Summary: Used 2 of these drives in a Raid 1 storage array. After only a couple weeks the IRST alerted me that the array was degraded. I tested the drive on a standalone system outside of Raid and confirmed it was defective. For 5 year reliability, my confidence is shaken. I do however like the RE models.
Pros: Cost effective. Long warranty. Raid compatible.
Cons: Slow transfers. Loud noise while reading or writing. Poor reliability.
Pros: Booted up with no problem and good performance for an HDD.
Cons: LOUSY drive. Clicking and rattling must be at least twice as loud as my former Caviar Blue. What I've read on forums though is that the direct contact of the HDD with the case might be amplifying the problem. Will attempt the popular bungee mod to dampen the sound.
Summary: These drives are absolutely excellent ive never owned enterprise grade drives but they are definitely worth the couple extra buckx. I ordered 4 Drives for two raid 1's and 1 spare drive for total of 5. Clean zero formatted each one 3 times and ran disk check and WD Smart Full test.
Summary: These drives will be used in raid 10. Even though they are built to be used in a raid I firmly believe it is critical that you do a multiple pass read/write to the HDD's before building your raid and writing data. It is the old school equivalent of a burn in.
Summary: I tried to jumper pins 1 & 2, then 5 & 6... No go, but that is based on jumpers on older drives, per the WD site. Should be the same, but who knows what changes a secret cult made to this drive.
Pros: I don't know of any Pros yet. My PC won't boot with the drive hooked up. I tried everything and can't even get a chirp to POST. If pressed to list ONE Pro, it would be the bubble pouch the drive was shipped in.
Cons: This drive is finicky about native SATA controllers. WD site is horrid trying to resolve this problem. They tried to explain the SATA jumpers with a pic of a PATA drive. Maybe they meant to write PATA and I was supposed to read their mind. No mention of this drive in the knowledge base and NO ins...