Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Hard Drives & Storage › WD Caviar Green as a backup drive?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

WD Caviar Green as a backup drive?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Real quick question before i go out guys

I was going to stop at best buy and pick up a 2TB WD Caviar Green (I have $120 in Best Buy certificates...) to use as a big backup drive on my new machine (To backup my 2x 500gb RE4 RAID 0 to as well as replace two VERY old external HDDs)

But looking at it at newegg/etc i see a lot of people *****ing about the drives failing...Should i be ok or worried? Should i get a Caviar Black instead?
Kagutsuchi Mk 2
(20 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-6700k @ 4.635ghz Asus Maximus VIII Formula Asus Strix 1080 Ti 11gb, 2ghz Core 11ghz Memory G Skill Trident Z 32gb DDR4-3200 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 850 EVO 500gb Samsung 840 EVO 500gb 600gb Western Digital Velociraptor  5tb Western Digital Black 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
4tb Western Digital Red 6tb Western Digital USB 3.0 External Corsair H110i Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus RoG PG279Q Logitech G910 Orion Spark Corsair HX1000i NZXT H440 
MouseAudioAudioAudio
Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Sennheiser Game One Phillips Fidelio X2 Klipsch RB20 Soundbar 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core i7-3740QM GTX 680M 2gb 16gb DDR3-1600 2x 256gb SSD  
OS
Win 7 Professional 
  hide details  
Reply
Kagutsuchi Mk 2
(20 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-6700k @ 4.635ghz Asus Maximus VIII Formula Asus Strix 1080 Ti 11gb, 2ghz Core 11ghz Memory G Skill Trident Z 32gb DDR4-3200 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 850 EVO 500gb Samsung 840 EVO 500gb 600gb Western Digital Velociraptor  5tb Western Digital Black 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
4tb Western Digital Red 6tb Western Digital USB 3.0 External Corsair H110i Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus RoG PG279Q Logitech G910 Orion Spark Corsair HX1000i NZXT H440 
MouseAudioAudioAudio
Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Sennheiser Game One Phillips Fidelio X2 Klipsch RB20 Soundbar 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core i7-3740QM GTX 680M 2gb 16gb DDR3-1600 2x 256gb SSD  
OS
Win 7 Professional 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 9
The greens are 5400RPM drives with adequate performance and low power usage. The drives should last the same as any other drive. I've used my green for a few years now without issue. (Anecdotal evidence, take it with a grain of salt.)

Most people will only post reviews when they have a bad experience.
Bye Bye 775
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k @ 4.5GHz ASUS P8P67 PRO MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition  2x4gb Ripjaws@1866MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
840Pro 128 | 3xWD Vraptor | 1.5TB Green LG 6X Blu-ray /HD-DVD combo Win7 Ultimate 64bit 2 x U2311H 1920x1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G710+ Corsair HX620 Corsair 600t Logitech G500 
  hide details  
Reply
Bye Bye 775
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k @ 4.5GHz ASUS P8P67 PRO MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition  2x4gb Ripjaws@1866MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
840Pro 128 | 3xWD Vraptor | 1.5TB Green LG 6X Blu-ray /HD-DVD combo Win7 Ultimate 64bit 2 x U2311H 1920x1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G710+ Corsair HX620 Corsair 600t Logitech G500 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 9
There are only two types of hard drives - one that has already failed and one that will fail soon. I wouldn't pay any mind to the complaints as there's a chance of failure for all drives regardless if they're Black or Green. Just don't reformat your external drives so you have them as fallback just in case.
Garnet
(11 items)
 
Lucifiel
(13 items)
 
Metatron
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i5-3450S Intel DQ77KB Corsair 16GB DDR3 1600 SO-DIMM Samsung 830 256GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial m4 256 mSATA Samsung 840 500GB Intel BXHTS1155LP Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
KeyboardCaseMouse
Logitech K800 Lian Li PC-Q05B Logitech M570 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-860 Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 EVGA GTX 460 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x4GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
G.SKILL Phoenix Pro 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Silverstone ST45SF 450W Silverstone Sugo SG05B 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-860 Biostar TH55B HD MSI GT 240 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x2GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Intel X25-M 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Samsung 22" Antec EA-380D 
Case
Rosewill R101-P-BK 
  hide details  
Reply
Garnet
(11 items)
 
Lucifiel
(13 items)
 
