Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD30EFRX
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This is an OK drive
Robert W., Newegg
19 May 2015
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.
Summary: I accept that some hardware will be defective upon delivery, however I am very disappointed in Newegg's RMA policy requiring me to pay for return shipping of a defective item
Pros: This drives make little to no noise during seeks or read/write and they run nice and cool even when stressed during a long writing session. I have purchased 4 of these drives over the last year without issue until today. I purchased two drives together and one of them was DOA. During the first po...
Cons: I have no cons for this drive, it does everything I could ask of it. However I am not to impressed with my recent DOA plus the other DOA drives I have read about here on Newegg.
Summary: All of my WD HDDs are still working. Some are over 10 years old, although these older drives are obviously not in daily use. The floods in Thailand a few years back really killed hard drive manufacturing. Before the Typhoon and floods, HDDs were ridiculously cheap and very reliable.
Pros: So far so good - they all passed the long read/write tests. I bought several over a period of months to get drives manufactured during different runs. I have them setup in a RAID 6 (the 'hot' disk array these days) which offers double redundant protection over RAID 5 but with similar write speeds.
Cons: Time will tell whether they last. Generally I find HDDs are either DOA, fail quickly after being put into use, or work for years and it's completely the 'luck of the draw'.