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Windows 7: What is the difference ?

26 Dec 2010   #1
Odd Job

Windows 7 professional X 64
 
 
What is the difference ?

I am looking st new HDD's as it looks like I have 2 failing on my machine Is this HD failing ?

What is the difference between Green, Blue, Yellow etc. etc. drives. Does the colour denote anything in particular and which is the best to replace mine with (storage only as OS will be on a different drive).


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26 Dec 2010   #2
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

http://www.wdc.com/en/products/internal/desktop/

Some of the green drives spin the platters at less than 7200 RPM to reduce power use.
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26 Dec 2010   #3
Odd Job

Windows 7 professional X 64
 
 

Thanks, but it doesn't answer my question about which one to go for, and what the colours mean.
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26 Dec 2010   #4
Ivan the SoSo

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

green low energy use low performance drive shuts down to save power 3 year warr.


blue middle ground reliable cool quiet 3 year warr.


black high performance larger cache 32 mb /stable track 5 year warr.
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26 Dec 2010   #5
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Black is beautiful...especially with a 64mb cache.
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26 Dec 2010   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Rule of thumb:

Use black for operating system.

Use green for backup storage where speed is not a major factor.

Green drives use less power and might save you $3 or so per year if operated 12 hours a day.

Blues are a great compromise is you want to stick with one color. A current blue is likely faster than most drives of say 3 years ago.

You aren't likely to notice the difference for most operations outside of booting and opening applications.
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27 Dec 2010   #7
Odd Job

Windows 7 professional X 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/internal/desktop/

Some of the green drives spin the platters at less than 7200 RPM to reduce power use.
Sorry Bob, I missed that link first time I read the post, you did answer my question.

Thaks to everyone else who answered too.
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