WD Blue 3TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - Amazon (£74.99)
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WD Blue 3TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - Amazon (£74.99)

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HDD prices suck!

Tempting, if only 2tb blacks were a similar price

ukez

HDD prices suck!



Were cheaper before brexit. Everything imported has gone up.

Dumb ass Brexit. The poor just gets poorer...

Yesgo

Dumb ass Brexit. The poor just gets poorer...



The 3TB Western Digital hard drive, an essential for any poor person. Behave!

Reading through the comments, it would appear that the 3TB drive is actually a WD Green. So it will run at around 5400RPM (not 7200RPM).

Member when a Samsung 2TB Spinpoint drive was £55? We've come a long way in the last 6 years.

Buy from a Known supplier, or one supplied by Amazon. You would be amazed by how many second/hand/user hard drives are sold on Amazon as NEW and the prices are about the same as for a genuine New one LOL, though if you have been stung it's not so funny.
Edited by: "SCOUSEKEVIN" 1st Jan

Why do people think they need a black instead of a blue.

What exactly are these being used for?

would 5400rpm hard drive be okay for video editing HD movies?

sunama

Reading through the comments, it would appear that the 3TB drive is … Reading through the comments, it would appear that the 3TB drive is actually a WD Green. So it will run at around 5400RPM (not 7200RPM).


The listing does state it is a 5400rpm drive however

So does having 5400rpm mean a usb 3.0 hdd would be faster?

jouster

Why do people think they need a black instead of a blue. What exactly are … Why do people think they need a black instead of a blue. What exactly are these being used for?



I bought a black for the 5 year warranty and supposed best performance (for a HDD). My only comments are that it is still working and that it is noisy.
Blues okay for regular use, green for low power usage, red for nas use.
If I were starting from scratch I'd go for a 500Gb ssd, with a WD blue for my data files, backed up regularly to a WD black.
Useful link:
Reddit conversation about the WD colours
I wasn't able to find a good comparison on the WD site!

rnem170

Were cheaper before brexit. Everything imported has gone up.



This was actually £10 more expensive prior to the vote to leave the EU.

The main reason for HDD price increases is due to consolidation of manufactures. WD bought Hitachi, Seagate purchased Samsung. Less competition == higher prices.

rnem170

Were cheaper before brexit. Everything imported has gone up.


They were cheaper than this 5+ years ago. I picked up 2TB Samsung drives back then for £45 each,.

The market has since been monopolised, companies have all been bought out and prices fixed.

That whole brexit thing is yet another justification to add a price rise in the market, just like the flood and fire did with the RAM and HDD market and never ever recovered.

ukez

They were cheaper than this 5+ years ago. I picked up 2TB Samsung drives … They were cheaper than this 5+ years ago. I picked up 2TB Samsung drives back then for £45 each,.The market has since been monopolised, companies have all been bought out and prices fixed.That whole brexit thing is yet another justification to add a price rise in the market, just like the flood and fire did with the RAM and HDD market and never ever recovered.



LoL. I've been on the lockout to upgrade my nas drives for over a year but just thought I kept missing out on the deals.



Yesgo

Dumb ass Brexit. The poor just gets poorer...

ukez

HDD prices suck!



What you on about? prices went up when most manufacturers facilities were destroyed in the Tsunami in 2004 and they never recovered..

oh and look the price was the same, before and after the Referendum.. but now is the cheapest its ever been...

[img]charts.camelcamelcamel.com/uk/…png?force=1&zero=0&w=725&h=440&desired=false&legend=1&ilt=1&tp=all&fo=0〈=en[/img]

Edited by: "haritori" 2nd Jan

Simples... All we need it to start a new UK HDD Brand with manufacturing plant... Anyone want to go on this years apprentice with the business plan...
Edited by: "Dawsy" 2nd Jan

Guys, can someone pls help answer my previous question? Is this 5400rpm hdd enough for HD video editing? Also how does this drive compare in speed with the:-

cclonline.com/pro….CA

frogbog

Guys, can someone pls help answer my previous question? Is this 5400rpm … Guys, can someone pls help answer my previous question? Is this 5400rpm hdd enough for HD video editing? Also how does this drive compare in speed with the:-https://www.cclonline.com/product/112782/HX-D301TDB/G/External-Storage/Samsung-D3-Station-STSHX-D301TDB-3TB-Hard-Drive-USB-3-0-Black-External-/BAK3722/?siteID=TnL5HPStwNw-7J4b0iYKdbY0iefqXzz.CA



You keep banging on about 5400rpm and HD video editing... it would take like 10 minutes to google this information.

