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Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB Desktop Hard Drive (WD20EARS) (Old Model)
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- WD Caviar Green hard drives reduce power consumption by up to 40%
- A fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings
- IntelliSeek - Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise, and vibration.
- 2TB capacity holds up to 400,000 digital photos, 500,000 MP3 files, and 240 hours of HD video.
- Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
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WD Advanced Format technology increases media format efficiency, thus enabling larger drive capacities. WD Advanced Format drives are specifically optimized for Mac and the latest Windows operating systems such as Windows Vista and Windows 7. WD Advanced Format drives work with legacy operating systems such as Windows XP but require the use of the free WD Align software available on www.wdc.com/advformat.Available in capacities up to 2 TB, WD Caviar Green SATA hard drives reduce power consumption by up to 40% and offer best-in-class acoustics and operating temperature. Based on WD's exclusive GreenPower technology, these drives are designed to deliver power savings as the primary attribute. As hard drive capacities increase, the power required to run those drives increases as well. WD Caviar Green drives make it possible for energy-conscious customers to build systems with higher capacities and the right balance of system performance, ensured reliability, and energy conservation. They are ideal for PCs, external storage and other devices that require lower power consumption and cool, quiet operation.
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WD Caviar Green Hard Drives – Cool, quiet.
The WD Caviar Green desktop SATA hard drives give you the space you need to hold enormous amounts of software, photos and videos. These drives make it possible to build high capacity, cool and quiet systems, while delivering the right balance of system performance and energy conservation.
Why you should choose WD Caviar Green:
WD Caviar Green hard drives provide high capacity storage while using up to 40% less power than traditional 7200 RPM drives. In addition, these hard drives are quieter and cooler than traditional 7200 RPM drives.
WD GreenPower Technology yields lower operating temperatures for increased reliability and low acoustics perfect for ultra-quiet PCs and external drives.
WD's IntelliPower technology delivers both significant power savings and solid performance. Additionally, WD Caviar Green drives consume less current during startup allowing lower peak loads on systems as they are booted.
Store up to 2 TB of photos, videos, music and files on a single drive.
- Adding lots of storage in desktop PCs or external drives and NAS devices
- Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music
- Environmentally-conscious individuals seeking reduced power consumption
SATA 3 Gb/s interface - The industry standard and most common interface.
NoTouch ramp load technology - The recording head never touches the disk media ensuring significantly less wear to the recording head and media as well as better drive protection in transit.
IntelliSeek - Calculates optimum seek speeds to lower power consumption, noise and vibration.
Advanced Format (AF) - Technology being adopted by WD and other drive manufacturers to continue growing hard drive capacities.
New drives featuring AF are optimized for operation with Windows 7, Windows Vista and Mac OS X Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard. For older operating systems such as Windows XP, users must run the free WD Align software utility to achieve the full performance of the drive.
Desktop / Consumer RAID environments - WD Caviar Green Hard Drives are tested and recommended for use in consumer-type RAID applications. (RAID-0 / RAID-1)*
*Business Critical RAID Environments – WD Caviar Green Hard Drives are not recommended for and are not warranted for use in RAID environments utilizing Enterprise HBAs and/or expanders and in multi-bay chassis, as they are not designed for, nor tested in, these specific types of RAID applications. For all Business Critical RAID applications, please consider WD's Enterprise Hard Drives that are specifically designed with RAID-specific, time-limited error recovery (TLER), are tested extensively in 24x7 RAID applications, and include features like enhanced RAFF technology and thermal extended burn-in testing.
Leading the way to green hard drives - WD led the industry in creating a new category of hard drives that use less power and help reduce the world's energy demands one computer user at a time. These drives consume significantly less power than standard drives spinning at 7200 RPM. All WD Caviar Green drives are lead and halogen free, resulting in less pollutants getting into our environment. Beyond the product level, WD's green initiative goes even further focusing on recycling and improving the cleanliness of the air, water and land in the locations surrounding WD facilities.
Upgrading your drive is easy - WD Acronis TrueImage, available as a free download on the WD Support site, enables you to copy all your data to a new drive so you don't have to reinstall your operating system to get all the benefits of a new drive. Note: Bare drive does not include any cables or mounting hardware.
The WD advantage - WD puts our products through extensive Functional Integrity Testing (F.I.T.) prior to any product launch. On average, each new product goes through 600,000 hours of testing. WD also has a detailed Knowledge Base with more than 1,000 helpful articles. You can also call toll-free support 7 days per week in the U.S. and Canada. See the WD Support site for full details.
