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

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


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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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  • Cristian V.
  • 6/30/2014 6:07:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs4 Year After Review

Pros: This coming November will be the HDD 4th anniversary and it's still working like day 1.

I have reformat the computer several times and it's working perfectly

Cons: Not so far after 4 years.

Other Thoughts: It's still a good HD to go with, specially this days, if you want an HDD that will only store documents, movies or music, etc, it's a very viable and reliable HD, there are new HD's that will be much better for though environments, but as storage unit, like I use it now in the HD enclosure, you will be satisfied and it will get the job done.

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  • Evan W.
  • 6/13/2014 3:37:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIt is failing.

Pros: Well. It can store data.

Cons: I tested the drive with SeaTools and it has failed the SMART test.
This test implies the harddrive is going to fail soon, and is sure seems like it because when windows attempts to mount the drive, it takes 10 minutes. Very frustrating because Windows does this on login through explorer. So the computer will boot in 10 seconds, then spend 10 minutes loging in while it mounts the drive. Also, when shutting down, windows responds exceptionally slowly too.
However, when the drive is disabled in bios, the computer operates normally. So I suppose at least it hasn't prevented my other harddrives from working.

Other Thoughts: I've owned this thing for a long time now, but the drive has spent the majority of time sitting. I've used it as extra storage space so haven't accessed it much. The harddrive power options are set to turn off after 15 minutes, so with only typical usage, I cannot imagine this drive being anything but like-new. This harddrive has been on a computer that has been in storage for a while, so the harddrive has be used for about 2 years.

When reading the reviews for this harddrive, I saw that some people were reporting failures, so I suppose it is my fault for buying a harddrive that fails.

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  • Douglas S.
  • 5/31/2014 1:39:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot impressed

Pros: It's 2T and cheap.

They really have the warranty dialed in. You get to buy a new one every 2 years.

Cons: It died at 2 years and 10 months.

Other Thoughts: I used to have good luck with Western Digital. I have drives made by them that have been running for years...until this one. I have a 400G made in 2007 that still runs 24x7.

I will never buy another Western Digital 2 year warranty or less drive again.

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  • Peter Q.
  • 5/9/2014 6:24:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsok...

Pros: price..

Cons: It's a ok drive. It hasn't failed me for over a year, with constant storage. I use it for storing big files. Movies, software etc. Lately (month or so) it's been laggy. I'm only about 900ish gigs used. About 900 gigs free. And all my movies are lagging. It keeps trying to scan the drive. HD probably almost about to die, but my computer reads everything fine. Defragged it on windows 8. Still lagging and reading slowly.

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  • Colby O.
  • 2/16/2014 6:44:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Affordable, quiet, high capacity.

Cons: 1 of 1 drive worked for 28 months before it failed.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/12/2014 2:12:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStill work after 4 years

Pros: Still work fine after 4 years.

Cons: The number of bad sectors is slowly increasing on these drives (of which I have 2), but they've been otherwise reliable. I have lost a couple large files (5+ gb) due to corruption, but I've always had back ups so no permanent loss.

Other Thoughts: I wouldn't put all my eggs in one basket with any hard drive. These are reliable for sure with some layers of redundacy.

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  • Douglas E.
  • 2/10/2014 5:51:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Ran quiet.

Cons: My first drive needed to be RMA'd a little over a year after I bought it. The second drive was OK. Date of manufacture on the second one is 13 Mar 2012. It died yesterday. I expected a little better quality out of WD. I will never buy a another WD drive.

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  • Ed T.
  • 2/4/2014 6:57:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat drive

Pros: Western Digital no longer makes the green line, but the Red drives are pretty much the same and I only buy Red Drives now for media storage.

The Green drives I got were only 2TB (the biggest available at the time) which is the only reason I don't use them any longer.

Cons: None.

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  • Sean P.
  • 1/13/2014 1:56:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsway too slow

Pros: It's nice and big, quiet... and has a green label on it.

Cons: I was only getting 35 MB/s sequential read speed. That means getting my data off this drive took 16 hours!

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