Originally Posted by Guitar1969
Thanks for all the responses thus far - the answers have been a bit all over the place as far as recommendations, going with one drive partitoned, or going with a separate drive for the OS, and types. I don't think I can swing an SSD drive right now due to cost , so if I was to buy one big drive and partition it, wouldn't the low noise WD Green or Cavier not really be a good solution to run the OS off of since they are a bit slower(not good for other than media access) or am I wrong. The partitioned idea sounds like a good solution for me, and probably the cheapest route. If I do end up buying a separate OS/Apps drive, like a 250gb normal drive, can anyone make some recommondations on a specific drive models(not SSD) as I am concerned just throwing a normal drive in there for that purpose is going to be noisey for the OS drive. I am assuming the fasted speed the better.
I've read alot of people don't like the WD Green drives - not sure why.
I also came accross this WD drive that is designed for media applications:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136496
. Looks like really good reviews, but its 5400 rpm so not really a good solution for the OS.
I am leaning toward the Samsung F3 as one poster mentioned above, and parttioning it for the OS- its 7200rpm and according to reviews, runs pretty cool and quiet - Price is good too - $70 for 1Tb.
Any additional comments appreciated.
The green drives really aren't all that much slower than the black or blue.
Here is a comparison.http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1077/5/
As you can see, the blacks are much faster. But in real world applications, you are not going to really see much of a difference.
For instance, the bandwidth of bluray is at most around 50Mbits. This is equal to about 6.2mb/sec. As you can see, even a green will do 100mb/s. furthermore, even a 4x BD drive is only going to read at 24mb/s.
I have a 28mbit internet connection and I usually download at 2.5mb/s at most from the best sites.
The only real area you will see a difference that really matters is in large file transfers. The thing is... how often are you even going to see that.
Another thing to consider is that even on server on lan is going to bottleneck on the lan and not the drive.
I am sure that someone is going to say that you need something faster for encoding files. If you think about it, the CPU converting to a new codec is going to take far longer than actually saving the file to disk.
Will you see a difference between the drives? Yes. Is it worth the heat, extra energy and less reliability (green drives are more reliable)? It is up to you.
In all reality, unless you are going with SSD, the HDD speed is going to have the least impact on your experience.