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Western Digital AV-GP WD30EURS 3TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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  • Rusty M.
  • 8/17/2013 6:33:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs801.57 GB limit on Mac

Pros: Quite.

Cons: Mac only see this only 801.57 GB I've formatted it several time and nothing. Another commenter (joegomolski) mentioned this as well. I did the same digging on WD website and came up with the same results.

This was to upgrade and external drive for backups, videos, music. Thought it would work based on description and info i read. Guess I didn't read enough.

Other Thoughts: I'm sure this is a good drive, it's very quite and was easy to install on my external case. However I didn't educate myself enough nor think that there would be any issues on a Mac. The low eggs are only for Mac users; if you're a Windows seems like a lovely drive. Live and learn!

Newegg shipping was fast as always.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat media drive WD30EURS 3TB

Pros: I’ve been using this drive for about a month and it’s been trouble free as a media drive. Formatting (GPT) was simple in Linux to get the full capacity. It readily handles recording 2 HD streams and playback of one HD Stream. Good cache size. See other reviews for specific benchmarks.

The drive is very quiet, useful for the media center usage. It parks heads while not in use, giving good power savings. Overall, I’m very satisfied with the drive for a non -OS purpose.

Cons: Not the fastest access speeds and transfer rates, but that’s not what the drive is designed for.

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  • Robert J.
  • 7/2/2013 8:47:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWindows Server 2012 + ReFS = 140+MB/s Write Speeds

Pros: Let it format to ReFS overnight. Today I'm moving files to it and they are going so fast. Very happy with the drive so far.

Cons: None so far.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/27/2013 12:47:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Eggxpert Review

4 out of 5 eggsZippy Storage Drive

Pros: This drive is designed for Audio Visual but can be used as a standard storage drive. For that purpose it runs and works perfectly. However also keep in mind that it is NOT designed for a main/OS drive. See notes below for explanation.

Cons: It is a green drive that uses IntelliPower which in a nutshell means the heads park when not in use, thus saving Power/Money and wear and tear, However it does affect speed on a normal OS running. Not a major con since it is a Audio Visual Drive.

Other Thoughts: I installed this drive in my Testbed PC and installed Windows 8 Pro on it and found the drive seemed rather slow, almost sluggish at times. This is to be expected but was disappointing none the less. I then reinstalled my SSD and chained this drive as a AV Storage unit. This is where it excels. I transferred several movies over to it and found that the movies worked perfectly. No lag or studder.
I then formatted the drive to be used as a Image Storage Drive. I made several images using Active Disk Image, Macrium Reflect and with Acronis True Image. As expected the drive worked perfectly and was rather zippy in both the image creation (Between 10-15 Minutes per image depending on software used) For a 50gb data used drive. That is pretty snappy. Almost, but not quite as fast as a WD Black. The reason is the way the cache is used. It allows caching the data before, during and after the image is created. That saves tons of time.
Now as for restoring, This is where I found it a tad slow. The restore was between 25-30 minutes (Depending on software used). What I found was the installed cache works well with creating an image, but when restoring it seems to loose its purpose and forgets it has any, thus the slower results.
Just for an example of speed with a WD Black 3tb drive and this one:
Create an image:
Macrium Reflect 21 minutes
Acronis True Image 19 minutes
Active Disk Image 14 Minutes

Restoring an image:
Macrium Reflect 28 Minutes
Acronis True Image 17 Minutes
Active Disk Image 13 Minutes

On this drive:
Image Creation:
Macrium Reflect 20 Minutes
Acronis True Image 19 minutes
Active Disk Image 14 minutes

Restore Image:
Macrium Image 24 minutes
Acronis True Image 21 minutes
Active Disk Image 16 minutes

Basically the above is stating that this drive should NOT be used for image creation if speed is a requirement. However I would still recommend this drive to do image creation because of the head parking. With the head parking it uses less power on a daily basis, and it also cuts down on the wear and tear of the drive. This is a huge plus for a image drive.
Overall a very solid drive if used for what it is designed for. As an OS it would be a major fail at times and NOT at all recommended. As a Data Drive I would use it in a split second. As a Audio Visual Drive it works as advertised and is zippy and as used as a Image Drive I personally would stay away from it. A simple Seagate drive would work faster then this one for that purpose.

Overall recommendation is 4 of 5 and that is because of the lackluster OS performance and the slow Image times.

Oh and before I forget, As for some reviews saying Greens are noisy, That was true several years ago but this drive is silent. I can't tell the noise between my Black, Barracuda and this drive. And that means it is quiet.

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5 out of 5 eggsWestern Digital 3tb hd

Pros: I have to say.. I'm very impressed with this drive. the drive for 3tb is just as big as my 1tb hard drive which was cool. Once I got it working correctly it recognized right away and formatted to 2.72tb. I had to format to GPT format to get it to recognize correctly and then it noticed right away. the 64mb cache is nice as well. My 1tb is 64mb cache but it seems like this one is a bit faster for some reason. I transferred a 7gb movie it took about 20 minutes. Also did 1gb and it took about 40 seconds. I wasn't sure about how fast it would be. But it did more than I expected. I also transfered 250gb over to it and that also took about 2 hours and the transfer speeds were lowest around 10mb/sec not to bad. I've had drives transfer 1mb or less /sec

Cons: I had to format to GPT format to get it to recognize correctly with windows 7 64bit. It took me a few minutes but once I got it it was perfect. Obviously not enough to knock off an egg.

