I’ve been meaning to upgrade my home desktop computer’s storage space for about a year now. Unfortunately, just when I was about to grab a 2TB Caviar Black (always been very happy with these drives, got two of them humming in my rig as we speak), the Tsunami happened and the prices went insane.
Now, a year later the prices are finally back to normal, but to my surprise there’s a new serious contender in the play - Caviar Red.
My trusty local retailer offers the 3TB model for nearly identical price as 2TB Black (2002FAEX).
My system certainly is not a NAS - I use it as a pretty much standard home computer, and while it is online most of the time, I shut it down when I go to sleep every day. To my understanding however, Reds’ only drawback when compared to Blacks seems to be high access times because of their low RPM. In other words, random R/W transfer rates aren’t perfect and so working with many small files equals worse performance. I think I could live with that as I don’t really need top notch performance from my storage drives anymore since I have purchased an SSD for that.
Is there anything I am missing? Any reasons why using a Red in a regular desktop system would be a bad idea? Their value for price seems incredibly high and on top of that they are silent and energy-efficient, and I’m yet to find “the catch”.
Thanks for any help.