Summary: WD seems to losing their quality over the past couple of years. Maybe its time to try a different company.
Pros: WD was a great, reliable brand. 3yr warranty on the green drives, RMA easy to do but pay for shipping.
Cons: Owned this drive for about 1 1/2 yrs in a Server 2K3 standard ATX case. Used as a backup drive and rarely turned on. All the sudden it was not reading portions of the disk. Ran WD diag utility with loads of bad sectors. Under 3 yr warranty the drive was RMA and we'll see what happens. Good thing ...
Summary: I had two of these drives up and running for about a year, and when I saw them go on sale again recently I picked up two more ... I really wanted to get a couple more before the 512 byte sector drives were phased out. Well, in less than a month, one of the two new ones failed.
Pros: Cool & Quiet! Largest capacity natively supported by the OS & BIOS 512 byte sectors Super easy warranty return/replacement process
Cons: Had one out of four fail on me, hence the deducted egg.
Summary: 4 seems fair as since this is newegg with the geek crowd it would be nice if it listed clearly to not use this in a raid setup even a home raid. Clearly using this in a enterprise environment would likely not be a good idea without some expertise and fortitude
Pros: - Good size - Good power usage (I would assume)
Cons: - I should have read that these do not work in a RAID setup even with RAID 1 - Technically they are not to be used in any raid setup but my issues were specifically with Intel Matrix Storage/Rapid Storage
Summary: Bought 8 of them to run in a Raid 5 set up over a year ago, and just had the first one start failing. Was only a read error with bad sectors though, so it didn't fail catastrophically. Not too bad considering it was up for months at a time. Shipping back for a free replacement this week.
Pros: Quiet, & low power. Able to truely live up to the "I" in RAID (redundant array of INEXPENSIVE disks). Redundancy also lets you avoid some of the data loss others see when drives inevitably die. 3 year warranty is nice too when that happens.
Cons: A little slow and cheaply built, but not a big problem with redundancy & speed gains of a Raid setup.
Summary: Not sure about the running "cooler" topic, I have these and some RE3 drives, and both run around 39c in a well ventilated case, so don't appear much of any different to me? That must only apply if you don't allow for airflow, which is crazy IMO, even in a desktop.
Pros: This model allows enabling TLER and change of head parking timing. Reasonably quick, have eight in a RAID 6 array on Areca controller. None of the eight I ordered arrived DOA. I did a low level format with verify pass after wards on each drive, which took around 2days per spindle, none had any ba...
Cons: Reportedly high failure rate. I have eight of these drives, and three EARS model in my server. I have two EARS in my Windows 7 desktop as well, none have given me problems yet.
Summary: First time I have had to RMA anything from Newegg in over six years.
Pros: Too early to say. Shipment arrived on time.
Cons: One of three drives arrived with physical damage. Again it looks like a result of bad packaging. Two of the three drives were in the box with nothing between them. It looks like one drive damaged the connectors on the other drive.
Pros: I have a lot of hard drives and my conclusion is the WD is the best... a lot of space and the price is great... some people concern about the speed, remember is a green device... but don't be... if you need it for storage and multimedia playback this is it....
Cons: not for main HD.... little bit slow in the first access... remember is a green device (adaptative power consumption)