Ok so this drive is part of the “green” series of ECO-Friendly drives they are making now. The cost you pay for being friendly with the environment is a hit to performance. The drive is by no means a HIGH PERFORMANCE hard drive. It is perfect for storing data that you just want and do not need access to all the time. I would say archiving pictures and videos would be perfect. Also it would be really great even for being storage for Music. I would not use it as my operating drive. Meaning I would not load my Operating system, games, programs on it. You will NOTICE an extreme difference especially if you have been running a 7200RPM hard drive previously. I tend toward a faster drive for this.
They do sell a version of this drive that is high performance and if you are buying the drive to boost your system then look in to the Western Digital 1TB BLACK. I was reading around the internet about the drives and I noticed a lot of people really upset with Western Digital over the Green WD10EARS because of speed issues and lack luster performance.
I have included a comparison chart of what spec are IMPORTANT to pay attention to when your looking to buy an upgraded HDD.
|WD10EARS 1TB GREEN||WD1001FALS 1TB BLACK|
|Interface||SATA 3||SATA 3|
|BUFFER TO DISK SPEED||111Mbs||145Mbs|
So as we see only MAJOR difference is the RPMs 7200 is FAST yet safe. Some of those 10k RPM drives had some real problems so I would stick with a tested, solid speed.
For me personally for the additional 20 bucks I have to pick the Black. I really don’t like green technology for my hard drive. The reason being that hard drives work like a car engine you want to run them all the time, and to me it seems odd to be going in that low voltage mode and then spinning back up.