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Western Digital Red 3TB SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5in Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD 16 100.00%
Western Digital WD Caviar Green 3TB SATA3 3.5in 64MB Cache Intellipower Internal Hard Disk Drive 0 0%
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Old March 27, 2013, 11:21 AM
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Hello HWC,

I am looking to upgrade the storage in my File/Vent/Plex/XMBC server. Currently it's just drives i had laying around (less than 1TB). I want to upgrade to 12tb. I am looking at 4 3TB drives. My question to you is Red or Green? I am going more toward Reds but i would like to see what everybody has to say.

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Old March 27, 2013, 11:29 AM
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I'd go with red, green doesn't actually save too much power and has to spin up every time you go to use it.
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I'd go with red, green doesn't actually save too much power and has to spin up every time you go to use it.
I was just reading about the spin up. That would decrease the life of the drive would it not?
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Old March 27, 2013, 12:06 PM
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Greens will kick out of a RAID array as well. If you are running RAID your only real choice between the two is the RED.
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Old March 27, 2013, 12:11 PM
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Greens will kick out of a RAID array as well. If you are running RAID your only real choice between the two is the RED.
I was considering RAID. The only problem is i want 12TB of usable space.
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I was considering RAID. The only problem is i want 12TB of usable space.
12TB of space with 0 redundancy? backup? Play the lottery often?
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12TB of space with 0 redundancy? backup? Play the lottery often?
Ok, you make a very good point. I am just a storage whore. I'm thinking about going 12TB with RAID 5 now. Would that give me 9TB of usable space?
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Old March 27, 2013, 03:20 PM
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How serious are you planning on getting with your storage server? RED's are meant for smaller RAID Arrays (IIRC under 5 drives), over that RE....but I really...really like the new Seagate Connie ES.3 series over the RE line from WD. Those drives are beasts! Drop 4 (or 5 with 5th online hot spare) of the big un SAS versions and you would have one kick ass file server.

IMHO Black (greens should NEVER be used in RAID) < RED < RE < ES.3
Pick your budget and go from there. :)
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How serious are you planning on getting with your storage server? RED's are meant for smaller RAID Arrays (IIRC under 5 drives), over that RE....but I really...really like the new Seagate Connie ES.3 series over the RE line from WD. Those drives are beasts! Drop 4 (or 5 with 5th online hot spare) of the big un SAS versions and you would have one kick ass file server.

IMHO Black (greens should NEVER be used in RAID) < RED < RE < ES.3
Pick your budget and go from there. :)
Is there a case to made for the Greens? What would you use them for? Back-up storage on a shelf?

I currently use them in my HTPC as media storage. They see use everyday. Am I playing with fire here, risking data loss? Should I be looking at replacing them with REDS?
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Greens are single drive use only. Decent for a Data drive...but once you stick them in RAID they are all kinds of fail. I use Greens for my F-J drives in one of my rigs. They dont fail any faster than any other hdd. But I let my go to sleep after 10min of inactivity...soo IF you are using it and then not...and then using it...it can be hard on the arms as they dock after 8seconds of inactivity. Its why they also suck as OS drives.
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