0 Replies Latest reply on Apr 25, 2009 8:21 AM by Bill Gehrke

    Do not buy "Green" disk drives for video editing!

    Bill Gehrke Most Valuable Participant

      If you want to avoid a slower editing experience do not buy the newer "Green" drives that for sometime now have been available from Western Digital and now will now be available from Seagate.  The way that they have made these drives use less power and produce less noise is by slowing down the rotational speed which will of course reduce transfer rates and also increase random access times--both hurting video editing performance.  Apparently the WD drives turn at 5400 rpm (notice it does not appear in the specification) while the new Barracuda LP turns at 5900 rpm.  Here is the source of the data:

      http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/915/1051915/seagate-low-power-drive-line