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Western Digital WD Black WD2001FASS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years

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  • George I.
  • 3/9/2014 3:13:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs3 years & still going strong

Pros: WD reliability. Purchased this drive in March of 2011 & it's still going strong.

Cons: None, Period.

Other Thoughts: As I stated above, 3 years old & still going strong. This HDD is in a older rig that I upgrade/modify regularly. Initially the rig setup was, WD Velociraptor 300gb as primary HDD, WD Black 2tb as secondary HDD for games & frap videos. I recently added a SSD to this 4 year old rig as the OS drive & the WD Velociraptor for storing/installing games & the WD Black 2tb for frap videos. Pleased with the results.

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  • Colton F.
  • 11/8/2013 8:21:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI Promised Myself I Wouldn't Cry

Pros: I've had this drive for over three years now, with it being in constant operation for about 90% of that time, it hasn't missed a beat. That's saying something for a non-enterprise grade drive (though I hear these are pretty similar to the WD RE drives).

As an added bonus (actually the reason why I bought it), is because the WD Black drives are known for being fast, and it definitely lives up to that expectation.

Cons: A little pricey, and it runs kinda hot, but then again it is a 7200RPM drive.

Other Thoughts: I'm going to have to decommission this drive pretty soon, unfortunately, due to added space requirements, the fact that it's aging, SATA II (doesn't really matter for spinning platters though) and because you just can't really buy them anymore.

I'm going to be really sad to see it go; I ran my first torrents with this drive, it's been phenomenal to me since day one.

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  • Paul B.
  • 8/5/2013 11:10:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot long lasting

Pros: Fast access speed. Great while they lasted.

Cons: These drives didn't last nearly as long as I felt they should. After only two years 2 out of the 3 drives I purchased show SMART status failure and cannot be written to properly.

Other Thoughts: I ran these drives on a linux server in a raid 5 setup. Perhaps they aren't designed for this type of usage, but they're storage drives... I expected better.

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  • Thomas P.
  • 12/14/2012 10:01:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWhen they work they work, but...

Pros: They are quick when they work

Cons: We ordered 8 of these to begin with, and within a year we have had to RMA 5 of them. They are set in a raid configuration, and would either start throwing SMART errors and dropping from the raid, or they would just drop all together. We have had much better experiences with the WD2002FAEX drives. At first I thought it might have been a backplane or raid card issue, but testing the drives in other computers the drives just wouldn't hold up.

Other Thoughts: Western Digital has always had great support, but they have recently changed their RMA portal and it is horrible. I know that hard drives can fail but 5/8th of then within a year?

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  • Travis H.
  • 10/20/2012 9:31:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFast, unreliable like most drives

Pros: Fast, Worked.

Cons: Died in 1 1/2 years of normal usage

Other Thoughts: I wish there were more reliable drives out there. This is getting out of hand.

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  • David H.
  • 8/21/2012 4:20:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: -2Tb capacity
-Large cache
-5 year warranty!!

Cons: -Started to have bad sectors after a year or so.

Other Thoughts: After about a year of storing my other program folders on this hard drive (with a SSD as my boot drive) it started to get some bad sectors. It started slowing my boot up time significantly and caused boot up issues. There werent any issues if I booted up without the drive. The bad sectors kept increasing, so I started transferring as much as I could onto a 1Tb drive. Ended up getting about 500Gb when it crapped out. Accomplished a quick zeroize on the first and last million, and afterwards tried a quick format, and it failed halfway through.
RMAing this one, but havent had many issues with WD in the 8 years of using their drives. Had 16kb of bad sectors on a 500Gb WD blue drive, but zeroized it and reformatted it and it is still goin strong (as a Movie storage device, not writing anything to it anymore). Also had an old raptor fail on me about 7 yrs ago (2 years after purchase), but that's about it.
Havent had any issues with my 3 other WD drives (2 are 1Tb black) definitely recomme

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  • Bruce P.
  • 4/9/2012 10:54:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWarranty is worth the paper it is not printed on

Pros: Drive performs well.

Cons: Western Digital will not honor the five year warranty on this item. WD claims my serial number is a one-year warranty item. NewEgg is clear on the "Overview" that this drive carries a five year limited warranty. However, WD will not honor that warranty.
So much for paying more for the "black" drive and a five year warranty.

I specifically bought this product because of the five year warranty. I feel cheated by WD.

The failure rate seems a little higher than expected for a high-end product.

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  • Sam B.
  • 2/20/2012 11:18:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAbsolutely horrible

Pros: None when 1/3 of them fail within the first year

Cons: Bought 6 of these on1/14/11 to use in a RAID 5 array. Paid extra for Caviar Black 5 year warranty expecting good drives. 1 failed after 11 months, and another failed after 12 months. Tons of data was lost.

Other Thoughts: rated 1 star because it won't let me give it zero stars

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  • zachary s.
  • 3/14/2011 1:09:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsTLER issues if you are running Windows 7/64

Pros: Fast drives
Relatively cheap
Easy installation

Cons: Not saying this is the reason why I'm getting momentary random freezes, even when I do Alt+Ctrl+Del (something that has never happened before), or when system is left idle for a while, or finished playing a movie. . .but from posts and comments throughout webland, it may be a strong factor. . .IF YOU ARE GOING TO RAID these drives, and you have a Windows 7 64 bit operating system. . .I recommend you do NOT buy these drives(buy Western Digital RE4-GP WD2002FYPS instead). Due to some firmware that is enabled in the enterprise editions of the WD drives, yes not enabled in these versions - you will not be able to download and use the WDTLER.exe to enable these drives because it only works on Windows 32 bit versions. It is very ungentlemanly on WD's part if this is truly the case(two egg demerits for WD not making it more public).

Other Thoughts: I'd be more than happy to turn these drives back to a RAID 1 configuration, so if what I'm saying is not true - would love to know. Will have to save up to buy the RAID appropriate WD drives.

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  • Arthur S.
  • 3/8/2011 8:26:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot so happy with

Pros: It's fast, after initial access time.

Cons: Have this drive setup as a secondary harddrive in a custom built machine. Primary drive is an SSD Vertex 2, on a Asus Sabertooth X58. This drive seems to have a fairly long primary access time (5 seconds, give or take), after which the drive works fine, unless left inactive for a period of time.

Other Thoughts: Seems like the drive would work fine as a primary drive that's constantly being accessed, but feels like the drive is very (green) in spinup times.

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