Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARS
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Failed 1 month after Warranty
27 September 2013
Summary: Purchased in August 2011. Starting seeing failures in Windows Event Log in September 2013. chkdsk reporting 'Bad block' errors. Do they put self destruct chips in these units to die right after the Warranty expires? What coincidence!
Summary: Got a bad drive. It happens. But the customer non-support experience is totally unacceptable. Bought this drive as a backup in December 2011. After 8 months it died in the middle of a backup. In addition to the purchase price of the drive, I've now had the expense of hiring a technician to diagnose the problem and try (unsuccessfully) to retrieve my data.
Summary: Ok, i have to say this hard drive came to me in good time, good look, but.. when i installed my windows7 pro 64b, it finished well and restarted in error.. then hard drive got screwed, i tried in 3 diferents motherboards and any of them detected this "green" hard drive, i was like uhmmm.. awesome hard drive.. If you want to waste your money buy it..
Summary: After purchasing around 30 Western Digital drives over the years, I figured I couldn't go wrong with another WD. The first drive I received was DOA (okay no biggie, I got a dud). Amazon had me a replacement in just a couple of days (thanks Amazon for the great service). The second drive booted up just fine. After formatting, labeling, and setting permissions, I began copying data over--I bought this simply for data backup/storage.
Summary: I had no problem installing it, but two weeks later it failed with "unknown status code". I ended up returning it and buying a Hitachi 1 TB instead, which has been working well. The customer service was helpful, although their only recommendation was to replace it.
Summary: Hard drive was very poorly packaged by Amazon, extremely disappointed. When I plugged it in it made a very high pitch squealing sound and I was never able to get it to recognize with my BIOS. I had always bought the blue or black series, I guess I was avoiding green for a reason.
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: This drive badged as WD 15evds was in a Sky HD box supplied new by Sky; started having problems recording so removed it and tested using WD diagnostics. SMART stated 78 hours use. The extended diagnostics revealed so many bad sectors that it gave up. Warranty had expired so may try a low level format.........
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.