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WD Red WD40EFRX 4TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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1 out of 5 eggs 3 of 5 HDD's Not Working Properly 01/30/2014

This review is from: WD Red WD40EFRX 4TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" NAS Internal Hard Drive -Bulk

Pros: For the drives that work initially, all is good. The specs are excellent, there's low noise, low heat, and they're very fast. But wait! There's more...

Cons: Several months ago I ordered three of these, and all of them worked properly and no errors were detected on any of the disks.

This time, I ordered five of them. Two are good, two had unrecoverable errors and would not pass the Data Lifeguard (Western Digital diagnostic software) extended test, and one was DOA. In all my years building and maintaining computer systems, this is the worst batch of drives I've gotten. Before this experience, I was extremely skeptical of claims of DOA drives since it had never happened to me, although I have had some drives fail in service and begin showing CRC32 errors. But I took every possible precaution with handling and installing the drives, and I still had these problems. I have no idea if this is a shipping and handling problem by UPS or another party or a quality control problem with Western Digital. They claim they test their drives before they leave the factory, but I have to wonder if that's true.

In short, if you do go ahead and buy these drives, do yourself a favor and download the Data Lifeguard Diagnostic software from Western Digital and run an extended test on each drive you buy. Don't just hope or assume your hard drive is OK if it passes a quick format. Word of warning, though: Data Lifeguard seems to be a bit buggy and does not always detect the drive right away. And I have not been able to get it to detect a hard drive connected via a USB to SATA adapter, which is frustrating.

Rating these one star for unexpectedly wasting a great deal of my time.

Other Thoughts: I am a long time Western Digital customer and have vastly preferred their drives to others. Seriously rethinking that now.

Thermaltake ST0020U Steel Mesh & Ruggedized Plastic 3.5
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Pros: One of the enclosures I ordered works great and recognizes drives up to 3 TB.

Cons: One enclosure recognizes the same 3 TB drives as only ~714 GB. (This is in Windows 7, trying to use the drive as a GPT drive -- this is not a WinXP problem.)

Returning this one for an RMA today.

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5
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2 out of 5 eggs Works well, but no mounting adapter included 02/05/2012

This review is from: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: This is a fast SSD drive that would work well for many applications.

Cons: I wouldn't recommend buying this if you're going to build a desktop system. There is no 2.5" to 3.5" adapter included.

I was in a hurry to build the new system so I tried to get a mounting adapter from Best Buy, but of course they didn't have one. Ended up having to make one from a piece of sheet metal.


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Display Name: Noah B.

Date Joined: 11/01/07

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  • First Review: 12/15/11
  • Last Review: 01/30/14
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