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WD Red 4TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD40EFRX
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2 out of 5 eggs Horrific initial fail rate 08/05/2014

This review is from: WD Red 4TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD40EFRX

Pros: When you finally get one that works it seems like a good drive. Quiet, low power. Decent.

Cons: Getting one that works. I'm at a 66.7% failure rate, bought two for my Synology 2-bay NAS. Out of the box one refused to spin up, made a terrible noise. RMA'd that one, waited till the replacement came before installing in the NAS. Replacement spun up fine, formatted then stuck in the NAS. Got it all setup, data copied, and then decided to run the SMART test just to be sure. Guess what, one failed SMART. Brand new disks should not be failing SMART. I'm wiping it now and dropping it in the mail tomorrow for another RMA.

Other Thoughts: I don't know what's up with WD's QA process, if they even have one. I read the reviews before buying but the drive was on sale for a decent price and I figured WD had a good reputation, maybe they had sorted some of the problems. Nope.

So yeah... roll the dice if you dare. If you can get a working one they seem really decent. Just how many you have to mail back first.

Side note, the pair I got were already patched for the load cycle count issue. So that was nice I guess.


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Display Name: Trevor P.

Date Joined: 07/17/07

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