Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD30EFRX
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Russ R., Newegg
23 January 2015
Summary: Bought 4 for a home NAS. Two of four drives failed after a year. Did extensive testing before putting into actual service. Very high latency starting data transfers (read), sometimes up to 10+ seconds. After a year one disc started throwing ever increasing SMART errors then failed.
Summary: Bought a Synology 414 and ordered four of these drives for RAID 5. Glad I mirror the NAS because in just over a month one drive failed, and one is clearly failing. WD has the gall to charge me for shipping for their defective product! I'm stuck with these, because they won't just refund my money.
Pros: Hard to find any when they fail so frequently.
Cons: Long warranty in which you can pay shipping to have a drive replaced. Given the price compared to others, I expected better.
Summary: I purchased four of these drives for a Synology NAS and set them up to run in RAID 10. Over the course of two days, I set up the NAS, set up the RAID, ran a parity test, and then copied some files to the NAS. On the third day one of the WD Reds failed completely. Three days of operation!
Pros: Cheaper price - but not if 1 drive out of 5 fails 59 days later.
Cons: 1 drive out of 5 fails. 59 days later. When buying these drives keep in mind the failure rates of these, and when they fail. It negates any sale price you receive. Thus you end up spending more of your hard earned money.
Summary: I bought a pair of these to upgrade a synology NAS. One worked fine, the second one died while the NAS tried to initialize it to the RAID. Sent it back (on Newegg's dime, thx!) and got a new one. It was DOA, did not even want to mount. Returned that one.
Pros: great nas drive specs. quiet.
Cons: high failure rate in my personal experience. this is of course only anecdotal, but it certainly soured me.
Summary: I wish I could send them all back for a refund. I should have bought the black series or taken my chances with Segate. What ever plant the Red NAS drives come out of are not QC tested very well judging by the reviews.
Pros: They look nice
Cons: I've used WD drives for years and never had the problems until now. I bought 2 WD30EFRX 3TB for my Synology NAS ran great for about a month then crash I couldn't access any data. I ran heavy smart scans and they come up with nothing. Synology some how got my access back on one drive in my raid 1 ...