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Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD20EFRX 2TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I had four 2TB WD Reds in a Sans Digital external enclosure running RAID 5 that was sitting on top of a mid-tower and underneath an HP LaserJet in a house that burned for 36 hours. The heat caused the HP LaserJet above and the plastic in the USB ports of the mid-tower below to start melting. If that were not enough thermal stress, the fire department pour 250,000 gallons on the house and all this happened during a sub-zero winter. In other words, the drives got a really nice heat treatment: they were annealed an elevated temperature for an extended period of time and then rapidly quenched to below freezing.

Anyways, four 2TB WD Reds initially survived the fire. After about 6 weeks one began to fail. I have been using the other three drives for over three months now and it is clear that they have totally survived. So despite all the DOA/RMA issues with these drives, there is a level of reliability with them that is significant too.

Cons: Frankly, my beef with these drives is the performance. I replaced 640GB WD Blacks with these 2TB WD Reds. I did not expect to see much of a difference because I am only using FireWire-800 (not USB-3.0, eSATA or Thunderbolt), which I would have thought would have been the limiting factor... it wasn't. The performance took a very noticeable hit and playing HD content seems to require a couple seconds of buffering. Although I RMA'd my Red dead from the fire, I actually replaced it with a 2TB Black.

Other Thoughts: The performance of Reds is not good enough for a mildly demanding individual peripheral storage user... let alone multiple users in an NAS environment. In some situations WD should be completely ignored when they say things like you shouldn't use Blacks for RAID.

On the other hand, Sans Digital makes some beastly Mack Truck enclosures.....

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Western Digital Red NAS Hard Drive WD20EFRX 2TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I was hesitant about ordering these drives after reading all the DOA/failure reviews here, so I wanted to state that all five drives that I ordered were good on arrival and have survived 72 hours of almost continuously intensive use. Given that they will be used lightly from here on out, I really doubt that they will fail pre-maturely at this point.

These are 5400 RPM drives, so they use less power and operate at lower temperatures than 7200 RPM high performance drives that may be overkill for data/media storage.

Cons: Obviously, there remain serious concerns about the DOA/failure rate of these drives.

Other Thoughts: I had to wait for NewEgg's price on these drives to come down to what the rest of the market was asking from them. Take a minute to shop around!

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ADATA S007 Military-Specification 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Red) Model AS007-16G-RRD
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggs Not close to military grade. 04/27/2011

This review is from: ADATA S007 Military-Specification 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Red) Model AS007-16G-RRD

Pros: This flash drive is constructed with a rubberized material on the housing which seems very durable.

Cons: The idea that this device would be accepted by any military is absurd. I do not care if it happens to met some vibration standard.

The interface cap easily comes off the end, gets lost and then exposes the device to damage.

Other Thoughts: I was expecting more from A-DATA.

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Display Name: John A.

Date Joined: 01/13/06

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  • First Review: 07/02/09
  • Last Review: 07/21/14
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