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 -
Summary: I should have heeded the warnings I was reading when I ordered the drive. Sad. I'm upgrading all my 1.5/2 TB drives to 4TB drives, but it still would be nice to be able to use my old drives when they are only a few years old.
Pros: It was cheap back in 2011. That is why I bought it. Not because of the "green" aspect.
Cons: Although it did not fail a SMART test, I could not load the drive for any other test and I have a suite of testing software that I use as a pc tech. I put the drive into an external enclosure and was able to access the data. However, once I replaced the drive back into service inside my file serv...
Summary: SMART is warning that this drive is imminent danger of complete failure. This is happening after less than 48 hours of actual powered on use. I originally bought this drive for offline storage of my ripped DVD collection. All of my live media is stored on a RAID array.
Pros: Large capacity, affordable price
Cons: Poor quality control, 2 year warranty, doesn't hold up over time even when not in use.
Summary: I used to have good luck with Western Digital. I have drives made by them that have been running for years...until this one. I have a 400G made in 2007 that still runs 24x7. I will never buy another Western Digital 2 year warranty or less drive again.
Pros: It's 2T and cheap. They really have the warranty dialed in. You get to buy a new one every 2 years.
Cons: My first drive needed to be RMA'd a little over a year after I bought it. The second drive was OK. Date of manufacture on the second one is 13 Mar 2012. It died yesterday. I expected a little better quality out of WD. I will never buy a another WD drive.
Summary: I will now only buy drives with 5yr warranties. I wish drive manufactures would make software to interact with a drive going bad, so you could just have it avoid bad areas instead of the whole thing locking up at times.
Pros: very quiet, decent speed for storage (not main drive)
Cons: lasted 3years & 3months, most of my other drives have lasted 10yrs+ firmware keeps trying to read spots IT OBVIOUSLY CANT read, probably damaging drive more, not allowing me to copy off things more important to me
Cons: Had a 2-year warranty. At about 2 years and 4 months, the drive started dropping out of DMA to extremely slow PIO mode. It also lost some data to corruption. I used it in an always-on HTPC with good ventilation. To be fair, conditions were pretty dusty.