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Western-digital-wd20ears.29028243
6.8 out of 10

Western Digital WD20EARS

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Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD20EARS

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Overall 4
4.0

Some worked, some didn't

gregb, Amazon
11 December 2010
  • Summary: I purchased five WD20EARS drives for Windows XP Pro with SP3. Two drives formatted NTFS as expected in external dock on eSATA port. These were formatted with one partition and then used Acronis align tool to accommodate advanced format drive technology on Win XP (See Western Digital web site). However three drives failed to successfully format, resulting in system crash during each format attempt.
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Overall 4
4.0

Format and check drive before using

M. Miller, Amazon
8 September 2010
  • Summary: It is quickly obvious from the reviews that this drive is not without significant problems for some users in some situations. This is true for many hard drives, so I decided to take a chance. My point for this review is that if you experience known problems, it is far better to recognize the situation early by doing a format and chkdsk before any use of the drive.
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Overall 4
4.0

NOT to be used in any RAID environment

EZSTP, Amazon
8 June 2010
  • Summary: WD has specifically engineered this drive so that it doesn't work well in RAID environments by disabling the TLER firmware instruction. For standalone use drive is quite good.
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Overall 4
4.0

Not worth the trouble; Returned my drives.

SCF "Software Developer", Amazon
28 January 2010
  • Summary: I'm a software engineer and I have enormous archives of data. I currently have more than fifty drives on the shelf behind me, totaling about 20 terabytes of data. For the last two years, I've used almost exclusively the Western Digital Green drives. Perhaps a half dozen each of the 750gb, 1tb, 1.5tb drives. They've been fantastic for data storage. When the 2tb version reached the right price point, I ordered a couple of those.
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Overall 4
4.0

Nothing green about this drive. My experinced failure rate makes them disaposable junk.

Swiftkidd, Amazon
14 July 2013
  • Summary: If you're buying this drive, you better buy two as they're short lived and fail rather quickly. I'm the owner of 6 Caviar Green drives and all have failed with-in the 3 (now lowered to 2 year warranty period) and each time they've expected me to ship them back which leaves my data on the failed disks vulnerable and exposed. They refurbish and ship the drives back out as their warranty replacements so you will end up with someone elses refurbished drive.
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Overall 4
4.0

User Review

pricespy.co.nz
26 June 2012
  • Summary: Pro's: Cheap bulk storage. Con's: 30-50% slower transfer speeds than a 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda. Also seems to handle concurrent access a lot worse - when doing multiple read/writes at the same time, total speed is about 50% slower than when doing one operation, compared to maybe 20% slower on a Barracuda. Also, I discovered 320KB of bad sectors (purely by chance) less than 3 months after purchase (no idea how long they had been there).
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Overall 4
4.0

Lots of issues, but when you get it to work it's value for money

P. Lai, Amazon
25 June 2011
  • Summary: Brought this drive to store videos and big files on, nothing performance related. I have win xp and this drive seems to have issues, or seems to have issues with my motherboard (GIGABYTE P45 DS3L) Installed the drive, partitioned it etc and then tryied to copy over my videos and it was transfering at 4meg a sec!
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Overall 4
4.0

Solid, but problems with LLC

Kerome, Amazon
26 September 2010
  • Summary: I bought a pair of these to go in my NAS, but was unpleasantly surprised to notice they suffer from a 'Load Cycle Count' problem - which is fairly well publicised on the net I later found out. For those who haven't followed this, the WD Green disks implement a power saving feature where they ship the heads of the drive if the drive has been inactive for a few seconds.
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Overall 4
4.0

User Review

dr spock, pricespy.co.nz
27 January 2010
  • Summary: Pro's: Cheap bulk storage. Con's: 30-50% slower transfer speeds than a 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda. Also seems to handle concurrent access a lot worse - when doing multiple read/writes at the same time, total speed is about 50% slower than when doing one operation, compared to maybe 20% slower on a Barracuda. Also, I discovered 320KB of bad sectors (purely by chance) less than 3 months after purchase (no idea how long they had been there).
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Overall 4
4.0

User Review

Barton, hotline.ua
13 July 2014
  • Excerpt: Купил сей девайс в середине февраля. Сразу же перенес на него все медиа файлы.
  • Pros: Достаточно тихий и холодный
  • Cons: НЕ слишком большая скорость чтения/записи
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