit of 2.2TB drive capacity and limit on amount of partitions (4 per MBR drive, 128 per GPT drive). With that said I personally would prefer a GPT since that way you'll be able to make one whole partition and use it as a secondary data drive. smile.gif

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just an FYI, you should of purchased a WD Black, not a red, Red is for surveillence cameras.

For mass data I won't recommend WD Black because it's a performance drive and having it only as an additional storage for extra capacity will be kind of an overkill. Instead I would go with 2TB+ WD Blue (it used to be WD Green until we merged the two colors recently) since it's quiet and meant for everyday computing...

While I don't exactly disagree with you on the 5400rpm Blues, I prefer, and recommend, the Blacks simply because, in my experience, they are more reliable than the Greens (I haven't bought any 5400 Blues yet only because I haven't needed any yet). I've had a Green start dying on me (fortunately within the warranty period so it was quickly replaced by WD; I also had one of the early Greens that had the head parking issue die but that problem was corrected a long time ago so it wouldn't be fair to associate it with the present day 5400rpm Blues) that had fairly low usage on it (less than four days) but I've yet to have a Black fail on me despite 24/7 usage. I prefer, and recommend, the Blacks in a computer much less for performance and far more for more reliability and the much longer warranty (the 250% longer warranty of the Blacks more than justifies the difference in price between the Blacks and the Blues). While I have seen some complaints that the Blacks are louder, that has not been my experience (but, then again, my Blacks are solidly mounted to the case, not to a loose tray that can rattle around).

I do use the Greens for my backup drives since, compared to my Blacks, they receive far less usage; I'm confident they will last beyond even the three year extended warranty I bought for all but one of them. When I need more backup drives, I'll be buying Blues without even a second thought (until the price of SSDs drop dramatically, that is).
     
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I have to agree with Lady Fitzgerald, I'd always recommend WD blacks over the Blue's and Green's. Seen too many people mention performance problems on Green's, and have personal experience of having to relace deid WD Blue's. Replaced with a Black (secondhand too!) and it's not been back (lappy drive).
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I should add that I'm not saying, or even implying, that the Blues (the ones formerly called Greens) are bad drives—they are not or I wouldn't use them for my precious data backups—but I do feel the Blacks are better suited for frequent, high, or continuous usage than the Blues plus there is the matter of the longer warranty.
     
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well That's where you and I would differ Lady Fitzgerald, I don't see the blues as being half as reliable as the blacks. I'm just going on personal experience, and not impressed with the blues. But then we get into the argument of backups! biggrin.gif (PS for anyone else reading, always always ALWAYS have backups, and backups of backups if the data is REALLY important. )
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...But then we get into the argument of backups! biggrin.gif (PS for anyone else reading, always always ALWAYS have backups, and backups of backups if the data is REALLY important. )

Yup, that's where we agree. biggrin.gifthumb.gif I actually have backups of my backups for all my data (if the data is worth having on my computer at all, it's REALLY important). Technically, I have multiple backups rather than backups of the backups; each backup of a drive is generated from the original drive. For each data drive in my computer I have four backup drives, two onsite and two offsite (the offsite ones are kept in my safe deposit box at my credit union and get swapped out with the onsite backups at least once a month). I also have a Carbonite.com cloud backup for all my data to cover data added or changed after I put the backup drives in my safe deposit box.

Keep in mind we are talking about 3.5" drives here (or, at least, the OP, The MightyMiroWD, and I are). I do have an older 160GB 2.5" Blue I salvaged from my old netbooks and a couple more that I bought but, except for one of them, they haven't received much usage. I do use a couple of 2.5" 500GB Blacks to backup the notebook in current use but I got those because of the length of the warranty and because they get rougher handling in my notebook case when I travel than my 3.5" drives will ever see. If my notebook never left home, 500GB Blues would have been fine for me.
Edited by Lady Fitzgerald - 9/28/16 at 10:39am
     
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Well, I had 7200rpm 6400AAKS blue (heavier than all disks I have) for like 8 years and it still kicks in with no problem and OK status in Crystal disk info. Crystal disk mark shows lower performance there than my 5400rpm new Red though. I remember that we had some bad blacks (maybe 2,5" only though) for RMA at work, same with some Greens. I do not like idea of downgrading Blues to 5400, so I rather have chosen the RED one. As was spoken here, Purples have some set of instructions which could mess up things for ordinary PC usage. Hopefully I did correct thing. So far, I like the capacity and feeling I will reduced another four drives from my case for heat, noise and space issue (got smaller miditower). :3
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for anything greater than 2.2TB you must use GPT. There is also a program or two I think that enable <2TB on MBR but I don't remember.
 
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