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Western Digital RE2 WD5000ABYS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive

  • 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
  • SATA 3.0Gb/s
  • 3 years limited

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Ben B.
  • 1/8/2012 2:41:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMTBF = immediately!

Pros: When they worked they were pretty quick

Cons: I bought three of these drives to use in a SATA raid array. The first one fairly quickly and it was replaced under warranty, but the other two both failed in the array within a few data of each other. I won't ever buy another Western Digital drive.

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  • Phillip B.
  • 11/12/2011 8:41:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsEnterprise? I think not.

Pros: They were on the cheaper end of the spectrum when I was looking to upgrade my QNAP server.

Cons: Their description says it is made to run 24/7 for years. I bought 2 and have had to use the warranty every year to replace each one. Quality on these drives is really bad.

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  • Dawn B.
  • 12/26/2008 12:06:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsHigh Failure rate

Pros: Great warranty

Cons: You will need it! I have never had so many drive failures in suxh a short period of time! Fro 15 years all I have bought in my business is WD drives becouse of their reliability! What the H3LL is going on with WD? Quality has gone right out the window! I am in a delima going foward on what to buy for my clients going foward!

Other Thoughts: I hope they straighten out their issues, it is tough to run a business, when you spind all your time replacing RMA drives for free.

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  • Gene O.
  • 12/11/2008 2:04:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo Far So Good

Pros: Very fast and very quiet drives. The magazines find these drives the fastest in their class, and my experience suggests that to be correct. I've been running 200 GB on each drive RAID 1 (for reliability) and the remainder RAID 0 (for storage efficiency and speed). So far not a glitch. Inside an Antec case, they are inaudible below the case fans, and the case fans are very quiet.

Cons: Cost is the obvious downside.

Other Thoughts: The Newegg packing job was definitely sub-standard. The drives came two together in bubble wrap, with nothing in between, so they could bang together, inside a box filled with peanuts. The UPS guy dropped the box, and the drives were peeking out through a corner when I received them. No other vendor I have purchased drives from (a half-dozen or so) has done such a shoddy packing job. NEWEGG, YOU NEED TO PACK EACH DRIVE IN A MANUFACTURER APPROVED DRIVE BOX.

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  • Pete D.
  • 12/1/2008 6:33:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs17 mounths, 100% failure rate

Pros: Lots of storage

Cons: Purchased 3 drives to use in a RAID 5 array 17 months ago. Had to RMA one drive with WD after about 6 months. Just finished RMAing the other two this week after successive drive failures.

Other Thoughts: Hope WD has worked out the bugs on thier larger size drives.

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  • Duc N.
  • 11/8/2008 10:44:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs2 drives fail after 20-22 months

Pros: They worked for almost 2/5 of warranty period.

Cons: Like others have said, WD quality control definitely got sloppy. I bought 2 WD5000YS-01MPB0 drives in xmas 2006. 1 of them just died last august, I sent it back and got a WD5000ABYS (crossing my finger). Now the other (5000YS one) also bit the dust, and this time I got a recertified WD5000YS-01MPB1 (maybe an updated version). I'm sure pretty sure I'm gonna have to RMA a few more times, since I still have 3 years of warranty and these drives don't seem to work that long.

Other Thoughts: what if they all fail at the same time? how the heck do I back up all of my data?

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  • William W.
  • 10/21/2008 12:05:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsWhat happened to WD Quality Control?

Pros: Nice fast drives while they work.

Cons: Purchased two of these RE2 drives for a RAID-1 mirror array recently from NewEgg. The manufacturing date was June '08. Both failed after only 5-6 six weeks worth of 24 x 7 use in a client work station system. The second drive failed within days of the first drive failure. I almost did not get a backup off the remaining good drive in time to save my client's data. The power supply voltages are all within 5%. The system is also on a UPS.

Other Thoughts: I could point the finger at WD's quality control, but I am seeing the same issues with their "S" brand competitor's products as well. I might consider going back to IDE drives at this rate. The new SATA drives with the perpendicular heads are all junk in my experience when it comes to longevity. When you send them back you get a rebuilt drive, not new. How about some comments from the manufacturers? What is going on with these new large capacity drives? When are these reliability problems going to get fixed? I hear the RE3 drives are even worse. I have hard drives in the field from the golden days that are ten years old and still run today. You are lucky to get past the warranty period on the current technology!

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  • Debbie S.
  • 10/17/2008 10:36:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs500 gig Issue

Pros: The issues with this drive seem to be about the same as 500 gig drives from several manufacturers. The advantage is fast replacement of failed drives.

Cons: 8 drives 4 failures within 8 months in two separate servers. When switching drives when building additional servers had the same result with other popular and usually reliable brands.

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  • 6XGate I.
  • 10/15/2008 1:12:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Drive, Great Price

Pros: Bought this drive a year ago and have enjoyed it. Performs well for the price and has been very reliable.

Cons: None.

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  • Tara B.
  • 10/1/2008 11:07:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsGreat in clustered enviroment

Pros: I work at Rackspace and this drive fills about 800 servers, totaling 3000 or so drives. Never has one failed. As amazing as that is its true. We have it running 24x7 for 365 Days per year. Flawless speed. When we were installing Windows 2003 and 2008 on our servers it decreased install times by about 10 minutes. Keep in mind Server 2008 weighs in at 10GB or so installed we have an install time of about 15 minutes with these drives.

Cons: Pricey, sheesh is it pricey. Figure that $100x3000... yeah...

Other Thoughts: Before reading this review thinking its the best hard drive in the world just know that NONE of our servers run our drives 100%. According to cpanel about 44% to 55%. Nobody should be using a HDD 24x7x365 at 100%...

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