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Old November 3, 2013, 12:01 PM
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I have an SSD for my OS and a handful of games but need more room. Planing on storing more games like BF4, Witcher Series, video files, and some applications like Adobe CS4 on it. Would any of these work?

Western Digital WD Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - Newegg.com
Western Digital WD Green WD20EZRX 2TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - Newegg.com
Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - Newegg.com
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Old November 3, 2013, 01:44 PM
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I've had way too many failures with the Green line so I'd recommend the Black if you can afford it.
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Old November 3, 2013, 02:41 PM
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I've had way too many failures with the Green line so I'd recommend the Black if you can afford it.
What kind of problems were you having? Like DOA or they'd stop working after a couple of months, give me some info please.
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Old November 3, 2013, 03:52 PM
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I find the Greens are not nearly as durable for lots of cycles.. we had quite a few dead greens in the span of 2 years with my work. Though still not nearly the deaths the Seagates/Maxtor's in the time I was there.

If you want a Robust 2TB Drive, I would opt for the WD Red series. Enterprise grade stuff, and to be honest so far with the high throughput we subject them to, they have held up.

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Old November 3, 2013, 04:10 PM
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Of those three drives. The WD Black. Personally I would look at either an enterprise drive (Red, SE, RE, ES.3) or the Seagate SSHD 2TB Newegg.com - Seagate ST2000DX001 2TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 3.5" Desktop Solid State Hybrid Drive.
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Old November 3, 2013, 05:47 PM
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^^^ Just picked up a 2TB WD Red myself, think it was on sale at NCIX for around $115....
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Old November 4, 2013, 10:56 AM
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With the greens I'm finding they are failing after a year or two with bad sectors. Out of the 5 I've owned, 4 have had gotten bad sectors (at least under warranty) and the wife is 2 for 2 for bad sectors on the greens.
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I would stick with the black.
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I also have had bad luck with WD Green drives.

For my server, went with Seagate NAS 2tb drives. They are slower (5900rpm), but good. Most NAS and server drives track flat out speed for long term durability, which is good for a server but less than ideal for a desktop.

If speed is a consideration, stay with 7200rpm or faster. If you don't need 2Tb, consider the Velociraptors. Sometimes you can find good prices on the 600Gb and 1Tb versions.

If long term durability is a consideration, look at the warranty. I have to think that a drive with a five year warranty is more likely to last five years than a drive with a 1, 2, or 3 year warranty. This brings us to WD Black, and some Seagates. All of the Seagate drives that I have had fail were at or past their warranty, unlike the WD drives.

There were announcements of the upcoming 6Tb drives filled with something other than normal air. I have to wonder how those will work, how they will perform, and how they will last......regardless, I want one!
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