Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARS
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Follow-up review from 11/18/2013 5:47:16 PM
THOMAS F., Newegg
26 December 2013
Summary: This is a follow-up to the review I wrote on 11/18/2013 for a WD 1.5TB green internal hard drive. Western Digital read my review and replied (see my 11/18/2013 review) to contact their customer support and mention their reply. When I called their support, I was pleasantly surprised that after I identified myself and told them about the review, they seemed to be waiting for my call.
Pros: lots of space, cheap
Cons: the first drive failed and its replacement is now installed.
Summary: I've have hard drives at work that have lasted for nearly a decade with a heck of a lot more use than these guys received and they run just fine. Me thinks they've cut down on quality to squeeze out extra profit.
Pros: Well it works what more can I say. I have two of these in a WHS that has been running more or less non stop for almost 2 years have not failed yet.
Cons: I said they haven't failed yet but they are on course to fail sometime this year. I'm getting disk error messages from SMART. From the looks of things they will both die just around their 2 year warranty. So I guess they are following their word on that. I'm giving it just 3 eggs for doing what they promised. Since I've had other last well past their warranty date this ones are merely average.
Summary: Used in a nonRAID environment for my Windows 2008 R2 Server as a storage disk. System begin locking up with no errors reported. Finally I realized it would only lock up when I was transferring files to the drive. Pulled it out, system locks no longer occur. WD was prompt with my RMA request and shipped out a new drive two days after they received mine. On top of that it only took two days to get here. I've heard a lot of bad reputation for the Green Drives.
Pros: Quiet, Great value when I originally bought it.
Summary: wondering how long these products sit in the warehouse. will be checking build dates more often
Pros: was cheap enough for what i needed (back when i bought it... now costs significantly more)
Cons: failed within 2 years, WD not honouring warrante, saying that the build date was too long ago. tried to get it extended due to the fact that i'm on record as buying it less then 2 years ago and i've had no reply for weeks. so far newegg has not been helpful in rectifying the situation.
Summary: I heard that initially, there was a bad batch of these drives and it seems like WD has gotten past the issues, but I still wouldn't risk putting everything on just one single disk (regardless of whether it was one of these drives or a different make/model). I'd also wait for the price to come back down. I bought mine for close to 100 bucks apiece - they are definitely not worth 180. It'd be better to get 3 1TB drives for RAID5 than paying the same price for 2 of these.
Pros: Low power consumption, large cache size, TONS of space. I've had two in a RAID1 (mirror) setup for a couple of years now and I still haven't even used half of the available space. Decent disk speeds (single drive rates a 5.9 on the Windows Experience Index).
Cons: High failure rate. I'm REALLY glad I bought two of these for a RAID1 setup. One failed within 4 months, although WD was VERY quick to send me a free replacement.
Summary: I should have read the reviews. I just plain forgot. Looks like this drive has a history of not working. :( I just RMA'ed the dead drive and I *hope* I get a working drive. Also at the time I made the purchase I thought this was the only size drive at this price range. Now I find out there's two more: Seagate and Samsung. Aww shucks... On the other hand, the RMA process was easy. Initially I tried doing it online but I was stuck at the shipment calculator.
Pros: Bought 2 drives to install in NAS: Promise SmartStor NS4300N. One worked after formatting, the other didn't. :( In the meantime I just have that one working drive in the NAS and it's working great so far. I've used up about 3.5G and the files are still there as I write this review.
Cons: For the drive that didn't work, the NAS initially detected the drive and returned its information. But the formatting just didn't work. I did a visual inspection of the drive and nothing looked out of the ordinary. I tried again in a different bay but had the same result.
Summary: I RMA'd this drive so I'll give it another shot.
Pros: This drive is large and fast with a low pricetag.
Cons: Died after 10 days(locked up my computer, when I restarted it whirred once and then went CLICK. That was its death.), unfortunately I had bought this as a storage drive so I lost a ton of information.
Summary: I bought this to insert into an HP MediaSmart Server running Windows Home Server (WHS). The drive is a bit slower than say the 2TB WD Cavair Black (or several other 2TB drives on the market). For my purposes, that was not an issue. I bought it for the price, size and power conserving features. The drive arrived nicely packaged. The drive is an advanced format drive. It uses 4K sectors instead of 512B.