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Western Digital WD20EARS
6.3 out of 10

Western Digital WD20EARS

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Overall 8
8.0

Happy Overall

Brice H., Newegg
24 April 2015
  • Summary: I've had 2 of these running in my machine for the past 4 years, and am pretty happy overall with their performance. I use them primarily for movie storage and playback. They are the first "green" drives I've owned, and it took a little while to get used to the latency when trying to access then for...
  • Pros: Inexpensive when purchased good quality, and price for the storage size
  • Cons: green drive causes a little latency when accessing them for the first time after extended down time
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Overall 8
8.0

Happy Overall

Brice H., Newegg
24 April 2015
  • Summary: I've had 2 of these running in my machine for the past 4 years, and am pretty happy overall with their performance. They are the first "green" drives I've owned, and it took a little while to get used to the latency when trying to access then for the first time after some extended down time, or when...
  • Pros: Inexpensive when purchased good quality, and price for the storage size
  • Cons: green drive causes a little latency when accessing them for the first time after extended down time
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Overall 8
8.0

Two Year Mark

Alexander A., Newegg
7 February 2013
  • Summary: I bought 3 of these drive two years ago for a NAS (RAID5). I have had to replace two so far because of hardware failures (one on year 1, one on year 2). Both failures were predictable, bad sector errors for a few months, self repaired, then finally one reboot too many and the drive permanently...
  • Pros: Good energy consumption, pretty quiet, fast enough for a NAS, good price for the size.
  • Cons: HW failure rate seems higher than average
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Overall 8
8.0

Good drive. Using in NAS

RYAN B., Newegg
10 December 2012
  • Summary: I've been using this drive in my NAS for 18 months. Before I put it in the NAS, I had to turn off the head parking feature on the drive, because it was causing my system to slow to a crawl due to the drive constantly parking the heads after 2 minutes of inactivity.
  • Pros: Quiet, Energy Efficient, massive amount of space.
  • Cons: Slow, need to shut off auto-head park or else R/W heads will go through a large amount of wear in a short amount of time.
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Overall 8
8.0

lots of room

Ariel F., Newegg
29 November 2012
  • Summary: its my bottleneck really. it is a hard drive after all, however this one is a little slower then i'm used to but not to bad still great for the space and price
  • Pros: lots of space for a sweet price
  • Cons: a bit slow
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Overall 8
8.0

Good value for price

Steven F., Newegg
5 May 2012
  • Pros: This is my 3rd WD Green 2TB drive; this one is paired into a RAID 1 configuration with a CineRAID device. Runs quietly.
  • Cons: The drives are setup with 4 partitions, attached via USB 2 to a Mac. Every 15-20 minutes of idle time, the partitions "eject unexpectedly" from the Mac and then re-mount. This doesn't appear to happen when I am actively using any of the partitions (such as watching a video or using a TrueCrypt fi...
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Overall 8
8.0

starting to have to watch 'em

Scott A., Newegg
17 April 2012
  • Pros: Purchased 5 of these for under a hundred each. great price acceptable performance.
  • Cons: I've got one drive out of five dead from bad sectors. At 7 months of power on time, it makes me very uneasy with the rest.
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Overall 8
8.0

Good performance, works under Linux.

zerolagtime, Amazon
6 August 2011
  • Summary: I bought this drive to use in a household server as storage for a NAS (network-attached storage) solution. I loaded it under Ubuntu Server 11.04, dropped btrfs over top of LVM and then fired up bonnie++ for some benchmarking.
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Overall 8
8.0

Works OK, but not without some caveats

jfabello, Amazon
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...
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Overall 8
8.0

Run "wdidle3" Utility Before Doing Anything Else!

Gene Montgomery, Amazon
20 December 2010
  • Summary: I bought two of these to go into my Netgear ReadyNAS Duo (I immediately updated the firmware on the ReadyNAS to support the drives, so that wasn't an issue). The drives were quiet, but I noticed a faint clicking sound on occasion.
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