Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD20EARS
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Works OK, but not without some caveats
5 March 2011
Summary: This is the second WD Caviar Green HDD that I bought for my Synology DS210j NAS. So far both HDDs have been working without a problem, but, there are some caveats. Fisrt, the sleep timer in the HDD firmware is set for 8 seconds, and, with the flush data instruction on the NAS set to 10 seconds, the HDD will be constantly turning on an off 6 times in a minute, wearing it prematurely; to switch the function off you would need to get a PC with a SATA port and run the...
Summary: I purchased a single bare drive to expand my storage capabilities. The drive is constantly shuffled between three external SATA docks. I installed the drive and performed a full format on the drive, zeroed it out and redid the format to ensure the drive had no defects from the factory. After the (expected) painfully long process, all was well and many bits were transferred.
Summary: Note that this is an OEM drive: no screws, cables, instructions, or anything else in the box. If that's what you expect, the disk is for you. The cardboard box is small, but the disk is surprisingly well protected, while easy to open -- a good packaging design. I installed it in Windows Vista (had to use some screws included with the computer specifically for additional drives, also had to purchase separately a SATA drive -- all as expected.
Western Digital looks towards the better, but takes a turn for the worse...
30 September 2012
Summary: I bought this drive a month short of 2 years ago. I was well chuffed with capacity, and pretty happy with speeds too, after all - I'd only gotten it for 80 quid(back when HDDs were cheap :D). Recently however I learnt about reliability issues with WD's Green line up. Basically, whenever the head is inactive for more than 8 seconds, the firmware sends it into "park" mode. This discharges it completely. When it's needed again - it's charged again and used.
Summary: I get a few errors with this hdd, i use it to backup my things, i have to scan disc often and fix some sectors, planning to get a seagate to backup, working fine now this drive is good but dont have it next to a 7200rpm drive or it may result in issues in writing etc
Summary: I bought this approx 2.5 years ago but I only really appreciated it now because my other 2TB drive died (Seagate Barracuda). The Seagate drive isn't even as old as this and they were both being used in the same NAS enclosure (i.e. subject to the same use), so kudos to the Western Digital. I'm a little confused as to why it's now £99 because when I bought it it was £69... I though hard-drives were getting cheaper?!? It's a bit out of my price range now...
Summary: I did buy this HD one month ago and just installed it on an alu hd case and connected it to my MacMini.... Formatted it with NTFS format (of course Tuxera NTFS-3G is useful in this case) and.... No issues up to now... It simply runs smoothly... Silent and fast! Recommended!
Summary: I bought this drive as part of upgrade to Windows 7 on a Dell XPS 630i running Vista. My plan was to copy the contents of the existing (full) 750GB drive to the WD Caviar 2TB and upgrade to Windows 7 from the new drive keeping the old drive as my back-up. However I was unable to format the new 2TB drive to more than 1TB using Vista and had to get a friend with Windows 7 to format it for me. Otherwise the disk did everything I expected of it.