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Old December 14, 2009, 07:42 PM
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Just wondering what people's thoughts are on these drives here. I've found mixed things around other sites, some saying they're noisy, others saying they're slow.

It'll basically be a drive to store files and play media off of over the network. So nothing too crazy. It would also be in RAID1 (using Windows Server RAID), so I'd also like to know if these drives are fine in an array.

And I hear their latest revision is dual-platter instead of tri-platter, so comments on that would be good too if you have either one.

If your thoughts are negative, then what 1TB drive would you suggest?
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if I'm right they fall in sleep mode, that may be a problem in raid. can this be dissable ? in other end that make them run cooler , you have the blue as alternative
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They are not noisy. Not mine at all. When they get out from sleep you can hear them spin for a second or two but after that they are silent. Yes they are slow, they have been made for that. But personally I found them perfect for storage in a silent HTPC ( paired with a faster OS drive ) or in a server.They are also cooler...a lot cooler then anything that Seagate can make. 1 of my collegue just get a 1TB samsung, the last one can't remember the model and he seem's to be fast, cold and quiet. Take a look at these, except that they are hard to get. Ho mark, in raid this make no problem, the disk spin at 5400RMP the only thing that change is the read head getting back in the garage so the array is still working. For sure I would sugest it for a big array on a network server they are one of the best I have used out there for that. Also in NAS storage they are killer due to temp.
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I have a bunch in a windows home server. They are plenty fast for network streaming, video storage, file storage, etc. Being so big in size they don't need to spin as fast to give decent performance. Speed wise I would compare them to a 500GB blue drive. The run nice and cool and use less power than regular drives.
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if I'm right they fall in sleep mode, that may be a problem in raid. can this be dissable ? in other end that make them run cooler , you have the blue as alternative
Yeah that's what I was thinking too, but it seems like it's not the case from the posts above.

And well are the 1TB Blue's even stocked? I could only find the Black and Green. As for Samsung, can't really find those either, but I'm guessing you're talking about the F1 series? Only other consideration I had was the Seagate 7200.12 1TB which is about the same price as the Green.

However Seagate has a shaky track record, and the two older 7200.7 drives I have from them both have serious issues. They store data still, just aren't always detected by the motherboard or they make it freeze during POST... Though I have a 7200.12 250GB and 500GB which seem to be going fine so far but it hasn't even been a year yet.
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I have a 1Tb Caviar Green set up as my main HDD(call that a beginer's mistake ?) and I must say that its darn quiet, that I have not noticed any slow downs or any noise for even a short period of time. I can only assume that a Caviar Black would be faster, but as I said, I am quite pleased with it as it is.
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I have a 1Tb Caviar Green set up as my main HDD(call that a beginer's mistake ?) and I must say that its darn quiet, that I have not noticed any slow downs or any noise for even a short period of time. I can only assume that a Caviar Black would be faster, but as I said, I am quite pleased with it as it is.
Yeah some people have posted HDTach results and it really isn't that slow a drive, even Tom's (if we trust 'em) said it performs very well for a 5400RPM drive.

The only worrying thing is I find contradicting opinions saying these drives are terribly slow and just in general don't operate too well with it going to sleep so often.
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I had one as my primary drive for a while because I ran out of working drives and money at the time. I wouldn't use them as an OS drive, but they're excellent for using as media drives in an NAS or as a second drive. Mine seem to go to sleep after a few hours.
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Ditto. Use the WD Greens for storage only. No os/programs/games whatsoever.
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I like the Green line. As long as they are not used for OS drives (thats what the Black line are for) they are a kick arse storage kit. We will be reviewing the new 2TB model in the near future. ;)
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