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Good for HTPC 10/08/2013
The WD Green series is a great option for storage or media playback.
I have this drive in my HTPC and have not had any issues with it streaming video to multiple sources.
It runs much cooler than my Reds and Blacks.
It's quieter than my Reds and Blacks.
If the drive has been inactive, it takes a little longer for it to spin up and serve up data then the Blacks.
It's not as fast as most other drives, but that's an intentional design.
This is an OEM drive, it does not come with a retail box, mounting hardware or instructions. All OEM drives are like this.
The two year warranty is pretty short, most of my other drives have had five year warranties. I've never had any of my WD drives fail before ten years, so I'm not concerned about this.
I have several WD Greens, Reds and Blacks. I use the Greens for storage and media playback, the Reds are being used in my NAS and surveillance system, the Blacks are my main drives.
This drive shouldn't be used as a main drive, it should be used for storage. It should not be used for virtual memory either. It is not a performance drive and shouldn't be compared to data transfer rates of other drives. I see comparisons with SSDs and can't help but wonder why anyone would make comparisons between the two, they are each meant for significantly different things.
This drive is being used in my HTPC, and I wasn't concerned with doing benchmark tests on it. Streaming video isn't a very data intensive activity.
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