Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Caviar Black
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30 January 2013
Summary: I own 2 of these and purchased them one year apart before the flooding (thankfully or I would be really angry). Around the end of October the first 1 packed it in with no warning and took 6 years of my data with it. My own fault for not backing up my important data, for sure. Still hurts though especially when you read all these glowing reviews and think it's bulletproof.
Pros: it's storage
Cons: failed no warning, loud in SATA II, louder in SATA III
Drive died after only a year and a half! Western Digital no longer creates quality products as it used to.
29 January 2013
Summary: I have owned and used Western Digital drives for many years. I had one WD 200GB Caviar Black drive (not this one I'm writing about) that lasted nearly 10 years without one issue. It died yesterday. But, this 'brand new' 500GB SATA drive didn't even last 2 years! It died suddenly. It seems to me that Western Digital has decided to cut their costs by cutting the quality of the internal components and the quality of their testing.
Hard Disk Fine - What About the Rest of the Package?
Hugh Jarse, Amazon
28 January 2013
Summary: Hard disk was just as I expected it to be. No problems there then. HOWEVER, product was listed as a retail kit, which I took to mean it would come with a SATA data cable (nope), power cable patch lead (nope), mounting screws (well at least those were included) and the ADVERTISED cloning software (guess what? - NOPE). In fact, all you get is the same hard disk you can get for twenty bucks less - on Amazon - in a prettier box - and four mounting screws.
Summary: This is the loudest hard drive I've had since a 1986 Seagate 20 MB hard drive. While seeking it can be easily heard in the next room. The idle noise is on the edge of acceptable. In practice I see little benefit of the extra speed of the drive as I ended up putting the temporary files and page file onto my older, slower, but quieter drive to keep the total noise down.
Summary: This hard drive is sort of like a time portal to the mid to late 90s. I mean this hard drive is ridiculously loud when it's reading and writing. I mean this isn't even an exaggeration but my 1987 Macintosh SE with a 20MB HD sounds just slightly louder than this thing. It's ridiculous. There is another review that equates it to a coffee pot peculating and that's sadly pretty accurate for my copy.
Pros: 5 Year Warranty, Respectably fast for a HDD, reliable so far
Wren Kelly York "Eclectic Entertainment Junkie", Amazon
9 August 2012
Summary: The last two Western Digital Caviar drives I have purchased have failed within 6 months. In one instance the cache on the drive seems to have malfunctioned. I don't know how to confirm this. The drive was testing out fine with a full sector scan. However, the computer ran fine for a few days, on Windows 7 Ultimate, and then began to blue screen with random driver errors. It was completely unrecoverable. I formatted and reinstalled and the same thing occurred.
Summary: I upgraded my Toshiba 500GB 5400RPM hard drive with this WD 750GB 7200RPM. Good- It was as quiet as my Toshiba and near silent when spinning. Bad - It ran hot and made the palm rest and touchpad very warm to the touch. The Toshiba was cool to the touch. - It had a constant vibration that ws felt through the palm rest and touchpad. The Toshiba had no vibrations. - The increase in performance was only about 5% over the slower Toshiba.
Summary: I regularly use a lot of drives for storing photo files. I like to backup internally and so have been using these drives for the last 9 months. I had a computer built last year and held the drives for 30days before installing (warranty from New Egg expired while waiting)... and when I did install them, one of the drives was dead. I bought a replacement drive and everything worked well.
Summary: I had previously purchased external WD hard drives and found reliability to be awful. Going in to my internal hard drive purchase I was apprehensive about trying Western Digital again. However, a very competitive price drew me in. Unfortunately WD has let me down again. I bought two drives. One failed 7 months after purchase after serving as a non-MBR media storage drive. It is essentially a doorstop now.
Summary: Since 2010 I've had 4 WD hard drives die on me, each was a replacement for the previous one since they were all in warranty. When the replacement for this one comes next week I'll use it, but just to bide time until SSDs reach a lower price.