Originally Posted by assassin
Complete baloney. Would love to see some data on this myth or theory.
You can disable the head parking if your in a constant use environment btw...
I'm on my iPhone in Hawaii so I'm a big limited but here is a link if you want to read more:
I believe in a supported software environment this is a non issue. But in 24/7 servers even WD recommends a non green drive per customer service. The email WD support sent me with my most recent RMA inquiry said that greens are not rated for that many number of load-unload cycles in S.M.A.R.T created in use with WHS2011+ Flexraid 24/7 use. They reccomended black or red drives as alternative and claimed they had increased reliability in such applications
I'll forward the email from WD if you'd like to review it.
I basically changed my opinion to : green drives will work but black or red will probably work either better or longer.
Unless your certain your set up and application will utilize the intellipark feature without issue the additional question might be much of the promised energy savings forfeited.
If your on par on energy consumption with a non green drive due to not utilizing intellipark head parking - and the cost is the same for green vs non green- and the non green had longer warranty and or better performance the advantage of a green drive is erased.
greens are a great choice in a HTPC or in a supported environment. For 24/7 use I tend to think WD customer supports reccomendation makes sense. I'm assuming lower reliability and of life expectancy is the result of using a green drive where you shouldn't.
Any normal non WD drive doesn't use intellipark so it's probably not an issue with any of those btw...