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Windows 7: Green Harddrives


12 May 2010   #11

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Very handy comparisons including temps at the site below.

Benchmark Results: Temperature And Sound Level : 1.5 TB Low-Power HDDs: Green Gets Big

These beauties deem to run pretty cool, all of them.



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12 May 2010   #12

 

I've heard that these "green drive" have some kind of hibernation program when they are not used, can someone confirm if thats true? Kinda being the reason i haven't even considered a green drive lol
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12 May 2010   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I believe some drives spin at 7,200 when used, but slow down to 5,400 when not in use.
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12 May 2010   #14

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yes, the green drives spin down sooner when not in use, to save power. Unfortunately, that also puts additional wear and tear on the drive.
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12 May 2010   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Yes, the green drives spin down sooner when not in use, to save power. Unfortunately, that also puts additional wear and tear on the drive.
Of course, so does using the drive, formatting the drive, defragmenting the drive, etc.
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12 May 2010   #16

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Yes, the green drives spin down sooner when not in use, to save power. Unfortunately, that also puts additional wear and tear on the drive.
Of course, so does using the drive, formatting the drive, defragmenting the drive, etc.
Yes, I agree, but what is your point?
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12 May 2010   #17

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

After pondering the points in this article, I think that I'm going to go black, instead of green:

http://hothardware.com/Articles/WDs-...Pay-Attention/

Looking at the temps in Bill2's screenshot, it doesn't appear that they are running any cooler than my current drives. Of course, I have no way of knowing the environment, or the method of the tests.
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12 May 2010   #18

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Yes, the green drives spin down sooner when not in use, to save power. Unfortunately, that also puts additional wear and tear on the drive.
Of course, so does using the drive, formatting the drive, defragmenting the drive, etc.
While that might be the case, Green drives would, die faster, because they slow down in speed when they are not in use. That makes sence to me
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12 May 2010   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
Yes, I agree, but what is your point?
My point is that I don't think worrying about this excess wear and tear is really worth it. My reservation about getting a "green" drive, would strictly be based on reduced performance.
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