Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD20EARS
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Great drive! lasted 8 months ... too bad green line is not ver reliable.
W. R. S "Wars", Amazon
18 June 2012
Summary: This is a great drive, big CON ... no reliable, had other greens already dead out of warranty. I choose a Black Caviar as replacements instead.. also have a great performance, MTBF and 5 years warranty. 2 stars? yes.. I was lucky cause I keep backups everywhere. My advice, download the free Acronis disk monitoring tool for Win and also WD DataLifeGuard tools, first one will tell you when you drive starts to dye (if you are lucky enough), second one will verify and also...
Summary: I bought this drive for my home server in July 2010. I have 6TB worth of data on my server and this drive is a pretty big chunk of that total. Have had problems with my server for the past 2 months and finally found out it was because this drive failed. I expected it to last much longer.
Summary: I bought a few of these drives alongside with Seagate green barracudas. I use LINUX and have serious issues formatting these drives. These are 'advanced' drives which can't be easily formatted with existing tools, and WD does not provide drivers for anything but Windows XP (why?). These problems are solvable with a lot of pain, here is one suggested solution (which does NOT always work): [...]. Or you can just opt for Seagate and save yourself much pain.
Summary: Purchased Jan.1, 2012, received Jan. 4th, RMA Jan. 7th. This drive was slow out the door, I didn't think that much about it being a "Green" drive but after 2 days I suspected this drive had bad sectors. My PC kept freezing, my second partition just disappeared, and google chrome kept giving me the "Waiting for cache" status. So I went to WD website and downloaded the Western Digital Data Life Guard Diagnostics (WDDLG) software.
Summary: I received this product promptly, so Amazon did a great job of delivery. The drive is running very slowly and did so upon installation. I have tried it on several computers with the same results. I downloaded the information instructions, drivers, etc and have fiddled with it for a couple of months with no better results. I suspect the drive is defective. I will try to get a replacement of refund from Western Digital if possible.
Summary: Everything worked wonderfully for about two months....then it failed. Why couldn't it have failed about 30 days sooner? I give it 5 stars as a $150 paperweight! It will hold down papers in winds up to 50 miles an hour!
Summary: I'm a computer technician who manages numerous client storage arrays. I purchased 6 (six) of these drives in April 2011 to fill one array. Two have failed (accumulative bad sectors) thus far. That's a 33% failure rate within a six month period. Luckily I have these setup in mirrored arrays or the data would have been lost. I have RMA'd one of the drives so far back to Western Digital under warranty. The replacement drive failed (Click of Death) in less than a week.
Summary: Works as an internal drive, either primary or secondary. I bought this drive to use with my USB dock; however, "Green" drives does not work with the dock. I'm not sure if my dock doesn't support green drives or green drives just does not work as an external. Other non green drives seem to work fine with my dock.
Summary: a quick review. I installed this HD on my windows home server and worked great for 3 weeks then suddenly it stopped functioning, tried everything to fix it but to no luck. Luckily I still had enough time to replace it with Amazon's great return policy and received the new one today lets see if this one will hold up?