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Pros:

Large Capacity, Low Power, Great Price - makes for a great HDD-based backup drive.

Cons:

I added 2 of these to an existing JBOD array to expand the storage of an existing network backup server. Drives connected to a older Silicon Image siI3112 controller. (Not on WD know compatibility list).

I jumpered the drive down to SATA 150, but would not boot; system would lock up at the controller BIOS boot pre-Windows.

However, when hot-inserted into Win OS, the drives came up no problem.

WD Tech support was pleasant but useless.

Other Thoughts:

I use a lot of hardware, and I’m not fond of products with strange, undocumented anomalies like this. SI controllers are common.

However I would by the drive again because of the features I mentioned in “Pros” just make sure your controller is on WD’s compatibility list.

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