Originally Posted by assassin
I never said anything about Seagate.
Maybe you should question the shipping and handling from where you purchased your Green drives and even the lot of the failed drives that you have assuming they are the same (instead of bashing all of them of course). Maybe even reconsider how you have handled and used your drives (I have seen your posts on another forum where you seem to boast about how "rough" you are on your Green drives).
I bought a WD external from Costco with a 3TB green inside. Cracked it open like countless others.
I bought a 3TB green from Newegg. It came packaged the same as the 25 other HDD's I've gotten from them.
I also bought a few 2TB greens. Both EARS and EARX models.
I have RMA at least one of the EARS and EARX 2TB WD greens, and also at least one of the 3TB EARX WD Greens. I recieved all three back RMA from WD directly. Packaged from them. Now, I am having issue with two of the RMA replaced models.
I'm batting close to 100% on WD issues with greens.
Keep in mind I have 6 total WD green drives purchased over 2 year span from various locations. All locations are popular legitimate locations most users here purchase from.
I think the high amount of copy paste and how I use my drives might be a factor. I noticed that when the green drives fill up on my server they always slow down to under 30MB second speeds reading. That also sucks.
I have 4 in my server now. All full. All slow. All read under 50MB/sec
In contrast I have 4 Seagates all full too. They read at 100MB/sec+
I'm not a fan of WD greens.
I used to be. I've change my mind from poor user experience. I was once recently a die hard WD guy.
I know 50MB/sec is perfectly fast to stream even two HD movies at once- but it's still unacceptable to me.
You will never convince me there is not a performance penalty with a WD green that is increased significantly when the drive is near full. In FlexRaid- it usually fills up one drive before it starts storing on the next. I know I can set a reserve space but setting a reserve greater than 50GB seems like a major waste of space to me. If you take a Green Drive past 100GB or less free space they get slow...
That's just another negative I have experienced.
I really hate to bash on them so much. I think they are fine for ordinary use. But they obviously have a few drawbacks.
If they are not cheaper they are a poor choice because they don't save a considerable amount of energy and the reliability appears to me to be more suspect. (opinion). There is a very real performance penalty. And- the head parking feature that was designed to save additional energy appears to lower the life span of the drive as compared to a model without head parking. I'm not sure the decreased reliability is worth the very small energy savings that feature provides.
I'd rather a RED with a longer warranty and no Head parking (better performance too) or a Seagate without head parking (also great energy performance and speed).
Green only makes sense when it's WAY CHEAPER than anything else. It's not that it is a poor choice. It's just not a very good choice most of the time.