Metatron
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i5-3450S Intel DQ77KB Corsair 16GB DDR3 1600 SO-DIMM Samsung 830 256GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial m4 256 mSATA Samsung 840 500GB Intel BXHTS1155LP Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
KeyboardCaseMouse
Logitech K800 Lian Li PC-Q05B Logitech M570 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-860 Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 EVGA GTX 460 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x4GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
G.SKILL Phoenix Pro 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Silverstone ST45SF 450W Silverstone Sugo SG05B 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-860 Biostar TH55B HD MSI GT 240 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x2GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Intel X25-M 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Samsung 22" Antec EA-380D 
Case
Rosewill R101-P-BK 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by rui-no-onna;12716228 
There are only two types of hard drives - one that has already failed and one that will fail soon. I wouldn't pay any mind to the complaints as there's a chance of failure for all drives regardless if they're Black or Green. Just don't reformat your external drives so you have them as fallback just in case.

Wasnt planning to, They're both just very VERY old (200gb and 60gb) VERY slow to access and one contains an archive of my VERY old games (backed up images because the CDs are buried somewhere in who-knows-where) and the other was my photography backup drive until 60gbs was no longer adequate for the task...I'll probubly put them on a shelf in the closet or something

Guess im overthinking this...
Kagutsuchi Mk 2
(20 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-6700k @ 4.635ghz Asus Maximus VIII Formula Asus Strix 1080 Ti 11gb, 2ghz Core 11ghz Memory G Skill Trident Z 32gb DDR4-3200 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 850 EVO 500gb Samsung 840 EVO 500gb 600gb Western Digital Velociraptor  5tb Western Digital Black 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
4tb Western Digital Red 6tb Western Digital USB 3.0 External Corsair H110i Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus RoG PG279Q Logitech G910 Orion Spark Corsair HX1000i NZXT H440 
MouseAudioAudioAudio
Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Sennheiser Game One Phillips Fidelio X2 Klipsch RB20 Soundbar 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core i7-3740QM GTX 680M 2gb 16gb DDR3-1600 2x 256gb SSD  
OS
Win 7 Professional 
  hide details  
Reply
Kagutsuchi Mk 2
(20 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-6700k @ 4.635ghz Asus Maximus VIII Formula Asus Strix 1080 Ti 11gb, 2ghz Core 11ghz Memory G Skill Trident Z 32gb DDR4-3200 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 850 EVO 500gb Samsung 840 EVO 500gb 600gb Western Digital Velociraptor  5tb Western Digital Black 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
4tb Western Digital Red 6tb Western Digital USB 3.0 External Corsair H110i Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus RoG PG279Q Logitech G910 Orion Spark Corsair HX1000i NZXT H440 
MouseAudioAudioAudio
Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Sennheiser Game One Phillips Fidelio X2 Klipsch RB20 Soundbar 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core i7-3740QM GTX 680M 2gb 16gb DDR3-1600 2x 256gb SSD  
OS
Win 7 Professional 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by KenjiS;12716250 
Wasnt planning to, They're both just very VERY old (200gb and 60gb) VERY slow to access and one contains an archive of my VERY old games (backed up images because the CDs are buried somewhere in who-knows-where) and the other was my photography backup drive until 60gbs was no longer adequate for the task...I'll probubly put them on a shelf in the closet or something

Guess im overthinking this...

That's a lot of VERY thumb.gif.

Regardless of what brand drive you'll buy there will be fanbois claiming that one brand is better than the rest because they bought a segate and it was DOA.

