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Western Digital WD20EADS
5.5 out of 10

Western Digital WD20EADS

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Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD20EADS

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Overall 6
6.0

OK drive, but..

Lars, Amazon
15 June 2013
  • Summary: ..it came packed in bubble plastic without a antistatic bag and I had a few problems at first getting it initialized for my Mac. Again, no more used drives for me.
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Overall 6
6.0

get what you pay for

Michael W., Newegg
9 December 2012
  • Summary: after 2 years in a hp mediasmart, 1 out of 2 are still finctional.
  • Pros: price, size, functionality
  • Cons: seemingly short mtbf
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Overall 6
6.0

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.
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Overall 6
6.0

Mine died too

James P., Newegg
29 April 2012
  • Summary: I should have got 2 and done a RAID
  • Pros: cheap
  • Cons: died with no warning after 2 years.
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Overall 6
6.0

Its OK.....

Tanner P., Newegg
24 March 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

Tends to run slow

Anonymous, Newegg
28 February 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

QC/Reliability Issues

Bob C., Newegg
14 February 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

Good drive but becoming unreliable model

Anonymous, Newegg
19 January 2011
  • 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.
  • Pros: Fast, quiet, good price
  • Cons: Very high failure rate lately
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Overall 6
6.0

One of Four failed

Joseph H., Newegg
14 November 2010
  • Summary: Thankfully, I run my RAID arrays as 0+0 with frequent manual backups. One of my four drives died, hence the 3-egg rating. Now I have to RMA a piece of hardware.
  • Pros: Cheap, energy-efficient, silent, mass storage, good reviews online.
  • Cons: One of my four drives died after 3 months of use.
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Overall 6
6.0

Didn't think it would happen to me, but DOA

Ian K., Newegg
4 November 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...
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