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Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARS

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Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARS

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2.0

2 of 2 WD drives I've purchased have now crashed on me within 5 years of purchase....

Mani Arabi, Amazon
10 January 2015
  • Summary: The second WD drive I've purchased. The second WD drive to crash on me. Background: I use my computer extensively both for work and gaming. I do NOT do any type of large-scale data writing (no photo/video editing, etc). In general, I think my HDD gets used roughly about average, perhaps slightly above average due to the number of games I regularly install/uninstall for reviewing.
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Overall 2
2.0

not dependable, slow

THOMAS F., Newegg
18 November 2013
  • Pros: Lots of Space, Low Price
  • Cons: Don't depend on it. In the 3 years I owned it, it lost its FAT table 3x. I never lost data because I double backup, but don't spend your money on this one.
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Overall 2
2.0

Failed 1 month after Warranty

JustTheFacts, Amazon
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!
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Overall 2
2.0

It failed, as the pre-purchase reviews warned me

THOMAS F., Newegg
10 March 2013
  • Summary: I read the reviews about this drive before I bought it, but still made the purchase because it was really cheap. It was bought as part of my double back drive configuration, so I knew if it failed I would be OK. It lasted 26 months. Don't skimp on backup drive quality! I do not recommend this drive.
  • Pros: Low Price.
  • Cons: Failed at 26 months.
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Overall 2
2.0

broke after 21 months

Matthew C., Newegg
1 October 2012
  • Summary: I use this drive as a backup drive, not very heavy usage, in an external shell. I was hoping it would last at least until its 2-year warranty, but apparently not...
  • Pros: cheap
  • Cons: I found this drive doing death throws (repeatedly doing something with its head that I can hear) and unmounted one morning after 21 months.
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Overall 2
2.0

Dead after 21 months

Johnny L., Newegg
1 October 2012
  • Summary: This was my first "big" drive. It is also the first "Green" drive I have purchased. It will be the last. Terrible experience.
  • Pros: Huge capacity
  • Cons: Capacity doesn't matter if the drive dies a premature death. When I register my drive, the registration data stated a three year warranty. WD is sending me another drive. This one has cut a year off of my warranty. Not only do I have to go through the hassle of installing and setting up a new drive, I am losing a year of my warranty. No more WD Green drives for me. Burn me once, shame on you Burn me twice, shame on me.
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Overall 2
2.0

Definate Letdown

Johnny L., Newegg
28 September 2012
  • Summary: Test Option: EXTENDED TEST Model Number: WDC WD15EARS-00Z5B1 Unit Serial Number: WD-WMAVU2403203 Firmware Number: 80.00A80 Capacity: 1500.30 GB SMART Status: PASS Test Result: FAIL Test Error Code: 08-Too many bad sectors detected.
  • Pros: I have probably used more than two hundred WD drives when I worked on and built computers. I may have had one or two that I had to send back to the place I bought them because of improper packaging causing damage in shipping. Those were all the old IDE drives. My "last" computer (built a few years ago) is still going strong with a ten year old IDE drive in it.
  • Cons: I decided to build myself a new computer two years ago and bought this drive. It is 21 months old and already dying. It is full of bad sectors. I am very disappointed. My first foray into the huge SATA drive market and it is a huge failure. If I could get a different type of drive as a replacement, I would. I doubt that I will be buying anymore of these Green drives.
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Overall 2
2.0

bad drive / worse customer support

Emmitt Brumley "Emmitt Brumley", Amazon
17 September 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 2
2.0

Junk

Ferdinando B., Newegg
23 June 2012
  • Pros: Worked for 18 months
  • Cons: Died after 18 months. HORRIBLE!!
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Overall 2
2.0

Garbage!

Michael C., Newegg
9 June 2012
  • Summary: This drive had at most 100 hours of power on time and was only used to store movies and music. Unfortunately my back up of a back up was moved to another computer so I get the wonderful chore of having to find all my media again. I have had 2 WD 80 gigs Black editions running at now over 43000 hours with absolutely no issues. And these drive see around 500 GIG of throughput per month. They don't build them like the use to it seems.
  • Pros: It was cheep before the flood sky rocketed HD costs.
  • Cons: Worked flawless as a media storage drive for a year until the platter servo froze or head froze to the platter. Fixed this by spinning it on a table until I heard the heads release. Then the wonderful click of death upon spin up. Now not recognized by OS or dos.
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