Which Internall HDD is better Seagate or WD

SnackGuy

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 27, 2009
14
0
I recently bought two internal HDD, One of them is better

-Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 5900RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive ST1500DL003- Bare Drive

Western Digital Caviar Green 1 TB SATA III Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive Desktop Hard Drive - WD10EARX

All I care about is which one is the quietest, and also which one last longer the size doesn't matter better because both are enough to backup my MPB. Need some help for people that about the specs of these HDD
 
Last edited:

jterp7

macrumors 6502a
Oct 26, 2011
899
33
I recently bought two internal HDD, One of them is better

-Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 5900RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive ST1500DL003- Bare Drive

Western Digital Caviar Green 1 TB SATA III Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive Desktop Hard Drive - WD10EARX

All I care about is which one is the quietest, and also which one last longer the size doesn't matter better because both are enough to backup my MPB. Need some help for people that about the specs of these HDD
I can't confirm if my external had the 1tb/platter 3tb drive, but my seagate external made all kinds of clicking and chirping noises and will never go back to seagate (for 3.5").

For quietest, check SPCR, but I believe the caviar green and barracuda are close.
 

Lennyvalentin

macrumors 65816
Apr 25, 2011
1,437
739
I can't confirm if my external had the 1tb/platter 3tb drive, but my seagate external made all kinds of clicking and chirping noises and will never go back to seagate (for 3.5").
You're being irrational. Any harddrive can start clicking and chirping, and since WD is the only other manufacturer of desktop drives still in operation (Toshiba only makes 2.5" drives, and Hitachi is in the process of being bought up by someone else), what will you do if you buy a WD drive that also fails if you keep living by that policy of yours?

You'll be up doo-doo creek without a paddle, that's what. ;)

Seagate's drives are just as good as anything else out there right now. There's no problem buying their stuff.
 

jterp7

macrumors 6502a
Oct 26, 2011
899
33
You're being irrational. Any harddrive can start clicking and chirping, and since WD is the only other manufacturer of desktop drives still in operation (Toshiba only makes 2.5" drives, and Hitachi is in the process of being bought up by someone else), what will you do if you buy a WD drive that also fails if you keep living by that policy of yours?

You'll be up doo-doo creek without a paddle, that's what. ;)

Seagate's drives are just as good as anything else out there right now. There's no problem buying their stuff.
its more about a consistency in noise. My WD blacks are loud without AAM, but the sound from them is consistent. It may be just related to sleep/wake, but I personally couldn't deal with the chirping, maybe you can. If the caviar greens are this way then I'd feel the same way about those. For now though, I'll stick with 2.5" externals as those are much quieter and consistent in operation either way.
 

takeshi74

macrumors 601
Feb 9, 2011
4,970
68
All I care about is which one is the quietest
So Google the specs:

http://wdc.com/global/products/specs/?driveID=939&language=1
Acoustics
Idle Mode 23 dBA (average)
Seek Mode 0 27 dBA (average)
Seek Mode 3 24 dBA (average)
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?name=st1500dl003-bcuda-green-sata-6gb-1.5tb-hd&vgnextoid=2035439d45c0b210VgnVCM1000001a48090aRCRD#TabContentSpecifications
ACOUSTICS
Acoustics (Idle Volume) 2.1 bels
Acoustics (Seek Volume) 2.4 bels
and also which one last longer
Good luck with that. You can look at MTBF but that really doesn't mean much. Neither does the anecdotal evidence that everyone seems to throw around.
 

SnackGuy

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 27, 2009
14
0
Thanks

Thanks everybody, going to keep both the WD as my primary and Seagate as a backup
 

SnackGuy

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 27, 2009
14
0
Neither is better. In fact, no platter-based hard drive is better than any other in terms of reliability. Buy the one that has the best warranty that fits your budget and size requirements.
Rather than send one back, if they seem roughly equal, you might...
- Install the one you prefer internally, then,
- Get one of these:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=usb+sata+dock&x=0&y=0
- And keep the second drive and use it in the dock as a "backup clone".

Get a USB3-capable dock instead of USB2. By the end of this year all new Macs should be USB3-capable....
I can't confirm if my external had the 1tb/platter 3tb drive, but my seagate external made all kinds of clicking and chirping noises and will never go back to seagate (for 3.5").

For quietest, check SPCR, but I believe the caviar green and barracuda are close.
You're being irrational. Any harddrive can start clicking and chirping, and since WD is the only other manufacturer of desktop drives still in operation (Toshiba only makes 2.5" drives, and Hitachi is in the process of being bought up by someone else), what will you do if you buy a WD drive that also fails if you keep living by that policy of yours?

You'll be up doo-doo creek without a paddle, that's what. ;)

Seagate's drives are just as good as anything else out there right now. There's no problem buying their stuff.
its more about a consistency in noise. My WD blacks are loud without AAM, but the sound from them is consistent. It may be just related to sleep/wake, but I personally couldn't deal with the chirping, maybe you can. If the caviar greens are this way then I'd feel the same way about those. For now though, I'll stick with 2.5" externals as those are much quieter and consistent in operation either way.
So Google the specs:

http://wdc.com/global/products/specs/?driveID=939&language=1


http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?name=st1500dl003-bcuda-green-sata-6gb-1.5tb-hd&vgnextoid=2035439d45c0b210VgnVCM1000001a48090aRCRD#TabContentSpecifications



Good luck with that. You can look at MTBF but that really doesn't mean much. Neither does the anecdotal evidence that everyone seems to throw around.
I took in consideration of all your comments. Thanks for replying to my post
I like Seagate drives better. I've just always used them with little issue.
Thanks guys for responding to my post, thanks again I'll take your comments in consideration.