Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Caviar Blue Sata 300 7200RPM 640GB 16MB (WD6400AAKS)
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Refurbished HDD. Not factory "New". Had to troubleshoot.
2 November 2014
Summary: Disappointed in seller AMTECH. Western Digital products are top notch. I am a regular purchaser. AMTECH lists this WD HDD as “New”. It is not “New” from the WD factory and not factory sealed. Pros 1. The correct part, Western Digital HDD WD6400AAKS, matched the advertised product. 2.
Summary: I ONLY wish Seagate would put the QUALITY & Dependability of MAXTOR in THere drives! in over 10 years, I have had 1 Maxtor drive go bad and It was replaced, NO QUESTIONS! I build computers so I have installed OVER 100 drives!
Pros: Easy install, plug it in it works. It was fast, never gave me errors, always started; untill it died, 2 months short of 3 years!
Cons: This is the first WD drive I have bought in OVER 8 years, as I always had issues with Bad drives from WD; The rattings & the fact that "MY FAV" MAXTOR was taken over by Seagate, WHo continues to have LOW Rattings convinced me to buy WD again...I HOPE this was NOT a mistake; but remains to be seen!
Summary: I've been lazy about replacing this drive, but will have to do it especially if the failure occurrence increases; maybe I'll try doing a low level format and reinstall first
Pros: fairly fast and quiet
Cons: the major con would be that around the fourth or fifth month of ownership, the BIOS started to give a fail warning for the drive; the analysis of the SANDRA program did reveal that there were multiple bad sectors and that they were growing; Off and on the drive will fail during a write operation ...
Summary: The drive came in the bottom of a box in nothing but the static bag. The drive was pressed up against the OEM DVD burner that had fallen from the bag on one side and a heavy box from my power supply on the other side.
Summary: It had plenty of air circulation, but still decided to crash. Also felt like it always went to sleep, and it took a few seconds to revive after a period of not accessing data on it, i'm guessing to conserve energy.
Pros: good while it lasted
Cons: disappointed it lasted about 2 years. Then it started to be really slow, couldn't access the files anymore. Windows chkdsk couldn't even scan the entire thing, it kept freezing. At least it wasn't completely dead, and i could recover some of my data.
Summary: I've seen drives from Western Digital, Samsung, and Seagate/Maxtor go dead after a short time. I tend to buy mostly WD, but at the end of the day I don't think all this talk about one brand being "the best" has much weight to it. All of them exhibit about the same percentage of defects.
Pros: Great for a while. Ran well even after FedEx tried to annihilate it.
Cons: After almost exactly 2 years, I'm sorry to report this drive died. RMAed it to Western Digital who sent another out quickly.
Summary: This is for the WD5000AAKS WD Caviar SE16 5000gb MDL: WD5000AAKS - 00TMA0 DATE: 28 DEC 2006 DCM: HBNCNV2AB I ran these drives as a pair in a RAID 1 setup on a D-Link DNS-323 NAS enclosure. Worked great until failing recently with no warning (although the NAS was configured to run a daily S.M.A.R.T.
Summary: First, I will start with the Bad, so that the Good and the Ugly will have the necessary background. The Bad is that within a few months, this hard drive failed. I used the WD utility to check it and the utility could not complete and report.