Summary: I suppose the inconveniences brought on by these drives leaves only me to blame for not taking the time to research the drives, and my ineptness when going into the concept of a green datacenter certainly didn't help. Even still, that does not excuse the poor performance. Skip this drive.
Pros: - Very cool drive. I had running in an airflow constricted storage server without a hitch for well over a year. I probably didn't even need fans - Very quiet. It fits in well to an already silent storage server. - Reliable. Not a single drive had failed on me.
Cons: - HORRIDLY HORRIBLE AWFUL WRITE PERFORMANCE. I couldn't have imagined running this in RAID 5. I believe the highest large file transfer rate I've gotten was only 35mb/s when competing drives at least double that. - It bottle necked ESXi performance considerably. The poor transfer rates only made ...
Summary: I have done little use on the drives aside from writing backups through Time Machine and Aperture Vault. Both were easy be used. My only thought could be from turning it off every night. I never have turned it frequently on/off on a single day.
Pros: I have enjoyed the price for the storage and low emissions.
Cons: I have went through two if these drives, one after a warranty from Western Digital. I have been using these drives for backup storage, with little other read-write use on HFS for my Mac. Both after several months ended up to be unwritable. I was able to get a replacement under the one year warran...
Summary: As I had a lot of experience working with hard drives I'll say that wasn't the best drive for the money. I have order about 10 in the last year and about 9 of them have failed with light use. I will have to go back to hitachi drives once again.
Summary: First time WD drive go bad on me. I have used tens of these, along with Seagate and Maxtor drives and WD has been always better in terms of reliabiliy, but not this one.. It dies with the spinning up/down noises and clicking, taking down ~ 10,000 photos with it.
Summary: I have used both Western Digital Green 1TB and Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB in DLINK 323 NAS device for about a month. These are my experiences... Seagate didn't need firmware update. Packaging: WD was packaged very well with cushion padding where as Seagate was packed really lousy.