- 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
- SATA 3.0Gb/s
- 3 years limited
Battle of the "Eco" drives 05/11/2009
This is a review for those who are looking to buy inexpensive, low heat, low noise "Eco" drives to use for mass storage. Many of us who have terrabytes of digital media are looking for purely mass depot drives, and not something to dump an OS on. I've run both the Samsung Ecogreen and now the WD Greenpower drives as storage/streaming drives. At 5400 RPM, these drives easily can handle a 1080p/Bluray stream to at least 2 devices.
So, compared to the Samsung Ecogreen 1TB, the WD Greenpower 1TB:
-Definitely runs a few degrees celsius hotter. In my 4 bay raid array, when not in spindown, the WD sits at about 38-39C versus 32-34 for the Samsungs. At idle, with platters spun down, the WD is just 1-2C hotter, a tie for all purposes.
- The WD is as close to silent as you can get. The Samsung Ecogreen have a distinct whirl for spin up and spin down of the drives, and an audible click when first starting up. The WD Greenpower is basically silent, whether it be spin-up, spin-down, or acc
I experienced a disk failure in the first day of using my greenpower drives. So my success ratio is:
Samsung Ecogreen 5/5. All drives have run flawlessly
WD Greenpower 4/5. One drive failed in the first day.
It's possibly this was a fluke, but I've got to know down an egg for this.
You can't go wrong with either drive. If low heat is more important to you, go for the Samsung. If low noise is important, go for the WD.
Performance is pretty much as wash between these drives.
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