After going back and forth utilizing the internet and specialists at Microcenter and Fry's, I am still confused and trying to find the best hard drive for a HTPC build with a Ceton Infiniti 4 tuner.
I am going to use a SSD for the main drive and then use 1 or 2, 2TB hard drives for storing recorded tv (looking to spend about $115 max per drive). Some say go with WD green drives (two similar drives one ends in ears and the other ends in eads), others says go for a black 7200 rpm drive. I also saw cache at either 32mb or 64mb and some SATA 3 and some SATA6.
Also I was told a 60gb SSD would be sufficient. Again, any recommendations for a SSD would be greatly appreciated (spend about $100)!!
So I think I can give you a fair assessment for your questions.
#1 I hate the black drive in my HTPC. The reads are noisier than the green drives of course (the clicking sounds), but what really bugs me is the constant drone of the spinning motor even when I'm not using that drive.
#2 The WD green drive likes to park it's heads after a pre-determined amount of time and I'm not aware of how to turn that feature off or extend the time. I have to wait for it to spin up again sometimes when the drive has not been accessed for a while and there is an annoying delay (about 2 secs.)
#3 The Samsung drive seems just as fast as the WD black drive, it is the quietest drive I have, I don't have any of the head-parking delays that the WD green drive experiences. It's perfect IMO. BTW, the 2TB Samsung F4 is $90, and you can take an additional 10% off with discount code EMCKHHF224 at newegg for the next 60 hours, at the time of my posting.
#4 My 64GB SSD is 50% used up with the OS, encoding apps, and the usual PC necessities like firefox, thunderbird, anti-virus, iTunes, Hulu, Media browser, XBMC, TMT5, pdf reader, etc. etc.
At the time, my SSD was the cheapest 64GB I could find that came with a 3.5" adapter: Kingston SSDNow V-Series. It's an older model by technology standards. I would recommend a SandForce based drive if buying today.
It's not a stellar performer on the SSD scale, though it is faster than traditional platter HDD's. I didn't buy it for speed, rather I bought it to quiet my HTPC down. The 1TB WD Black drive used to be my OS drive, now it only has media. I have not had any problems with the SSD. It does its job.