WD Green HDD or something else?
I'm looking for a storage drive, 1GB or 2GB. I'm considering three, WD Green, Samsung F2 or F3 or Seagate. I like Hitachi's 1TB but the 2TB versions have the extra platter and power consumption is therefore higher.
I've read that WD Green drives have a parking head issue. There's a utility that can sometimes do something about it, though. There was talk that it's more prevalent or concerning when using a Unix system?
I thought where can I post about this.... I've been to a few forums including Storage Review and SilentPC review but I thought what better place to ask but a Linux forum. I am hoping some WD Green drive owners will read this thread and comment. I thought these drives are pretty popular and highly available. They seem to be available everywhere so there must be some Linux users who own them.
What do you think?
Other than WD, I guess I am leaning towards Samsung if I am too hesitant regarding the WD. The WD Green and Samsung are around the same price but the Samsung is not as available. I heard it's easier to RMA a WD but I don't really consider that a problem. I'm more concerned about the drive performance (temps/power consumption/noise/any clicking etc). I also read that the Samsung might have some issues with vibration. So, as both drives may potentially have issues, which one should I go with?
I am not sure yet whether I'll divide the drive up (NTFS and ext3) or just choose one format. NTFS can be read by Linux so it's an option.
Anyway, I hope there's some WD Green owners here and if there's any Samsung 1TB or 2TB owners, too, that's a bonus! :)
If you don't have either drive but have some insight to these ideas and issues, please reply!
Or if you have an opinion, I'd be interested in knowing about it! I cannot decide yet! :)