Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD20EARS
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13 November 2011
Excerpt: Bought 3 of these a year ago (for RAID1 and an external backup). I haven't had a problem, until recently. One of the drives started in with a SMART error. A quick RMA to Western Digital fixed it however. My other 2 drives still function flawlessly.
Nothing green about this drive. My experinced failure rate makes them disaposable junk.
14 July 2013
Summary: If you're buying this drive, you better buy two as they're short lived and fail rather quickly. I'm the owner of 6 Caviar Green drives and all have failed with-in the 3 (now lowered to 2 year warranty period) and each time they've expected me to ship them back which leaves my data on the failed disks vulnerable and exposed. They refurbish and ship the drives back out as their warranty replacements so you will end up with someone elses refurbished drive.
Western Digital looks towards the better, but takes a turn for the worse...
30 September 2012
Summary: I bought this drive a month short of 2 years ago. I was well chuffed with capacity, and pretty happy with speeds too, after all - I'd only gotten it for 80 quid(back when HDDs were cheap :D). Recently however I learnt about reliability issues with WD's Green line up. Basically, whenever the head is inactive for more than 8 seconds, the firmware sends it into "park" mode. This discharges it completely. When it's needed again - it's charged again and used.
Summary: I'm currently using this as a storage hard drive on a windows 7 computer and its doing the job perfectly. had it for around a year and dont have a single complaint to make about it. when it comes to get getting more space I will be going to WD again.
Summary: I bought this approx 2.5 years ago but I only really appreciated it now because my other 2TB drive died (Seagate Barracuda). The Seagate drive isn't even as old as this and they were both being used in the same NAS enclosure (i.e. subject to the same use), so kudos to the Western Digital. I'm a little confused as to why it's now £99 because when I bought it it was £69... I though hard-drives were getting cheaper?!? It's a bit out of my price range now...
Summary: I purchased this item to be used with a Drobo 4-Bay FireWire 800/USB 2.0 DAS Enclosure and it works well with this unit. I am unable to speculate any further as the Drobo unit manages this hard drive along with 3 other 1Tb hard drives and they all work very well.