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> On Wed, 09 May 2012 03:47:09 -0500
> Dale <rdalek1967@...> wrote:
>> As some know, I'm planning to buy me a LARGE hard drive to put all my
>> videos on, eventually. The prices are coming down now. I keep seeing
>> these "green" drives that are made by just about every company
>> nowadays. When comparing them to a non "green" drive, do they hold up
>> as good? Are they as dependable as a plain drive? I guess they are
>> more efficient and I get that but do they break quicker, more often
>> or no difference?
>> I have noticed that they tend to spin slower and are cheaper. That
>> much I have figured out. Other than that, I can't see any other
>> difference. Data speeds seem to be about the same.
>> Please, no brand wars. I may get a WD, Maxtor, Samsung or some other
>> brand. I haven't picked that part yet. So far, I have had good luck
>> with drives. I think I have one doorstop so far. I have at least one
>> of each of the brands above too. Don't jinx me. I'm sure someone
>> has a horror story about some brand.
> Green drives are basically just low power drives. It's a branding
> gimmick. Like you noticed already, they tend to spin slower (uses less
> I stuck 4 of them in my media server for 12TB of cheap storage. And
> they are silent. I can barely hear them running even when I'm sitting
> next to the server and the kids are running the telly full tilt :-)
> I haven't heard any mention from anyone at all that they are less
> reliable in any way. I'd expect them to be more reliable than
> super-fast drives because they are lower power, but drive models have
> so many things affecting reliability it's hard to tell.
> One thing we have noticed is that Samsung's recent model are not very
> "green", they spin up slowly, use lots of power and make a racket when
> spinning. But they do work.
I was thinking the same thing about the speed and them lasting longer
because of the slower speed. I mean, it's less wear and less heat. I'd
just hate to buy one and it be a piece of junk or something else I
wasn't expecting to be wrong. I wish I could afford server grade.
I'm going to give this a shot. It's not like the OS is on it and I will
be putting a lot of wear on it or be making those heads sing. It's just
going to store videos, music and other stuff. I plan to set it up with
LVM and put /home on it. Then I'm going to get rid of this legacy /data
directory I have been carrying around for the past 7 or 8 years. Just
put it all in /home where it should have been to begin with.
I also forgot to mention, this rig runs 24/7 for the most part. It's
usually only off when the power has failed and my UPS is a bit low.
I'll be glad when they get our new wires ran for power. They been
working on it for at least a month. It's ONLY 12 miles or so. ;-)
They are replacing poles, wires, hardware and everything. I been here
for 40 years, I have never seen them replace all this. Bad thing is,
the lights go out when they do a major switch over. I bet the lines
won't be breaking so much when this is done, at least not until some nut
wrecks and hits the stinking pole. :/
Thanks for the info. At least I know it won't be junk. lol
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