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Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EACS 1 TB

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      28.07.2011 17:35
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      great HDD

      I got this drive as a secondary HDD for my PC a while ago when i started doing more video editing an playing more games, as i needed the extra space. It has ben incredably reliable and stable since intallation. The 1tb size is more than adiquate for my needs, i have done 3 large video projects storing around 12hrs of high quality footage, around 20 high end games installed, this plus my 200+ album music library, has barely filled quarter of this beast.
      WD are a great quality company i have been using their products for years and have never had a problem with them. They offer a 3 year warranty as standard on all their products and have a great range to suit any need.
      Its not the fastest HDD you will find as it is connected via a standard SATA II cable so is limited to the 3gbs transfer speeds (SATA III - runs at 6gbs) and it's write speed is 7200rpm (WD do drive called the raptor which runs at 10,000 rpm). On the plus side though it very cheap (as opposed to a SSD which runs stupidly fast but costs 10x more for a quarter of the storage space) and it's also amazingly quiet even when doing heavy rendering tasks where it is having to read and write to and from itself simultaneously. On top of this as it's the green edition it uses less power than other drives of the same spec.
      All in all if you want a reliable HDD loads of storage space and are not too bothered by having to wait a minute for your PC to boot up (SSD's claim to boot in under 10s) this drive will do you fine. Or if your after speed for your OS and main software get a small SSD and use this for your main storage space. Either way you can't go wrong.

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        15.06.2011 11:38

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        Decent drive for the price

        I bought this hard drive to use as a backup drive for all my photos, videos and other important files. They are cheaper than the speedier Caviar Blue and Caviar Black drives. I did not need the speed for the backups, and these use a little less energy, although energy consumption didn't concern me. The drive takes a few seconds to get going once you click on it but when it does get going, it isn't too bad. It is relatively quiet, although you can hear it churning away, you get used to it and it becomes part of the background noise.

        The Drive i bought did not come with fancy packaging or a user manual or even the cables that you need to connect it to the PC. I bought it as an OEM drive which means you sacrifice the above but do get the drive a lot cheaper. I paid about £40 at the time for this. I bought it alongside the Black version, which was about £75, I get about 40MB/s from the green and about 65MB/s from the Black.

        Overall, it is a good drive, Western Digital drives have not yet failed on me, they either make very reliable drives or i have been very lucky. If you do not need the speed, save some money and go for this drive.

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        13.03.2010 14:27

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        Won't let you down, go for it!

        Most hard drives nowadays are reliable, quiet and spacious - this Western Digital 1 terabyte drive is exactly that. It's amazing how much progress has been made in so few years in regards to hard drive space. Not long ago a 80 gigabyte drive was more space than you could ever imagine filling! Now a terabyte drive is commonplace, filled with gigabytes of music, DVDs, HD films and software.

        This drive is essentially silent, a hell of a lot quieter than my ancient Maxtor One Touch 4 external drive. Internal drives are the far superior option over external unless portability is absolutely necessary. They're cheaper, quieter, don't have to warm up like my external drive does (accompanied by a whirring akin to a helicopter in a storm) and are very easy to fit. This is a main concern for less accomplished PC users, some people are terrified of opening their computers even though its is fairly risk free if you are careful and read up enough beforehand.

        Make sure you have a SATA cable and power connector if the drive isn't shipped with it. Something like this from Amazon is perfect and good value.

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        Enjoy this great little (yet big) drive!

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