Originally Posted by assassin
Using multiple WD and Samsung Green drives now. No issues and no failures at all. Haven't had any hard drive failures from customers either that I can recall and we use a lot of Green drives for data storage.
Nothing wrong with the "Red" drives (great marketing strategy, btw) but I think they are overpriced compared to the Green drives which I still prefer because of price alone.
As always take reviews with a grain of salt.
The 3tb parity WD green drive in Goliath server failed about a month ago( 4 months old) . Just wanted to toss that out there for no other reason than to say that hdd (s) do fail ! They are a mechanical device so failure at some point in time is inevitable.
First hdd failure in 21 years of WD computing. PRETTY DARN good if u ask me .
That failed drive had a three year warranty . I never registered it. Went on the WD support site. Registered the drive , answered a few questions on line and with in minutes I had an rma sticker . I had to pay one way shipping but WD paid the "other way" back to me . All tolled , it took about 8 day's to get this resolved . What an excellent warranty program that was quick and as painless as possible. High five to WD !!!!
The original drive was not available any longer so WD replaced it with a red drive .
Whats the point ?
Mechanical drives will
fail . Green drive , black drive , blue drive ... what ever . So I see no need or advantage to purchasing a Red drive and do agree that it is mostly marketing hype . I also wanted to point out that WD has an excellent warranty service that involves absolutely no human contact during the process which removes the stupid factor that usually gets injected into these types of situations.
BTW ... The cause of the failure was never formally determined ?? The unusual thing was that 1) Fex Raid never warned of an issue and 2) The drive would not quit spinning
During the P.O.S.T. segment of a boot , the drive would spin up right away and not stop so most likely the spindle got hot over time and warped which in turn caused " disk wedging" and eventually a failure .
Would I purchase more WD green drives ? Absolutely . With that said though, if I continuously see a trend toward failures then a reevaluation of that position would be needed .