Other Thoughts: Really good drive and really worth the buy. I would purchase this drive anytime. And the space is more than enough being a graphic designer I need the space. I use this drive as a storage drive. Hooked up to a 3.0 sata and 3.0 port in a asus 990fx motherboard.

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5 out of 5 eggsSolid Performance - doesn't break $

Pros: >It pretty darned quiet. See Test 1 in other thoughts.
>Setup was a breeze, but I would like to leave notes for those with older systems in the business environments. See Test 2.
>The 64MB Cache is a nice feature for the price, as it is like giving the drive its own tiny, dedicated, stick of RAM. It is good to have when you need it. Like for watching movies or playing games.

Cons: None really. And for newer systems, you really cannot bash too much on the read write speeds. Why? Well the technology of new machines more than likely will come with 6Gb/s SATA, while this drive only supports 3Gb/s SATA. Keep that in mind when deciding to buy.

Other Thoughts: TEST 1-NOISE - To test this, I put it under quiet a bit of load, read, write, and watched movies that I copied over. Never once did I consider it a burden, and the entire drive was exposed in the docking station which supports more than the drive can spit out.

TEST 2-FIRST TIME SETUP: Not quite sure on the Windows 8 installation, but for Windows 7 and before, you need to know a few things.
>At 3TB, you cannot use MBR for the partitioning setup. It is just a Windows limitation that you will have to put up with it. There are two ways around it: ONE: split it into multiple partitions. Or TWO: Partition it using the GUID Partitioning Table (GPT). This neat little feature of the Windows OS lets you partition it with a different format. After that is done, you then have to enable the drive before you can format a file system (NTFS).

I chose Option TWO, for sake of testing as a whole partition.

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  • Shannon S.
  • 6/17/2013 10:13:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsPerformance Review

Pros: I don't own this drive but to the user who says it's a DOG in Raid. . . well, it wasn't designed for Raid; It doesn't have a fast enough spin speed to sync with other drives that are faster; it's designed to be a stand alone large volume Audio / Video drive; that's why AV is in it's Model Number; As another user wrote, for Raid, get Raid Specific Drives. . like the RE4. .that's RAID EDITION. . . Model numbers tell you what a drive is designed for; i have 2 RE4's 1.5TB each so this 3.0 TB will be a PERFECT OFFLINE Rescue or Backup; Any corruption that occurs where I can not get a Drive letter I can use Rescue Software to bypass the reading of the Table of contents, or FAT (File Allocation Table); this can be done in Windows with a full scan of the drive that will take 10 - 30 minutes depending on how much data is there; High Read or Write speeds aren't necessary for a backup drive, or for a large drive designed to be put in a DVR. . .even slow speeds that keep the drive cool are sufficient to play HD movies, and record 2 or 3 Shows on a DVR at the same time, above that you will need a faster drive. .which probably won't be this large because more platters means more weight and more weight is wear & tear on motors to constantly start up and spin down a drive; I have been in the tech industry for almost 20 years and have experimented with different brands and types of drives like SCSI; Now that I have a ton of hardware I'm gonna test if 2 15,000 RPM SCSI in Raid are faster then a single SSD drive, maybe in the same system it's kinda full right now. They will certainly be noisier so it will be an empty win, if they win; They SSD drive I worked with boots Win7 in about 18 seconds; I was just reading reviews and wanted to add my experience with drives in general and that WD drives are the best in the Industry. . especially if they come with a 5Yr Warranty.

Cons: None / Performance review Only; however, not DESIGNED for RAID applications so don't use it for that;

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5 out of 5 eggsEggsellent Product

Pros: The WD AV-GP WD30EURS is an eggsellent drive. Remarkably quiet and cool operation. Does everything the spec sheet says and more. I installed it in my test bench rig and started testing it out under normal HDD situations (yes I know its not a normal HDD) but knowing some folks may buy it thinking it is, why not have stats to support it. I ran a simple disk mark run on it at 500mb size and I was shocked it beat out my 1TB black by 50mb/s the AV-GP scored a nice 167.8 read and 166.9 write very respectable numbers compared to my 1Tb Black's 110.7 read and 108.5 write speeds yes both drives on same controller cable and port on my Asus 990Fx Sabertooth. Both drives are sata 3.0 the only difference is my black is 32mb cache vs the AV-GP 64mb cache. Next I loaded it up with video's and popped it into my server to test streaming thru my home. I was able to connect 6 different devices (my homes limit) and stream 6 different videos to each device without any hiccups . The AV-GP is speced to run up to 12 simultaneous stream at the same time and I do not see this being an issue for it at all. This thing is simply amazing. Even with 6 feeds streaming off it at one time it kept its cool and quiet disposition. I unfortunately have no surveillance system to test out that particular aspect of it but from what i have seen it'll do the job without a sweat.

