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Western Digital WD20EARS
6.1 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

Works well but setup not straightforward - new NVidia driver needed

Michael D Attfield, Amazon
25 July 2010
  • Summary: First installation was fine and the drive was recognized immediately. But initially I could only format 1 Tb of the drive. There was no indication of why on the WD website, but in their forums I began to piece together the solution. One posting referred to a post on the Seagate drive web site.
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Overall 8
8.0

As with all WD drives I've ever used brilliant

LukeL, Amazon
1 March 2014
  • Summary: Quiet, fast, and economical, not sure what more you want from an Eco drive, ticks all the boxes just a shame all hdds are still being artificially kept highly priced by the manufacturers
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Overall 8
8.0

Western Digital looks towards the better, but takes a turn for the worse...

Kosta, Amazon
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.
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