Originally Posted by Mfusick
It is true^.
I'd buy GREEN @ 25$ per TB all day long... lol.
But, ... they are seldom a good value anymore these days. They are older in design, less robust in performance, and possibly more suspect in reliability. Therefore I take offense and issue to the universal blanket recommendation of them, as I generally feel there exists much better choices today in 2013.
It's not as if WD GREEN are total crap, but rather that there now exists better alternatives. Awareness on this is all I seek. It's just my personal opinion but I like to share it with others because I feel I am correct. The secondary issue of headparking, reliability, not being recommended for use in a server or NAS is all just extra reason why GREEN might not be a good choice for everyone.
Let's come back to reality and fact for a second as this thread is full of misinformation.
Seagate drives also use headparking (which not even 1 person has mentioned in this thread) and thus likewise might "not be recommended for use in a server or NAS" for the same reasons as a Green. This only applies to hardware RAID servers, btw, as for a software based RAID servers it doesn't matter at all.
Also, similar to your hatred for WD Green there are those on this and other forums that think that Seagate is crap and the worst in reliability (I don't share this opinion as, again, I think its a complete crapshoot nowadays).
So, again, do you really know what is going on inside your hard drive? Can you make the blanket statement that ALL Seagates, WD, Hitachis, etc are the exact same even within a given model?
My guess is that you cannot. So while a Green drive may not be the "best" drive anymore (especially for bang-for-the-buck) they are not "total crap" which you actually have stated before --- although now you seem to be backtracking a little. They are still a fine option for media storage and playback.
So those of you currently using Greens with no issues keep using them like I am as there is no need to rush out and get a replacement as the sky is not falling. I am not rushing out to replace them until one of them eventually dies. And then I will choose whatever is the best bang for the buck. As I stated I don't care if its WD, Seagate, Hitachi, Green, Red,etc.