Receive email from itech and think this could be good price for 3TB.
Desktop Hard Drives
WD Caviar Green WD30EZRX
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s, SATA 3 Gb/s
$14 shipped to Melb.
Definitely a good deal on pickup though.
Good deal pickup, but postage for pretty much most places would rule it out.
wasnt it estates deal from a month or so ago cheaper by $4
It's about time the cost of this drive started to fall again. It's been stuck at $135 since Christmas, whilst it's continued to fall in other parts of the world. Should be at $125 on an exchange rate comparison.
Not so sure about the 3TB, but we've experienced high failure rates with 1 and 2 TB green models in my workplace (just used as desktop drives). Cheap deal for a reason I'd suspect.
Probably because they turn off and on every few minutes if its the same as the one I have.
Currently have over 15000 on/off cycles compared to others that have maybe 100.
I'd have to say using these or any "green" Hard Drive in a workplace as a primary drive probably isn't the best idea.
Basically there are different revisions of drives EARS, EADS, EARX and EZRX to name some common examples.
EARS and EADS had very low park times, such that the drive would park and then have to unpark the heads often - pushing up the LLC count and down the lifetime of the drive. WD made the WDIDLE3 to change this behaviour.
That was particularly an issue in NAS usage.
However, they changed the behaviour by default on the EZRX (and later EARX) drives, such that running that app on these drives can actually make things worse.
In short, if you get one of these drives, you are not likely to suffer the same issue, but if you have one of the old drives, you might like to get the app and fix the firmware in your drive.
goz you made me worry. according to your link, for newer drive dont disable but ok to increase. i forgot what i done before, but just checked my smart info both my WD has load cycle of 32 and 26, this is after 9 months running 24/7
so i think im good. i have the EZRX
You have to get up in the hundreds of thousands before it becomes an issue.
IIRC the EZRX have 8 seconds by default, so you can push that to 3 minutes and not have any issues whilst still saving energy. And usage patterns come into it. If you are loading up big blocks of program or data, it's not going to matter much. Worst case is sipping a bit of data, doing nothing, then sipping another bit of data, after 10sec say. That can be seen in video streaming particularly, so its worth looking at (via SMART) and seeing what you are experiencing in your use case.
damn … paid $165 9 months ago each since then sat on my NAS run 24/7 with 2x power failure, but no bad things happen. finger cross~!
Hope you aren't using these drives in a raid array, it completely kills them and isn't recommended.
im using them in raid. i have changed the sleeping time or whatever that was, with flashing the bios before hand. alot people are fine using this with raid (after flashing)
Didn't know you could do that. :)
Good to know.
wd has official page
Perfect drive for a HTPC where the quietness of the drive is much more important that R/W speeds.
Officeworks sells a 3Tb external Buffalo HDD for $139. Don't know what drive is used inside (Seagate? WD? Other?)
Remember 3TB might not work on your OS. Had a terrible experience with finding this out on WHS V1, only recognises 750MB, I believe WIN XP is the same.
This is a good warning. This problem occurs because XP doesn't support GPT. There is a way around it though by using a free driver from Paragon. Haven't tried it myself though, but there are some limitations, such as not be able to use the hard disk as the system drive.
750MB !? I'm sure you meant GB, but that's still not correct anyway.
WHS V1 supported up to 2Tb drives just fine.
No I did mean in megabytes. WHS doesn't support higher then 2TB because of how it partitions drives. For WHS the paragon driver software can get around the issue but then you cant use it with the WHS drive extender software to increase your pool.
I have 2 externals with green drives and my main gripe is that they take ages to spin up and scan/read/access if they've been inactive for more than about 20 mins.
That may be an issue with your external caddies, not so much the drives, ive got one of these drives as part of my microserver usenet box and access to it is instant, even if it hasnt been touched all day.
pretty rare that i'd have bought 2 faulty drives mate - from two different stores a year apart.
Does that on my computer, it should take no longer than 5 secs to wake up and be responsive
awesome! great for spare hd
Umart have them for $135 or the seagate barracuda 7200rpm for $139. Not quite as cheap - but cheaper if you require postage.
I will not use that hard disk even it costs $1
You should hand back your ozBargain membership card :)
$1 for 3TB… Who wouldn't buy it :)
I've used 1tb and 2tb models for years in NAS with no failures. Great low power drives.
Not to hijack this thread, I've got drives I'm trying to get rid of after I've built the pcs I need. All brand new and sealed. Can do the 3tb green (ezrx) for 115 cash picked up (Geelong or Werribee areas) or 120 posted. Sept 2012 built, warranty through wd (out of region). 2tb wd reds for 115/120, 1tb reds for 75/80, 3 x 1tb greens for 190/195 and a whole box of 2tb greens (20) for 1650 pick up only. Pm me for questions. Postage dependent on where you are though. Can do PayPal too.
Please use the Swapping and Selling forum.
+1 big time for the green drives in a nas. I've got 12 in raid 6. Sweet speeds and no issues ever (have used them in my file servers for yonks… Haven't used that word in yonks either)
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