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Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EADS 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive-Factory Recertified

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  • 32MB Cache
  • SATA 3.0Gb/s
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 90 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 90 days

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  • Avery F.
  • 2/6/2015 6:47:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsMay not be suitable for raid 5

Pros: These drives have been serving me well since 2010. They are flawlessly running in a RAID 0+1 Ext array with 4k block allocation (look up "advanced format" for more info about this block size)

Cons: May not be suitable for RAID enclosures that do not allow block size configuration.

Other Thoughts: I thought these drives were horrible when I put them in. MediaSonic RAID 5 enclosure for a Mac mini. Two of them bit the dust simultaneously when I tried to run disk repair and I lost a ton of data.

I didn't want this to happen again after the RMA, so I did my research- turns out they are no good in most standalone arrays, which use smaller block sizes by default and generally can not be configured for advanced format drives.

Once the replacements arrived in 2011 I put them in a RAID 0+1 configuration using Ubuntu server 12.04 LTS at a 4k block size using Ext4 fs and they've been humming along ever since.

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  • Aaron W.
  • 6/28/2014 4:50:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsHome Raid Configuration

Pros: Low Power Consumption
Low Cost
Long Lifespan

Cons: Limited to Sata II

Other Thoughts: This review is for advanced home users who are familiar with RAID array's.
I had 4 of these drives in a Raid 10 configuration. They worked very well, never any problems.
When I had to rebuild my Raid array due to hardware rearranging, these drives never gave me any problems. (which is a HUGE deal, because when rebuilding an existing raid array, you have the potential to lose all your data if anything goes wrong.
So these drives are very dependable.

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  • Gregory G.
  • 5/1/2014 7:00:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDidn't last 24 hours

Pros: large capacity

Cons: didn't last 24 hours.

Other Thoughts: i bought 2 of these drives for my DNS-323 network storage device. these exact model drives were the only 2TB drives that were tested and approved by D-Link for the DNS-323. unfortunately the drives are no longer available new so i went with refurbished drives. in less than 24 hours i got 3 email messages from my NAS saying that the drives failed. the 2 eggs are directly reflecting WD and their ability to recertify hard drives. they should put the drives through tougher tests before they put them back on the market to sell. luckily, NewEgg has more drives and i'm giving it a second chance, although i don't have much hope for the replacements either. kudos for NewEgg to pay for the return shipping. THANK YOU !

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  • 3/12/2013 4:00:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUnreliable

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Unreliable. I've always been led to believe refurb equipment tends to be more reliable than new due to the fact that it undergoes much more thorough testing before it is sent back out, but I've had 2 of my 3 refurb drives fail now. WD replaced the first one a few months ago. Now a 2nd one has failed -- fortunately these drives are all part of a RAID5 so I haven't lost any data due to the failures yet. The warranty status shows that the 2nd drive should still be under warranty, but it also says "out of region" in the WD warranty system, which is flat out wrong since I bought all the drives from Newegg and had them all shipped to the same US address. So, I submitted a support ticket to WD and hopefully they'll still cover the drive. Otherwise I'll be steering clear of refurb drives in the future, especially WD refurbs.

Other Thoughts: I'll try to remember to follow up on this review when my replacement is either approved or denied.

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5 out of 5 eggsVery Good Deal!

Pros: Good price when on sale at $89.95. Quiet, cool and WHS v1 compatible.

Cons: Sometimes can be problematic if you don't prep them properly before using. Need to have spares lying around.

Other Thoughts: One of the very few, NON-Advanced Tech HDD's still available that will work PAINLESSLY in a WHS v1 box. Therefore, when these became available, I became interested. Here's why: Although WD only offers a 90-day warranty on these drives, for about $15, you can get a 2-year extended warranty from Newegg. I bought 2 of these with the extended warranty for my WHS v1 Media Server. Over the years I have learned how to get good service & life out of these drives. First thing you need to do is TEST the drive as soon as you get it BEFORE you put it in your box. For me, that means running either the WD Extended Testing Diagnostics or Spinrite depending on how quickly I need to put the drive in service. Then, I jumper the drive to run at SATA I speed of 150mb/s. SATA II is not going to make much difference in a system with a 33MHz bus shared between Eleven other 2TB HDD's. Then I run the WD Idle Utility and set the timeout to 300 Seconds so the drive doesn't wear itself out constantly spinning up & down. Do all of these things and you will get good life out of most of them assuming you start with a good drive to begin with. I have 12 of these in my WHSv1 Server and I have had only a couple of them fail, but for the most part have received excellent service from them. I have several with over 1500 hours on the drive with no problems whatsoever. I will continue to buy these drives (reconditioned or not) for as long as I can. When they become unavailable, I will probably switch to the RED series.

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  • 11/29/2012 12:29:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs1 of 3 failed in 1 month

Pros: Cheap, big.

Cons: Unreliable. 1 of 3 drives failed after almost exactly 1 month. I generally expect refurbs to be more reliable than new items as they are theoretically tested better, so I was surprised that one died so quick. Fortunately it's in a RAID5 config, so I just need to get a new one now before another drive fails.

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