Upgrading from a WD Caviar Green to Black...

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#1 Posted by C_Rule (9741 posts) -

The newer Greens aren't too bad. You'd be much better off getting a small SSD for OS and programs.

#2 Posted by kipsta77 (1016 posts) -

There IS a difference on paper but not noticable. I have 2TB WD Green, quiet and fast! :)

Edit: Forgot to mention i use an ssd for boot drive.

#3 Posted by shufu7-11 (943 posts) -

I'm wondering if I'll notice any increase in performance from upgrading my green drive to a black? The greens are nice and quiet but really slowa, and I'm starting to regret using one in my build instead of a black. I'd rather not bother upgrading unless the difference will be noticeable.

#4 Posted by MonsieurX (30465 posts) -
Not quite.
#5 Posted by shufu7-11 (943 posts) -

Not quite.MonsieurX

Didn't think it'd be, just thought I should check before taking the plunge. Thanks for the input.

#6 Posted by MonsieurX (30465 posts) -
It'd be a worthy upgrade instead to get a SSD and get the green as storage
#7 Posted by Cyberdot (3538 posts) -

You will find me handy because I'm a Black WD owner. :)

I ran a speed test on my 4TB WD Black, and here's the results...

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Run yours and see how that compares.

#8 Posted by hartsickdiscipl (14787 posts) -

I had a 500gb WD Green in a build I did a couple of years ago.  It was a hell of a lot slower than the WD Black 1TB that I have now.  My WD Black is about 2 years old.  I don't know if the newer Greens are a lot faster or not.  I tend to agree with the other posters who recommend getting an SSD for your OS and frequently used apps.  Keep the Green for your storage drive.  

#9 Posted by C_Rule (9741 posts) -

Here are numbers from some Greens. They've both got a bit of data on them, so the numbers don't look quite as impressive as they once did.

1TB Green:
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Two 2TB Greens in RAID0:
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#10 Posted by kraken2109 (13075 posts) -

Why would you 'upgrade' with hard drives?

Just add MOAR

#11 Posted by adamosmaki (9656 posts) -
You might notice some games that suffer from microstuttering like Fallout that you will limit that effect by getting a 7200rpm disk instead of that 5400rpm one. Just add a good 500-750Gb 7200rpm disk ( which should be dirt cheap ) and leave the green for storage . Heck i would even say go with SSD but then again you need at least a 240gb or more if you are a gamer and those thinks cost still alot
#12 Posted by kungfool69 (2580 posts) -

green isn't so much slower, its just designed to fall asleep when inactive, then wake up when needed. Its that wake up time that causes the slowness (kinda like if u had to to turn ur car engine baack on after the lights changed green at the traffic lights).

 

i have one black 7200rpm for OS and appplications (1tb, partitioned into 70-30%, smaller partition for OS), then a random collection of drives for backup and Adobe scratch disks. Some of hte extra drives are green models and u DEFININTELY hear the spin up and feel the lag when opening.

#13 Posted by lhughey (4243 posts) -
Get a 128g SSD instead. Keep your media on the green drive, but programs, games and apps on the SSD. Don't ever buy a spinning drive for your OS again. :)
#14 Posted by Plagueless (2569 posts) -
just buy an ssd and install your windows and any programs that you use heavily. (not games) That will give you a massive boost in performance in boot time and loading of the programs, while still keeping your green drive in good use. If you install your most used programs on your SSD, like Steam, Skype, Chrome, Itunes, etc, and any programs that you like to boot on startup, your PC will seem much faster and more responsive.
#15 Posted by kraken2109 (13075 posts) -
Get a 128g SSD instead. Keep your media on the green drive, but programs, games and apps on the SSD. Don't ever buy a spinning drive for your OS again. :)lhughey
128GB is too small.
#16 Posted by General_X (9032 posts) -
[QUOTE="lhughey"]Get a 128g SSD instead. Keep your media on the green drive, but programs, games and apps on the SSD. Don't ever buy a spinning drive for your OS again. :)kraken2109
128GB is too small.

Especially with 240-256GB SSD's being so affordable these days.
#17 Posted by N8A (18602 posts) -
[QUOTE="kraken2109"][QUOTE="lhughey"]Get a 128g SSD instead. Keep your media on the green drive, but programs, games and apps on the SSD. Don't ever buy a spinning drive for your OS again. :)General_X
128GB is too small.

Especially with 240-256GB SSD's being so affordable these days.

Thirded! 240 is about the min i woudl recommend. look for promotions and sales and you should be able to get a good deal on a decent drive. the performance boost will be worth the wait and the additional cost.
#18 Posted by FelipeInside (25677 posts) -

I'm wondering if I'll notice any increase in performance from upgrading my green drive to a black? The greens are nice and quiet but really slowa, and I'm starting to regret using one in my build instead of a black. I'd rather not bother upgrading unless the difference will be noticeable.

shufu7-11
Yeah of course. Black WD are faster.
#19 Posted by iwilson1296 (2214 posts) -

i hear the new WD blacks are a little noisy

#20 Posted by FelipeInside (25677 posts) -

i hear the new WD blacks are a little noisy

iwilson1296
I have one and to me they sound the same as the older ones, but my whole PC is noisy so maybe that's why....
#21 Posted by kungfool69 (2580 posts) -

anyone have any words on if those new micro sata SSD's are any better or worse then a regular model? they look really convienient

#22 Posted by General_X (9032 posts) -

anyone have any words on if those new micro sata SSD's are any better or worse then a regular model? they look really convienient

kungfool69
They're about 90-100% the performance of a traditional SSD, I suppose if your motherboard has an MSata connection and you don't like a lot of wires then I suppose they're kinda neat, not really worth the price premium for desktops in my opinion though.
#23 Posted by GummiRaccoon (13613 posts) -

The newer Greens aren't too bad. You'd be much better off getting a small SSD for OS and programs.

C_Rule

the fastest SSDs are around 250GB

#24 Posted by MlauTheDaft (3853 posts) -

You will probably get faster booting, reduced load times and, better copy/paste performance. Depending on your habits, you might love it or barely notice a difference.

 

I recommend you to get a 120-240 GB SSD and use the Green for storage.

 

Edit:

 

And as far as SSDs go..... Stability >>>>>> Speed.

Check reviews for you SSD of choice. Any well known brand will serve you well but you should aim for models with good stability. Pretty much any SSD will be an absolute pleasure, but some die sooner than others.

 

I'd love to recommend a Corsair product but beware of the Sandforce3 Chipset