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Western Digital RE3 WD3202ABYS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

  • 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
  • SATA 3.0Gb/s
  • 5 years limited
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years

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  • Gerald I.
  • 4/13/2011 7:45:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks great

Pros: 5 year warranty, and you get what you pay for when buying hard drives

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: All hard drive manufacturers go through occasional low quality burps... I have found western digital to be the most consistent in putting out decent drives that last.

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  • Chase M.
  • 3/19/2011 5:54:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat buy

Pros: Great drive. Quiet, fast and works as expected from Western Digital.

Cons: None

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/2/2011 6:22:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWorks for Me

Pros: Works as expected.

Cons: Didn't have the capacity I really wanted (but I knew what I was getting).

Other Thoughts: I wanted a backup drive to put in a removable hard drive carrier. I was thinking of a 2 TB green series, but I was afraid because of all of the problems reported in the user reviews. The reviews for this drive were certainly still less than stellar, but when this one went on sale, I went for it. Maybe the green series would have been okay, and it wouldn't. All the same, I had a warmer fuzzy feeling about the black series, as I have been using 640 GB black series in a mirrored RAID for years with no issues at all.

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  • Alexi D.
  • 2/22/2011 10:20:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLoud n proud !

Pros: Does what they are advertized to do :) didn't have time to test them but they seemed stable and "robust". Also they are very light weight wise.

Cons: Loud, but hey, who sits in a server room next to a bunch of servers with RAID arrays in them anyways ? (Definitely not for quiet computing)

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  • SHAUN M.
  • 12/3/2010 1:13:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Dependable Drives

Pros: I have used RE3 drives in a number of servers. 0 failures so far. Great performance.

Cons: none

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  • Eric S.
  • 11/1/2010 5:53:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHighly recommended

Pros: These ar efast , reliable and quiet. I have been running 2 of these, in my HTPC, using raid 0. The drives have been running for about a year now. I never turn off the PC because I run my magic jack from it. No hiccups or problems have occured. Look at my other thoughts as a comparison. You could buy 4 of these for the price of 2 velociraptors and have nearly equal performance. BOth have WD great 5 year warranty and offer an upgrade process bfore the warranty expires. Remember to ALWAYS register your PC components you just never know.

Cons: None..great drives.

Other Thoughts: Performance comparison:
PC 1 - ASUS M4A79-DELUXE - running 2- 80G WD800HLFS veloci-raptors RATED 3 g/s 16mb cache in raid 0

HTPC - Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5 - running 2 WD RE3 WD32002ABYS in raid 0.

Test program HD tune 2.55

Asus - Velicorapators:
Min 159.6 MB/S, Max 234.9 MB/S, Ave 204.1 MB/S, Access 6.3 seconds, Burst 187.5 MB/S, CPU utilization 6.7 % Although the speed is higher w/ Raptors, the CPU utilization is high.

Gigabyte - WD 320 RE3's
Min 104.1 MB/S, Max 221.2 MB/s, Ave 175.0 MB/s, Access 11.4 seconds, Burst 126.4 MB/s, CPU usage less than -1.0%. If a third or 4th drive to the raid configuration the numbers would get better and better.
Hard to complain running 2 RE3's in raid at half the price of a single velociraptor. SSD's are just rdiculously priced to even consider and their reliability isn't proven yet. you could run 4 of these in a raid 1+0 array and have protection with speed.

You decide!

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  • Mark S.
  • 10/2/2010 2:19:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWork Fine in RAID 1

Pros: Look, act and sound like any other hard drive. Haven't run any benchmarks but they seem quick. Mine are quiet.

Cons: None that I've found.

Other Thoughts: I pressed two of these into service to replace to 160GBs in a RAID1, as part of a migration to Windows 7. They were noisy in random seek tests, but most drives are during those tests. They've been quiet ever since. Other than some complications cloning the original drive set and then altering the partition size (software issue), the transition went as planned and Windows XP and 7 both live on these two. The switch also resolve an intermittent parity error with one of the 160's.

The RE's are a more expensive than non-array drives, but they seem well built. Considering what has happened to the price of drives over the years, the difference is a pittance. I've been using WD drives as my drive of choice for 10 years now with minimal issues.

They aren't Velociraptors (which I also have in use in a similar setup) but they are doing the job quite well.

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  • Joshua K.
  • 7/15/2010 6:11:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs3 of 5 bad.

Pros: Runs quickly and quietly. Good price.

Cons: I bought 3 drives to make a RAID5 config. On day 2, one of the drives failed. I RMAd it. When I replaced the drive, it lasted just over a week before failing again. I RMAd it again. Got the replacement and it worked fine for over a week, but it has now failed again.

Other Thoughts: It really stinks having to pay $9 for shipping and wait 2 weeks to get a hard drive back only to have it fail again, twice.

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  • Hugh G.
  • 7/13/2010 7:42:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs1 out of 4 bad, but....

Pros: Great Drives for any personal rig. The RE3 drives are in our document servers at work, which is why I chose them. I have four of these in a RAID 5 array for a storage drive. Even with the RAID in DEGRADED status, my data store is still really fast.

Cons: 1 out of 4 bad, so -1 egg. But hey, they're hard drives. Even the best can make a defective part every now and then, could be worse.

I don't believe I should foot the bill on the RMA shipping, but with the thousands upon thousands that I've spent, this is the first one. And out of the hundreds I've saved using this site, 9 bux is nothing.

Other Thoughts: I don't have the exact read/ write speeds posted for the data store.

Antec Ninehundred custom painted
i7 860 @ 3.6
Cooler Master v8
Gigabyte P55A-UD3P
8GB G Skill DDR3 1600
4 - WD RE3 320
2 - OCZ Vertex 2

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  • Michael H.
  • 7/2/2010 9:07:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat deal!

Pros: These drives seem to be at the right spot between price and performance, but most important of all, I've owned them for about a month, and they didn't fail!

Cons: They still work, and they're not making abnormal noises. Therefore, so far, so good.

Other Thoughts: These drives seem to be solidly built, and with quality in mind.

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