Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARS
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Failing After 3 Years
Greg B., Newegg
29 November 2014
Pros: Affordable drive. When it did fail, it didn't completely die. It was mostly still accessible. Bad sectors developing out of nowhere.
Cons: Went bad after 3 years. I'm not used to that kind of poor reliability even from cheap drives. I'd think twice before buying a cheap drive from WD or frankly, any disc-based HDD that doesn't include a 5 year warranty in the future.
Summary: WD is very fast at RMA but now that I have it, Not sure that I even want to bother with it. I have ALWAYS used WD and now i'm in doubt. Especially after reading these reviews. Maybe bigger is not better... just sayin.... I may shop for some older drives to use to hold my backups.
Pros: At the time I bought it, it was bargain priced.
Cons: Barely lasted a year. I used this drive for storage only and it got really slow and my pc had a hard time recognizing it with it my external drive enclosure so I decided to run some tests on it with WD programs. Failed all the tests. Told me it had too many bad sectors to complete the test
Summary: Having been in IT since the 80's I remember when HDD's were like CPU's - it was almost unheard of that they would fail. I still have 13GB & 40GB WD drives from the 1990's which worke fine.
Pros: Easy clone & install with WD's verrsion of Acronis. Not overly slow. Large capacity. Great price. Handy WD utilities for finding out that your drive is about to die.... Easy RMA process. 3 years warranty.
Cons: Exessive bad sectors after 18 months. Need to RMA.
Pros: good price, easy integration And as always, I love "the egg"
Cons: while this seems odd, my system would not allow Win-7x64 to be installed to this as the C drive, but when I changed from this drive to another drive, it installed fine. Repeated results twice, so it's not a fluke. I then had to use Acronis to clone from that disk to this disk.
Summary: Seagate is growing and buying up the competition. I try to stay away from them as I had a nightmare experience with their drives. Western Digital is scaring me. I hope they make better drives or I have to look to another manufacture.
Pros: Cool and quiet drive with decent read and write speeds around 100 MBs.
Cons: Drive died after 10 months of very light use. I used this drive to backup my data as a storage drive with no OS. I used Advanced Format. When I finished backing up my data I powered off the drive by uninstalling it from device manager and safely removing hardware. This drive was never constantly ...