Western Digital Caviar 2TB SATAII 64MB Cache 3.5-inch Green Internal Hard Drive OEM £77.99 delivered @ Amazon
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Western Digital Caviar 2TB SATAII 64MB Cache 3.5-inch Green Internal Hard Drive OEM £77.99 delivered @ Amazon

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Found 30th Sep 2010Made hot 30th Sep 2010
As hard drive capacities increase, the power required to run those drives increases as well. WD Caviar Green drives make it possible for energy-conscious customers to build systems with higher capacities and the right balance of system performance, ensured reliability, and energy conservation.

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Is this suitable for a server running 24/7?

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warranty?

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Edit: double post
Edited by: "docile" 30th Sep 2010

Would i be able to put this in an external case and use as an external hard drive?

zishank

Is this suitable for a server running 24/7?



depends who or what using the server?

note the drives are slow read/write compaired to other drives

i would pay the extra and get black drives, unless these were going in a nas

btreeb

Would i be able to put this in an external case and use as an external … Would i be able to put this in an external case and use as an external hard drive?


YES

Sooo... no info on warranty?

Green drives are the best for srvers or NAS.. the speed is not as fast as std drives but that is still far faster than the network speed (so not noticed). The fact they are green means they will use up a lot less power, and produce a lot less heat, meaning the fan doesn't need to spin to cool them down. Ideal for media storage too, or as beckup drives. Not so good for booting your desktop computer, but your using an SSD for that aren't you?

docile

Sooo... no info on warranty?



You waited 45 mins for others to do your research for you ?
You could've used that time to find out for yourself. And, perish the though, posted your findings.

zishank

Is this suitable for a server running 24/7?



Depends on the server application and the number of users.
For home use, it should be ok. But as another poster has stated, you might as well pay the little extra and get the "black" version.

GwanGy

The fact they are green means they will use up a lot less power, and … The fact they are green means they will use up a lot less power, and produce a lot less heat,

Looking at the spec. sheets, the green drive uses 6Watts when running and 3.7 when idle. the black (7200rpm) drives use 10.7 and 8.2 respectively. So unless you have hundreds of these the saving is negligible - maybe £5 per drive, per year. When compared with the 100Watts+ that your PC will use the power saving is vertually zero, though the price of the black drives is roughly double that of the green ones.
Edited by: "pete_l" 30th Sep 2010

gizmouk

You waited 45 mins for others to do your research for you ? You could've … You waited 45 mins for others to do your research for you ? You could've used that time to find out for yourself. And, perish the though, posted your findings.



Would another supplier offer the same warranty on OEM products? I'm honestly not sure how I'd find this out.

zishank

Is this suitable for a server running 24/7?



Short answer is no.
Long answer:
Green hard drives are not designed to be up 24/7, even if they are not actively used. By keeping drive running 24/7 you shortening it's life span, which increases risk of failure. However, it does not mean that it will fail. Its more likely that it will work for 5 years without any problems, but you have to keep in mind that this series were not designed for server use. You might was to look into enterprise series, which (I might be wrong) should be Black.

Personally, I would buy two and run them in RAID. In case one fails there is still backup. Black series is more expensive.

are these the 3 platter 667Gb drives or the 4platter 500Gb drives? Scan sold me a drive 2 weeks back manufactured in June but still 4 platter. WD started making the 3 platter drives in May

Not sure about these for a NAS. Suffer from the well publicized load cycle count problem

I got 2 of these for the same price from ebuyer delivered this week.

Brilliant drives no noise, run virtually silent little heat perfect for nas thats what mine are in. I replaced 3 x 1 tb drives and 2 x 500 meg drives with 2 of these.

The performance of these for streaming seems a fair bit better than the 1tb wd green drrives they replaced.

I rate wd drives very very highly its all I use given the choice, the Acronis management software you get to use free with there drives is brilliant the clone function is quick and fault less drive wipe, usb boot image boot functionality its the business.

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This might be useful for putting some of my porn collection on. Hot!



Some? How much have you got?

EARS series of drives uses 4k sectors which, if you partition ("format") … EARS series of drives uses 4k sectors which, if you partition ("format") for the first time using older windows (xp, 98, etc), will result in a non-optimal sector mapping boundary which means the drive will be much slower than it needs to be. You can easily fix this by running (just once, at any point in time) an utility to re-align the partition to a 4K block or by using a non-old-windows utility to partition the drive to begin with.Windows Vista/win7/Linux/Smart stuff already aligns newly created partitions to 4K blocks, so they are fine. Otherwise, when using older windows to setup this drive, just make sure you run the utility from western digital to re-align your drive shortly after your partitioning/formatting/installation to make sure you are not wasting time unneccessarily with slow(er) performance from then on (until you delete the partition and create it again ....)


/julioiglesias
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