Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD20EARX
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Need Better Luck with WD drives
J. Goodell, Amazon
31 July 2012
Summary: I have a Netgear ReadyNas NV+ and will use these generation of drives (this is a third gen of the caviar green) primarily in my RAID array (when my other drives finally give out). One, because they are cheap and two because they are cheap. 2 terabytes of movies aren't that important and I double back up my documents to two separate drives (Seagate USB). If your data is important, spend more money and use Hitachi or something more reliable.
Summary: What do you say? This hard drive was bought as additional storage for a media center I built last October, into which I put a WD20EARS 2 tb drive, what a deal it was only 70 bucks, and then the flood and they went to 170 bucks. So I waited until they were back down to 120 and bought this one (a later model of the same drive) WE20EARX 2 tb.
Cheap but Head parking every 8 seconds is an issue
Grant Corban "www.grantcorban.com", Amazon
20 May 2012
Summary: I have 12 or 13 of these drives, bought when the prices were very low just before the Thai floods. If you buy one of these make sure you download and run the WDIDE3.exe from Western Digital to disable the 8 second default for head parking. The wear and tear this causes on the drive mercilessly shortens the life of the drive. Google it and you will find plenty of stories on this. Surprised no class action suit yet for this bad engineering decision.
Summary: As others have pointed out the earlier WD Green drives have had very poor reliability. I've had two 640GB WD Greens die within a month. Our current set is doing OK so far, but we aware of the IDLE3 timer. In an effort to be "green" these drives park their heads after 8 seconds of non-use. Fine, but if you are using them on a Linux system where the drives sync every 20 seconds, you can guess what happens.
Summary: Long time WD fan but 1 of 2 drives failed <30 days after purchase. Thankfully, and why the 3 stars is that they replace in advance. Now have another drive on the way. I'll keep using their products. I just wish the failure rate was lower. Maybe Amazon is really hard on the products?
Summary: I've been using hard drives since I've been using computers, and using Western Digital drives for...well you get the idea. I've tested hard drives in huge stacks for RMA at a college while earning my degree, replaced hard drives in RAID arrays, fooled around with jumpers, and seen everything from SCSI to SATA. The great thing about hard drives is THEY KEEP GETTING BETTER.
Summary: it does what it says on the tin i just wish i had read up on the read/write lag because this really is laggy, DO NOT USE THIS FOR GAMES get the black WD or a SSD otherwise cheapish large storage for films and music
Summary: Received speedily from Amazon (despite them using HNDL) but when I opened it I discovered that it had already been in a computer. While the disk came in a sealed plastic bag, there are deep gouges on the casing suggesting that it had been fitted to a computer previously - and not very expertly either. True to form, Amazon CS was very good and a new one was dispatched for express delivery (due in the next hour) so I can't fault Amazon.
Summary: I ordered 2 of these to install in a D-Link NAS in Raid 1 config. However, I was dismayed to receive them in nothing more that a thin cardboard sleeve. I simply couldn't believe they used a thin cardboard sleeve to send such fragile components. Although they both appeared undamaged externally, it remains to be seen if they function correctly once installed. I did leave a 'frank' feedback message to Amazon.