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Western Digital WD Green WD15EARS 1.5TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

  • 64MB Cache
  • SATA 3.0Gb/s
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  • newegg GreenPower Technology With GreenPower technology, the Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARS yields lower operating temperatures for increased reliability and low acoustics for ultra-quiet PCs and external drives.
  • newegg Reduced Power Consumption Combined with WD's IntelliSeek, NoTouch, and IntelliPower technologies, the Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARS has reduced power consumption by up to 40-percent compared to standard desktop drives.
  • newegg SATA 3.0 Gb/s Interface The Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARS features the SATA II interface supporting up to 3.0 Gb/s data transfer rates, Native Command Queuing (NCQ) and hot-pluggable point-to-point connections for optimum performance, efficiency, convenience and flexibility.
  • newegg Perpendicular Magnetic Recording Perpendicular Magnetic recording technology enables industry-leading capacity in existing standard form factors and improves performance by increasing data density while reducing moving parts for enhanced reliability.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years

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  • Nathan B.
  • 6/13/2014 6:36:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHolding Strong

Pros: Price Point when I bought it
Going Strong - No Issues

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Been using this drive for storage for over 3 years now. WD makes a great drive that can stand the test of time. I would always trust their drives with my data.

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  • Khoua V.
  • 1/26/2014 12:32:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsnice drive

Pros: large capacity. brand name, i only buy WD. not meant to be a fast drive since its for energy saving so it takes a bit of time to start up, not a con.

Cons: a hdd is a hdd it will die some day. bought two at the same time in 2010 now in 2014 one is going bad not completely dead yet but i have removed it from my pc to temporary store it till i get another to backup the data so my data wont die with it. im guessin the other one will go bad sometime this year, or who knows maybe it will last longer.

Other Thoughts: overall a great drive, stores data, does what its suppose to do what more can i ask for?

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  • 12/26/2013 10:22:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFollow-up review from 11/18/2013 5:47:16 PM

Pros: lots of space, cheap

Cons: the first drive failed and its replacement is now installed.

Other Thoughts: This is a follow-up to the review I wrote on 11/18/2013 for a WD 1.5TB green internal hard drive.

Western Digital read my review and replied (see my 11/18/2013 review) to contact their customer support and mention their reply. When I called their support, I was pleasantly surprised that after I identified myself and told them about the review, they seemed to be waiting for my call. They said that the product was out of warranty, but since I had ongoing issues with it, they would be happy to replace it free of charge. When I told them that I had put a 16p nail (with a high powered nail gun) through the drive, they only paused momentarily before dropping the requirement that I send the old one back to them. They offered to have the new one in the mail the next day and expedite it with higher priority mail. It arrived 2 1/2 days later and is currently running without issue.

Well done WD!

I found that communication with WD during the RMA process was a bit 'clunky'. The day after my initial conversation with the RMA agent, I logged on to view the incident status of my replacement and it was set to "closed". When I talked to another WD agent, he did not read the comments of the previous agent and proceeded to debate with me that the first agent offered free replacement and 24 hour packaging. I did need to raise my voice which prompted him to actually READ the previous comments, thus finding my story to be accurate and true. He set the status to 'in progress' and the drive arrived the next day.

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  • 11/18/2013 5:47:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsnot dependable, slow

Pros: Lots of Space, Low Price

Cons: Don't depend on it. In the 3 years I owned it, it lost its FAT table 3x. I never lost data because I double backup, but don't spend your money on this one.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello bubba, We apologize for the inconvenience of losing your master boot record partition table since your drive was installed in your computer. Please note there are many variables that can result in a failed drive, such as power outages, accidental physical damage, internal component failure, and computer viruses. If the drive were used in an external enclosure; please note there are many different external bridge board and enclosure manufacturers, each with their own command sets, levels of compatibility, and technical issues. Because of this, WD Technical Support is unable to provide support for each one of these third party manufacturer’s products. We understand your situation and want to earn your loyalty as our goal is to provide world class customer service, and part of that goal in this situation would be to replace your drive, and investigate the cause relating to the products defect.
How to get an RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) or replace a defective product under warranty
We would like the opportunity to assist you on this case and answer any questions you may have on this issue. Please contact us at 1 (800) 275-4932, or via our support website at: and please mention this Newegg review so we can assist you further.

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  • Lawrence M.
  • 5/16/2013 4:38:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Worked through the 2 year limited warranty and the 3 year manuf warranty.

Cons: Started to go bad at the 3 year 2 month mark.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/30/2013 11:29:41 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs2years

Pros: I got this 24 months. It is starting to fail. Read writes are slowing way down and it is starting to hang.

Cons: Wished it had lasted longer.

Other Thoughts: Used it as the main boot drive in a system that only goes down when the power fails. Many hours of rendering video. Also constant R/W cycles every minutes for weather and radio communications databases.
It's green, so it's a little slow.

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  • 3/10/2013 9:19:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIt failed, as the pre-purchase reviews warned me

Pros: Low Price.

Cons: Failed at 26 months.

Other Thoughts: I read the reviews about this drive before I bought it, but still made the purchase because it was really cheap. It was bought as part of my double back drive configuration, so I knew if it failed I would be OK. It lasted 26 months.

Don't skimp on backup drive quality!

I do not recommend this drive.

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  • Simon C.
  • 11/20/2012 12:08:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Quiet. Hasn't died.

Cons: None that have appeared. Runs in old PC for fileserving, quiet Via C3 based board. Noise level is very low.

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  • Jon H.
  • 11/6/2012 4:00:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReliable

Pros: everything you need from a big drive
working for 2 years and 8 months perfectly.

Cons: erased my data once when i removed the jumper (while the power was off) that allowed it to be formatted under xp. i rescued the data with a program and wasn't all that upset.

Other Thoughts: use it to store data
never as an os drive
for a few months in the beginning i used to use it for a few hours then unplug it.
i never stream/view/watch/play from it, ONLY STORAGE.

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  • Matthew C.
  • 10/1/2012 3:47:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsbroke after 21 months

Pros: cheap

Cons: I found this drive doing death throws (repeatedly doing something with its head that I can hear) and unmounted one morning after 21 months.

Other Thoughts: I use this drive as a backup drive, not very heavy usage, in an external shell. I was hoping it would last at least until its 2-year warranty, but apparently not...

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