So you know 5400rpm is plenty for hd vid editing, google told me just now

I think people are missing the point in drives of this size. Yes they are getting towards a good price point but I'm sure the majority don't intend to backup all of the information stored on these drives in case of failure

10TB drives could be £100 but people will only buy one as they hunk drive failure will never happen to them.

From my own experience drive failure is just pot (bad) luck.

My current server build holds 24 drives (1x8tb and 23x 4TB) and so far I've been lucky to (in the last 3 years) have no failures.

However, just being lucky isn't good enough, in order to have full or even partial redundancy, a secondary copy of all important data is required.

In my case I'm lucky to have the exact same build at a second property that I own and that devices has regular updates via a portable USB3 drive (even super fast broadband would just be too slow for the purpose of continual backup) whenever I'm at that property.

I know that eventually I will have a failure but luckily I should be a week out of sync at the most and easily back up and running fairly quickly.

Never underestimate drive failure and never have a single 4/5/6/8TB drive as internal PC storage as one day when you try to boot your machine to find a dead drive, you'll be very annoyed you didn't go with a Full backup

Yesgo

You keep banging on about 5400rpm and HD video editing... it would take … You keep banging on about 5400rpm and HD video editing... it would take like 10 minutes to google this information. So you know 5400rpm is plenty for hd vid editing, google told me just now



Well it still isn't the answer I was looking for, because I wanted to know if this 5400rpm hdd is faster than an external hdd on a usb 3.0...specifically this one:-

cclonline.com/pro….CA

What a load of old cobblers on here.
Black - performance drive with long warranty. Noises but on of the quickest for a mechanical.
Blue - not as fast as a Blue with a shorter warranty. Though quieter and more consumer focused.
Green - intended for archive style
Storage where performance isn't much of a requirement. Though low power requirement is ideal.
Red - designed for 24-7 running with greater performance and reliability compared to green.

All drives will work in a PC but some are better than others. Video and Photo editing will be better on a blue or black drive. Though SSD would obviously be better still.

Oneday77

What a load of old cobblers on here. Black - performance drive with long … What a load of old cobblers on here. Black - performance drive with long warranty. Noises but on of the quickest for a mechanical. Blue - not as fast as a Blue with a shorter warranty. Though quieter and more consumer focused. Green - intended for archive styleStorage where performance isn't much of a requirement. Though low power requirement is ideal. Red - designed for 24-7 running with greater performance and reliability compared to green. All drives will work in a PC but some are better than others. Video and Photo editing will be better on a blue or black drive. Though SSD would obviously be better still.



Wow
You certainly managed to un'cobble' this thread.

haritori

What you on about? prices went up when most manufacturers facilities were … What you on about? prices went up when most manufacturers facilities were destroyed in the Tsunami in 2004 and they never recovered.. oh and look the price was the same, before and after the Referendum.. but now is the cheapest its ever been...[img]http://charts.camelcamelcamel.com/uk/B00D74G712/amazon.png?force=1&zero=0&w=725&h=440&desired=false&legend=1&ilt=1&tp=all&fo=0&lang=en[/img]



2004? It feels like it was a couple of years ago... man I feel old.

Knottyboy

2004? It feels like it was a couple of years ago... man I feel old.



It feels like a couple of years ago - because it literally was. 2011 Thailand floods

Don't know where he got 2004 from.....

dck

It feels like a couple of years ago - because it literally was. 2011 … It feels like a couple of years ago - because it literally was. 2011 Thailand floodsDon't know where he got 2004 from.....



He got the wrong date and location from the 2004 Asian earthquake/tsunami, I imagine.

So is this actually a blue or a green drive?

I bought a Toshiba 3TB drive just over 3 years ago and I think it is starting to fail but it is the drive with my Steam Library on it so a green drive is unlikely to cut it performance wise.
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