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Off to buy a new one at Fry's and get Windows 7 while I am at it. I've noticed Western Digital has been sucking a lot lately. My 5-year old Seagate HDD, used as a secondary drive, is still alive and kicking and performing just like when it was brand new.
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Asides from low speeds, whats wrong with the green drives?
Quite a lot of shit. For example, they include variable spindle speeds which are just prime lag/delay causes, and a head crash disaster waiting to happen. Also, since they are lower performance to begin with, they are made with higher tolerance/lower grade components.
OK, some server nut or DBA might tell you that ALL "consumer grade" bargain-priced SATA hard disks are enormous pieces of steaming dung and horse shit compared to "server grade", full-price SCSI hard disks, and they'd be mostly right. Well, "green" HDs rank even lower than said shitty, consumer grade disks ;-)