I recently purchased a 2TB WD20EARS for backup purposes. I split the drive into 2 partitions, 1TB to backup all my other drives (took almost the entire 1TB to do so ) and the rest (around 880GB left) for other things.
My setup is…
1TB WD1001FALS - Main drive - various partitions (100GB for main Win7 at beginning of drive). Rest = games, data.
2TB WD20EARS - backup drive and misc stuff (880GB free atm)
Seagate 320GB - Downloads, years of it
MAXTOR 200 - backups of my fav DVDs so I can watch them from the HD instead of searching for the DVD
MAXTOR 120 - others, small backups
Now, I decided to benhcmark my HDs to see which one was the fastest, and lo and behold, the WD20EARS is actually faster than the WD1001FALS (110MB/s for the 2TB, 100MB/s for the 1TB).
Since I usually place my Virtual memory file (pagefile.sys) on a separate physical HD, I am tempted to place it on the WD20EARS but my worry is that since it’s a Green Caviar, I’ve read that they tend to spin down to save energy when not used (regardless of the power management setup).
- Is it true that the Green Caviar will spin down if not in use after a short while?
- Would there be any other reasons to NOT use the green caviar for virtual memory purposes?
I do know they’re intended mostly for static storage purposes, but since it’s so fast (compared to my other ones), why not use it?
I really really appreciate any help on this… Thanks in advance