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I was thinking of upgrading to a new drive, I ma using regular 7200 rpm drives and 1 wdears drive that is 5400 rpm, I was wondering how much of a difference are the wd blacks to the blue drives, as seeing they both are listed as 7200 rpm drives?

is there a chart of timings for file transfers or some benchmarks btw regular drives and the blacks?
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The blacks are a good bit faster. The blues, i think, are lower power, but not as efficient as the greens.
    
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will there be a bg difference from a sata2 7200 rpm drive, to a wd black sata3 7200rpm?
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On the scale of efficiency vs speed the greens are the most efficient, the blues are the most balanced, and the blacks are the fastest.
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http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...k-vs-sata.html

I personally recommend the 1 tb f3s. I have three and have had one wd black. It was a bit noisier. I couldn't tell a difference on the speed. Whatever you can get the best deal on. You can't go wrong with either. Don't waste money on the sata3 though. Mechanical hard drives can't fully utilize sata2. It's a marketing gimmick.
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Great thanks guys, Reps!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Archangelclk View Post
will there be a bg difference from a sata2 7200 rpm drive, to a wd black sata3 7200rpm?
No because a mechanical hard drive is no where near saturating a sata 2 interface.
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What, you guys got problems with black dirves or something? Cuz there're black?
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I think warranty support is one of the deciding factors. Blacks have a 5 year warranty, where as the blues have 3 I believe.

Having said that, i've had my 640gb black drive for 2 1/2 years and i've never had any problems with it. It has gotten a little louder under load, but not like it stands out in my system.

If I were you, I would go for the black. Western digital has an awesome warranty and customer service.
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I don't know how reliable these benchmarks are but here is what they say:

This Blue drive gets a score of 629.

This Black drive gets a score of 770.

Supposedly those scores are based off of read speeds, write speeds, and seek times, so take them however you want. You can also read the feedback pages on newegg (sort by helpfulness) and many people post what read and write speeds they are getting.
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