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Seagate has quietly launched a green version of its Barracuda desktop drive, with three platters holding 1.5 or 2TB and spinning at a mere 5,900rpm. There was going to be a Barracuda LP (Low Power) a while ago, but it has become the Barracuda Green. There are two versions on Seagate's website, ones with a 32MB cache and 3Gbit/s …

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Interesting...

...in that the Barracuda LP drives do exist, are labeled as "LP" variants and can be purchased (at least here in the US). I have a 2TB Barracuda LP drive doing duty in a FreeNAS box.

Some people have reported that these drives have problems that devolve into an issue with a clicking sound coming from the drive, followed by failure. I noticed that if the power usage level of the drive was changed to allow spindown, it would do so every few minutes. That's not good.

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Re: Interesting...

Just about every failed drive I've ever experienced has generated clicking noises prior to failure, regardless of manufacturer. It's the interminable read retries doing it.

The one exception was a 1980's vintage IBM midrange disk unit that the spindle bearings went west on. That one made a noise like someone wearing crampons and Freddie Kruger gloves sliding down the world's largest blackboard, as reproduced by Motorhead's PA system.

It was f***ing deafening in the stairwell outside the floor it was on and we drew lots for which poor bastard got to go into the machine room to turn it off.....

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Umm...are you sure?

"The 6gig 2TB drive is much better, operating with 3.8watts, starting up with 2 Amps at 12 Volts, and idling with 4.5watts"

So it's more efficient to drive this all the time than it is to leave it idle? I doubt it - could someone review the core data?

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