Summary: i'm unpleasantly surprised to see media errors popping on the log. After digging in i see "pre-fail" conditions on the drive. I used it as a storage for kids photos , etc. I have older drives (IDE) that a quietly humming along after 7 years. BTWm this is the second drive - first died after 6 months.
Cons: after about 2-3 years it is dying. And this is my second drive after first died in 6 months.
Pros: Using it today as my gaming storage drive. Fast Doesn't park heads like newer models SMART readout says 99% health and an estimate of over 1000 days left of life with 3 years of power on time use. Now that is Western Digital reliability right there!
Summary: I used these originally in a Windows Home Server and they worked great for 3 years. A year ago I copied the data to another drive, reformetted them and put them in a new Windows 8 PC which I use as a home server.
Pros: low power and reliable storage. Transfers fast enough for use in a home server
Cons: one of them died after 2 months but WD tech support replaced within 2 days once I confirmed error code using their easy to use diagnostic software
Summary: All things considered, a cheap hard drive used for media storage that lasted 18 months isn't a miserable experience, it's just disappointing. Western Digital has not adequately addressed the issue either, as any Google search related to WD15EADS-00P8B0 will reveal.
Pros: When it worked, it was cheap storage.
Cons: It stopped working after 18 months, reads from the drive would come to a crawl and make file copying impossible.
Summary: I bought two of these drives for use in a DNS-321 NAS. I started having problems with file transfers. Things would start out normal and then slowly degrade, with throughput dropping to zero and even aborting.