Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD20EARS
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Reliable Low Power Drive
14 August 2013
Summary: I use these drives in a Thecus SAN. It is set-up with RAID 10. Even though these are only 5400 RPM drives, set up with RAID 10, the SAN is very responsive. We had the SAN up 24/7 for 2 years. One of the 4 drives became questionable, so we replaced it.
Summary: I used to have a 5400rpm, 80 GB hard drive in my Vista laptop. After a year and a half of new software, and gunking up the hard drive, I had only 10 GB of space left, which made my laptop pretty slow. I popped this 7200rpm, 320 GB hard drive in, and reinstalled from the factory image. WHAT A HUGE DIFFERENCE! No problems at all swapping it out. It boots up in half the time it did when new with the smaller hard drive.
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.
Pros: These 2TB and 3TB large capacity WD drives are exactly as advertised. There is far to much mis-information about large drives and I'd like to clear it up for all customer. I'm a systems engineer and manufacture storage servers. See Other Thoughts!
Summary: This is a first for me- I've ordered tens of thousands of dollars of equipment from the Egg, and never had something like this happen due to gross packing negligence.
Pros: Drives offer great capacity/performance:cost ratio. Also lower power and less heat! Western Digital is amazing!
Cons: Newegg really dropped the egg on this one, causing a 2 egg loss. The 6 drives came in a cut-out section of a bulk OEM delivery tray, each static bagged, then wrapped in bubble wrap and tossed in the box. Only 1 end of each drive was in styrofoam- the other ends were touching metal to metal through the static bags. Of the 6 drives, 5 had to be RMA'd due to smart failures, millions of bad sectors, and one with a click of death. WD advance replaced all 5 drives, all five...
READ THIS IF YOU ARE USING A LINUX BASED SYSTEM, NAS SERVER ETC.
27 March 2011
Summary: If you are using a Linux based system, this drive requires the use of wdidle3! The green series on any linux based system, NAS, server etc. requires a change in the Landing count. Google it. The drive will park itself thousands of times in a very short time greatly reducing operating life. I have these drives in a synology NAS linux based. Due to the green nature of this drive it parks itself within 7 seconds of non-use. In a RAID or NAS this is bad!
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.