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6.7 out of 10

Western Digital WD20EARS

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Overall 8

Works OK, but not without some caveats

jfabello, Amazon
5 March 2011
  • Summary: This is the second WD Caviar Green HDD that I bought for my Synology DS210j NAS. So far both HDDs have been working without a problem, but, there are some caveats. Fisrt, the sleep timer in the HDD firmware is set for 8 seconds, and, with the flush data instruction on the NAS set to 10 seconds, the HDD will be constantly turning on an off 6 times in a minute, wearing it prematurely; to switch the function off you would need to get a PC with a SATA port and run the...
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Overall 10

Great HDD!!!

Sean T. Smrt "The Penguin", Amazon
23 February 2011
  • Summary: I've been using this hard drive in my system for a week as well as a 1TB caviar green I bought last year. These drives are a little bit slower on transfer rates for obvious reasons, but they still work perfectly. The drive is a GREAT value and I predict I will be buying more to throw into my server this week. The fact that they run low energy means they are quiet and stay cool, which makes them ideal for server stacking.
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Overall 6

Good secondary drive

Pablo509 "paulf509", Amazon
5 February 2011
  • Summary: I bought this to insert into an HP MediaSmart Server running Windows Home Server (WHS). The drive is a bit slower than say the 2TB WD Cavair Black (or several other 2TB drives on the market). For my purposes, that was not an issue. I bought it for the price, size and power conserving features. The drive arrived nicely packaged. The drive is an advanced format drive. It uses 4K sectors instead of 512B.
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Overall 2

seems WD's 2TB drives are a crapshoot

B. Moore, Amazon
19 January 2011
  • Summary: I ordered one last week, and it was basically DOA. The first run of diagnostic tests (using WD's software) all passed, but the second run of the tests started finding bad sectors -- then things continued to go downhill. I ended up returning the drive for a refund. The drive had a Sept 2010 date code. WD's quality control on these 2TB drives seems to be extremely poor -- too many people are getting DOA drives!
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Overall 8

Perfectly Adequate Drive

tbf2010, Amazon
17 December 2010
  • Summary: I purchased a single bare drive to expand my storage capabilities. The drive is constantly shuffled between three external SATA docks. I installed the drive and performed a full format on the drive, zeroed it out and redid the format to ensure the drive had no defects from the factory. After the (expected) painfully long process, all was well and many bits were transferred.
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Overall 10

Works great with Synology NAS products!

Maine Hurley, Amazon
16 December 2010
  • Summary: I purchased 2 of these drives for use in a Synology DS211j and so far they work great in RAID 1 configuration. Very quiet and cool operation.
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Overall 4

Some worked, some didn't

gregb, Amazon
11 December 2010
  • Summary: I purchased five WD20EARS drives for Windows XP Pro with SP3. Two drives formatted NTFS as expected in external dock on eSATA port. These were formatted with one partition and then used Acronis align tool to accommodate advanced format drive technology on Win XP (See Western Digital web site). However three drives failed to successfully format, resulting in system crash during each format attempt.
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Overall 8

Inexpensive, works exactly as advertised

David Brukman, Amazon
18 November 2010
  • Summary: Note that this is an OEM drive: no screws, cables, instructions, or anything else in the box. If that's what you expect, the disk is for you. The cardboard box is small, but the disk is surprisingly well protected, while easy to open -- a good packaging design. I installed it in Windows Vista (had to use some screws included with the computer specifically for additional drives, also had to purchase separately a SATA drive -- all as expected.
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Overall 10

Space for cheap

John S. Dean "John", Amazon
12 November 2010
  • Summary: Was happy to see the 2TB drives drop under $100. I remember when hard drives finally got close to breaking the $1 per meg cost, how happy I was. Now at those prices I have 24 million dollars of storage on my server... These are quiet, perform well for my Windows Home Server to hold all my multimedia content. And priced great.
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Overall 10

So far, so good.

Allen C. Huffman, Amazon
11 November 2010
  • Summary: The real test of this drive will be seeing how long it lasts before it crashes and loses all my data. I have four of these drives now in a 2nd generation Drobo. My other Drobo still has four 1.5TB Seagate drives in it. I expected these "slower" Green drives to have worse performance in the already-hobbled Drobo environment, but to my surprise, the Drobo with these four 2TB drives is actually faster than the other one with the "faster" drives. Happy surprise.
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