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Western Digital WD20EARS
6.1 out of 10

Western Digital WD20EARS

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Overall 4
4.0

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Ray M., Newegg
9 December 2014
  • Pros: Quiet and fast enough.
  • Cons: Failed after 3-years. I have three of these and two have failed in the past week. Disappointing.
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Overall 4
4.0

4 years of light usage = failure

Hamilton Y., Newegg
23 November 2014
  • 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 -
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Overall 4
4.0

Wish I had not bought this drive

Marcus R., Newegg
22 October 2014
  • 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...
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Overall 4
4.0

Drive doesn't hold up

Thomas M., Newegg
17 July 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 4
4.0

Not impressed

Douglas S., Newegg
31 May 2014
  • 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: It died at 2 years and 10 months.
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Overall 4
4.0

User Review

Colby O., Newegg
16 February 2014
  • Pros: Affordable, quiet, high capacity.
  • Cons: 1 of 1 drive worked for 28 months before it failed.
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Overall 4
4.0

User Review

Douglas E., Newegg
10 February 2014
  • Pros: Ran quiet.
  • 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.
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Overall 4
4.0

way too slow

Sean P., Newegg
13 January 2014
  • Pros: It's nice and big, quiet... and has a green label on it.
  • Cons: I was only getting 35 MB/s sequential read speed. That means getting my data off this drive took 16 hours!
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Overall 4
4.0

2yr warranty, lasted 3yrs3months

Worth K., Newegg
8 December 2013
  • 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
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Overall 4
4.0

Started to die shortly after warranty

Martin S., Newegg
5 December 2013
  • Pros: Worked fine when it worked.
  • 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.
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