Cons: I can not find one single thing to say for a con with this drive. It preformed every task I set upon it with out hesitation. Even the price point is agreeable for most budgets.

Other Thoughts: Western Digital is by far my most called upon brand for hard drives. I've been using them for well over 2 decades without any major complaint on 95% of my builds. Their customer support is by far the best in the business. I wont say I have never had one fail. I've had several fail but a quick run to their website to set up an RMA and I'm normally back in business within a few days. You just cant beat them for support and service. Buy this product with confidence that you'll have a superb product backed by (yes I'm saying it again) THE BEST SUPPORT AND SERVICE around.

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5 out of 5 eggsWD AV-GP 3TB HDD

Pros: This drive can handle heavy loads
Transfer speeds are reasonably high for this drive
Using this as a media drive
A lot of space
Easy to unlock full 3TB (2.72TB Formatted) Still A lot
Decent transfer speeds for the drive

Cons: Not DOA thankfully!

Other Thoughts: I compiled some numbers for this Sata 3.0Gb/s numbers for people to like to see some!

This is for a 10GB transfer showing IOPS and sequential read/writes...

Read - 147.9 MB/s
4 KB random single 103 IOPS
4 KB random multi 236 IOPS

Write - 142.4 MB/s
4 KB random single 238 IOPS
4 KB random multi 292 IOPS

Now 2 GB File

Read - 145.2 MB/s
4 KB random single 134 IOPS
4KB random multi 292 IOPS

Write - 138.1 MB/s
4 KB random single 358 IOPS
4 KB random multi 312 IOPS

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5 out of 5 eggsOUTSTANDING, install couldn’t have gone much better!

Pros: It took 18 minutes to install Windows 8 Professional (x64) (build 9200) (minus updates). I’ve confirmed 3000.04 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity. Windows 8 was very accommodating.

This is a piece of application-specific hardware; it has to be judged accordingly. It could be appropriately used in a television station or high end DVR; it’s not intended for rigorous video gaming. Don't confuse this with hard drives found in video surveillance systems you can buy at your home-improvement center or big box wholesale club, they’re more suited more for convenience store scrutiny. “This” is well suited for serious scientific research and audio/video aficionados.

This device appears to be able to efficiently function in an uninterrupted environment withstanding a lot of wear and tear, without incident. Only the test of time will reveal if this assumption is correct. This isn't my first 3 TB hard drive; my other is a #$%#$@#^&^&% which is excellent. You can't compare the two; it would be like comparing apples and oranges. Analogy: Long-distance runners vs. a sprinter, both have their application correct place.

Cons: Cons: Essentially none. However, the Newegg product page doesn’t coincide with the manufacturers; which lists a five year-limited warranty vs. the retailer’s (details) listed a three-year warranty. It’s a good thing when you discover you’re getting more than you reckoned.

Other Thoughts: I haven’t found any system cooling devices that are as quiet as this hard drive, “Noise levels have been minimized to less than one sone – virtually below the threshold of human hearing.” However, the familiar (normal) sound of the arm moving as far as it will go to and back to its landing point hasn’t been isolated.

Think about how far we’ve come (nowadays), 3 TB @ +/- $150 vs. (1998) 9GB SCSI cost more than $1,500 (now, comparable storage = $00.45)! The AV-GP WD30EURS goes way beyond a generic 3 TB drive with it's always on durability and ability to stream proficiently “twelve” a high-resolution video conduits simultaneously.

It appears the manufacturer is trying to dodge stating RPM speeds to avoid irrational comparison shopping. I understand the reasoning behind this, but, a few other folks seemingly don't. That's, it isn't significant, in this application efficiency is paramount, non-essential RPM translates into noise, heat & energy consumption. This device does what it’d intended to do very well.

Editorializing: I’ve read the reviews for both this & the red NAS version, some of which I’d call disheartening. There are a lot of things to consider when researching a piece of hardware like this. The usual determining factors are function, price/value, warrantee & personal experience. Shared experiences, like mine might help, or, you might be discouraged by an adjacent review, that’s your judgment call. Why am I stating this, from personal experience, I feel this manufacturer merits less ragging-on and more credit than they’ve been getting? Reviews are opinions; ether to believe them or don’t, deciding is a challenging task. There will always be better & newer versions of products. I’m not comparison shopping; I'm evaluating value for the buck, in this instance I’d say, definitely YES! It’s hard to be overly critical of a product which fulfills its marketed task and comes with a five-year warranty. That’s incredible, when you take into account it very well may be on (nonstop) for five years!

Endorsement: Judging from my first impression (first impressions count), this may not be a rock star, but, nevertheless; it’s a marathon star. I was pleasantly surprised by the drive; I like it and highly recommend it for audio/video applications.

Testing computer profile: Testing configuration was done using 3.30 gigahertz Intel Core i5-2500K, 64 kilobyte primary memory cache, 6144 kilobyte secondary memory cache, 64-bit ready, Multi-core (4 total), Not hyper-threaded . Board: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. Z68A-D3H-B3, Bus Clock: 100 megahertz, BIOS: Award Software International, Inc. F4 05/06/2011, 16362 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory.

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