Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD30EFRX
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Low Power Drive
Tyler B., Newegg
6 September 2015
Summary: I've owned several RE and RED line drives. I only have four of this model and six RE and I would have to say that these drives are a nice replacement going from an enterprise class to a NAS class without to many hiccups.
Pros: Cool running drives meaning less cooling and power to keep the temperatures lower. The power utilized to the drive is lower than my older RE4 drives. (Reason I got them.) The life to cycle has very little degradation post one year of utilization. Throughput after a year has lost 2-5% performance....
Cons: None at this time. Keep in mind, I only utilize OCZ SSDs and WD rotary drives. I have a few other brand SSDs but it's been a while since I've trusted something other than a WD for rotary, so this is a terribly biased opinion to other manufactures. Seagate still has a dreaded experience for me yea...
Summary: I couldn't give this a 5 Egg rating because of the failed disc. These are my first NAS specific drives. So far I am happy with the speed and quality of the working discs. Looking forward to having all 6 discs fully functional!
Pros: 3yr warranty. .Price at the time of purchase. I've had my NAS server up and running for about 2 days now. So far so good. Only time will tell how reliable these drives really are. 5 out of 6 drives seem to be working fine.
Cons: One of the drives keeps failing when trying to do a full zero write/format to all of the disc's sectors. Tried switching the SATA cable, MB SATA connector and power connector with one of the other good drives. Nothing seemed to help. Sent it back to Newegg. Hopefully they will process my return q...
Summary: Using in a NAS RAID Server 2012 environment.
Pros: Purchased four drives and did the full extended test on each drive with WD's DLGDIAG tool and everything passed. Just over a month in and the drives are actively being monitored without any issues. +Low temperatures and low noise +Price
Cons: It's a drive, it will die someday, expect it and prepare
Summary: When I returned the vibrating drive, it was damaged in return shipping which led to a big headache and delay! NewEgg eventually took care of the issue with their excellent customer service. When returning a drive(s), double-box them, even if NewEgg sent them single-boxed!
Pros: Purchased 6 of these drives from NewEgg. 5/6 drives were fine and worked as they should. .
Cons: One (1/6) drive had a very significant vibration and had to go back to NewEgg for RMA replacement. Several people have reported heavy vibration in these drives. Feel the drives before mounting them! Some minor spin vibration is completely normal, but excessive vibration can transfer through the d...
Summary: Bought a new NAS that can handle larger drives. Starting out with two of these drives in RAID 1. We'll see how they do.....
Pros: Decent drive. Runs cooler than Greens or Blues (at least in my machines.) Quiet. Decent price when on sale.....
Cons: My first NAS came with a GREEN drive. I added a RED drive for RAID 1 and eventually replaced the other green drive. Both Red drives failed within 6 months after their warranty period. They don't make drives like they used to.
Summary: I really like this drive, but I did have to cut an egg for the low performance. I've had this drive about 2 months and it's been solid for the entire time. It sits in my DC/Media Server and just works. It definitely solidifies why I go with WD drives, they're reliable and keep up with my work load.
Pros: This drive is great for 24/7 operation in servers, and NASes. It says cool and relatively quiet with low power draw.
Cons: The speed on this drive is definitely not up to par with what I expected from WD's pro line. While write speeds are fine, read speeds across my network are definitely on the low end.
Summary: When I installed it in the PC, the PC would not boot completely. I could not format the disk. The WD people told me to run their Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows on the disk to solve the problem. The problem is it would not boot with the HDD installed in the PC.