Green drive too slow for media PC?

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  1. Arch-Angel

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    Just wondering what people thought of the WD 1.5tb greenpower drives in a HTPC. (they're 5400rpm aren't they?)
    I want something quiet, but capable of playing back ripped HD video…

    I know a separate OS drive would be ideal, an an SSD at that, but cost is a factor :(
     
  2. bonox

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    with enough RAM, you should just be streaming off the thing - got a stream worth more than 60MB/s have you?
     
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    eh ? It'd be your network limiting you, not the drive.
     
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    i record digital TV onto my 1TB green and playback fine. My terrible software requires about 3.5GB for a 2 hour movie on free-to-air digital TV.

    no jittering with recording or problems with playback.
     
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    Sorry guys, I am a total n00b with all this...

    I don't know how fast video streams at, but got nervous when I saw comments like this:
    I was only going to run 2gb of Ram and an AMD X2 250 (2.9ghz).

    MB has HDMI out, so I'm not sure where the bottleneck would be (if at all) with video playback off the HDD.

    I have Vista now, but will eventually upgrade to Win7.
     
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    Do you find the 1tb drives noisy? I've heard the 1.5tbs are quieter... which is about the only reason I'm going with them.
     
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    knowing nothing about your quoted post, it is entirely possible that the user had a problem with not enough decoding grunt rather than a slow drive, or else he was dealing with a handful of simultaneous streams.
     
  8. s3kemo

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    Sorry, you'll have to speak up. I can't hear you over the screaming 8800GTX in my case.


    I can't tell so well how noisy they are but they're quieter than the Hitachi 500GB boot drive I run... I know that much.
     
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    Was that a newegg review? I find those are bit of a mixed bag, some of the writers seem n00bish then make strong recommendations ("don't buy") based on their limited experience. Take 'em with a grain of salt.
     
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    It'll be fine.
     
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    i got a WD 1.5TB in my noontec V9-T and its more adequate to record TV and replay recordings without sound or video issues.
     
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    i've got 2 x 1.5TB WD Green drives in my media center.

    No issues, they perform great
     
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    I've been running a single 1.5tb green drive in my htpc for over a year now on 2.2ghz core2duo and 2gb ram machine and can playback blu-ray content flawlessly.

    Unless you are running a database server it is very rare that a hard-drive is a bottleneck in most operations.
     
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    I too have never had a problem with the green drives and streaming
     
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    pffft, these will never have an issue with streaming.
    i've got a couple of these WD green drives and they sustained read at about 80mb a second. They're probably faster than most sub 1Tb drives even at 5400rpm
     
  17. bonox

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    ahh density; my sweet storage friend!
     
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    If you arn't prepared to mess around with jumpers or aligning partitons, then avoid the WD20EARS (the new WD 2TB adv format green drives). The older WD20EADS are fine though.

    If you get it wrong with the jumpers/partitions performance can drop to 4MB/sec.

    Trust me - ive got 19 of them :p
     
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    Thanks for all the advice in this thread guys!

    I ended up buying the WD 1.5tb Green drive and it's perfect for my new HTPC. :)
    Boots fast enough (about 15 sec for Windows 7) and playback Video flawlessly!

    Only problem was that I formatted it into 2 partitions (100gb and 1400gb) but accidently installed the OS on the larger partition :upset:

    Such and idiot...
     
  20. silentlightning

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    lol well if you havent done too much already reformat the drive the way you wanted it.

    also if you have space another good recommendation would be to put the OS on a completely separate drive
     

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