Reviews and Problems with Western Digital VelociRaptor 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" (WD1500BLHX / WD3000BLHX / WD4500BLHX / WD6000BLHX)
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Update from 11/04/2014 Review
Richard M., Newegg
31 January 2015
Summary: All of the replacement drives are labeled recertified. WD told me that the original drive cannot be replaced with a new drive. WD has told me the standard corporate phrase, "rigorously test and verify all of our drives, prior to shipping, with burn-in and diagnostic tests" many times.
Cons: The third replacement 450 GB raptor died right after a fresh install of Windows 7. The fourth and fifth replacements passed the WD Lifeguard Diagnostics, but failed to accept a fresh install. I ran the diagnostics a second time and it indicated a dead drive on both of them.
Summary: We ordered four 2.5" Western Digital Velociraptor 600 GB SATA III hard drives listed as fulfilled by Amazon. We received a 19"x14.5"3.5" box with items crashing around loose inside. We did not even think it was the hard drive shipment.
Summary: My previous 36gig Raptor finally bit the dust and I do not want a SSD at the moment, as so many people are still complaining about instability issues with always on systems and also the cost, so it was time to get a replacement.
Summary: Excellent drive. I setup an HP DL380 G6 and wanted to use the expensive 10K SAS drives for boot, the less expensive SATA for storage - turns out these drives are very fast indeed. The RAID 5 array had no problem being built, ordering more. Great bargain.