Summary: Disk continues to do some "power saving" feature, and will shut itself down after a few minutes of file transfers, causing either the whole system to hang, or just a 5 or so minute wait time until it bursts another chunk of data.
Pros: Cheap disk with ample storage. Newegg gave me a great deal when I needed another disk to move some stuff to on short notice.
Cons: See other thoughts. I have no 100% cons about the drive at this time, but that might change after some future testing. At this time all I can say for sure is I would not buy another one for use as an external e-sata drive.
Pros: Cheap and has a lot of space! .... it's lasted a year+!!
Cons: This drive is very slow, I have to wait hours just to transfers 10GB. This drive is also very noisy. It sounds like a bunch of metal scraping around in a cement mixer when it's scanning for files. VERY ANNOYING.
Summary: I bought two of these 2GB Caviar Green drives about three months ago. No complaints until one of them started throwing bad-sector errors (wouldn't you know it was the one I'm using for my system drive).
Drive failed after a few months, replaced quickly by WD
20 November 2010
Summary: Can speak too highly about WD Warranty Replacement program. Very easy to use and efficient. Can get an Advanced Replacement with the use of Credit Card for security until you send back failed drive. I only buy WD now.
Pros: First 1TB Drive purchased in Feb 2009, failed in June 2009. Since this was my first 1TB, I had backed up all my data before placing on this drive. I ran this drive at about 80% capacity since the purchase. Failed in June, contacted WD and was replaced with a new drive quickly which has been in us...
Cons: Drive failed, but gave me ample warning before permanent failure.