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 my life more difficult and my customers angry.
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. In the past I have exclusively used Western Digital drives with no issues of failures.
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 warranty, but after the second once, I am not planning on using these drives in the future.
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. I had ordered 2 drives in each brand and one of the seagate boxes looked like it was opened already (may be it was human error while packaging; I didn't bother).
!!buy a SATA lead !!Download software & instructions before you start !!Packaging disgrace but Drive good & installs easily
The Navigator "thenavigator", Amazon
8 May 2009
Summary: Haven't installed drive yet as its all v bare bones - no leads, instructions or data lifeguard CD (config utility). the latter all downloadable, the former - buy in advance. NB the instructions want you to get a WD branded lead, but this won't work with my drive as it requires the new type sata power lead, not the old kind (which this drive has no connectors for - so just get a plain SATA lead. Packaging is a disgrace as many others have commented.