WD RED 2.5" 1TB vs 750MB

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WD RED 2.5" 1TB vs 750MB

Post by toronado455 » Tue May 09, 2017 7:56 pm

Does anyone know if both the 1TB and 750MB WD RED 2.5" drives are single-platter drives, and/or if they are both equally quiet?

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Re: WD RED 2.5" 1TB vs 750MB

Post by quest_for_silence » Tue May 09, 2017 10:54 pm

toronado455 wrote:Does anyone know if both the 1TB and 750MB WD RED 2.5" drives are single-platter drives
http://rml527.blogspot.it/2010/10/hdd-p ... _1201.html

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Re: WD RED 2.5" 1TB vs 750MB

Post by toronado455 » Wed May 10, 2017 10:00 pm

Interesting. So they are both 2-platter drives. Probably both make the same amount of noise then?

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Re: WD RED 2.5" 1TB vs 750MB

Post by quest_for_silence » Wed May 10, 2017 11:14 pm

toronado455 wrote:Interesting. So they are both 2-platter drives. Probably both make the same amount of noise then?
Probably.

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Re: WD RED 2.5" 1TB vs 750MB

Post by toronado455 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:52 am

I got two RED 2.5" 1TB drives and installed in a PC to try them out. So far very impressed!

I just have them hanging from zip ties for now (i used little plastic wire clips as "hooks" screwed into the drive) just to minimize transmission of vibration to the chassis.

There is no audible sound that I can detect - neither on read/write, nor spinup (on PC boot), nor idle. Absolutely silent in my system - which just means they are quieter than the 5 fans (CPU cooler, exhaust, PSU, and two intake) and cannot be heard above the noise of these fans. However, I don't think my fans are noisy, in fact I can't really hear the fans until I am quite close to the PC.

Performance seems excellent as well. I have them configured in a Windows 10 "Storage Spaces Pool" (with mirroring ON) and with Bitlocker Encryption ON. They are connected to the two available 6GBPS (SATA III) ports on the motherboard. They seem to be very responsive and a huge improvement over the troublesome Samsung HD502 drives (which seem to be getting worse).

I may eventually transfer these to a Synology NAS, but just wanted to try them out in a regular Windows box first to see how they perform.

If I run a benchmark I will post it here. Any suggestions of a free benchmark application?

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Re: WD RED 2.5" 1TB vs 750MB

Post by CA_Steve » Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:01 pm

Thanks for the acoustic info. Don't think you need to run benchmarks - they are slow 5400rpm drives meant for media and data storage. :)

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Re: WD RED 2.5" 1TB vs 750MB

Post by toronado455 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:35 pm

CA_Steve wrote:Thanks for the acoustic info. Don't think you need to run benchmarks - they are slow 5400rpm drives meant for media and data storage. :)
Well sure, I only am using them for data storage. Benchmark would be just to compare with the Samsungs. Even though both are 5400 RPM, these new drives are a lot faster. Makes a big difference when running backups. How fast I can run a backup is really my main "benchmark".

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Re: WD RED 2.5" 1TB vs 750MB

Post by CA_Steve » Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:15 am

nods. The increased arial density is the main reason newer drives are faster than older drives at the same rpm.

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Re: WD RED 2.5" 1TB vs 750MB

Post by toronado455 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:18 am

Didn't know about the arial density. How much speed difference would you attribute to the REDs being 6.0Gb/s (SATA III) vs the Samsungs 3.0Gb/s (SATA II)?

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Re: WD RED 2.5" 1TB vs 750MB

Post by CA_Steve » Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:29 am

None. Don't think an HDD can saturate SATA 2 let alone SATA 3.

If you wanted to do a real world benchmark - measure the time to do the same backup to both old and new drive.

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Re: WD RED 2.5" 1TB vs 750MB

Post by toronado455 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:32 am

CA_Steve wrote:None. Don't think an HDD can saturate SATA 2 let alone SATA 3.
Thanks. I didn't know that.

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