Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Caviar Green
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Kris M, NCIX.com
24 March 2013
Summary: I thought at first glance this would be a fantastic deal but I'm not going to take a chance with any 3TB HD -- because there are problems supporting more than 2.19TB. http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/pc-peripheral/3258206/western-digital-caviar-green-3tb-review/ I'll just stick to great deals on 2TB drives, easier.
Pros: Seems like a great dead...
Cons: ...but if you are running Windows be prepared for issues.
Summary: I tried connecting this to the Intel ICH10 controller on my mobo. BIOS shows it as a 801.6GB. Why? Don't know. I have a few other WD 2TB Green drives connected to the same controller, and they are all recognized just fine, so I expected that this one will also be seen as at least a 2TB drive. But no, it only shows as 801.6GB Will return it and get a 2TB drive instead.
Pros: Looks nice.
Cons: Didn't work for me., BIOS sees it as a 801.6GB HDD., Win Vista x64 Disk Management shows only 746GB.
Quiet, Efficient, but needs better install instructions
Steve W., Amazon
11 December 2012
Summary: The first WD drive shipped by Amazon wasn't displayed in Windows with a drive letter, and the second one shipped did the same. Then with research I discovered that I need to use the disk management utility in Windows to initialize, assign a drive letter, and quick format. I don't recall having to do this on other drives I've purchased. I would wish that the WD instructions mentioned this, either in the quick install or online. I had to search to figure it out.
Summary: Overall I've been very happy with this as a storage drive. Works flawlessly in a Vantec Nexstar CX USB3 enclosure. Will update review if things change. edit: 3 month update. Drive has NUMEROUS problems, drops out of windows, MFT errors, incorrect capacity reporting.
Pros: Quiet, Massive storage for a decent price (post-flood pricing)
Cons: 2 Year Warranty, Head parks every ~8 seconds
Summary: I purchased 4 drives to install in a patriot 4-bay SAN. The SAN formats the 4 drives in a RAID5 configuration. The next day, the SAN is beeping and complaining about a drive failure. I remember the old days when this could happen but today, it's hard to believe. Maybe it's just my luck to get a bad one. I will get it replaced and buy 2 more as spares. I just wanted to share my experience.
Pros: I like the size and specs of the 3G drive
Cons: Concerned about the reliability of the drive
Summary: Couldn't find much info on this hard-drive. Finally after receiving the drive it stated plainly on the drive that it was a 16mg/cache, not 32. Returned the item and ended up buying a 32mb cache seagate 1TB drive for a few dollars more.
Summary: 1.5TB is really less than 1.5tb, in actual usable space. Still, this drive works, despite falling from dinner table height to a plush medium shag carpet. The warranty and company are rock solid. Can't go wrong there.