Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD20EARS
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Reliable Low Power Drive
14 August 2013
Summary: I use these drives in a Thecus SAN. It is set-up with RAID 10. Even though these are only 5400 RPM drives, set up with RAID 10, the SAN is very responsive. We had the SAN up 24/7 for 2 years. One of the 4 drives became questionable, so we replaced it.
Summary: I used to have a 5400rpm, 80 GB hard drive in my Vista laptop. After a year and a half of new software, and gunking up the hard drive, I had only 10 GB of space left, which made my laptop pretty slow. I popped this 7200rpm, 320 GB hard drive in, and reinstalled from the factory image. WHAT A HUGE DIFFERENCE! No problems at all swapping it out. It boots up in half the time it did when new with the smaller hard drive.
Pros: These 2TB and 3TB large capacity WD drives are exactly as advertised. There is far to much mis-information about large drives and I'd like to clear it up for all customer. I'm a systems engineer and manufacture storage servers. See Other Thoughts!
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: Congratulations to the random nameless newegg employee that solved this problem. You might have thought that your two years at business school working towards an MBA was a waste of time, but you've earned the right to sit back, put your feet up, and appreciate at what you've been able to accomplish -- a task others have failed to address for years!
Pros: Finally, someone there at newegg asked themselves the question, "hey, why are we wasting so much time, energy, and money processing returns of oem hard drives?" My guess is that after years of ridiculously high return rates of failed drives, they finally visited one of their shipping centers and witnessed shipping clerks dropping a bare drive into the bottom of a box, covering it with paper or peanuts, and sending it out for delivery. Their packaging of oem hard drive...
Cons: But today, I'm happy to report that I recently received an oem hard drive wrapped in bubble wrap, packed in a small white box, and placed into the CENTER of packing material within an outer shipping box. And the hard drive works! Hurray! At last!!!
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.