recommend hard drive brands/models?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by dcslacker, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. dcslacker macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2004
    Even though HDD prices are not as cheap as they used to be, I will probably have to suck it up and buy one to archive video projects. I know it'll be better to buy two and have two copies of the same drive but the prices now won't make that realistic right now.

    I currently use 1TB WD Caviar Blacks in my Mac Pro to work on my projects. For archiving, would it be better to use the same Caviar Black drive or the Caviar Greens? The 2TB Cav Blacks are $215 while the 2TB Cav Greens are $140 on Amazon right now. There's 1TB models too but I'm going for 2TB for archiving.

    What would you use?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    If the HDD crashes, or something corrupts on it, will you just shrug about losing everything and move on or will you kick yourself for being cheap?

    The greens should be fine but if you are willing to spend $215 for a single Black drive why aren't you willing to spend $280 for two Greens?

  3. jetjaguar macrumors 68030


    Apr 6, 2009
    for archiving I would totally get greens .. quieter and use less power .. but if speed is an issue then get the black .. but you can almost get double the space for the price of a single black
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    All platter-based hard drives are the same. Pick one based on the capacity and your budget, not overblown concerns about brands or models.
  5. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    I use Seagate Barracuda XT 7,200RPM as my expansion drives, one 2TB and one 3TB both work great! No problems yet
  6. duncanapple macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
    When I was researching my HD swap for my old macbook pro a year ago, most everyone pointed towards Western Digital blacks or greens. I put a black in the laptop and a green in my back up enclosure. I am not sure i agree with "all HDs are created equal." I do think some brands are better than others and when the price difference between the "best" and the "worst" is as negligible as it is, why not go with the one that seems to have the most favorable reviews? At the end of the day, all HDs will eventually fail either way though.

    I agree with your approach - WD black/speed on your working disk and WD green/low power consumption/low heat (and still not "slow") for your backup.
  7. dcslacker thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2004
    Thanks for the input, everyone. LethalWolfe, your logic convinces me that two Greens are better than one Black hard drive for a little more money and lot more peace of mind. it seems quite the no-brainer.

    I've always used WD drives and feel most comfortable using them. It'd be odd for me to switch to a different brand for archiving. And brands do matter to me :apple:
  8. motorazr macrumors 6502


    Oct 24, 2006
    The Frozen Waste...wait. Duluth, Minnesota.
    Personal experience .... just don't buy seagate.

    I've always been a seagate fan up until about 3 years ago. I had a 1.5TB hard drive that I purchased from them, and it was always spotty about working or not working (right after I moved everything to it, of course) .. and it seemed as if it was overheating. I went through several different enclosures thinking that they must be the issue, but alas, no. I wrote to seagate and I was told that because I didn't install the hard drive into a desktop, I wasn't using it properly and had no warranty complaint. I guess I'm crazy to think that a hard drive should work mounted in a desktop OR mounted properly into an enclosure.

    I'll skip details on the rest, but I've had a 1tb portable drive fail within a few months of use and again, seagate is giving me trouble to replace, and finally I bought a desktop 3TB seagate drive for backups, and it's spotty. 99% of the time it works fine, but occasionally it starts to act like my little 1tb did right before it died.

    I'll attest to WD though... I've got a WD Green drive (3.5") that hasn't failed but it was spotty, and they're replacing it, basically no questions asked. My older 320gb 2.5" (WD Black) and 500gb 2.5" (WD Black) also run great years into use.

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