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CES 2014 : WD Black 2,3,4 TB vs New generation from other companies.

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If you're buying anyway for a NAS you could just as well move up to 4 TB (a NAS can never be big enough). I'd use the Seagate 5.9k rpm drives, as the speed will mostly be limiited by the network anyway.

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I've run WD Reds, Seagate Desktop.15, and now running HGST Deskstar NAS. The HGST drives are far an away the best drives. They're noisier on access, but run at a similar noise level to the other two when idling. The Deskstars are much quicker, though. Obviously reading and writing across the network isn't any quicker, but my NAS does a fair bit of file moving and sorting (NZBDrone, Transmission, etc), and that's obviously quicker.

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Any particular reason to avoid the Toshiba? I heard it's basically an HGST? At least, the HGST before WD's acquisition.

Here, the DT01ACA300 (3TB) is available for <95USD, and the cheapest 4TB drive (Hitachi 0S03362) costs 150USD.

Thanks.

P.S. The ST3000DM001 is available for <105USD, BTW. Both it and Toshiba has 2-year warranty only.

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It's not a NAS drive for 1. And while it may be basically someone else's tech, you could buy the actual tech with the engineering and support behind it. Buy a smaller capacity Red or Seagate NAS drive.

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No problem not being NAS drives I guess. I have off-site backups.

Why I asked is that I'm wondering if there's any significant breakthrough or new model coming down the road (soon).

Thanks!

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Is a WD40EFRX 4TB Red worth the $30 more then the WD40EZRX 4TB Green? The read comes with one more year warranty, and has double the Load/unload cycles.
My planed use is to run this in a NAS but as a single drives, not mirrored. The Primary hold mass data and stream content.

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Long term, in a NAS, the Red should live longer. If that's worth $30, that's your call. Personally, unless $30 is a big deal to you, I'd lean toward the duty-built drive and away from the Green which is not recommended by WD for such use.

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Its not a big deal as I am not it dire need of space and at current increase of my archive I have until sometime next year before I run out. I guess I am just getting peoples pulse as It i just don't see the prices changing anytime soon nor a consumer >4TB form WD coming out soon either. I was leaning towards the red anyway, and will probably get 2 before the end of the year

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Anecdotally, I think the Red is nothing but a Green with different firmware. Just turn off/down the idle timer on the Green and be happy at saving yourself $30 per drive.

It's what I'll be doing next time I upgrade my NAS drives - the HGST drives I have currently are fine things, but run warmer and use more power than is required on my NAS, I only play a few TV shows off it in an evening, so the slowest drive available is fine for my uses. The HGST 7200rpm units are severe overkill as far as performance goes.

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How much vibration are you going to get in a 2 or 4 bay NAS with a few 5900rpm drives in it? Vibration might be an issue in a 24-bay rack NAS, but I honestly don't see it being any issue for a NAS that these drives are supposed to be used in. Any 2 or 4 bay NAS I've seen have have rubber or plastic vibration reducing mounts in the bays.

Again, I think it's all marketing BS to add an extra $30 to the price tag of a cheap drive.

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It's an offer: +1 year warrenty and vibration sensors + compensation for 30$. It may not always be a good deal (personally I have recommended the Seagate 5.9k rpm over the Red or Green for bulk data storage with a small number of drives), but it's more than just marketing.

MrS

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(personally I have recommended the Seagate 5.9k rpm over the Red or Green for bulk data storage with a small number of drives)

Agreed, my backup former main NAS is now my backup NAS. It is a Synology DS213j with a pair of 4TB Desktop.15 drives (ST4000DM000) and I'm very happy with them. They've been running like champs for over a year, not bad considering they were shucked from really cheap Seagate Expansions external drives. I've no hesitation in recommending them either.

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