Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD1200BEVE
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Scott W., Newegg
3 March 2010
Pros: Have been a system builder for over twenty years, since Digital Research DOS and early MS DOS. Only the second Western Digital hard drive received DOA using only WD drives for very many systems.
Cons: DOA. First problem with any order from New Egg. All other items have been software or only electronic in nature. First mechanical device ordered and it was DOA with indentations on about a quarter of the label corresponding to about one quarter of the indentations on the housing of the drive. Rough, careless handling? From my experience and reading about all of the bent pins, as received, for OEM processors QC needs to encourage handling, packaging, and shipping to tr...
Pros: It brought a dramatic increase in speed to a 7 year old laptop. I had already done a clean re-install, upgraded the ram to 1 gig, and it was running pretty good.
Cons: I downloaded the 120MB WD version of Acronis to transfer data to the new drive, only to learn that it couldn't see that the new drive in an external enclosure was a qualifying WD drive. About 30 minutes on WD phone support pointed me to a solution I'll describe in "other thoughts".
Pros: the original HD on my laptop was at it's last heartbeats so I decided to purchase a new one. So far, everything that I wanted and much more. Runs quicker than the one I had before (4200 vs 5400) and larger capacity. As read before, also runs cooler than your typical 5400 rpm drive.