Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD20EARS
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Hard drive failure
Rashaad Fortune, Amazon
10 October 2013
Summary: Took the hard drive back to South Africa with with me and it failed after a few weeks. None of diagnostics software available on the WD website worked so I was stuck with a bum drive because the cost to send it back to the US was too high.
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!
Huge, Fast, Quiet and Inexpensive! - Please Read New Update
Bill E. "The Movie Critic", Amazon
22 October 2010
Summary: This review is for Western Digital 2 TB Caviar Green SATA Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive WD20EARS . I've been looking for the largest and the least expensive external hard drive on the market without compromising quality. I seem to use about 1.5 TB -2 TB about every 2-3 months. The last 2 TB drive I purchased from Amazon few months ago was Western Digital WD Elements 2 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive WDBAAU0020HBK-NESN .
WD Refuses to support Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, OpenSolaris & ZFS File System
Oded Shopen "odedia", Amazon
19 October 2010
Summary: You can't use these drives on ZFS pools in FreeNAS, FreeBSD, Open Solaris etc, or any RAID5 configuration for that matter. The drives have 4096 bytes per sector but the report 512 bytes to the OS for "Windows XP" emulation. Gee, thanks. What about users of advanced operating systems? WD won't even give us a firmware update tool to have the drive report its REAL sector size!
Summary: I recently received my WD20EARS bare drive and after I installed it, nothing could properly format it-- Acronis Disk Director and Windows Vista reported errors on the drive. After allowing Vista Disk Manager to "fix" it, the drive only had 1 TB of space available. Manufacturer instructions on [...] indicate there is a software fix, but only for Windows XP systems. I did not try it with Vista.
Multiple bad sectors, drive would not format properly.
Collin Klopfenstein, Amazon
20 September 2010
Summary: Tried to install in a 2 year old computer running XP. I Did my research, set all the jumpers correctly. But in the end every program I tested this drive with came up with unreadable sectors errors and I could not format the drive because of these errors. I have been seeing a lot of bad drives lately. I guess you get what you pay for. (I tend to buy cheap drives like this from both WD and Seagate.
Summary: i love WD drives, but i am not pleased with this one or series, i guess i got a bad one, 1 week of usage and suddenly the drive drops to RAW format, i was able to get my data back off it using some tools, but after scanning it was filled with bad sectors! Frustrating that this day in age hard drives seem to become less and less reliable then they were 10 years ago.
Summary: I purchased this drive for use in a 4-bay Drobo system. I installed the latest Drobo firmware and software as recommended for compatibility with the new EARS type drive. Installation into a Drobo was, of course, easy, and the system reconfigured itself with the additional storage. About one month later, the Drobo Dashboard software is reporting that this 2 TB drive has failed.
Defective according to vendor's diagnostic program
28 January 2010
Summary: Before I even formatted the drive, I install WD's own 'LifeGuard' diagnostic program and ran an extended test on the drive (twice). Each test estimated 4-5 hours to run, took over 6 hours to run, and eventually reported back that the drive failed with a message of '08-Too many bad sectors detected". Amazon's price is nice, but it isn't worth risking my data in this drive if the vendor's own diagnostic software reports that it is defective. Sent it back to Amazon.