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4Tb WD Green £111.14 delivered @ Amazon

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WD Green hard drives are designed for use in systems that require cool and quiet operation in PCs, or for external enclosures and other applications for which low noise and low heat are beneficial. These reliable hard drives are ideal for use whenever energy efficiency, lower power consumption and massive capacity are needed.

Cooler and quieter - WD Green is simple high capacity storage that runs cooler and quieter than traditional 7200 RPM drives.
Reduced power consumption - Save on power without compromising solid performance.
Eco-conscious design - Manufactured lead free, halogen free and with conflict free materials.
2-year limited warranty
Ideal for

For use in systems that require cool and quiet operation and as secondary drives in in PC's. For external enclosures and other applications that benefit from, low noise, low heat, and lower power consumption.

Compatibility

Windows® XP/Vista/7, Mac® OS - Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.
Features

Cool and quiet: WD GreenPower Technology yields lower operating temperatures for increased reliability and low acoustics perfect for ultra-quiet PCs and external drives.
Reduced power consumption: Best-in-class power management technology delivers significant power savings and solid performance.
Eco-conscious: WD Green drives are innovatively designed and manufactured with lead-free, conflict-free and halogen-free materials to help ensure a sustainable future.
WD's commitment to sustainability: WD's green initiative goes even further beyond the product level, focusing on recycling and improving the cleanliness of the air, water and land.
Leading the way to green hard drives: WD led the industry in creating a new category of hard drives that use less power and helps to reduce the world's energy demands one computer user at a time. With over 100 million WD Green drives sold* customers using WD Green drives have saved the planet over 466 million kwh of power - nearly equaling the annual power production of a single coal power plant!
Halogen free: In addition to being RoHS compliant, all WD Green drives are lead and halogen free, resulting in less pollutants getting into our environment.
Reduced rare earths dependency: WD's next-generation WD Green hard drives are built using less rare earth minerals.
Conflict-free materials: As a leader in hard drive manufacturing, WD proudly guarantees our hard drives are built with 100% conflict-free raw materials.
IntelliSee: Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration.
NoTouch Ramp Load technology: The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.
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#1
Good price but I'd pay the extra £1 to get from Amazon/Amazon.
As with the other thread, consider increasing the head-parking time-out with WdIdle3 utility on WD's website.
#2
Adrian7
Good price but I'd pay the extra £1 to get from Amazon/Amazon.
As with the other thread, consider increasing the head-parking time-out with WdIdle3 utility on WD's website.

I've altered the title to reflect that.. thx :)

Edited By: secondcoming on Jul 15, 2014 11:51
#3
Nice one, thanks
1 Like #4
Green drives are good for the casual user, if you like to make your computer do intensive stuff, leave it on a lot. Then most probs not the best drive for you to get. Quite a high fail rate in the computing community.
#5
now dropped by 70p :o
#6
Rushed_89
Green drives are good for the casual user, if you like to make your computer do intensive stuff, leave it on a lot. Then most probs not the best drive for you to get. Quite a high fail rate in the computing community.

there's a lot of manufacturers who will tell you to steer clear if you're wanting to put them in NAS enclosures too.
1 Like #7
sneakyduck
Rushed_89
Green drives are good for the casual user, if you like to make your computer do intensive stuff, leave it on a lot. Then most probs not the best drive for you to get. Quite a high fail rate in the computing community.

there's a lot of manufacturers who will tell you to steer clear if you're wanting to put them in NAS enclosures too.

All about the reds, even inside desktops. Used to be all about the blacks, still got one and that is going strong.
2 Likes #8
A four Terabit HDD for £112.02. That's really expensive! oO

Edited By: aceuk on Jul 15, 2014 19:50
#9
The greens and reds are physically identical. If you change the park time then they operate identically (although this is only necessary in a NAS) I haven't bothered in my PC, although I leave it on 24/7 to serve files, windows happily manages the drives and only spins them up when they're actively being used. You can buy the green drive and an extra year of warranty for less than a red drive so all you're paying for is the sticker.

Yes there were quite high failure rates on the earlier 4tb drives, but they seem to be better now, perhaps still not as reliable as the 3tbs but tbh you wouldn't expect that. These have 4x 1tb platters, the 3tbs have 3x 1tb platters. 33% more spinning disk is going to increase your failure rate.

Edited By: geekeh on Jul 15, 2014 20:13
#10
Great drive but I wouldn't buy them from Amazon (again). I bought 6 for a NAS build from amazon, arrived in a box they were sliding around. 1 couldn't be detected by the system at all and was immediately sent back. after a couple of days struggling i figured out that three more of them were resetting every few seconds and hence unusable and sent those back. Got another 4 delivered from somewhere else to replace them. The 6 drive setup is now working fine but one of the drives error counts go up every couple of weeks and i will get around to replacing at some point (my setup can cope with two drive failures before i lose any data so I'm not too immediately concerned).
#11
Just bought a 4TB WD Purple for £120 which comes with a three years warranty. I seem to be a sucker for WD drives (love their support and replacement policy) as I seem to be amassing most of their colours.!
#12
Guys can I PLEASE have your thoughts please - I need a 3 or 4TB drive to replace my 3TB Seagate 7200 drive that died yesterday. The drive was/will be only used to store PC games on.

