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http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Western+...&skuId=8492026

I'm looking at that. I like the idea of the 5400 to 7200 RPM idea. Anyone have any comments? About to drive down and get it.
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Caviar Greens are great as backup drives, you don't need the speed, you want the quite and reliable Just... please buy some place other than best buy such as newegg.com as you won't have to pay taxes, and well, i just dislike best buy as they are generally a rip off
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They are not "variable speed" drives. The wording is confusing, what they mean is that the green series (all of them) vary in their rpm's depending on which drive you get, not that each drive can spin at 5400 up to 7200. They are fixed speed drives (with pretty much all of them at 5400 RPM by tests on multiple websites).

As for the drive itself, yes, it is a very good backup/secondary drive (I have 3 of them).

Also, get THIS one from Newegg. $5 less and is the newer model drive with 64mb cache vs the 32 you linked to.
Edited by blupupher - 2/7/11 at 12:44pm
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Thanks guys. Sadly I do need to go to Best Buy, I need the drive today . Right now I have ALL my backups off the bad drive on my laptop, my external, and my desktop since I only have SSD's and 500GB normal drives

Edit: I just got lucky I only lost 2 easily re down-loadable files off my damn backup drive!
Edited by Cyrilmak - 2/7/11 at 1:12pm
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I got it at Best Buy for $65 with tax!! I am happy. Now lets hope its not DOA...

3 Year warranty and 32MB Cache. So I'm happy.
Edited by Cyrilmak - 2/7/11 at 2:41pm
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So apparently WD was feeling generous... As the drive that was in the box was actually the brand new WD10EARS drive with a 64MB cache even though the box said it was the older drive...

And what is up with all the Newegg reviews giving it a bad name for data corruption?
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Take most Newegg reviews with a grain of salt. Some of these people just don't have a clue.
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Man Now I'm a bit worried.... All these people talking about these WD 1TB 4kb sector drives dieing....

I used the WD advanced align tool and formated the drive with that in Windows 7 before putting stuff on it. It said to use that tool if you plan on putting a disc image on it, which I do from my 500GB AAKS drive.

There's like 4 threads on WD forums, and on Tom's about people complaining that these drives are doing bad things... A lot do seem to be XP users though.

Transfering 348GB of data in one shot I'm getting 32.8MB/second transfer rate, which I think is pretty good for one of these drives?

Now I don't want to put my stuff on it in fear it's just going to die... and I'm keeping my data on my Passport, which defeats the purpose of a damn backup drive!

I guess the older 1TB green drives didn't have this new sector size, but the new ones with the 64mb cache do...
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