I just received the Seagate 2 TB Green hard drive I ordered Sunday. It's a 5900 rpm drive, which I planned to use strictly for backups, but before doing that, to see what difference the slow speed would make, I installed the full KDE release, and all the packages that I have on my regular daily use installation. I'm typing this from the installation on the Green hard drive. The drive itself is from Newegg, and described as;
Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003
2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
I bought it because of the price, $109.99, which for a 2 TB drive these days is about as cheap as it gets. I had some doubts about this drive, because of various things I've read about problems with partitioning and operating systems running noticeably slower on Green drives.
So why am I writing about this, in a Tips and Tricks thread? Mostly because I'm absolutely tickled with this drive. I partitioned it with Linux fdisk, without any special attention to it being a Green drive, or going through the oft posted offset alignment rituals I've read about, because of the 4096 bytes sector size. Fdisk, in it's present version in our repo took care of that automatically.
I made a boot partition, a swap partition, installation / partition, and an extended partition, and left it at that.[root@fatman ~]# fdisk -l /dev/sdc
Disk /dev/sdc: 2000.4 GB, 2000398934016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 243201 cylinders, total 3907029168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes
/ 4096 bytes <-- What can I say... Green drive.
Disk identifier: 0x18eee7ae
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdc1 2048 2099199 1048576 83 Linux
/dev/sdc2 2099200 18876415 8388608 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sdc3 18876416 81790975 31457280 83 Linux
/dev/sdc4 81790976 3907029167 1912619096 5 Extended
It may spin slow, but it moves dem bits n' bytes really quick
It's also very quiet, and runs much cooler than any of my other drives. Running the OS on this drive is virtually indistinguishable from running it on the 7200 rpm drives. I may have to stretch the budget and get another one of these critters.
The tip...? Oh yea!
Considering the grossly inflated hard drive prices generally seen these days, caused (or blamed) on the flooding in Taiwan, especially for larger capacity hard drives, the Green drives are about the only real bargain in town. (It seems lots of folks are just plain scared of them.) I paid exactly the same price for this 2 TB drive as I paid for my 1 TB drive when prices were considered "normal". That comes to 5.4995 US pennies per GB. That's cheap storage folks.