Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Caviar Black
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Failed in 3 days. Good warranty and RMA.
Mutagenic, B&H Photo
2 weeks ago
Excerpt: This failed 3 days after heavy use of building a RAID and then creating a backup. The 2002 model version (of which I have 4) have had no issues. I did an RMA of this failed drive (2003 model version) and will be receiving the replacement shortly. I would still purchase again given the warranty and RMA support.
Excerpt: I use this Hard drive in my Drobo 5D with thunderbolt. Its fast enough for me to edit video files straight from the drive and not have to use the local drive which is great. No complaints here, will be purchasing more in the future.
Summary: Western Digital has always been my preferred storage company over Seagate.
Pros: The fact it's a 2TB is a pro in itself. The write speeds are great for a hard disk. The drive is quite fast, Windows boots up before I have enough time to use the restroom. It works great as a storage option. I have it split into two separate partitions, one for the OS and one for storage.
Summary: I will need to reconsider any WD purchases in the future I thought this kind of failure rate was limited only to their green and blue series of drives. Which should still not have this problem but I have come to expect that. From a black edition drive this a new one on me at the worst time possible.
Pros: Nice paper weight
Cons: Drive came in worked for a few days showed no issues, died suddenly and completely out of the blue when I was nearly finished loading everything on a new pc for customer. This has cost me time customer, confidence and money to ship this back for a replacement. I am extremely angry at WD's quality management I buy these drives as they are premium drives and meant to last so you pay premium for them.