Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Caviar Green WD25EZRX
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Good value, questionable QA
Todd L., Newegg
6 March 2013
Summary: I purchased a quartet of the 2TB units and a quartet of 1.5TB units a while back for use in Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces. Six of them still running strong. One of the 2TB and one of the 1.5TB drives in the bunch exhibited SMART errors pretty quickly after receiving it. I RMA'd the 2TB unit and got a replacement unit of the same model but the 1.5TB was outside warranty.
Pros: The WD Green series drives offer a lot of storage for not a lot of money. They work great as a secondary storage drive for a modest home computer.
Cons: The green drives aren't very fast (but they're not meant to be). They won't stay connected in a RAID array (but they're not meant to be). The build quality is iffy.
Summary: I got done in by buying Refurbished drives. All 4 spun up but all had logic issues. The drives would be seen, then drop out, stop spinning, just didn't work right, copy files then corrupt. The refurbished drive don't come in original WD boxes so I had to go to my office to scrounge a WD drive box to get the RMA's going. 2 of the RMA's are still running, third one is a different model and size. So much for raid 5 set. And just ran out of time on the 4th to return.
Pros: Price, it was good deal I thought. Just don't do it
Cons: 4 DOA and had issues on the RMA's. WD requires original boxes for shipping, but NewEgg sends in bulk pack cut up Styrofoam. So I had to source a box for returns. 2 RMA's were OK, number 3 was another type drive and I couldn't get the last one returned before the limited warranty ran out.
Summary: Newegg shipping as usual was fast and unlike some of the other reviews the drives were packaged well. Must just be a bad batch of drives.
Cons: Ordered 5 of these drives for a raid system. 2 drives were dead out of the box and the third died in under 24 hours. Will be RMAing these back for a refund. Do your self a favor and stay away from these drives.
Cons: failed chkdsk - many bad sectors found...probably due to the sloppy packaging for shipment. The drive was in a smaller box inside a larger box but lacking any material to cushion it, so the small box just slid around inside the big box (my guess is it was damaged from this). Won't bother getting it replaced since it will most likely be packaged poorly again. I'm out the shipping cost to RMA it and will shop elsewhere for another hard drive.
Summary: After connecting the drive inside your PC, Win 7 won't recognize the drive until you go through Manage process in Computer properties in the pre-existing Win 7 installation on your old drive. Pretty straight forward - Initiate, then Format, and you are good to go. I assume that fresh Win 7 installation from BIOS will detect the drive and format it prior to installation.
Pros: Capacity, cache size, cost. Did not arrive DOA, so kudos to Newegg for great packaging in a large box with bubble wrap all around the drive inside a smaller box.
Cons: None yet, hopefully this drive will last for a long time.
Summary: I bought this drive to add to my PC / Server. My 1 TB and 1.5 TB drives were filling up gradually. I am using this strictly for storage of large files that I have been constantly making. The Sata 6/Gb's is handy for extra bandwith and not for speed. The more bandwith means I can upload and download constantly at larger bitrate. Copying files transfer at a rate of 110 Mb/s which is good for large file transfers.
Pros: Extra capacity. The drive operates quiet. Has a Sata III controller for extra bandwith, ( not speed). This allows me to download and upload simultaneously.