You'll do fine with the Greens, but it's a 5400RPM drive so don't think it will compete with the 7200RPM Blacks/Blues.
Bye Bye 775
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k @ 4.5GHz ASUS P8P67 PRO MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition  2x4gb Ripjaws@1866MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
840Pro 128 | 3xWD Vraptor | 1.5TB Green LG 6X Blu-ray /HD-DVD combo Win7 Ultimate 64bit 2 x U2311H 1920x1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G710+ Corsair HX620 Corsair 600t Logitech G500 
  hide details  
Reply
Bye Bye 775
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k @ 4.5GHz ASUS P8P67 PRO MSI GTX 660 Ti Power Edition  2x4gb Ripjaws@1866MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
840Pro 128 | 3xWD Vraptor | 1.5TB Green LG 6X Blu-ray /HD-DVD combo Win7 Ultimate 64bit 2 x U2311H 1920x1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G710+ Corsair HX620 Corsair 600t Logitech G500 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 9
I have one now I use for mass storage ( movies and music ) and haven't had any issues with it at all.
Like a Bausss...
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.7ghz 1.416v ASUS P8P67 PRO XFX Radeon HD 6950 (unlocked to 6970) G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 x 2GB 1600MHz 7-8-7-24 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
OCZ Vertex 2 120GB Win 7 Home Prem. x64 XFX 850W Black Edition CM 690 II Adv. 
Mouse
Razer Abyssus 
  hide details  
Reply
Like a Bausss...
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.7ghz 1.416v ASUS P8P67 PRO XFX Radeon HD 6950 (unlocked to 6970) G.SKILL Ripjaws 4 x 2GB 1600MHz 7-8-7-24 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
OCZ Vertex 2 120GB Win 7 Home Prem. x64 XFX 850W Black Edition CM 690 II Adv. 
Mouse
Razer Abyssus 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 9
I have no issues with my 2TB Green. I use it to store and play all my media. Lots of room for an incredible price. Can't go wrong.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 920 D0 | 3.8GHz @ 1.175v Asus P6X58D Premium Evga/Asus GTX480 SLI | 825MHz 6GB Patriot Gamer Series 1600MHz DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 80GB SSD | Seagate 300GB | 2xWD 2TB Asus DVD-RW Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Samsung 2233RZ | 120Hz 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Deck Legend 105 Ice Seasonic X-850 Lian Li PC-A71F Logitech G5 Laser 
Mouse Pad
None 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7 920 D0 | 3.8GHz @ 1.175v Asus P6X58D Premium Evga/Asus GTX480 SLI | 825MHz 6GB Patriot Gamer Series 1600MHz DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Intel 80GB SSD | Seagate 300GB | 2xWD 2TB Asus DVD-RW Windows 7 Pro 64-bit Samsung 2233RZ | 120Hz 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Deck Legend 105 Ice Seasonic X-850 Lian Li PC-A71F Logitech G5 Laser 
Mouse Pad
None 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 9
All hard drive brands are more or less equally prone to failure. From any given brand/model you will have some drives that last years and years and others that fail more quickly, you can never know. All you can do is try to take care of the drive, ie by keeping it cool and not moving it while its spinning, and keep a backup of anything that you really dont want to lose. Keeping your older drives in the closet sounds like a good idea.
Scream Machine
(9 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4770K Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H EVGA GTX 780 16GB DDR3 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
256GB Samsung 840 Pro Kraken X60 Windows 7 Shimian 2560x1440 
Case
Phantom 630 
  hide details  
Reply
Scream Machine
(9 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-4770K Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H EVGA GTX 780 16GB DDR3 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
256GB Samsung 840 Pro Kraken X60 Windows 7 Shimian 2560x1440 
Case
Phantom 630 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Alright then, I'll get it then....Thanks

Dont much care about speed, its faster than my main OS backup drive (Which is a VERY slow USB 2.0 1TB external that i bought in an emergency and takes about 18 hours to backup to...) Even if its not OMG fast the fact its not USB will likely make it vastly superior
Kagutsuchi Mk 2
(20 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-6700k @ 4.635ghz Asus Maximus VIII Formula Asus Strix 1080 Ti 11gb, 2ghz Core 11ghz Memory G Skill Trident Z 32gb DDR4-3200 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 850 EVO 500gb Samsung 840 EVO 500gb 600gb Western Digital Velociraptor  5tb Western Digital Black 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
4tb Western Digital Red 6tb Western Digital USB 3.0 External Corsair H110i Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus RoG PG279Q Logitech G910 Orion Spark Corsair HX1000i NZXT H440 
MouseAudioAudioAudio
Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Sennheiser Game One Phillips Fidelio X2 Klipsch RB20 Soundbar 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core i7-3740QM GTX 680M 2gb 16gb DDR3-1600 2x 256gb SSD  
OS
Win 7 Professional 
  hide details  
Reply
Kagutsuchi Mk 2
(20 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-6700k @ 4.635ghz Asus Maximus VIII Formula Asus Strix 1080 Ti 11gb, 2ghz Core 11ghz Memory G Skill Trident Z 32gb DDR4-3200 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 850 EVO 500gb Samsung 840 EVO 500gb 600gb Western Digital Velociraptor  5tb Western Digital Black 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
4tb Western Digital Red 6tb Western Digital USB 3.0 External Corsair H110i Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Asus RoG PG279Q Logitech G910 Orion Spark Corsair HX1000i NZXT H440 
MouseAudioAudioAudio
Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Sennheiser Game One Phillips Fidelio X2 Klipsch RB20 Soundbar 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core i7-3740QM GTX 680M 2gb 16gb DDR3-1600 2x 256gb SSD  
OS
Win 7 Professional 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Hard Drives & Storage
Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Hard Drives & Storage › WD Caviar Green as a backup drive?