Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD20EARS
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Sean T. Smrt "The Penguin", Amazon
23 February 2011
Summary: I've been using this hard drive in my system for a week as well as a 1TB caviar green I bought last year. These drives are a little bit slower on transfer rates for obvious reasons, but they still work perfectly. The drive is a GREAT value and I predict I will be buying more to throw into my server this week. The fact that they run low energy means they are quiet and stay cool, which makes them ideal for server stacking.
Summary: Was happy to see the 2TB drives drop under $100. I remember when hard drives finally got close to breaking the $1 per meg cost, how happy I was. Now at those prices I have 24 million dollars of storage on my server... These are quiet, perform well for my Windows Home Server to hold all my multimedia content. And priced great.
Summary: The real test of this drive will be seeing how long it lasts before it crashes and loses all my data. I have four of these drives now in a 2nd generation Drobo. My other Drobo still has four 1.5TB Seagate drives in it. I expected these "slower" Green drives to have worse performance in the already-hobbled Drobo environment, but to my surprise, the Drobo with these four 2TB drives is actually faster than the other one with the "faster" drives. Happy surprise.
Summary: This is a drive with no surprises. Used here for disk-to-disk automatic backups, so speed was not an issue but capacity definitely was. Installed painlessly. The drive runs cooler and quieter than the 500GB drive it replaces-- no reported media errors or other problems so far.
2 TB Caviar Green - Good price for a lot of storage
Gary Goodnow, Amazon
8 June 2010
Summary: Got the drive last week and have it in place as my offsite archieve drive. I had purchased the Thermaltake BlacX eSATA docking station and use this drive in that device. When I got it I did a full format which I think is a very good idea before using a drive the first time. It did take forever though - 6 1/2 hours on a very fast PC. But again, 2 TB is a lot of storage and it is doing a write to each sector and marking any bad sectors, etc. Ended up with 1.8 TB available.
2Tb WD SATA drive used on Win XP as External Drive
R. Bridwell "CFAM ~ StoryTeller", Amazon
3 May 2010
Summary: I purchased a 2 TB Western Digital 2 TB Caviar Green SATA Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive WD20EARS and installed it August 18. I'm running it on Windows XP SP 3. I'm using this 2 Terabyte Drive as an external backup. Because my XP is an older version, I purchased a Cool Gear USB 2-SATA enclosure, installed the SATA Drive, plugged in the converter hookup from Cool Gear, and began formatting.
Summary: I bought this drive for the 4th bay on my Data Robotics Drobo 4-Bay USB 2.0/FireWire 800 SATA Storage Array DR04DD10 which is attached to a 24" iMac. I have the other three bays filled with Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Green SATA Intellipower 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive WD10EADS and have had them about a year and they've worked perfectly.
Summary: Using a startech external usb drive bay the disk worked straight from the box. With OSx you will be asked to initialize the disk, after replying yes disk utility is automatically started, select the number of partitions and names that you want and about 2 minutes later the disk is available for use. The disk is clearly much faster than USB 2 and seems to run about 5c cooler than a WD 500gb disk that I also have in the external bay.
Summary: I have done so shopping around to add an additional HDD to my computer. I keep 3 things in mind when looking for a new HDD, 1)Price, 2)Speed and 3)Noise. I didn't to pay and arm and aleg for a 2TB HDD, but i also wanted to make sure that it was fast and quiet. And let me tell you, this drive has delivered in every way across the board. I took minutes to install. I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64bit, so this new drive wasn't an issue.