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Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD30EFRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Large, cool running, fast

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: This drive replaced a 3Tb Hitachi HDS5C3030ALA630 drive that never worked right (you can see my review of that drive over under the product page). All I can say is wow! what a difference.

This is the fastest and coolest running drive in my NAS. I think I've found a new drive type to use.

Of course, installing it in the NAS deleted any software that they included (NASWare). :)

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Hitachi GST Deskstar 5K3000 HDS5C3030ALA630 (0F12460) 3TB 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Large

Cons: Not very reliable. Won't quite fail, but won't really work either.

Other Thoughts: I first purchased one of these drives to replace a aging WD drive that had started to fail. The first drive started throwing random SMART errors that were not consistent or reproducible. I contacted the manufacturer and was told that their diagnostic tools would not work with the 3Tb drive. I looked for other ways to test and make sure it was working properly. It would test good one day and fail the next. Finally in frustration I contacted the manufacturer who replaced the drive under RMA. The second drive had a clicking sound as the head would repeatedly reset itself over and over. I migrated the disk to a NAS as part of a raid array to get a different format on the drive (ext4 vs. NTFS). The tendency of the drive to repeatedly reset the read head did not stop and I would get sometimes 30 sec. to 1 minute pauses while the head was repeatedly reset. Meanwhile the drive would sometimes pass the smart tests sometimes fail (abort the test). I finally pulled the drive and replaced it with WD Red. I'm much happier now.

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Hitachi GST Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723020BLA642 (0f12115) 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Quiet, cool and fast. These drives seem to be working well, unlike the example of their 3TB older brother (separately reviewed) which I've had nothing but trouble with.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: The world wide disk manufacturing problems have put lots of disks into circulation that have had lots of problems. However, these seem to be doing very well in my Synology NAS. I have 3 of these, a 3TB Hitachi (with lots of problems), and a 1.5 TB Western Digital that has lots of miles on it. Of all, these 2TB drives seem to be performing the best. Quietest, coolest and fastest of the bunch. I'd definately purchase again. Now about that 3TB drive . . .

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Jeff R.'s Profile

Display Name: Jeff R.

Date Joined: 08/05/06

  • Reviews: 6
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 02/12/09
  • Last Review: 02/05/13
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