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Hey all

I made the mistake of getting a seagate barracuda ; I have a 10 year old one and read a few cases of them being terrible quality online and figured meh this 10 year old one has been taking a real beating it seems good

Long story short it's starting to die already. Figured I'm going WD on this one.

My idea was ;
WD Black for stored games (SSD is reserved for frequently used games, but isn't a particularly large drive so I need another drive) and also for game recordings
WD Green for photographs / videos (don't need to access it fast, heard most of them are quiet / low power draw, plus I had 5400 RPM in my old laptop before I built this desktop and lived with it)

What I wanna know
I would prefer that the drives do not constantly make a lot of noise, and keep it under 40 Db if possible, or at least what one would consider decent.

Some have said the Caviar Black was quieter than the Black, but I don't know if there is a difference in encoding game videos that I should take into consideration here.

Also I read the green was quiet, any opinion on that?

Exact drive numbers I was looking at :
BlackWD1003FZEX
GreenWD10EZRX
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post #2 of 17
WD no longer manufactures the Green drives.
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I would save for large SSD to be honest. My greens have been in use for a while but im starting to get tired of all this data i dont really use. A TB or two SSD would solve your main use data along with noise issues and external greens for additional storage.
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Originally Posted by billbartuska View Post

WD no longer manufactures the Green drives.

WD still makes the Greens; they are now labeled as the 5400 rpm Blues.
     
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I'm in the same boat as the OP. My seagate is beginning to fail and I was looking at the wd blacks as a replacement. Is there a difference between the 7200 rpm blues and blacks? From what I can tell the only thing that makes the black better is the warranty.
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@OP

SpartanVXL may have a point regarding the Black, however compared to an equivalent sized SSD, hard drives are hideously cheap. The Black is a performance drive, but in real world use I can't see much difference between it and a 1TB Blue - the transfer rates, buffers, power usage and operating noise levels (~30dBA) are basically identical. The only difference is the warranties, 2 years for the Blue, 5 years for the Black.

One thing to bear in mind, is that the 1TB Blue is always 7200RPM; there are no 1TB drives in the 5400RPM Blue range and that range (which are relabelled Greens), go all the way up to 6TB, and also have a 2 year warranty.

Personally, if I were to execute your plan, I would go: 1TB Blue (7200RPM), 2TB Blue (5400RPM). By the way, what do you do for backups?
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@OP

SpartanVXL may have a point regarding the Black, however compared to an equivalent sized SSD, hard drives are hideously cheap. The Black is a performance drive, but in real world use I can't see much difference between it and a 1TB Blue - the transfer rates, buffers, power usage and operating noise levels (~30dBA) are basically identical. The only difference is the warranties, 2 years for the Blue, 5 years for the Black.

One thing to bear in mind, is that the 1TB Blue is always 7200RPM; there are no 1TB drives in the 5400RPM Blue range and that range (which are relabelled Greens), go all the way up to 6TB, and also have a 2 year warranty.

Personally, if I were to execute your plan, I would go: 1TB Blue (7200RPM), 2TB Blue (5400RPM). By the way, what do you do for backups?

WD Blue 1tb @ 5400rpm

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@Drake87

Thanks for that. However, if you go here, and flick the switch to 5400RPM, you'll see that the 1TB drive is crossed out of the 5400RPM range. The "Models" table further down the page confirms this. smile.gif
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WD Blue 1tb @ 7200rpm - 47.99 (they go as for 39.99 when on sale!)

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post #10 of 17
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@Drake87

Thanks for that. However, if you go here, and flick the switch to 5400RPM, you'll see that the 1TB drive is crossed out of the 5400RPM range. The "Models" table further down the page confirms this. smile.gif

That's not what's showing up for me. Maybe somethings up with the link I sent. But I have the option for 5400rpm 1tb blue drives on my page.



edit: Maybe these are old stock drives on amazon and they're not produced anymore.
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