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Windows 7: Green Harddrives


12 May 2010   #1

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

It is said that these drives use less electricity, so I assume that they must also run cooler...yes? If so, how much. Normally, I don't care about saving power, but if I get one of these, it will go into an external enclosure, which tends to run a little hotter.

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12 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yes, the green drives typically run cooler. I believe I have a green drive that runs about 10C cooler.
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12 May 2010   #3

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

10C would be good, that would more than offset the hotter environment. Do you think that temp difference would be typical? What I'm thinking about is a 2TB WDC drive that is on sale.
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12 May 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

You looking at that drive on TigerDirect?

I'd say that drive would work well in an enclosure.
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12 May 2010   #5

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

Exactly.

EDIT: Somewhere in the back of my mind, it seems that there is a problem with running that large of a drive with Windows 7...true?
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12 May 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Going with the cooler drive in an enclosure is not a bad idea. Not to mention, you won't ever get the performance benefits of the non-green drive with an external enclosure...even with USB3.
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12 May 2010   #7

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

I'm not sure what you mean by "performance benefits", please explain. The enclosure that I have is eSATA, if that makes any difference.
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12 May 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I'm not sure what you mean by "performance benefits", please explain. The enclosure that I have is eSATA, if that makes any difference.
"green" drives usually spin at 5,400 RPM and thus cannot transfer data quite as quickly as a 7,200RPM model. That's all I was getting at. I wouldn't usually suggest using it as an OS drive...but for an external enclosure it's just fine.
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12 May 2010   #9

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Exactly.

EDIT: Somewhere in the back of my mind, it seems that there is a problem with running that large of a drive with Windows 7...true?
I believe that that was XP... with older storage drivers.

Vista and 7 have NO problem with that and possibly soon to be much larger drives...
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12 May 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The only issue that I have seen with the 1TB+ hard drives is that they seem to have quite a high failure rate for some reason. In reading on sites like NewEgg and such, it just seems that the 1.5 and 2TB drives just seem to die more. Of course, i personally don't have any real world experience with them failing. 1TB drives have been sufficient for my needs, so I have just stuck with them.
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