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Pros: This is an update from my 4/26 review. My NAS cluster is humming along smoothe. I have a Hitachi Ultrastar 2TB, a WD RED 2TB and a WD RED 4TB in a Ubuntu & DRBD configuration. So raw capacity of the cluster is effectively 8TB in an active/passive configuration.
Never had a problem with the Ultrastars; Hitachi doesn't even KNOW my name (knock on wood).
WD does know who I am but nonetheless I am pleased with how I got here.
The WD RED drives perform well and to my satisfaction. There is a slight performance hit with the REDs compared to the Ultrastar but this was expected; my clients do not see it at all and the power drain is much less. The Ultrastars are much more expensive.
Cons: Other people have had worse situations than I have had so hopefully as the product quality and supply chain matures WD enters into the sweet spot with these drives.
Other Thoughts: 4 eggs still warranted as far as I am concerned to show some solidarity to the community of RED users out there.
My suggestion to everyone is that if you get a drive that is DOA, use WDC's RMA process immediately. This way you take at least one middle-man out of the supply chain in terms of getting your replacement.
Pros: Everything people have said already. Mostly I purchased this due to WDC's reputation. I will typically purchase Hitachi drives because they tend to last much longer than the competition. But their drives at 4TB are more expensive. I also have WDC's 2TB NAS drive and they work well after 6 mos.
Cons: I ordered 2 drives a few days ago. Newegg shipp them the same day.
The first drive was DOA - HUGE CLICKING when I booted and it didn't go well from there. The second drive didn't have this problem and the short SMART test was successful. I started a long test and am hopeful.
Other Thoughts: The DOA saga continues. The drives were packed OK by Newegg so I cannot explain by one was DOA. The serial number of the DOA drive was 6800 units smaller than the working drive so maybe there was a bad batch or the drive was knocked around on it's way to Newegg. Impossible to be sure.
So-as not to run into a DOA scenario again I went forward with an advanced shipment RMA from WDC support. I don't mind the hold on my card at all and I purchased a UPS shipping label off WDC's site for $6.50 so I can deal with the administrative overhead.
Knocked an egg off since Newegg has not yet solved this dilemma.
Pros: Most reviews are positive, brand name seems like it is moving up.
Cons: Poor support. I configured simple port forwarding for RDP and VNC and a simple PPTP VPN. Both features worked inconsistently. I searched high and low thinking it was something else besides the router. After all other possibilities were eliminated I purchased an ASUS router at a local store; which worked perfectly. After a day or so I called Buffalo and a nice gentlemen helped me out, but could not identify root cause. He was going to do some research and call me back in 24-hours. That call never happened and I have a black brick behind my desk.
Other Thoughts: I will probably do a factory reset and retest it since it is DD-WRT. That said, extremely disappointed at the failure of not only basic features but level 1 support.READ FULL REVIEW