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Pros: -Takes maybe 6 seconds to spin up when it's been idle, great read/write speed (~100mb/s extracting a giant zip archive from a separate SSD)
-Makes the dying cow noise when your PC shuts off which I find amusing
Cons: -Not extremely loud as some people say, however if you're doing hardcore reading/writing you can't ignore it. But aside from specifically operating on large/many files your PC is generally not making the drive work 24/7 so it'll be tiny muffled ticks that almost blend in with your case fans. I personally am not bothered at all by any of the sound this drive makes.
Overall Review: My case is on a wood base which rests on a carpet, I imagine that absorbs/muffles a lot of the vibration and ticking. If your case was resting on a non-carpeted floor or desk, hardcore file operations would probably be louder.
Pros: These drives provide high density capacity in a standard 3.5 inch HDD footprint. The cost per T is around the same as lower capacity desktop drives. The MTBF indicates these drives should last many years. They are pretty quiet also...and run fairly cool.
Cons: Initial expense is a mouthful. Also, depending on your build, you may have to be creative in mounting these drives. The mount points are subtly different, and while the package fits into a standard 3.5 inch bay, they are twice the height as a typical 3.5 inch desktop drive. In my build, only two of the mount holes line up, but the friction of the fit is enough to keep them in place.
Overall Review: I have three of these striped into a single, ~50TB (useable) logical drive. Access is fast, and even when they are working, they aren't very loud. This build is up pretty much 24/7, as it's a media server for the household.
I've been using WD drives for 15 years now, and found them very reliable. I have had a couple fail within the warranty periods, the replacement process is pretty quick, and in one case, the replacement came back double the capacity of the original - they replaced a 2T with a 4T (and that was 4.5 years into a 5 year warranty).
Pros: Huge capacity, very fast
Cons: A little pricey
Overall Review: Totally recommend, tried to get another one but it came in damaged
FYI, these drives are heavy and need to be shipped properly
Unfortunately most of the time they are not packed correctly
Tried 3 different vendors, all of them damaged!
People in shipping need to be trained better!
Sick of wasting my time testing drives
Pros: Got this at a steal of a price ($80)!
Runs just as quiet as any other drives I've used and has been incredibly reliable.
Cons: none yet
Overall Review: I bought this on a whim to test out its functionality in a gaming rig and I'm upset I didn't grab a few more for that rig and my workstation.
Pros: Lots of room, fast and pretty quiet.
Overall Review: Bought for my file server. Will buy more as the need arises.
Overall Review: This is the strangest hard drive Ive ever owned since the beginning of hard drives. Its very noisy on startup, with lots of thumping and chattering. It soon settles down and then just periodically chatters a bit. Its actual performance & capacity is outstanding.
At first I thought this new hard drive must be defective with all this extraneous noise, but Ive seen several other reviews mentioning these noises. So now I dont know what to think. I would be very curious to read some more reviews on this hard drive.
Pros: They work. They both worked and are performing perfectly. They are not as noisy as previous models. They work faster consistently. They are definitely an improvement.
Cons: It does always weird me out getting these WD drives and noticing them preform differently. One is actually noticeably faster than the other for reading/writing.
Overall Review: I haven't had the best of luck with WD over the years, but I have had good experience with the WD gold lineups. I bought two of these 10 TB Gold Drives.
Pros: - large capacity
- quality assurance
Cons: - price is a bit high but worth it for the warranty you get
Overall Review: This 14tb hdd works great. installed it in a new case that i bought along with a new psu.