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Need help ASAP: WD Green or WD Black

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April 20, 2009 5:19:09 AM

Need to know the answer ASAP. I'm purchasing either

a: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

b: Western Digital Caviar Green WD6400AACS 640GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136298

I know that the black edition is faster, the question is by how much. I live in the Philippines and the price difference between the 2 is about $30. Is the black worth the 30 bucks? I will be making the purchase tomorrow so i need the answer today.

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April 20, 2009 6:29:01 AM

The speed difference wouldn't matter that much unless you edit videos or do any other hard-disk intensive stuff, so if you're a "casual" user, go with the Green. The green also consumes less power than the black, something else to consider.

I have a friend who's currently based in the Philippines (American myself). You're buying from PC Express(?) right? How much are the hard disks there?
April 20, 2009 6:52:11 AM

My pc is used for gaming, internet, photo editing, web development and some video editing. Mostly the latter. Also forgot to add that I reformat every 4-5 months. Hard Drives mostly cost about $83-100 for 640GB and up.

I just read somewhere that the green edition is only 5400 rpm. My current drive is a seagate 160GB 7200 with 8mb of cache. Will i see a leap in performance if I chose either the green or black?
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April 20, 2009 7:18:46 AM

Go with the Black if you play games, do any video editing, or work with Adobe CS. It makes a difference. If not go with the green.
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April 20, 2009 7:53:16 AM

For a windows drive go the Black or Blue series, for storage or energy efficency go with the Green series.

The green series - some come in 5400rpm and are SLOWER then the blue and black series! Not good for a windows/apps drive!
April 20, 2009 2:28:53 PM

I'll be going for the black then. Thanks to all the advices!
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