Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD20EARX
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Nice for Secondary Storage
22 December 2012
Summary: great for storing games and other types of stuff, cool and quiet ensures that it doesnt run hot and saves on power consumption. Ideal for any gamer. 2TB good for couple months until i add another.
Good drive - I've found them much more reliable than Seagate brand
Michael Wheeler, Amazon
27 July 2012
Summary: This drive works well in my 2nd generation Drobo. In general I've had much better luck with Western Digital drives than Seagate. I plan to stay with Western Digital from now on because they last longer.
Summary: I bought this product so that I could "mirror" another same sized disk in a RAID array after trying a competitor's product that turned out to be DOA. The product packaging was frustration-free. The disk installed easily and immediately, it was recognized and working quickly. The access speed seems adequate, as advertised, for this type of application. I hope for years of service from it.
Summary: I love Western Digital Drives and have purchased almost a dozen over the past 2 years and have always had good luck with them. However it seems the floods might have weakened WD's Quality Control. I purchased two of these drives for my Drobo S. I have another Drobo S running 4 WD20EARS with no problems. I installed two of these drives into my second Drobo S and after 1 min Drobo threw out one of them.
Summary: I was never a fan of Western Digital drives...until I tried these 2 drives. VERY quite, fast...replaced two drives in a LaCie 2BigTriple and they now outperforms the original drives in both speed and sound. these drives are nearly silent...highly recommended!
Summary: If anyone is having problems with this drive, and has been reading these reviews, he is no doubt aware of the problem with the 4KB blocks when using this with XP, and the two possible solutions of using jumpers or running an alignment tool. (If not, check out many 1 star reviews, many either describe the problem or else post links to discussions of the problem.
Summary: I bought these drives for a computer that will primarily be used as a server (kept on long hours.) I've had two problems working with it in Linux. In the first case - by computer did not recognize it as a 2TB drive because the bios (about 2 years old) had trouble recognizing the advanced format (4k sectors vice 512bit sectors It took a lot of research on the net to figure out how to install these drives correctly and format them.
Summary: Pros: One of the cheapest storage options, Silent and cool operation Cons: Aggressive power saving feature - Intellipark DO NOT USE THIS AS A PRIMARY DRIVE (FOR INSTALLING AN OS) !! The "Green" drives have an aggressive power saving feature which makes them unsuitable for use as a primary drive. Just google for "wd green load cycle count" and you'll see. (You'll also find ways to fix this, which would void your warranty).