Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD20EARX
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Allan F., Newegg
5 days ago
Pros: 2 drives replaced under warranty after a year of sporadic use as they are backups for videos and pictures. Was giving errors but appeared to recover.
Cons: First 2 failed after a year, replaced under warranty. Replaced one failed access to hard drive, put the last one in now. Was giving errors like the original 2. I won't be buying these expensive drives again - extremely unreliable.
Summary: The Synology software allowed me to replace the bad 2TB drive with a 4TB drive. When the rebuild was done, I replaced the good 2TB drive with the other new 4TB drive. When that rebuild was complete, the array was expanded to use the entire 4TB space. Sweet!
Pros: I had a pair of these installed in a Synology DS211j NAS box running RAID 1. The box would run 6 hours per day (automatic power schedule). The data was backups of 4 computers & my music library on a Synology DS110j NAS box. Drives were not used much. WD replaced the bad drive under warranty.
Cons: One drive in the mirror set started to fail - block errors. I ordered a pair of 4TB drives and replaced both 2TB drives and grew the array at the same time. After reading similar reviews, I don't think I want to use these drives again
Summary: This would've been nice if it worked for 10 years like most of my stuff has. Or at least until I replaced it. (I'm still running an HD from high school (10 years ago) that's never gone down.) Luckily there was a manufacturer's warranty I didn't even know I had.
Pros: It was a massive HD for cheap when I bought it. Now it's more expensive. Warranty from manufacturer.
Cons: Crashed in less than a year with SO MUCH on it. I had the entire thing full with backups and stuff I wanted to save. Disk had the lens smacking off a platter inside. I could feel it. No data coule be retrieved.
Summary: Google this drive before you buy and make sure it is right for your intended application. You may find that you are better off staying away from the green drives.
Pros: Price was very good for the speed and capacity
Cons: the WDidle3 is set to 8 seconds and I have not been successfull in changing it. This drive parks the heads after 8 seconds, which causes Windows 7 on to freeze as if the dirve is bad. This is advertised for use in a desktop application, but have not found it of any use yet.
Summary: Two years ago I bought two of the 2tb green drives (the prior EARS version) thinking it would be good for the environment and I'd except the modest performance reduction. Both drives failed almost exactly one year later and within weeks of each other.
Summary: I'm a computer technician who manages numerous client storage arrays. I purchased 6 (six) of the Western Digital WD20EARS drives in April 2011 to fill one array (previous version of the WD20EARX shown here). Two have failed (accumulative bad sectors) thus far.