Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARS
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My brief review
Welly WU, Amazon
20 November 2010
Summary: I purchased a new Western Digital 1.50 TB Caviar Green SATA Intellipower 64 MB Cache WD15EARS hard drive from Amazon on 11/20/2010. The drive is good to go out of the box. It is quiet, runs cool to the touch, and it is fast. I also purchased a Thermaltake BlacX eSATA USB Docking Station and I use the eSATA connection on my ASUS N61JV-X2 notebook PC which I purchased from Amazon as well running Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit.
Summary: Look, Western Digital makes better hard drives than Seagate in my personal opinion, based on my personal experiences. I always go WD anymore, unless there is some compelling deal. I've found Seagate HDs to be considerably louder and more prone to failure than Western Digital's.
Summary: I purchased these drives to create a RAID 5 setup for home storage, turns out these drives have terrible characteristics for RAID because of the "Green" firmware. If you are using these drives as stand-alone drives everything should be fine, if you are looking to put together a RAID (software or hardware) look somewhere else, there are plenty of consumer-grade drives that work well with RAID.
Summary: Update: Did get past the boot problem. But, these drives randomly "funk out" with transfer speeds dropping so dramatically the system is barely usable. No hard/soft reports in SMART, nothing from the OS (both in and out of the software raid). Even when they're not "funking", they're hardly performance stars. Anyway, had to return them and come up with Plan B. So, bought a Hitachi 7k2000 to try. Oh my, pay dirt.
Summary: Upgrading from 250GB in my NAS drive to this was simple. Open the NAS box, pop this in and switch on. Thats all there is to it. Read lots of reviews criticising the drive because of "green" firmware, apparently drive fails due to power conservation protocols, i havent seen this yet, so am very happy. Speed is super quick, loads of space to fill.
Summary: My iMac had a 500gb WD Caviar 5000AAKS and as everyone knows it can be quite nerve racking trying to find a replacement drive that is fully compatible and at a good price point. This drive hit both on the nail and I am very happy with the performance. I have been using smcFancontrol to monitor the performance and it has been great.
Summary: and i can report that the drive is till going strong. I have found these drives to be very reliable on the whole. Before this I had two Seagate ST31000524AS 3.5 inch Barracuda drives. Both failed in just outside of a year. Thankfully I had a SMART utility running in the background that forewarned me before they failed so I was able to back up my vital info. I had alway thought Seagate drives were excellent quality, but this has changed my opinion.
Summary: Fitted this to a Topfield PVR in place of the 7200rpm WD Disk originally fitted. When I switched on I thought it was faulty but then I heard a slight click and the Topfield asked to format it. Putting my ear to it confirmed it was rotating. So now the humming noise of the previous disk is a thing of the past and I have a silent PVR with oodles of disk space.
Summary: I always used Western Digital drives, but I've got to say this one has disappointed me. After 18 months of unremarkable adequate light use (installed once, never moved, clean, dry environment, etc) it just stopped working. Local IT guy can't find cause, and I'm spending hours partially recovering the data (family photos, etc) with specialist software.
Summary: I had reservations about purchasing this hdd mainly due to other reviewers saying they are noisy. Well this WD 1.5TB is smooth and quiet too. Having preferred other HDD manufacturers in the past I was unsure about buying from Western Digital, but after buying this one I would definitely buy thiers again. The slower spin speed is not a problem as it is installed in a NAS drive used only for storage.