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Western Digital WD Green WD20EARS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

  • 64MB Cache
  • SATA 3.0Gb/s
  • 2 years limited
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  • newegg GreenPower Technology With GreenPower technology, the Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 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 WD20EARS 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 WD20EARS 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.
  • newegg StableTrac technology The Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS features the StableTrac technology to secure the motor shaft at both ends, reducing system-induced vibration and stabilize platters for accurate tracking, during read and write operations.


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


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  • Ricardo R.
  • 1/3/2015 4:26:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThe worst HDD I've ever bought!

Pros: 64MB Cache, 2TB, a lot for the money... at the time of purchase

Cons: They drop like flies!

Other Thoughts: I bought 3 of these to make a RAID, as you will find out, 'Green' HDD don't work for a RAID because of their variable RPM's. After swallowing my pride, I decide to keep them and keep them stand alone; so far, 2 out of the three I purchased have died. When I say die, I mean really die, not even Spinrite would bring them back, one of them, the circuit board died and the drive would not spin, the second one says the drive has "Too many bad sectors", whatever that means.
Anyway, I have some Seagates that are about 8 yrs old and still kicking, the first one of these died after a few month.
My advice, stick with back HDD, stick with Seagate; you don't want to loose 2 TB of data on one swype

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  • Simon R.
  • 12/21/2014 12:29:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorked for 2 years and counting

Pros: Bought this to upgrade our DirectV DVR. Worked fine until we had to vhange the DVR (thank-you DirectV). Will be putting it into LVM group on my desktop.

Cons: None

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  • Ray M.
  • 12/9/2014 7:11:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMore Failed Drives...

Pros: Quiet and fast enough.

Cons: Failed after 3-years. I have three of these and two have failed in the past week. Disappointing.

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  • Hamilton Y.
  • 11/23/2014 7:29:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs4 years of light usage = failure

Pros: Worked okay as a backup drive.

Cons: Failed after 4 years of light usage, 1 year out of warranty. Not recommended -

Other Thoughts: This drive was primarily used as a backup, which meant that heavy read/writes cycles were rare. I was hoping that this would outlast a much older primary Seagate 1TB drive, but it died before.

My Seagate continues to hum along while this drive has crashed and burned. Between this and several other WD portable drives failing, I'm pretty turned off to Western Digital storage as a whole...

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  • Charles M.
  • 11/18/2014 3:38:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat drive great price

Pros: Had this drive for 3 years. I use it for storage, and do run games from it, though rarely. Speed is great for the type of drive it is, no complaints.

Cons: None

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  • Binh T.
  • 11/15/2014 5:50:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs3 Year Drive

Pros: Lasted 1 year more than their warrantee. I have 4 of these in a RAID5, so luckily only 1 died so, I didn't lose all my data.

Cons: It lasted 1 year more than their warrantee. I have this in a RAID 5, so I have to buy more for backup. Would definitely use another manufacturer but concerned about compatibility in my configuration.

Other Thoughts: I gotta hand it to WD for being able to manufacture a product that fails so soon after their warrantee expires. Unfortunately for them, there are many other companies that manufacture the same product that we can buy from.

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  • Amber J.
  • 10/27/2014 7:17:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMove On! Avoid This

Pros: Nice size; Good speed.

Cons: Bad Sectors occurred just after 3 yrs of usage

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  • Marcus R.
  • 10/22/2014 1:01:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWish I had not bought this drive

Pros: It was cheap back in 2011. That is why I bought it. Not because of the "green" aspect.

Cons: Although it did not fail a SMART test, I could not load the drive for any other test and I have a suite of testing software that I use as a pc tech. I put the drive into an external enclosure and was able to access the data. However, once I replaced the drive back into service inside my file server it took forever to initialize and I was unable to format. Maybe if I let it sit for hours I would eventually be able to use the drive for a bit.

Other Thoughts: I should have heeded the warnings I was reading when I ordered the drive. Sad. I'm upgrading all my 1.5/2 TB drives to 4TB drives, but it still would be nice to be able to use my old drives when they are only a few years old.

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  • Erkin B.
  • 10/16/2014 7:04:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsKeeps going

Pros: Purchased two in 2010 for DIY NAS along with some other WDs, all still going.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Thank you WD.

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  • Thomas M.
  • 7/17/2014 8:37:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDrive doesn't hold up

Pros: Large capacity, affordable price

Cons: Poor quality control, 2 year warranty, doesn't hold up over time even when not in use.

Other Thoughts: SMART is warning that this drive is imminent danger of complete failure. This is happening after less than 48 hours of actual powered on use. I originally bought this drive for offline storage of my ripped DVD collection. All of my live media is stored on a RAID array. Up until today, the only use this drive has seen has been while it was being formatted and while I copied about 1.7 TB of data onto it for backup. After that, it was powered down, disconnected, put back into its antistatic bag and placed in a drawer for storage.

Today, about 4 years later, after building a new raid, I connected the WD Green drive to reload my media files. I immediately got a SMART warning that the drive was about to fail. Luckily I was able to successfully copy the data off the drive onto the RAID.

While I understand that this drive only had a two year warranty, I find it ridiculous that it is failing after less than 48 hours of run time.

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