dealswestern digital wd15ears caviar green 1.5tb sata…

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The EARS series HDDs had loads of problems and poor reviews. I think that most of that though is the XP users and inexperienced builders

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These hard drives are awful. The green series from Western Digital has a much higher failure rate than other hard drives. It is also slower than the standard hard drives due to its "eco-friendly" lower power consumption.

You would be much better off to spend 20 or 30 extra dollars and get a Western Digital Black drive. They are faster and more reliable.

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I have one and so far (fingers crossed) after 3 months still spinning away.

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People LOVE to talk smack about these green drives, but it's all BS. If you're going to dis them, provide some links. If your OS sucks or you don't know how to deal with a large capacity drive that doesn't make it junk. If you didn't do your homework and know the green drives are 5400RPM that's your fault, doesn't make the drive junk. Big capacity drives are a bit slower - period. These things are whisper quiet - for general use they're great.

Here's another deal where I posted results of tests on my system. It hauls ass.
http://tinyurl.com/ykmdjn9

8 drives, well over a year in service, zero failures.

AND - for the well informed - the Black drives are only about $5 more. As are the Blue.

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Where on earth do you see a 1.5TB Black Caviar for $90? The 1TB flavor is $90(I don't even think the Black is in 1.5, only 1 and 2). And I have had an absolute great experience with my Caviar Black though. I have been using my Caviar Black for heavy file transfers over the past year and it has performed excellently. Unfortunately I am in need of more space, but I am very timid with grabbing an Eco/GreenDrive. Glad to see you have had success Pufferfishy, because I think this deal might be the one I take.

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TYPICAL prices on New Egg for Black/Blue -vs- Green are within $10 - this is obviously a "special" given the $15 rebate

AND - IIRC the Greens always have 2X the cache (64 -vs- 32) - but it's been some time since I looked...

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> AND - IIRC the Greens always have 2X the cache (64 -vs- 32)
> - but it's been some time since I looked...

Actually, the EADS drives are 32meg+512b clusters, EARS is 64m + 4k clusters..

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@pufferfishy:
Here's a discussion on Tom's Hardware about problems with the RPM speed and using the drives in a raid setup.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/251076-32-raid-issues-western-digital-hard-disk

Check out the most recent reviews on Newegg.
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136351

The Green hard drives come with a 3 year warranty, the Black hard drives come with a 5 year warranty. To me that is an indication that the company has less faith in one product than another.

It seems like someone posts one of these hard drives for sale every day, so I don't feel like repeating the sources every time. I've personally replaced several of these drives for other people that have bought them.

So if the Black drives are actually just $5 more like you said, why wouldn't someone buy the longer warranty, higher speed drive?

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@tjbarnett: Because they aren't comparable capacities.
$85 - 1.5TB Green Drive
$90 - 1.0TB Black Drive