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So I have 3x 6tb WD Black hdd's in my main rig and I want to get 8 more hdd's since my mb have the capabilities for it.
I have always liked the wd black series,but for some time now I have been waiting for a 8tb black but sadly hasnt come around and ill doubt it will. So I look to wd gold for higher capacity.

So I know the wd gold is for datacenter,but they are 24/7 reiiability so I know they will last for a long time.
Im on verge of needing a new 6tb hdd or higher,the wd black has 7200rpm same as gold,but the difference is that the black has 64mb cache and wd gold 6tb has 128mb cache. I watch a lot of movies on my pc so a fast hdd is important to me, along with capacity,cache,rpm.
Does this increase the transfer speeds?
Will the wd gold help me to read files faster?
As far as I understand in order to get higher capacity than 6tb they have put in Helium instead of normal air for less resistant and denser platters. So is helium based hdd's worse or better?

I also need experience from you who have had gold and black for storing movies(not in RAID).
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While this doesn't answer your questions, it's worth noting that a 5400rpm laptop drive is fast enough for 4k (I think max blu-ray bitrate is 128mbits).

No need to splurge on the fastest disk if you're not doing any real work with them.

Helium is nice. A faster disk will allow you to read data faster (check benchmarks to be sure). I'm not sure about the rest. thumb.gif
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Simple Blues will be sufficient. I'm not sure about 5400RPM drives since some of them are complete crap. I had a hard time getting more than 20Mb/s sequential on the one that came in my laptop, in which case that isn't enough for BluRay. I'm not well versed in the much larger drives, but I am seeing some 3TB versions of Seagate/WD starting around $90. 6TB Barracuda at about $210
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I'm not talking about bluray from ODD drive.I'm not getting seagate drives either.

I want the fastest consumer drives, the blue are out of the question,max 4tb,5400rpm and 64mb cache.

Thanks for the advice regarding helium,ill check some benchmarks,but benchmarks isnt real time performance in transfers.
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Fastest HDD's will likely top out at about 220MB/s sequential. That's what my Barracuda's get. With the smaller sample size I've personally seen, it's about 160-180MB/s for Blues. Other than this, I don't have much personal experience. I can look around for multiple sources to compare for you, but it sounds liek you want personal experience with these drives.
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While this doesn't answer your questions, it's worth noting that a 5400rpm laptop drive is fast enough for 4k (I think max blu-ray bitrate is 128mbits).

No need to splurge on the fastest disk if you're not doing any real work with them.

Helium is nice. A faster disk will allow you to read data faster (check benchmarks to be sure). I'm not sure about the rest. thumb.gif

The quality of an HDD is determined by far more than just speed. The WD Blacks (and, I assume the Gods as well, although I haven't had any actual experience with them) are built far more robustly than the slower Blues. Heck, you can feel the difference just in in weight difference between the Blacks and the WD 5400rpm drives. Another indicator of the better quality of the Blacks is their five year warranty, 2.5 times longer than the 5400rpm drives.

Until I converted over to all SSDs, the only HDDs I would use in my computer were WD Blacks because of their greater reliability, not their speed.
     
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Simple Blues will be sufficient. I'm not sure about 5400RPM drives since some of them are complete crap. I had a hard time getting more than 20Mb/s sequential on the one that came in my laptop, in which case that isn't enough for BluRay. I'm not well versed in the much larger drives, but I am seeing some 3TB versions of Seagate/WD starting around $90. 6TB Barracuda at about $210

I used to recommend the WD Blues but, lately, their review ratings have plummeted. The WD Reds are getting better reviews and, even though they have TLER, making them more suitable for RAIDs, they would be a better buy than the Blues.
     
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I don't think you need these kind of more expensive HDD for this kind of tasks

all I ask is if the wd gold is a equal substitute of wd black.
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I don't think you need these kind of more expensive HDD for this kind of tasks

all I ask is if the wd gold is a equal substitute of wd black.

No. It is supposed to be a higher quality drive than the Black but it is not as suitable for desktop use as the Black since the Gold is designed for data center use. Data center drives have TLER—Time Limited Error Recovery—which limits the amount of time a drive will attempt to recover an error. TLER is necessary for drives used in RAID to reduce the chance a drive will drop out of the RAID due to excessive time being taken to recover form an error. Desktop drives, like the WD Blacks, have no need for TLER and thus are less prone to losing data due to errors.

However, if you need a drive over 6TB, data center drives are your only options. The WD Gold is too new to have established a track record of any kind. You would be better off with HGST in that case.
     
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I don't think you need these kind of more expensive HDD for this kind of tasks

all I ask is if the wd gold is a equal substitute of wd black
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No. It is supposed to be a higher quality drive than the Black but it is not as suitable for desktop use as the Black since the Gold is designed for data center use. Data center drives have TLER—Time Limited Error Recovery—which limits the amount of time a drive will attempt to recover an error. TLER is necessary for drives used in RAID to reduce the chance a drive will drop out of the RAID due to excessive time being taken to recover form an error. Desktop drives, like the WD Blacks, have no need for TLER and thus are less prone to losing data due to errors.

However, if you need a drive over 6TB, data center drives are your only options. The WD Gold is too new to have established a track record of any kind. You would be better off with HGST in that case.

ye,I think I kinda just have to try out the wd gold,im gonna try out the 6tb wd gold next time I have the money for it, I would like the 10tb gold but its expensive.but if the 6tb gold is just as good or better for desktop use I will eventually switch to buy 10tb gold.
I need higher capacity drives than 6tb, and the golds have higher cache and capacity and are rated for reiliability so.

I would hope someone actually have a gold drive in a desktop pc.Besides any boost in cache I can get for desktop use is much obliged.
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