Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD4001FAEX
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2 weeks ago
Pros: Bought 5 (1 as backup) for my RAID in a Synology NAS. One of these drive died after about 3 months, but WD replaced it promptly and without any hassle. Glad to have my spare and also glad that WD honors their warranty without hoops to jump through.
Cons: Must have pulled a lemon batch. Received with a minor crunched corner. Tested good after two days of tests, but quickly started getting IO failures on day three. Wouldn't even mount (6 clicks) on day 4.
Summary: I've been testing this drive for a couple of months now, and it has been working great so far. Of course, being a drive rated for five years, a few months is probably not sufficient to do a proper evaluation. However I have been using WD black series for several years now, and I had no failures with any of them. Overall this is a very fast drive. I used HDTune for testing, and it averaged at 127MB/s (ranged between 86MB/s to 162MB/s).
Pros: 4 TB (3.63 after format) and no need for special software or hardware to get the full capacity of the drive as I had with the 3 TB Green drives. Windows Server 2008 recognized the full capacity of the drive and I used GPT and a quick NTFS format. Definitely faster than the 3 TB Green drives. Wouldn't use to boot.
Cons: Price, but the 60 dollar instant discount was nice. $299 US for 4 TB isn't too steep a cost. Still up there. Drive runs a bit loud. I generally don't have a problem with drive noise, but this one is noticeable. Not annoying, just you can hear the drive working. Especially noticeable when running in my Thermaltake Black X docks. Not too loud, but you will hear the drive reading and writing.
Summary: I've had the drive installed for a couple of weeks now, and so far it's proving to be quite stable. The diagnostics software I have reads the drive as actually being in better "health" than when it was first installed. So far, performance seems to be quite good. I think this was a good buy.
Pros: Getting 120 read, 130 write speeds on a Sata 6gb board. Drive was partitioned in 2 sections had to make into one under disk managment Win 7. 3.6 TB free once quick formatted. Works great but a little noisy but expected with this size.
Cons: Bulky and a little noisy at full spin. But expected not really a con.
Summary: About 3.65 free space after format. Getting about 120 read 130 write speeds (Sata 6Gb board). Use as a backup drive naturally, a 256Gb ssd is my main Windows 7 drive. It was partitioned in 2 when it came up in disk management (Win 7) had to set it as one drive then format. Very happy with the shipment, packaged well. Great drive,kind of bulky but well built as all their drives. 5 year warranty. Never had much trouble out of WD over the years.