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Are Western Digital Green Drives OK for WHS? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Got a new HP EX487 with 1.5 terrabytes, and do a lot of video editing. I am also starting to rip my favorite DVDs to the server. So I am running out of storage fast.

    I have heard mixed reviews about the Western Digital 1tb and 2tb green drives. Some say they are too slow for server use. Others say they are fast enough, and the low power and heat issues are good for the EX487.

    Anyone have experience with either the 1tb or 2tb drives, and performance?

    Thanks.
    Thursday, March 12, 2009 11:27 PM

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  • I've been using the new 1tb Western Digital GP drive (WD10EADS) for a number of months.  My system is composed of one 320gb 2.5" 7200rpm WD drive & 4 1tb WD GP drives.

    I don't know about the 2tb drives, but the 1tb ones are plenty fast enough.  Here are the HD Tune stats for the four I'm using:

    HD Tune: WDC WD10EADS-00L5B1 Benchmark

    Transfer Rate Minimum : 44.6 MB/sec
    Transfer Rate Maximum : 98.2 MB/sec
    Transfer Rate Average : 78.0 MB/sec
    Access Time           : 14.0 ms
    Burst Rate            : 148.8 MB/sec
    CPU Usage             : 1.8%

    HD Tune: WDC WD10EADS-00L5B1 Benchmark

    Transfer Rate Minimum : 45.1 MB/sec
    Transfer Rate Maximum : 96.0 MB/sec
    Transfer Rate Average : 74.8 MB/sec
    Access Time           : 14.3 ms
    Burst Rate            : 148.8 MB/sec
    CPU Usage             : 2.3%

    HD Tune: WDC WD10EADS-00L5B1 Benchmark

    Transfer Rate Minimum : 41.2 MB/sec
    Transfer Rate Maximum : 94.3 MB/sec
    Transfer Rate Average : 71.9 MB/sec
    Access Time           : 14.3 ms
    Burst Rate            : 148.6 MB/sec
    CPU Usage             : 2.0%

    HD Tune: WDC WD10EADS-00L5B1 Benchmark

    Transfer Rate Minimum : 39.3 MB/sec
    Transfer Rate Maximum : 93.8 MB/sec
    Transfer Rate Average : 71.8 MB/sec
    Access Time           : 14.2 ms
    Burst Rate            : 148.6 MB/sec
    CPU Usage             : 2.2%

    Friday, March 13, 2009 12:14 AM
  • I use 2 of the 1 TB disks since approximately 6 month in my Scaleo, and they are doing fine.
    Especially the low heat makes them very nice in a server which runs many hours per day.

    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf
    Friday, March 13, 2009 3:18 AM
    Moderator
  • I just Newegged two of the WD7500AACS 750 GB Greenies.  I haven't built my server yet (I'm waiting for my wife to leave town for a few days) but when I do - these are going inside as the backup shares.  I'm going to use a 200 GB I have already for a  system drive.  I hope they hold up under constant usage.
    Friday, March 13, 2009 5:58 PM