Quiet & Cool but Some Problems in my Netgear ReadyNAS Ultra 4
R. Knowlton, Amazon
13 May 2012
Summary: Ninety-five percent of my hard drives are Western Digital. In my 20 years of computing, I have only had one 2.5" hard drive fail on me. Until I recently got rid of it, I was still using a 1992-era 20MB hard drive that had thousands and thousands of hours on it.
Summary: I reformatted it a year ago because it kept saying "I/O device error". It seemed to be working fine until now...
Pros: Super amount of space obviously. File transfer rate was similar to my WD Blue. Very quiet.
Cons: Ive been using this thing for almost 2 years. Ive reformatted it once about a year ago at 40% full. Now at 60% full it cant take anymore. Gives me a message saying "I/O device error". I can't download anything to it or transfer any files to it, but i can read and delete anything off the drive.
Summary: I would recommend it strictly for storage.
Pros: Plenty of storage
Cons: I was using it to run my operating system, Windows XP. The computer seemed to run excessively slow. I have 2 PATA drives in the computer as well. I installed Windows 7 on one of the PATA drives and the computer is running faster with the PATA than it did with this SATA.
Summary: The other drives in my server are Hitachis and while they run a few degrees hotter than the WD Greens, they show no bad sectors and no errors on scans. One bad drive I can understand...three in a row? I'll be avoiding the Green drives in the future.
Pros: Runs at a lower temperature than other drives in Server
Cons: Bought 3, all three have been replaced. 1st was DOA and had to return it within 30 minutes of purchasing it from Best Buy. 2nd one lasted a year before dying in my server causing nearly 2 TB of lost data. Replaced with advanced RMA. 3rd died at 1 year and 2 months, also replaced with advanced RMA.
Summary: I don't know if the WD quality control department took a few days off in September 2010 but this is the 3rd drive of the same model I have had fail that was made during this time. RMAing these drives to WD is getting old $$. The other 5 are running fine but were made earlier in 2010.
Summary: Waiting on the RMA process now, hopefully I get a good one this time. There are a TON of reviews on here from people with DOA drives... As with just about any hard drive. I just figured they were most likely "ID10T errors" and that there's no way that these drives were that unreliable.
Pros: Huge and only 79.99 with coupon code.
Cons: Using Windows 7 64bit, the system hangs for 5-10 minutes if the drive is plugged in. When Disk Management finally loads, the drive cannot be formatted. I tried with Windows Format and Acronis True Image for WD provided by the WD website. I got "unable to write to sector #####" with Acronis True I...