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Are WD Red 4tb any good?

#1Kaoshi_SanPosted 1/15/2014 6:12:02 PM
I have a 64gb ssd for my OS and a 1TB Black for my games, I just started recording gameplay and decided I should get a bigger drive for my videos.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236599

http://amzn.com/B00EHBERSE
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#2SzymaaPosted 1/15/2014 6:15:10 PM
If I recall properly, WD Red series are designed more for Server applications.

You'd probably be better off with the Black series.
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#3TheC0ndemnedOnePosted 1/15/2014 6:17:18 PM
Still not entirely convinced by drives that are that dense. Personally I'd go for reliable 2 TB or 3 TB drives. Here's a list of some:

http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/internal-hard-drive/#t=7200&f=2&s=3000000,2000000&i=25&c=64&sort=a10
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#4DV8ingSourcesPosted 1/15/2014 6:26:04 PM
Man 3TB drives are now going for 110 normally? That's friggin awesome. Time to exchange a few of my smaller drives. I have two 2TB, one 1TB and a 3TB alongside my SSD's. Once my project scratch disk fills up, I think I'll just upgrade rather than go through the trouble of tossing out files that may or may not be needed later.
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#5Treason686Posted 1/15/2014 6:28:19 PM
Szymaa posted...
If I recall properly, WD Red series are designed more for Server applications.

You'd probably be better off with the Black series.


Drives designed for servers are usually more reliable, just like any product designed for servers.
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#6DV8ingSourcesPosted 1/15/2014 6:29:50 PM
Treason686 posted...
Szymaa posted...
If I recall properly, WD Red series are designed more for Server applications.

You'd probably be better off with the Black series.


Drives designed for servers are usually more reliable, just like any product designed for servers.


Usually. They can sometimes be slower too though. I'm not sure if that's the case here. If I was in current need of a new drive I'd give it a go. Can't be slower than my old 1TB WD green drive.
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#7Orestes417Posted 1/15/2014 6:33:46 PM
A Red drive is a essentially a green drive with better firmware and a far less aggressive parking setting. The priority is heat, noise, and energy efficiency
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#8DV8ingSourcesPosted 1/15/2014 6:35:44 PM(edited)
Orestes417 posted...
A Red drive is a essentially a green drive with better firmware and a far less aggressive parking setting. The priority is heat, noise, and energy efficiency


Would still be faster than a 1TB platter I assume. That density even at say 5400rpm would allow for some great transfer speeds regardless.
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#9Kaoshi_San(Topic Creator)Posted 1/15/2014 6:35:52 PM
TheC0ndemnedOne posted...
Still not entirely convinced by drives that are that dense. Personally I'd go for reliable 2 TB or 3 TB drives. Here's a list of some:

http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/internal-hard-drive/#t=7200&f=2&s=3000000,2000000&i=25&c=64&sort=a10


Man so many, now I'm undecisive... Dx I actually wanted to try a 4TB, I'm still not convinced by them either, but I'll never know if they're reliable if I don't try one.
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#10ShubPosted 1/15/2014 6:37:44 PM(edited)
I don't think Reds are designed for servers (i.e. for the enterprise customer), just for 24/7 operation in something like a NAS, with official RAID support.
Anyway, I have two 2 TB Reds in my file server, and at work we have a box with four 3 TB Reds, they work fine. I can't speak on the 4 TB variant.
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