Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD20EARS
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24 February 2016
Summary: One could argue I got life out of this but I'll argue that this life is poor, very poor. On top of that for whatever reason the drive gave no indications of failing via SMART warnings or any alerts on the RAID setup which is highly unusual.
Pros: Bought 2, used in RAID1 setup. Lasted 3 years, if anyone considers that good.
Cons: Very slow drives. Shortest lifespan I've had out of any WD drive in the past decade with the exception of a couple that failed very quickly, which is preferable. One of the 2 I bought has failed in my mirror setup. No SMART warnings, no RAID warnings, the mirror just started failing. 2 year warra...
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