I currently have 7 WD1001FALS and recently added two WD15EARS and I’m very impressed with the “large” files copying speed of the WD15EARS.
I usually get about 55-78 mb/s on the average for copying 500-600 GB folder/file between WD1001FALS and with these two new WD1500EARS, I’m getting constant 80 mb/s copying from WD1001FALS to WD15EARS for a 500-600 GB folder/file and moreover the WD15EARS is so damm silent as compared to the WD1001FALS! In the past, no matter how silent WD claimed their drives were, Seagate was always quieter and always one step ahead, but now with the WD15EARS, WD is out silencing Seagate for the first time in history (at least to me)!
I’m really impressed with the WD15EARS 5400 rpm (vs the WD1001FALS 7200 rpm) and getting a constant 80 mb/s for large file transfer speed is really something, moreover this drive so damm silent! As for the temperature, for WD1001FALS I always see them hoovering between 30-33C and with these WD15EARS, they hoover between 29-30C.
I’'m running Windows 7 X64 and I’ve had these two WD15EARS for the past two weeks and am using them only for storing 720p/1080p large video files. To me, for OS/multi tasksing/multi I/O, the proven WD1001FALS is the King and that is undeniable, however for the simple task of storage/storing video files, WD15EARS is really very impressive.
p/s It would be very interesting to know how WD managed to make the 5400 rpm WD15EARS achiving a faster/constant tranfer speed vs the 7200 rpm WD1001FALS, 64mb cache?
WD1001FALS 1.0TB 3-platter 1X 00K1B0 - 5X 00J7B1 - 1X 00U9B0 all Made in Malaysia
WD15EARS 1.5TB 3-platter 2X 00Z5B1 both Made in Malaysia