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.
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: If all you Caviar Green owners are not aware of this yet, it is VERY important that you check your head park timer to make sure it was not shipped to park after 8 seconds of inactivity. Many of the WD Greens ship this way, and this setting will wear out the head actuator mechanism prematurely, resulting in an otherwise long-running Green failing after just 2-3 years, possibly sooner depending on your usage habits.
Pros: Capacity, more reliable than Seagate, excellent speed for a drive of this class, very low noise, heat, and power consumption.
Cons: Not as reliable as the Blues or the Blacks, not recommended for speed-sensitive uses (video editing, boot drive, etc), IDLE TIMER ISSUE.
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: At these prices and infant mortality rates, it's obvious that the factory does no comprehensive functional test and burn-in. I doubt we'd be getting them for under $100 if they did. That's the trade-off. The customer gets a great price in exchange for some chance of unhappiness.
Pros: As I said; Cool, quiet, and cheap.
Cons: Of the two I ordered, one went right to work and the other died between initialization and formatting. The replacement from newegg is just fine. I wasn't enthusiastic about paying the return shipping cost, but turnaround was pretty fast.
This hard drive is quiet, low power consumption, runs cool and high data capacity
Sussman "Sussman", Amazon
16 February 2014
Summary: This is an inexpensive internal hard drive, quiet, low power consumption, runs cool, high data capacity, easily a good enough data rate for archived files and music. For a small PC build the Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB ,or higher, drive could be very useful in a dual-drive computer, with one slot filled by a solid state drive (SSD) and the other by the 2TB hard drive.
Nice item, but the packaging could have been better...
28 January 2013
Summary: I would have given 5 stars for this if it were not for the fact that the packaging was nothing more than cardboard inside another cardboard box. To be a little clearer, the HDD was wrapped in one smaller-than-A4 piece of bubble wrap, put in a cardboard box and then placed in another bigger box with a nest of brown paper put around the edge. Not the best for a hard drive to be shipped in.