Reviews and Problems with Western Digital AV-GP WD10EURX
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An Excellent Value
Scott F., Newegg
22 April 2014
Pros: For $64.99 this was a steal! Western Digital seems to stand behind their product because they respond to every negative comment and offer help to satisfy the customer (I've never seen that from any other company). The drive installed easily and has been recording flawlessly ever since. And Newegg shipped this drive not only fast, but it arrived in it's own custom bubble-wrap cocoon that protected it beautifully! They really did an awesome job getting this through the ...
Summary: I put this HDD in a network-attached storage (NAS) device. It works so much better than the last HDD that was in there because it's always on. For some reason, when the old HDD would spin down, the NAS would stop detecting it, meaning I had to reboot my NAS practically every time that I wanted to access it, and my torrents wouldn't seed properly. Getting a new NAS would have been more expensive and more time-consuming. I'm glad that this solution worked!
Summary: Drive is the quietest I've ever heard (or not heard), even spinning up is near inaudible. Win 7 and Vista recognizes and installs immediately. Good speed. Cache works great for streaming. The 3 year warranty can't be beat at this price point. I've ordered several and they've been great so far.
Summary: I use this as the data drive for my linux zoneminder security camera server. This drive handles 7 camera recording streams and archived playback at the same time, no problem. What makes this a av drive over say a red is the timeout on a read/write error. This drive is designed to run fast without interruption at the cost of a bad bit here and there...on a security steam a bad frame is not big deal, on a os it's bad so not really for use as a desktop hdd.
Pros: Very quiet, quick, stable.
Cons: No error correction timeout adjustment in firmware that I found, so this is a av drive only
Pros: Fast, quiet, does not overheat ever after heavy use 24/7. Windows 7 Ultimate recognized it immediately (but usable capacity of only about 932Gb). 64Mb cache is excellent. About 160 Mbps sequential read/write throughput when the drive is empty, dropping to about 120 Mbps once the drive appraches full capacity (you will never notice the difference without using measuring software). The WD site says this has IntelliPark, which apparently "Delivers lower power consumption...
Cons: Cons: Higher cost per Tb than 1.5Tb, 2Tb, 3Tb or 4Tb drives, but that is to be expected, so no egg deductions.
Summary: Buy it if it's what you need, if it meets your requirements. For the price and for what you are getting it's not bad at all. I have been thinking of getting another for raid and doing storage/streaming that way. From that I plan to see faster speeds, not a lot but maybe a small boost. On top of that the drive is dead quiet, so if you want. Get 3-4 of these and raid them, it will be quiet, cool and cut some costs off your electricity bill.
Pros: Most of the pros I have to share has already been said. This again comes with a whopping 64MB cache and the speeds on this is pretty decent for an HDD intended to be on 24/7.
Cons: Not a con, but some if not most will say the price is too high.
Summary: I really liked this drive. It appears diligently reliable, well designed, and it functioned well as I used it and as I tested it. I won't be throwing it in my gaming rig where I want lightening fast load times, but I won't hesitate to put it in my DVR or home theater system to store a whole season of TV shows or favorite new movies. I would recommend it for folks with sophisticated video surveillance systems or audio/video production needs as well. Well done.
Pros: It is important to note that this drive is intended for recording and streaming large amounts of media (audio/video). WD notes that it can stream/record, skip/stutter free, up to 12 HD video streams simultaneously.
Cons: There are general drawbacks to hard disk drives these days compared to faster media such as SSDs -- however, SSDs lack the same capacity and the price per GB can be cost prohibitive. Nevertheless, it is important to note that read/write speeds of hard disk drives always leave something to be desired. Sequential write throughput of 130 MB/s or better is regarded by the industry as excellent and can be found on drives made for that purpose. In my testing, this drive ach...
Reliable 24/7 TiVo, surveillance, and surveillance Drive
Nicholas T., Newegg
18 June 2013
Summary: Before you buy this hard drive for your computer - the AV-GP series is intended for DVRs and surveillance, not gaming and data storage. It can certainly be used in a computer but this drive will cost a bit extra for a bit more durability you don't typically need in a home system - not to mention the extra command set for streaming which will not be used by your motherboard. If you want a WD drive for regular computer use or gaming, look into their other drive series.
Pros: In my tests it had very good write speeds compared to my older Seagate drives, while the read speed was about the same. It stayed pretty cool, even after transferring several hundred GB onto the drive. The drive was not audible over the fans in my case, even while writing.
Cons: Not recommended for gaming, see Other thoughts below.