Originally Posted by Ronald Li
are the 7200.14 for $99 pulled from enclosures? or that's the actual price people paying for it?
In canada they are on sale for $129.99, same with the WD Red
But the Segates are superior to RED IMO even at the same price and should be preferred. Unless someone has a mental fixation with the WD brand there's little reason to use a WD RED IMO. Seagate makes a better NAS drive and normal drive (which are interchangeable for most applications ) and often sells for same or lower prices. You situation is rare where the cost is the same. You might want to deal hunt more. And yes you can rip them out of externals. I do it all the time. I think many think the HD market is competitive or the quality of WD is still superior in today's market. Neither is the case.
WD 5400rpm drives are just garbage in my opinion. They are slow, they don't provide any real world benefit or relief in temps or noise or power consumption to account for the speed handicap either. And in general I have personally grown suspect of WD 5400rpm drive reliability. I've owned 12+ of various models and them seem in general less reliable than many of the other brands I have lots of experience with. I have 12 Seagate 7200.14 and zero issues so far.
I honestly can not count how many WD 5400rpm I have RMA-ed. It's over half for sure. Some within the first year. Just my thoughts. Others can disagree. I still own them, but they are not my preference if I had a choice today.
I am highly disappointed in WD's total abandonment and refusale to provide the market with a cheap, affordable, reliable, general use 7200rpm hard drive. It's like WD just isn't interested in doing that. For that reason I can not recommend them for anything. I am philosophically opposed to the WD market direction and decisions they employ, and I am highly insulted they choose to market 5400rpm drives under the false marketing scam they are better for bogus reasons that go unrealized and unappreciated in the real world applications. A modern tech 7200 rpm drive is capable of the same power consumption, the same temps, and the same noise so the whole concept of handicapped performance seems stupid to me. The performance penalty is never recouped in other areas where the slowing the spindle speed should improve upon.
I'd avoid the WD 5400rpm family unless it's $25 or more cheaper per drive. That's just my slant on it. Perhaps WD might get the message and actually develop a quality 7200rpm 3TB or 4TB HDD that can sell for prices not above $200. Any company that chooses or needs to slow the spindle speed to make up for lack of engineering is BS and should be avoided. 5400rpm drives are a scam.