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These are the two models I am considering as of this moment for 2TB storage drives:

Samsung F4 HD204UI

Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS

In terms of speed, I am quite aware that the Samsung unit is the faster of the two (by how much, I am not certain), but since this will be used as storage, that is not exactly a primary concern. My main concern in noise & reliability.

In terms of reliability, some claim that WD is top dog, while others claim they are absolute crap. There is also this issue that some units ship with 4 platters, whereas others ship with 3, what the difference is between the two is honestly beyond me. Samsung has much less contrasting opinions, being mostly positive in reliability, though very negative in terms of customer support (which I don't really think concerns me much).

The one detail I wasn't able to find is how the two compare in terms of noise/vibrations. I would like to be informed on reliability and speed comparison as well, but I'm mostly concerned of noise. smilingsmiley.gif
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I suppose I can't answer your question directly, as I have no experience with the WD20EARS, but I know that the Samsung F3 and F4 have built an incredible reputation, and all on needs to do to confirm this is check the comments in OCN or reviews on Newegg.

I'd say that the F4 is definitely a safe bet.
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Well, its reputation speaks for itself. I'd go for the Samsung...
    
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I would get the WD Green. Those disks got outstanding good reviews for their great reliability, low noise, low power consumption, low temperature with a fair price.
post #5 of 26
WDs are slightly quieter at 24dB vs 26dB idle and 25dB vs 29dB seek.

Other than that (I think?) WD is more expensive and slower, so it depends what you want.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by d3viliz3d;12957318 
I would get the WD Green. Those disks got outstanding good reviews for their great reliability, low noise, low power consumption, low temperature with a fair price.

And low speed.

But good for movies and stuff.
post #7 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by SpeedNuggeT;12957333 
And low speed.

But good for movies and stuff.

True that tongue.gif But since it's only for storage, I think you shouldn't expect anything ultra-fast. Otherwise get a Caviar Black or Samsung F3 baaasmiley.gif
post #8 of 26
I know I'm going off topic here, but is there any massive advantage to 5.4krpm? Yeah they use less power (F3 = 6.7W load, 6.3W idle vs. WD Green's 6W load and 3.7W idle) but 2.3W isn't going to change anyone's life, and noise levels are comparable.

Does they lower speed mean they wear slower?
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post #9 of 26
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Wow, I'm quite amazed at the speed of responses, thank you kindly for all the input x]

But it does seem conflicted, as some of you recommend the Samsung over the WD, and others vice versa. The Samsung being faster is of course definitely a plus, but if it makes more noise, I'd probably want to go the WD route..that's only if the noise would be more noticeable as opposed to the WD. If it's not noticeable, I'd go the Samsung route, since it would offer faster speeds @ the same silent acoustics.
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I have 2 of the WD20EARS 2TB drives as storage drives.
They are very quiet, but are not the fastest drives out there (but are not designed to be, they are storage drives, not main OS drives).

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Quote:
Originally Posted by fluxlite;12957391 
I know I'm going off topic here, but is there any massive advantage to 5.4krpm? Yeah they use less power (F3 = 6.7W load, 6.3W idle vs. WD Green's 6W load and 3.7W idle) but 2.3W isn't going to change anyone's life, and noise levels are comparable.

Does they lower speed mean they wear slower?
For 1 drive, 2.3 w is not a huge issue, but when you start having 5+ drives, it makes a difference.

I don't think lower speed has anything to do with the life of the drive, just the heat, noise and power use.
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