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Western Digital WD20EARS
6.3 out of 10

Western Digital WD20EARS

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Overall 2
2.0

2 of 2 Failing after 24 Hours

Mark L., Newegg
3 weeks ago
  • Pros: None.
  • Cons: After 4 years of being on my shelf, I finally opened them to use as backup drives while I build a new RAID array. Both drives exhibit the dreaded "Buffer I/O error on dev sdX". It's sad that these things are so unreliable as to force people to use a RAID array to backup a RAID array. I guess the ...
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Overall 8
8.0

Happy Overall

Brice H., Newegg
24 April 2015
  • Summary: I've had 2 of these running in my machine for the past 4 years, and am pretty happy overall with their performance. I use them primarily for movie storage and playback. They are the first "green" drives I've owned, and it took a little while to get used to the latency when trying to access then for...
  • Pros: Inexpensive when purchased good quality, and price for the storage size
  • Cons: green drive causes a little latency when accessing them for the first time after extended down time
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Overall 8
8.0

Happy Overall

Brice H., Newegg
24 April 2015
  • Summary: I've had 2 of these running in my machine for the past 4 years, and am pretty happy overall with their performance. They are the first "green" drives I've owned, and it took a little while to get used to the latency when trying to access then for the first time after some extended down time, or when...
  • Pros: Inexpensive when purchased good quality, and price for the storage size
  • Cons: green drive causes a little latency when accessing them for the first time after extended down time
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Overall 2
2.0

IF YOUR DRIVE STILL WORKS SET PARK TO TIME TO 300seconds

Worth K., Newegg
25 March 2015
  • Summary: Never bumped during use, low temperatures with airflow, the drive damaged itself. Forums filled with similar info. I set drive aside for a couple years, started tinkering with it again (SpinRite,, MHDD, DOS6 format /u , HD Tune 0 fill.... tinkering) I figured i'd write this to warn others.
  • Pros: Alot of storage when drive came out, got almost all my data off it before a partition disappeared and drive became unusable (minutes of inactivity) from retrying to read what couldn't be read.
  • Cons: Failed just after warranty Apparently heads park every 9 seconds of inactivity (60,300 park/load for 6,500 hours of use) 542 reallocated sectors out of 2TB should be usable but I'm assuming the heads aren't working properly because dysfunction has exponentially grown.
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Overall 2
2.0

The worst HDD I've ever bought!

Ricardo R., Newegg
3 January 2015
  • Summary: I bought 3 of these to make a RAID, as you will find out, 'Green' HDD don't work for a RAID because of their variable RPM's. After swallowing my pride, I decide to keep them and keep them stand alone; so far, 2 out of the three I purchased have died.
  • Pros: 64MB Cache, 2TB, a lot for the money... at the time of purchase
  • Cons: They drop like flies!
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Overall 10
10

Worked for 2 years and counting

Simon R., Newegg
21 December 2014
  • Pros: Bought this to upgrade our DirectV DVR. Worked fine until we had to vhange the DVR (thank-you DirectV). Will be putting it into LVM group on my desktop.
  • Cons: None
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Overall 4
4.0

More Failed Drives...

Ray M., Newegg
9 December 2014
  • Pros: Quiet and fast enough.
  • Cons: Failed after 3-years. I have three of these and two have failed in the past week. Disappointing.
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Overall 4
4.0

4 years of light usage = failure

Hamilton Y., Newegg
23 November 2014
  • Summary: This drive was primarily used as a backup, which meant that heavy read/writes cycles were rare. I was hoping that this would outlast a much older primary Seagate 1TB drive, but it died before. My Seagate continues to hum along while this drive has crashed and burned.
  • Pros: Worked okay as a backup drive.
  • Cons: Failed after 4 years of light usage, 1 year out of warranty. Not recommended -
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Overall 10
10

Great drive great price

Charles M., Newegg
18 November 2014
  • Pros: Had this drive for 3 years. I use it for storage, and do run games from it, though rarely. Speed is great for the type of drive it is, no complaints.
  • Cons: None
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Overall 2
2.0

3 Year Drive

Binh T., Newegg
15 November 2014
  • Summary: I gotta hand it to WD for being able to manufacture a product that fails so soon after their warrantee expires. Unfortunately for them, there are many other companies that manufacture the same product that we can buy from.
  • Pros: Lasted 1 year more than their warrantee. I have 4 of these in a RAID5, so luckily only 1 died so, I didn't lose all my data.
  • Cons: It lasted 1 year more than their warrantee. I have this in a RAID 5, so I have to buy more for backup. Would definitely use another manufacturer but concerned about compatibility in my configuration.
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