Western Digital 'Green' hard drives now available in capacities up to 6TB

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Curious, what does one do that's actually worthwhile with all that extra space? I restrict myself to a 256g flash and backup to the cloud which keeps me lean, clean, cheap, fast, mobile and reasonably secure without getting stuck in a ginormous jumble of crusty old memories.

I guess if you're making movies?
 

SNGX1275

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Curious, what does one do that's actually worthwhile with all that extra space? I restrict myself to a 256g flash and backup to the cloud which keeps me lean, clean, cheap, fast, mobile and reasonably secure without getting stuck in a ginormous jumble of crusty old memories.

I guess if you're making movies?
HD Videos. I have a GoPro, keep in original format for archival purposes. Then editing (scratch disk), converting to something that I can share with friends/family, and sometimes a 3rd file size for uploading to youtube. Probably don't need to keep ALL of those around, but when you have a C2D E6400 at 2.13Ghz converting takes a long time.
 

danwat1234

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After the whole head parking thing blew up I have avoided WD's drives ever since..

..until I bought NAS drives, namely the WD Red.

Turns out they had the same exact head parking issue too.

Went over to Seagate, no issues.

I don't trust WD's drive anymore. Both have failed equally on me, but Seagate's don't have issues like what I've mentioned.

Honestly, as I've used increasingly higher capacity HDDs, I've hated it because they keep getting louder and louder and louder. I'd love a 6TB RAID, but I don't want them in my desktop system anymore, only in a NAS.. which I still can't yet afford. :(
After the whole head parking thing blew up I have avoided WD's drives ever since..

..until I bought NAS drives, namely the WD Red.

Turns out they had the same exact head parking issue too.

Went over to Seagate, no issues.

I don't trust WD's drive anymore. Both have failed equally on me, but Seagate's don't have issues like what I've mentioned.

Honestly, as I've used increasingly higher capacity HDDs, I've hated it because they keep getting louder and louder and louder. I'd love a 6TB RAID, but I don't want them in my desktop system anymore, only in a NAS.. which I still can't yet afford. :(

Slowly change the angle of a Seagate hard drive, as in tilting it while it is busy seeking and you will notice that the seeking noises get much louder while the angular change is happening! WD's drives don't do that.

Not just Seagate's laptop drives but I have witnessed it happening with their 4TB green drives too.
 

danwat1234

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From the article; "These consumer-oriented 3.5-inch drives both offer 64MB of cache and use WD's IntelliPower technology to reduce rotational speed when the drive isn't being heavily used to conserve energy."

No, the RPM is a constant 5400RPM. Same with the Caviar Red drives.