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Western Digital Caviar....Black or Green for Egreat 34A

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I'm looking to pick up an internal HDD (to connect externally) to my Egreat 34A.

I'm having a hard time picking between these two HDDs, I'd love to hear everyone's opinion.

1st: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB WD1001FALS

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digita...7751809&sr=1-1

The Black is suppose to preform better than the Green. But, I'm concerned it will run too hot without a fan.

2nd: Western Digital Caviar Green 1 TB WD10EADS

Link: http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digita...7753522&sr=1-1

The Green is suppose to run cool and quite. But, it isn't as fast as the Black.

I'd like to go with the Black for the claim of better performance. However, I'm scared it will burn up without a fan. Does anyone have any experience with either of these attached to an Egreat 34A (or any NMT)?
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I own both for use in a NAS media server (not player).

The black is the best all-round performing 7200RPM 1TB drive currently available. I read a test report that it is almost as fast as the WD Raptor 15000RPM drives. I use it for the system drive. I'm not 100% sure what the report said about heat, but I seem to recall that it ran reasonably cool. It has more noise and it is more expensive than the green. However, it has a 5 year warranty. Heat and noise aren't an issue for a server.

The green is cheaper, quieter, cooler and uses less power. It's not as fast as the black, but it holds its own with most other 1TB drives. I use the green as my backup drive. As I add drives to the server, I will use the green drives to store media.

Streamers don't need speed and you are limited by the USB interface anyway. Low noise, power, and heat are good to have. Go with the green. 8MB cache will be good enough.
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