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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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Pros: Pretty. Don't know what to say about a hdd.

Cons: 1 of the 4 error count keeps climbing.

Other Thoughts: I ignored advice to "shred" the drive to exorcise its daemons before investing the time to build an external software RAID, and built one anyway out of 2 drives, in a new Mediasonic 4-bay enclosure. (mdadm to make RAID1 on Ubuntu)

No errors reported, so I copied the data which had been on a failed backup drive, and the "rest of the scattered places" onto it, to make one container and then discovered its utilization stood at 96%.

I wasn't excited about the prospect, but I turned around and bought another pair of identical drives to get some maneuverability.

Over the course of two weeks, I was never able to duplicate the process of creating an external RAID on the second pair, finally turning the entire box to a friend with more experience.

He discovered one of the original hdds was bad and that the RAID had been corrupted. Now, I'm not blaming the failed drive for corrupting the data, except indirectly in the sense of wasting my time to try everything and anything to get straightforward instructions to execute as explained.

I had announced to the same friend that I was picking WD over SG because of their respective reputations, and he said, prophetically, "Oh, they all make bad lots of drives (or lots of bad drives?) every so often."

It gives me a chance to see if the WD RMA process matches the high opinion I have of the company: the opinion about quality has slipped, possibly back into realistic territory.


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Display Name: dAVID n.

Date Joined: 01/11/07

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  • Last Review: 04/08/14
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