So my current config consists of 250GB SSD (OS, apps and few selected games) + 1TB Samsung Green. The 1TB drive is pulling 6+ years now, and it has taken its toll on it. Not very much, since its still good, no bad sectors or any such serious problems. Its basically everything on it, mainly games, music, few movies, and many installation files (exe, iso,...)
But the sound it does during any operation now drives me mad, even when using headphones (they dont cover whole ears but still).
So I'm looking to buy something to make mine and this old fella lives bit easier. I also have 1TB external drive for mostly movies and backups. Budget is limited, so 1TB new one should do. Everything above that, here in my country, is pretty pricey.
I'm basically deciding between WD10EZEX (the 7200 rpm Blue series), WD10EFRX (NAS/RED series) or Toshiba DT01ACA100 (7200 too).
I've read few reviews and forum posts, and what I gathered is basically 5600 vs 7200 rpm doesnt mean much these times, barely any difference. It all comes down to how many plates the HDDs have, how many vibrations they produce, and their electronics. The WD Black series should have the best electronics out there, but sadly they ask too much for even the 1TB.
EZEXs are bit more faulty, much more noisy, depends on piece as always. Not that many reviews for Toshiba hard drives but from what I read they have Hitachi inside them, so they should be much more reliable. Same goes for RED version of WD, for NAS, which should be optimized for less vibrations/noice, plus 3 years of warranty instead of 2.
The prices here:
WD10EZEX Blue 64MB SATAIII/ 600 7200rpm: 55€
WD10EFRX RED 64MB SATAIII IntelliP.NAS: 70€
WD1003FZEX Black 64MB SATAIII/ 600 7200rpm: 85€
Toshiba DT01ACA100: 50-65€
TL,DR: looking for cheap, reliable 1TB drive that is silent when needed (f.e. downloading during the night). My whole PC is very silent, its just the 1TB drive that makes crazy noises.