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December 13, 2013 1:37:17 PM

is the western digital 1TB black edition worth it? thinking about upgrading anyways. also how easy is it to run 2 HHD's and 1 SSD?

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December 13, 2013 1:45:26 PM

The Black is a great and fast drive, but it does not even approach an SSD. It is simple to run an SSD and a couple HDDs. Shoot for a a 250/256GB SSD if your budget will tolerate it -- there have been a ton of sales lately. One caveat, if you are only using the machine for gaming, just get the Black and forget the SSD, it doesn't really help that much just for gaming.
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December 13, 2013 1:46:29 PM

easy easy .. just set it to achi and bam .. lol but seriously depends on what your planning on doing with the drive. i would use it to store games and software i dont use a lot and put my high end titles on the ssd drive. western digital blacks are really not all that great for raid not saying it wont work but the red drives are better suited for that .. and velosa rapters .. which at this point are kind of useless and over priced. your better off just buying another ssd for that kind of money. but for gaming id say black drives are great for that.
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December 13, 2013 1:48:13 PM

Depending on what you want to do with the two hard drives, it can be easy as plugging them in, or if you want to have them as one logical drive, setting up a RAID array with both hard drives. It can be annoying to change install paths to your hard drive over and over again, but having a solid state drive is well worth the effort. Your boot and load times will literally be cut in half, if not faster.

When you ask if the WD Black is worth it, are you referring to the capacity, or the model? Most 1TB drives are right around the same price, so it really depends on what happens to be available at the time. Hard drives are pretty well homogenous at the moment - take whatever has the best warranty and lowest price, and the rest should be fine. That said, the Blacks are an excellent series of hard drives, and I've never had a single problem with any of them. Speed differences become insignificant when you run an SSD that is an order of magnitude faster than a spinning disk. As for capacity, I've nearly filled the 1TB data drive in my laptop already; if you can afford it, I'd say go ahead and get a TB. It depends a lot on what you'll be using it for, and you have to be the one to make the call as to whether or not you need that much storage.
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December 13, 2013 1:51:41 PM

difference would be minimal.
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December 13, 2013 1:55:05 PM

i will have to do some research into raid, i am more than likely either going to get the black or blue WD 1TB drives and if possible ill set up raid but like i said will have to do the research thanks!
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December 13, 2013 1:58:41 PM

AchillesViper said:
my current HHD is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... would the black be noticeably faster than this?
It would be faster, but perhaps not noticeably. An SSD would be noticeably faster. But again it depends on your primary use, if you are a gamer and do little else, spend your money on better graphics.

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December 13, 2013 2:01:25 PM

already have good graphics, a new cpu on the way, SSD on the way as well, so at the moment HHD is the only thing left id want to upgrade. and filling my hardrive is to easy so i may go with the WD green or blue since they are cheaper and the performance isnt any worse than what i have.
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December 13, 2013 2:03:23 PM

AchillesViper said:
i will have to do some research into raid, i am more than likely either going to get the black or blue WD 1TB drives and if possible ill set up raid but like i said will have to do the research thanks!
Do not waste your time with RAID, it will not help you unless you need a big array. Just get an SSD, it blows RAIDed HDD away. 4 or 5 years ago I left 4 Raided Raptors for the old Intel X25-M SSDs and the results were amazing, today's SSDs make the choice no choice at all.

I can tell you much about RAID if you need it, but my arrays are all in the range of 8 x 3TB RAID 6 for specific purposes, or larger ZFS arrays on FreeNAS.

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December 13, 2013 2:05:47 PM

AchillesViper said:
already have good graphics, a new cpu on the way, SSD on the way as well, so at the moment HHD is the only thing left id want to upgrade. and filling my hardrive is to easy so i may go with the WD green or blue since they are cheaper and the performance isnt any worse than what i have.
Never try to raid a Green, they constantly break the array. Best to get a 4TB drive for storage.

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December 13, 2013 2:39:26 PM

^Agreed. When possible, get the largest single drive possible instead of stringing together multiple smaller drives. The difference in performance between an SSD and HDD is so monumental that it makes the performance gaps from HDD to HDD basically insignificant. Your best bet is to just find the largest drive that would fit your needs and stick with it. I'd honestly avoid Green drives altogether... I've had several of them die outright, and for the minimal price difference, there are better drives out there to be had. Seagate has always been good to me, as have WD Black drives as you already mentioned.

I'd offer to help with RAID as well, but my experience stops at an 8-Disk array of SCSI320 drives in a ProLiant DL380 server... I doubt that would be of much help to you.
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December 13, 2013 3:56:18 PM

i currently have a seagate barricuda and im not impressed at all with it. mainly with how ungodly loud it is. at idle its silent as it should be but start using it and its hard to talk over. thats 3/4 the reason im looking for another. if you know of any 1TB fast and quiet HHD let me know but as of right now im looking into the WD blue 1tb
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December 14, 2013 8:16:08 AM

You may just have a bad drive, but if you review the acoustic parameters of all the modern consumer drives they are very close, other than the WD Green being 6-8dB lower, at the cost of slower access to data due to head parking.

The WD Blue, WD Black and Seagates all have specs withing 1-2dB. Perhaps you should try some rubber grommets on the mounts to reduce vibration.

Or if you have the cash, buy a totally silent 1TB Samsund 840 EVO.
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December 16, 2013 9:47:07 PM

i will either find or make rubber groments for it, thank you
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December 16, 2013 9:56:48 PM

AchillesViper said:
i will either find or make rubber groments for it, thank you
You can also put some of the thick silicone sealant (like you use on pool patches) on the screws that you use on the drives, Just another way to reduce vibration -- if makes it more quiet but is also important in extending the life of drives. Vibration is a drive killer. Silicone sealant is easy to remove if you change your drives around, just wipe it off and use some goop off or other household cleaner and lots of wiping with soft cotton rags.

You can get thin rubber grommets of the correct size at home depot too.

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