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Posted · Original PosterOP

So i've found that i no longer have room on my ssd and i can't really afford to buy another but i would like a hard drive that is reasonably fast so a friend said to get a black which is £70 at 7200rpm 64mb however this looks identical to the wd blue 7200rpm with 64mb so i'm just asking what is the difference other than the extra 3 year warranty on the black at £25 difference in price all i want to do is put my steam and origin library and maybe some other programs on it will the blue be just as fast as the black and in which case should i just buy the blue?

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If I were you I would get the Black one even if it's a bit more expensive for the simple fact that this particular HDD is great.

I'm using from 2014 a WD Black 500GB and I must say that since then it didn't give me any error and it's fast and silent as hell.


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Blacks are loud. I'd get the Blue. There really isn't a huge difference between them.


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2 minutes ago, R3ep3r said:

If I were you I would get the Black one even if it's a bit more expensive for the simple fact that this particular HDD is great.

I'm using from 2014 a WD Black 500GB and I must say that since then it didn't give me any error and it's fast and silent as hell.

it is about 50% more expensive i'd just like to know why

 

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2 minutes ago, dizmo said:

Blacks are loud. I'd get the Blue. There really isn't a huge difference between them.

Trust me, it isn't loud at all. Actually I can't even hear it and I'm sitting next to the PC(20cm from it) with the case opened. The only thing that I am able to hear is the sound made by the CPU Cooler which at 2000-2500 sounds like a vacuum cleaner ^^ (It's the default one for a 880K)


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2 minutes ago, MatthewCarr said:

it is about 50% more expensive i'd just like to know why

 

blue drives go through less testing but ask @Boogieman_WD from WD to confirm. The higher warranty reflects the manufacturers confidence in the lifetime of the drive so if it lasts 50% longer it makes sense it would cost 50% more. i recommend the higher warranty and enterprise class drives for important files. if its just for games or backup you might not notice the difference. i can confirm from my own experience the post above that black drives are noisy.


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@R3ep3r I disagree. I've heard a couple, and they've all been loud. As you pointed out, it's relative.


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2 minutes ago, dizmo said:

@R3ep3r I disagree. I've heard a couple, and they've all been loud. As you pointed out, it's relative.

its not just the blacks that are noisy. the RE drives are also noisy they sound like the read heads are made by www.estwing.com


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4 minutes ago, dizmo said:

@R3ep3r I disagree. I've heard a couple, and they've all been loud. As you pointed out, it's relative.

Well, I am not here to argue about that, but in my opinion it is not loud or maybe I got used to it.:S


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2 minutes ago, SCHISCHKA said:

its not just the blacks that are noisy. the RE drives are also noisy they sound like the read heads are made by www.estwing.com

Haha, I don't doubt it. I think the higher the RPM the louder the drive. One of the reasons I'm leaning more towards 5900rpm drives over 7200rpm for a storage tower.

1 minute ago, R3ep3r said:

Well, I am not here to argue about that, but in my opinion it is not loud or maybe I got used to it.:S

Or you just generally have a loud system so you couldn't hear it as well as others might ;)


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11 minutes ago, SCHISCHKA said:

blue drives go through less testing but ask @Boogieman_WD from WD to confirm. The higher warranty reflects the manufacturers confidence in the lifetime of the drive so if it lasts 50% longer it makes sense it would cost 50% more. i recommend the higher warranty and enterprise class drives for important files. if its just for games or backup you might not notice the difference. i can confirm from my own experience the post above that black drives are noisy.

Considering i have a quite themed build are these louder than be quiet low rpm fans?

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2 minutes ago, dizmo said:

Haha, I don't doubt it. I think the higher the RPM the louder the drive. One of the reasons I'm leaning more towards 5900rpm drives over 7200rpm for a storage tower.

5 minutes ago, R3ep3r said:

yea i have the 5400rpm red drives and they are really nice. I have an old samsung 7200rpm which is really silent and its a shame they no longer make them. I pretty much use laptop drives now. If i needed large storage i would buy a WD red. If i just needed a mechanical drive i would buy a 2.5" WD black, i have one and its a really good drive, much more quiet than the 3.5" but only a little bit less performance that is not really noticeable 


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this isnt the hardware difference but i believe the wd blue's come with a 3 year warranty while the blacks come with a 5 year.

edit: wd blue comes with 2 year warranty. the wd blue's have between 8 and 64mb cache while blacks as far as i know have a flat 64mb of cache.

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2 minutes ago, MatthewCarr said:

Considering i have a quite themed build are these louder than be quiet low rpm fans?

I have 3 Noctua fans that run as low as 300rpm at idle and i had to remove the 3.5" WD black drive.


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14 minutes ago, SCHISCHKA said:

yea i have the 5400rpm red drives and they are really nice. I have an old samsung 7200rpm which is really silent and its a shame they no longer make them. I pretty much use laptop drives now. If i needed large storage i would buy a WD red. If i just needed a mechanical drive i would buy a 2.5" WD black, i have one and its a really good drive, much more quiet than the 3.5" but only a little bit less performance that is not really noticeable 

I was torn between a pair of 4TB Blues, or 4TB Seagate Constellation S.3s. Still not sure about Seagate. Seen too many fail.

Though it seems that sales over. Would you say the Reds are superior to the Blues? Any particular reason?


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8 minutes ago, dizmo said:

I was torn between a pair of 4TB Blues, or 4TB Seagate Constellation S.3s. Still not sure about Seagate. Seen too many fail.

Though it seems that sales over. Would you say the Reds are superior to the Blues? Any particular reason?

Reds are designed for raid operation blues are not more for casual users 

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Go for the blue. I've got a black drive and it's loud when accessing files, makes like a crunching sound.


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8 minutes ago, dizmo said:

I was torn between a pair of 4TB Blues, or 4TB Seagate Constellation S.3s. Still not sure about Seagate. Seen too many fail.

Though it seems that sales over. Would you say the Reds are superior to the Blues? Any particular reason?

theres reds that are 5400rpm and have better warranty. there are red pro that are 7200rpm and better warranty than red but higher price. what are you planning on doing with the drives?


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9 hours ago, SCHISCHKA said:

theres reds that are 5400rpm and have better warranty. there are red pro that are 7200rpm and better warranty than red but higher price. what are you planning on doing with the drives?

Just media and other file storage in RAID 1.


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Hi guys!

 

There are some differences between the WD Blue and WD Black besides the longer warranty.

 

Basically the first one is meant for everyday usage and it's fully capable to run most games as well as many programs for editing or programming, while on the other hand WD Black is a performance oriented hard drive that has firmware features like a built-in dual-core CPU that makes it great for multitasking, and it is designed for heavy gaming, big workloads and intensive file usage. Also, WD Black's performance quality comes from the way it is build with some additional hardware inside, additional features in the firmware, the integrated CPU and improved cache.

 

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