Summary: I use Western Digital drives exclusive in all of our computers. There are very few failures I have never last data off of the platters but have had a few electronics fail which is easy to recover. This is the first Red that I have owned and I am a little disappointed with it but still stand by WD, but will stay with the Black
Pros: Runs Quiet and Cool
Cons: Drive didn't last a year before loosing data on the platters. lost about a terabyte out of 3. I was able to recover 1 terabyte of good files.
Summary: I have these hooked to my Highpoint TR4UT+B hardware RAID box. The box should be able to sustain 150MB/s, but since all my access is over the LAN, the 100MB/s network connection is the limiting factor. But even then, these drives can't manage more than 30MB/s. Also, this is my first purchase of a Western Digital drive in YEARS. I've had multiple disk failures over the years, and most of the failures have been Western Digital disks.
Pros: Great deal on 4 from NewEgg. All 4 have been working fine since I set up the RAID-5 array.
Cons: SLOW. Once you get past the generous buffer, speeds ratcheted down to about 30MB/s. So the first few gigabytes go at the speed of the network (100MB/s), but after a minute or so, the speed drops to the 30MB/s level. My 7200RPM Seagate disks in a software RAID-5 config write at a sustained 70MB/s.
Pros: Easy install and Windows 8.1 had no problem seeing all of the available drive. Thought I would have a problem.
Cons: Intellipower sucks. If the drive isn't being used for a bit, it slows or stops. Then when you click on something, it takes about 10 seconds for it to start again and open what you clicked. I use this drive for storage only not an OS. My OS is on an SSD 120Gb which is the way to go.
Pros: High capacity. Price is right. Newegg is replacing the failed drive.
Cons: 1 of 4 drives failed within a month in my NAS. Good thing it was a RAID 5. I feel like I need to keep a spare on hand now. RMA turn around take awhile. Meanwhile, my NAS is one drive away from total failure.
Pros: I got two of these drives 5 months ago and was very happy with them at the beginning. I got them in my WHS2011 box EX495 box and all looked fine. I am using StableBit DrivePool and scanner to manage my storage on my server. Now 5 months later one of the drives shows it will fail soon. This is triggered by the high number of Reallocated Sectors Count, currently at 1967. What would be the process of getting this replaced under the 3 year warranty? Thank you, V.
Cons: None, except for the drive failing after 5 months.
Summary: I purchased three of these drives to install in a Drobo that is the backup device for a server I administer. One of the drives was DOS. Newegg customer service was stellar and the RMA process was easy. They sent me a return shipping label for the old drive and new drive. The new drives was also DOA. Not only that, it caused the power supply to over heat. I've had good luck with Western Digital drives in the past, but 50% failure on new drives is crazy.
Summary: I bought 2 of these to replace my WD Green 2Tb Raid1 setup managed internally by my motherboard. The reasons of the upgrade was: - I needed bigger storage because I'm doing a lot of photo and video editing. - One of my 2 WD Green is starting to show signs of failure. Installation was easy after I updated the bios of my motherboard (Asus Sabertooth X58) and the Intel RST software.
Pros: Storage capacity for the price (after price match), Reliability (to be proven...)
Cons: Needed to update my bios and Intel RST software to be able to use the full size (3Tb), One of the 2 drives I've bought had SMART errors and bad sectors. Returned it for exchange. Reliability to be proven...
Summary: I never would have imagined these drives would not arrive in working condition. I've always had good luck with WD drives. These came making a loud clicking noise and couldn't be recognized for formatting.
Summary: Drives genuinely seem like a decent drive. Using them in a Drobo 5D and I am loving the performance. Although, 5 disk array being used and within one month of service one drive has already failed.
Pros: Drive is intended for RAID setups.
Cons: Out of a 5 disk array one failed within the 1st month.