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need advice on storage drive

I'm currently deciding on which hard drive to get for storage purposes. i'm thinking about getting either a seagate 4tb hdd.15 & a wd red 3tb or if there's a 4 tb i'd go for that.

basically i'm after a low power consumption hdd that can run 24/7. although i'm not sure which one is better to get for longevity & durability... as well as power saving. i'm planning to get at least 2 of those so i would want to know which one is worth it. since they're both fairly expensive for me...

thanks in advance. =)
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  1. I would get WD Blacks. They have 5 year warranties vs 3 years for the Reds. I use them for my data drives and have for years. I seem to have pretty good luck with hard drives though. I still have a pair of 10 year old 120GB first gen SATA Seagates that work fine.

    Power consumption is minimal with any hard drive. As in under 15 watts. Unless you run a data center with 10,000 drives you will never notice a difference except 'green' drives will be slow.
  2. anort3 said:
    I would get WD Blacks. They have 5 year warranties vs 3 years for the Reds. I use them for my data drives and have for years. I seem to have pretty good luck with hard drives though. I still have a pair of 10 year old 120GB first gen SATA Seagates that work fine.

    Power consumption is minimal with any hard drive. As in under 15 watts. Unless you run a data center with 10,000 drives you will never notice a difference except 'green' drives will be slow.


    i see... but they're way more expensive than the reds as well as the 4tb seagate .15 which is only around $200 here... the 3tb red cost around $150 here while a 2tb black would cost me around $175... i guess what i'm really after is a huge amount of storage for less $$$. speed won't really matter that much to me for those drives since i have 2 120gb of storage for my everyday purpose. i guess you can say that i'll use it as my archive drive for work & it's also where i store tons of my media files like music & movies.

    any hdd would run at around 15 watts or less? would that also be applicable to wd's red or seagate's hdd.15? thanks for the reply. =)
  3. I just buy the Blacks for the extra 2 years warranty. I would go with whatever you can afford. The Reds are good drives as well as are the Seagates. The only drives I avoid are Hitachi and that is just because for a few years they had problems so bad that their Deskstar line was known as the Deathstar. Even they are pretty much fixed now though.

    Here is a power consumption review. No drive pulls over 10 watts.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/desktop-hdd.15-st4000dm000-4tb,3494-6.html

    There are some performance benchmarks in that same article if you are interested.
  4. anort3 said:
    I just buy the Blacks for the extra 2 years warranty. I would go with whatever you can afford. The Reds are good drives as well as are the Seagates. The only drives I avoid are Hitachi and that is just because for a few years they had problems so bad that their Deskstar line was known as the Deathstar. Even they are pretty much fixed now though.

    Here is a power consumption review. No drive pulls over 10 watts.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/desktop-hdd.15-st4000dm000-4tb,3494-6.html

    There are some performance benchmarks in that same article if you are interested.


    yes i also trust either seagate or wd... i dunno a lot about other brands but i can see that they both have good reputation. i see... this does help a lot. i guess i'd go for the seagate 4tb after all. perhaps reds would be best for servers based on what i have researched online as well. storage & cost wise seagate is definitely cheaper than wd's red...

    i see... thanks so much for the advice. =)

    btw i also want to ask how i would optimize my ssd's performance. since i've read lots of times that defragging an ssd is a big no-no. i do it at least once a week for my mechanical hdds though. as of now my ssds have trim enabled. apart from that i dunno what else i can do but i guess i just want them to live long so i'm looking for ways to maintain them.
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    What SSD do you have? Samsung drives come with their excellent Magician software that optimizes everything with a few clicks. In fact I just replaced my old 120GB OCZ Vertex 2 with a 500GB Samsung 840 Evo yesterday.

    You running Windows 7 or 8? Either one you are correct, never defrag an SSD.

    This is a great guide and covers everything.

    http://www.thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/the-ssd-optimization-guide-ultimate-windows-8-edition/
  6. anort3 said:
    What SSD do you have? Samsung drives come with their excellent Magician software that optimizes everything with a few clicks. In fact I just replaced my old 120GB OCZ Vertex 2 with a 500GB Samsung 840 Evo yesterday.

    You running Windows 7 or 8? Either one you are correct, never defrag an SSD.

    This is a great guide and covers everything.

    http://www.thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/the-ssd-optimization-guide-ultimate-windows-8-edition/


    thanks! did most of the things noted there. i just skipped some of the optional parts that i somehow didn't want to do because of how i set up my pc for my convenience. there was an improvement in the system performance particularly during boot up.

    thanks you helped me a lot! =)
  7. Glad to help :)
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