WD-certified packaging - All WD drives purchased from Amazon.com are shipped in WD-certified hard drive packaging. It is designed and fully tested to provide WD products with the highest of safety while in transit. With WD-certified packaging, you can rest assured that your WD hard drive will arrive safely, fully protected, non-descript, easy-open package.
Works with Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000, Mac and Linux operating systems.
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The drive that failed earlier had some history of surface issues, as indicated by the SMART sector remap and read error counter climbing up over the years of usable. Despite these indicators, none of the parameters reach threshold and the drive worked fine. In the month after warranty expiration, the drive started failing rapidly (pending sector remap exceeded 65k) and is now basically unusable without significant risk of data loss.
The SMART reports on the second disk seems to show that it is in good condition over the entire time it has been operating. However, now 4 months out, this disk fails data integrity checks by the NAS and gets marked as crashed. It's possible that the drive would have failed earlier, as I discovered this disk failure after repurposing the disk recently (i.e. a lot of read/write over the entire disk), but none of the SMART parameters indicate problems despite monthly extended tests.
I've personally gone through about 20 hard drives in my life and these were the only two I have retired due to mechanical failure. While 'Green' drives are supposedly not designed for 24x7 usage, neither are my old PATA desktop drives I'm still running in a USB enclosure for the last 7 years. Granted, the data density on those old drives are much lower compared to the 2TB Greens, it is nonetheless worrisome that this drive only lasts 3 years tops. I wouldn't recommend this for anyone who keeps data for archival purposes.
The manufacturer's detailed specifications are on Western Digital's website, although you'll have to dig deep to find the PDF. Oh, and don't let the 3G vs 6G interface spook you. The drive will get the same throughput rating either way. Teeny, tiny I/O operations may go faster under 6G, but sustained throughput will never go faster than the heads can move the data. Now if only I could learn to read the output of bonnie++ to tell you the average seek time...
I was a little concerned that they started disguising raw RPM numbers with "Intellipower(TM)," but in the end, I'm happy with the drive's throughput and noise levels. And that's probably the point. The whole line of drives doesn't get above 123MB/sec, so at least they're forthright about that.
I'm really pleased with this drive. Nice and quiet, but my system fans always did make most of the noise.
- If you don't care about long-term data retention, this hard drive might work for you (is more than 1 year fair enough to call long-term?).
- If you aren't implementing a RAID array or mirror configuration, this hard drive might be OK for you.
- If you are a casual computer user who doesn't know what I just said in the last two sentences, this hard drive might be the one you want.
Otherwise, please pick a different hard drive. You'll thank me later.
My first experience:
I bought 4 of these from Amazon less than 1 year a go, and 2 have gone bad and had to be replaced. The warranty is for 3 years, so you can go to Western Digital's site and get an Advanced RMA, BUT you have to pay for the shipping! So 2 of these drives actually ended up costing me $20 more than I paid for them on Amazon because I had to pay for individual shipping (they went bad at different times... of course!). Lost money on the shipping, lost data that was on the drive, lost the time replacing the drives, lost a couple weeks off my life stressing out about losing the data. If I knew then what I know now, would have paid $20 extra and bought the other drives the first time.
My second experience:
A few months later (before the first 2 drives died), I purchased another 4 of these same drives from another site (cheaper with free shipping as well) and found out after the fact that they won't work in a RAID 5 configuration with Windows XP because of XP's 2TB limitation. I upgraded to Windows7 and thought I was in business but because these drives are eco friendly green drives, they shut off after a certain threshold of inactivity. Ya, that doesn't work for a RAID setup--can't have drives dropping offline every once in a while. So after much research I found out there's a work-around to turn this feature off, but WD says if you do this it voids the warranty and they won't replace the drive. Man, I can't win! 1 year later and I have to buy 4 new hard drives again!
Don't EVER go with cheapest if you value your data. Is your data, your time, and peace of mind worth the few dollars you save? Yep, I totally agree. Pay a little more and buy something else, these drives are NOT the best choice out there.
My 1-star rating:
That said, based on my experiences, it doesn't seem right to give a drive 5 stars that just sits there and stores files like any other drive out there that has the same exact specs/features; so I would have only given them 4 to begin with. However, it does seem fair to knock them down 50% of those 4 stars because 50% of the the drives went bad in less than 1 year. However, some people think 2 stars means they must not be that bad if you gave them more than 1. I don't understand it but that kind of logic is why I'm giving these 1 star.