I need a replacement drive urgently and due to Seagate only having a 1 year warranty on their drives I'm not wanting to use them ever again as the drive was only 14 months old :(

Western Digital 'green' drives are designed for storage but have quite a high failure rate which is odd considering they use less power and run cooler than most drives. The 'Red' drives seem to be a replacement for the 'greens' for NAS usage but I've seen some reviews say they can be are fairly slow at writing data.

I was looking at the Western Digital 'Black' drives but I've been told they are VERY noisy and come at a premium but DO have a 5 year warranty.

I just want a reliable drive that is fairly quiet, doesn't have to be silent but don't want to spend a lot - any ideas please?

Food for thought - After 3 years of usage 94.8 percent of Western Digital drives remain operational compared with only 73.5 percent of Seagate hard drives.

Seagate are **** :(
#13
mumjit
Guys can I PLEASE have your thoughts please - I need a 3 or 4TB drive to replace my 3TB Seagate 7200 drive that died yesterday. The drive was/will be only used to store PC games on.

I need a replacement drive urgently and due to Seagate only having a 1 year warranty on their drives I'm not wanting to use them ever again as the drive was only 14 months old :(

Western Digital 'green' drives are designed for storage but have quite a high failure rate which is odd considering they use less power and run cooler than most drives. The 'Red' drives seem to be a replacement for the 'greens' for NAS usage but I've seen some reviews say they can be are fairly slow at writing data.

I was looking at the Western Digital 'Black' drives but I've been told they are VERY noisy and come at a premium but DO have a 5 year warranty.

I just want a reliable drive that is fairly quiet, doesn't have to be silent but don't want to spend a lot - any ideas please?

Food for thought - After 3 years of usage 94.8 percent of Western Digital drives remain operational compared with only 73.5 percent of Seagate hard drives.
http://tobidornot.com/wp-uploads/photo/4tb-wd-green.jpg
Seagate are **** :(

The Green actually has one of the lowest failure rate :

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/french_retailer_data_offers_ssd_failure_rates/

I think you will be perfectly safe with it.
#14
thanks iceman85, I was going to go with a green drive until I read today that there were a few issues with these WD green drives. Great for storage that isn't accessed very frequently and not great for games due to the slow read/write speeds is all I can remember reading oh and something to do with them having 'head parking' problems.

Does anyone use a Western Digital RED drive in their PC and not for NAS purposes etc by any chance?

I had read that the RED drives were a big improvement on the GREENS, can anyone else comment on this please?

Edited By: mumjit on Jul 15, 2014 20:49
#15
Had both green and red, both performed the same.
#16
sneakyduck
Rushed_89
Green drives are good for the casual user, if you like to make your computer do intensive stuff, leave it on a lot. Then most probs not the best drive for you to get. Quite a high fail rate in the computing community.

there's a lot of manufacturers who will tell you to steer clear if you're wanting to put them in NAS enclosures too.

I populated a Synology NAS with 2Tb WD Greens about 3-4 years ago that gets a lot of hammer, I've had one drive fail in all that time (replaced under warranty). I'd say for home users they are more than good enough.
#17
Heads up - you can get a 4TB red direct from Amazon for 119.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-3-5-inch-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B00EHBERSE/

Just click 'Frustration Free' - actually cheaper than the standard packaging.
#18
wild_quinine
Heads up - you can get a 4TB red direct from Amazon for 119.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-3-5-inch-Desktop-Hard-Drive/dp/B00EHBERSE/

Just click 'Frustration Free' - actually cheaper than the standard packaging.

Nice to see the prices steadily dropping :)
1 Like #19
VimesUK
Just bought a 4TB WD Purple for £120 which comes with a three years warranty. I seem to be a sucker for WD drives (love their support and replacement policy) as I seem to be amassing most of their colours.!

Errr you do realize that the purples have been designed and engineered for CCTV / PVR systems and are NOT recommended for NAS or desktop environments ???
I think one of the modified firmware features is that it continues to operate even under fault conditions / bad sectors which wouldn't be advisable in anything other than CCTV / PVR environments !?!
1 Like #20
Leftfield_2k2
VimesUK
Just bought a 4TB WD Purple for £120 which comes with a three years warranty. I seem to be a sucker for WD drives (love their support and replacement policy) as I seem to be amassing most of their colours.!

Errr you do realize that the purples have been designed and engineered for CCTV / PVR systems and are NOT recommended for NAS or desktop environments ???
I think one of the modified firmware features is that it continues to operate even under fault conditions / bad sectors which wouldn't be advisable in anything other than CCTV / PVR environments !?!

Good job that it has been bought for an NVR and several Hikvision IP cameras, phew got lucky there didn't I ;)

lol


EDIT:

Full spec here...

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1210




Edited By: VimesUK on Jul 16, 2014 09:06
#21
CCL in Bradford are doing the 4TB at the same price:

http://www.cclonline.com/category/701/Storage/Hard-Drives/
#22
I have a few WD Black drives, none of which I'd call noisy. Some of them are quite old now, being 'Caviar Black' not just 'Black' as they are called now. I've had no failures with them so far and am very pleased with them.

They are more expensive yes but I am paying for the peace-of-mind a 5-year warranty gives me. I trust a drive much more when the manufacturer is confident enough in it to give it a 5-year warranty.

Think of it like this, if a drive only has a 1-year warranty does that mean the company who made is is only confident in keeping working for the first 12 months?

Edited By: gabriel48 on Jul 16, 2014 21:23

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