Originally Posted by assassin
I don't like 7200 RPM drives at all for HTPC. No point. Extra noise and heat (and potentially wear) at absolutely no benefit.
Sure you can transfer data faster but who cares? For playback a Green drive can stream 5 HD streams without breaking a sweat.
For only storage of movies I guess your right.
But as an all around drive for music and programs and files then my opinion changes.
The greens are good only at energy saving. They suck for performance and speed.
You also can't use them for RAID hardware.
Plus. The 7200rpm Seagate is $159 free shipping. Cheaper than WD green
I own 2TB green EARS and EARX and also a 3TB green too.
I am not biased but when buying storage I look first at price.
The difference in energy saved over next couple years will never add up to the price difference of the two drives. Once that is determined I would rather have the higher performance over the next few years while using it.
In a typical home PC or home Server it is unlikely to be spinning all the time or used heavy 24/7.
The difference in wattage is minimal between them. The Seagates don't exactly run "hot" either.