Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARS
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Hard Drive Review
26 March 2012
Summary: I have been buying hard drives for over 25 years. Through the years I have owned every brand. I can't say for certain that Western Digital is the BEST drive out there, but I can say that the fail rate for me has been much much lower than the other brands I have tried. Also with that said I would like you to know that the Western Digital company has a great warranty and web site that makes returns easy incase a product were to ever fail.
Summary: As far as hard drives go, there are certainly faster and larger capacity drives available. But for the price, this Western Digital Caviar Green drive is tough to beat. I ordered this drive because I am in the process of digitizing my movie collection and needed more space. I added this drive to my computer and shared it for network accessible storage. Even though this drive runs in a lower RPM range (5,600-6,000), it is quite fast.
Summary: Installed in my Win 7 system - no problems so far. Windows easily recognized the disk, did a full format under System Management and have been using it problem free. Disk is very quiet. I'm happy with the purchase.
Summary: Bought one a year ago, so after the recent price drop, i decided to grab another. The drive is quiet, and stays cool. I've always preferred WD over seagate. personally i've had good experiences with the drives, this is the one brand i've experienced the least amount of failures with, by far! The customer service is quick and painless. Although, this is not the fastest drive on the market, the average user won't even notice.
Summary: Bought this a while ago, and don't remember what I paid for it then, but $80 for 1.5TB of space as of 27JAN2011? Damn. I remember back in ~93 or so buying a 120MB (yes, megabyte) Maxtor hard drive for around $200. All my DIY computer friends were jealous; how would I ever fill up all that space?! Funny how time changes. As for the here and now, this drive co-exists happily with three others in a non-RAID environment under Windows 7 Professional x64.
Summary: I read reviews complaining about the advanced format, defect and shipping as a book by Amazon. Since I use the HD as the primary drive with one single partition, I only need to short pins 7 and 8. No trouble at all with the format. I have been playing with the HD for 1 week. I installed OS, and a bunch of drivers, software and updates with so many reboot. So far so good. I used WD HD before. I have not had any problem in the past. Hopefully this HD keeps it up.
Summary: I replaced a Raptor 74 Gig and Raptor 160 Gig. They had 8 Meg Buffers,and a 10,000 RPM platter speed and sounded like a popcorn machine whenever I accessed them. These new WD Cavier Green 1.5 TB disks are very affordable, they are very quite, and access speed seams to be just as fast based on how fast applications launch and OS boot up time, which I had measured and compared to the old Raptors. I am also looking forward to the power savings these eco friendly HDDs offer.
Summary: No problems with installation. Some time was spent configuring Windows 7 to recognize it. Suspect the issue was with the recent install of Windows 7 rather than the hard drive. Use the drive as the backup in my tower PC. It's nice to know it spins down when it's not being used; which is most of the time.
Summary: I bought two of these drives for my iMac. I put them in an external drive holder, so I only need to use up 1 USB port and have 3 terabytes of storage. These drives really are 1.5 terabytes each - none of that 1,000,000 bytes = 1 mb nonsense, so when you install you've lost about 7% of space before you do anything. They show up as 1.5 TB in the finder.. They work flawlessly, and they are SO quiet. A big advance on what I was previously using.