Originally Posted by Nevcairiel
You'll find anecdotal evidence to support any kind of brand on the internet, and sometimes some crazy people make it their mission to ensure everyone considers their own personal experience to be absolute truth.
I have a whole server full of green drives, and over all the years the only problem i had was one drive which was DOA (got a replacement from the vendor immediately).
The performance is fine, considering they are not high-performance drives, and not meant to be. They can do consistent 90MB/s in my setup, plenty speed for some media storage.
Maybe today i would buy other drives, the market changes over time, prices adjust, new models appear, but i would certainly not replace all my green drives just because some troll on some forums claims they suck - but i'm also not tied to any brand for future upgrades.
For everyone praising on Seagate, remember that horrible firmware issue in 7200.11 which frequently completely bricked the drive?
I'm just saying that no company is any better, and everyone has a history of some problems.
The beauty of FlexRAID is that one drive cannot bottle-neck your pool (unless you go realtime raid and have that slow drive as parity) - otherwise it may be slower when you read files which are on that disc, but it will NOT slow down any other discs, which would be considered "bottlenecking".
I agree 100%. ^
I don't care if people buy green drives or not. I have no extensive personal hate or motivation. I own 6 now still and I'm generally happy with them. I wouldn't buy more today though.
I just took more offense to the creation of this thread and original intent to show the green being the same or as good as the Seagate. It's clearly not. It's not as affordable. It's not as fast. And it is not as reliable. It also is not recommended for use in a server by mfg.
My only real motivation was to open some eyes around here that this is not 2010 anymore. It's time for the reality of green drives to set in. They are simply basic low power HDDs that are appropriate for basic storage. Nothing more. They are suspect in reliability at times and in certain applications possibly; Often not a good value anymore.
For you or I or Assassin or Stardog who boult servers back in the day before we really knew the truth about these drives doesn't mean we need to upgrade or anything is wrong. I have a 3TB green for my parity drive right now
But flip side is there is no point in excessively defending or promoting green beyond a reasonable reality either.
I think you do a good job of being impartial.
And your right all mfgs can have good or bad models. It's going to change as new models come out or disappear. It's all relative.