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#1 00stevo

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 12:35 PM

So im looking for a new HDD since im getting a funny feeling about the one in my sig.
Its becoming noticeably noisier from when i first had it,and the last HDD i had that was doing that i thankfully replaced just before it went 6 under.

So anyway im looking at these two WD drives from Ebuyer UK.Take a look and let me know what you guys think:

750gb Green: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/248477

750gb Black: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/247565

Im not too sure what the 'Green' side of things mean.As far as im aware its a power save thing,but does it affecy the overall performance of the drive?

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 12:48 PM

green drives tend to run at 5900rpm v the black caviars 7200rpm but the one u posted shows 7200rpm so odd... i think it can slow rpm further to power save and this might cause a small delay? thanks for showing me that website... i might buy a black caviar again :)

320gb is cheaper than 250! lol how odd

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 12:59 PM

Yeah Ebuyer is funny with their prices sometimes.
Your better off selecting the category your after,then hitting low-to-high youll find some real bargains inamongst the cheap stuff.
Im leaning towards the caviar black,i want as much performance as i can get for my money.
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 01:02 PM

yeah the bigger cache... plus it doesn't have that spin down thing which delays sometimes and causes lag... they don't ship to ireland! :(

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 01:48 PM

Green runs at 5400 RPMs, not 5900

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 01:58 PM

This should give you a good idea of what the colors mean.

I would recommend the black if you're not tight on cash.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:05 PM

Green runs at 5400 RPMs, not 5900


This particular "Green" mentioned in the post doesn't, at least not when active, if you'd care to investigate further? I presume it idles at or around 5400 but jumps to 7200 when needed which in itself will make it a little slower?

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:24 PM

I think the black is the safer bet,ill go for that.Cheers for the replies.
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:26 PM

This particular "Green" mentioned in the post doesn't, at least not when active, if you'd care to investigate further? I presume it idles at or around 5400 but jumps to 7200 when needed which in itself will make it a little slower?

What green drives use mostly instead of a set RPM, is something called Intellipower. Which from what I can tell is similar to what you described above.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:46 PM

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/252857
single 500GB platter drives are awesome

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 07:48 AM

yeah the bigger cache... plus it doesn't have that spin down thing which delays sometimes and causes lag... they don't ship to ireland! :(

This is the biggest annoyance of the 1tb caviar green, or of any hdd that ive ever used. Even if you have windows set to leave the drive running 24/7, it will still power itself down, and go into a standby mode after about 5-10 min of idleing. Its programmed into the hdd's firmware. It isnt too big of a deal if its used as a secondary storage drive, but its horrible for a main os drive. Mine came inside of my 1TB WD MyBook. I had to open it up and use it as a main os drive for about a month, until I could replace my os drive that failed. Needless to say, it was a big PITA to wait 5-8 seconds for your computer to start responding again after you walk away from you pc for a few min.

As far as the Speed, a lot of the older green drives were 5400-5900rpm, but most of the new ones, to include my 1tb green, is 7200rpm. They also have a smaller cache than the black's.

All in all, I would avoid this drive like the plague if your going to use it as a main drive.

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 09:22 AM

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I own a 1TB Green Caviar, and whats he said is right on spot. Get the Black Caviar if u can, It consumes more power but its faster and the cache is bigger. I got SATA 3 version of the Caviar Black and it has 64Mb Cache.

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