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Old April 17, 2010, 04:16 PM
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Default WD Green EARS vs Samsung F3 1TB

Now I know they're of different classes, but with a the F3 being only $2 more, I'm having a tough time deciding whether the slightly lower power consumption and 4K sectors is worth it over the faster, typical 7200RPM drive.

It's going to be storage of all my media, and as such my HTPC will be playing media off of these drives. They'll be attached to my server and mirrored via Windows Server 2008 R2.

And my other concern is reliability. I've never owned any Samsung drives. I mainly run WD and haven't had any major failures where I lost everything. Only had a 250GB fail and it was in RAID1 luckily.

These drives will be running 24/7 basically on a EP43-UD3L in AHCI.

Also does anybody know what the 4K sectored drive formats out to compared to a non-4K drive?
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Old April 17, 2010, 04:21 PM
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my WD1.5ears came out to 1.36 but i can tell you these work great for data storage and they run cool
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my WD1.5ears came out to 1.36 but i can tell you these work great for data storage and they run cool
Are they quiet ?
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Are they quiet ?
They are very quiet. :)
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One Newegg review says 931.5GB after being formatted for the WD EARS apparently. And well I don't think that's really anymore than a non-4K drive...

So I think I'll lean towards the F3 for it's speed, if some people can assure me that Samsung drives are reliable that is

Unless the Greens save a large amount of power which I simply cannot see. We're talking maybe 5W or what?
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Old April 17, 2010, 05:18 PM
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Many Greens have issues with Raid setups if you wish to use it that way:
1 TB WD10EARS desynch issues in RAID - Western Digital Community
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They are very quiet. :)
yup yes i heard that is why wd makes raid version of there drives something to do with the TLER
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I can guarantee you that you won't be disappointed with the green line from WD. I've been using their drives for years, excellent price/performance/reliability.
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using the Green right now, and it comes in at about 931gb. this thing is so quiet you wouldn't even know it's there. I use to to store my media as well, and no problems whatsoever.
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^ I hope it a 1 tera your talking about or you have a problem
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