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Western Digital RE2 WD1601ABYS 160GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal 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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  • Robert M.
  • 10/31/2009 10:42:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsHas been a great drive

Pros: I bought 2 of these drives, and they have been on 2 desktops for over a year. I am getting new drives and was considering buying four more of these to upgrade both desktops to a raid 5 setup.

Cons: None that I have found period in the hardware. The only thing I could say was negative is there size. I will not rate down though for this as I new the size from day one.

Other Thoughts: I for mat and manage my drives very actively on all my PC's. Therefore; the size has not really been a big issue. I also have a storage drive on both of the systems these drives run on. However they are different in size so I cannot set them up for raid. I am debating buying more but it seems pointless as a 750 GB WD Black is 10 dollars more. These drives have worked great for more than one year it might even be 2 I don't remember exactly when I bought them, other than the fact it was well over a year ago.

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  • Michael R.
  • 9/18/2009 9:54:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Performance

Pros: I have had this HD for a year with no problems. The SATA II interface provides outstanding performance. The drive functions with low noise.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: They make excellent RAID setups.

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  • Brittany W.
  • 7/28/2009 4:15:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot such of a good buy

Pros: Nothing good to say about this product but at least newegg is refunding me a new one.

Cons: Turns out the hard drive I got was a bad one. I bought all my computer peices from newegg and everything worked besides this hard drive. I was so excited to finally get a new computer too. Ehhh still waiting for a new one to come in. I hope the new one will work and last a long time.

Other Thoughts: I suggest you buy a different hard drive and not this one.

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  • Matthew H.
  • 7/1/2009 7:28:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsEdit: "Not Bad"

Pros: Ha ha. Worked for six months? Had a clean array every time the server booted? Didn't fail...

Cons: In three days, two of four failed.

Other Thoughts: We'll never know if a third failed because the array won't rebuild if there's only one good drive, therefore killing all chances of looking at the logs. Capacity of the first two failed drives went from 153GB (or 160GB if 1KB = 1000B) to about 130GB. I know it's not my raid controller that's causing sectors to go bad... and the two failed drives are from the same production run (serials only differ by the last digit on all four, the first two are sequential). I'll let you draw your own conclusions, but I've bought my last WD hard drive.

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  • Matthew H.
  • 6/29/2009 9:41:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot bad

Pros: It works. It does its job, did not give me any headaches.

Cons: After six months in a server raid, one of the four failed (-1 egg). In my experience, one of four isn't too bad. None is better, however, there's no such thing as a hard drive that will never fail.

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  • MICHAEL G.
  • 6/9/2009 8:40:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgnarly

Pros: This is my third drive
1. vista 64
2. xp
3. back up

No problems at all.

Cons: none

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  • Daniel K.
  • 5/9/2009 12:12:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Quick install with vista, no issue encountered

Cons: Does not come with cables, have to order separately

Other Thoughts: a bit of additional research is require if you are installing this as a secondary drive

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  • Ki K.
  • 4/29/2009 4:37:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSUPPORT NIGHTMARE!!!!

Pros: Worked for awhile

Cons: Both went bad at the same time in a RAID 1 setup. It may have suffered a slight bump but nothing significant enough to even notice. I deal with dozens of hard drives in various configurations, RAID, single, external enclosures and nothing significant at all caused these drives to fail at the same time.

Other Thoughts: Dealing the the RMA process through WD was even worse. IT took about 3-4 weeks, after which they sent me an older refurb RE drive, then the 2nd replacement was IDE!!! Emailed support to have them tell me their records show that 2 SATA drives were sent, end of story (basically that I'm a liar). A few more emails and then they finally recommended that I call to get this figured out. Oh and if you do not make a selection right away during the call, the automated system says, "Goodbye" and hangs up on you. C'mon WD, your support can't suck this bad....

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  • Richard M.
  • 4/23/2009 7:17:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood HD but not Recognized by WD Software

Pros: Easy to install in Dell Optiplex 755. Partitioned and formatted using Windows XP Disk Management utility. Passed WD Diagnostics with flying colors.

Cons: The drive wasn't recognized by WD Data Lifeguard Tools for XP as a genuine WD drive. I had to use WD Lifeguard Tools for DOS to make this new drive an XP bootable system disk backup copy. The exisiting Dell-installed drive is a WD1600YS (the older version of this one).

Other Thoughts: WD tech support was semi-clueless regarding the problem. They suggested making the backup with the DOS version of Lifeguard Tools which did work but limits you to a 137GB maximum partition size.

Some deep drilling into WD's on-line Knowledge Base today came up with Answer ID 1159:

"Unable to copy the boot drive on a brand name (Dell, HP, Compaq, etc...) computer using Data Lifeguard Tools."

The lower level tech support people that I spoke to were unaware of this possibility.

So beware if you install this drive in a Dell (or other brand) Enterprise-type computer that the drive may not be recognized by the Lifeguard Tools. You will have to use something like Acronis or Ghost to make a bootable system backup drive or use the DOS version of the WD Tools.

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  • Joseph M.
  • 3/6/2009 5:17:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDoes what its suppose to

Pros: Does what its suppose to.

Cons: 153.3 (Not 160...but thats how things go).

Other Thoughts: weeee fun.

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