Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB

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DigitalSamurai

I am a 25 year Mac tech, so I hope this makes enough of an impression on some visitors to save them more aggravation than they can imagine. If someone came to my front door and gave me a case of 100 WD HDs, I would go to my back door and throw them in the garbage. Sound drastic?? Here's why.

A couple of years ago I purchased three new WD 1TB hard drives. in less than two months, all three HDs failed taking over 10,000 hours of my incredibly work along with them. Over my many years, I have owned dozens of hard drives (since 1986). Over that same time, it has been my WD hard drives that have failed more often than ANY other brand.

Presently, and for the past two years, I have purchased nothing but Hitachi 2TB 32MB/64MB 7200, to my supreme satisfaction. I currently own six of them. In some cases, they have taken severe abuse (like suffering multiple power failures in my location) and they still work terrifically.

They are the ONLY brand that I recommend to the clients of my consulting company (Seagate is my 2nd choice). On top of the fact that I have never paid more than $119., while paying an average of $99 for each of the Hitachi HDs I own.

I will NEVER own another WD product, and will NEVER recommend WD products to any other computer user. Finally, WD, some payback for the many screwings you have dealt to me.

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DigitalSamurai

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n0ctis

So... pretty

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bcaskey

I've already had (2) 1.5TB Seagate hard drives fail.  My uncle has had worse luck with 3 of his 500GB Seagate hard drives failing.  Seagate used to have wonderful hard drives before they off-shored their manufacturing.  The quality is just horrible.  They lost me as a customer.  WesternDigital from now on.

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Keith E. Whisman

were they in a raid array of some sort or just single drives and were they dead on arrival or did they die gradually?

As with all important data stored on HDD's I always back up my data to seperate HDD's and DVD's. HDD's are sensitive creatures and are suseptible to vibration, heat, humidity, electromagnetic fields of significant strength all kinds of other stuff.

I'm not defending Seagate I'm just saying that I'm not going to be jumping to conclusions here and hating on Seagate.

I run 2 7200.11 hdd's with no problems. One of my Seagate drives is a year old. I don't leave my computer running all the time. I use my PC and then I shut it off. Perhaps that is the problem. Running non stop Friction in the barring causes heat and death to the drive but I don't know. 

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Kuchinator_7

I had one of the effected Seagate 1TB hard drives.  Everything seemed fine, then after one resart my bios began hanging and the hard drive could not be accessed.  Luckily I had a product replacement plan, and most of my data was backed up, but it was inconveniant.  Not all of the dirves are affected by the firmware issue. You can check the serial number seagate's website.

http://seagate.custkb.com/seagate/crm/selfservice/search.jsp?DocId=207931 

 

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slim186

I read somewhere (that escapes me at the moment) that the "green power" drives, though spec'd at 5400-7200 RPM (implying variable) were actually fixed at one or the other.  It would seem that this drive is a 5400 - that would account for the 25% read-speed deficit.

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Marcus_Soperus

Take a look at our original posting on this drive http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/western_digital_break_2tb_drive_barrier_this_week to find a link to a performance analysis noting the slower speed's being commonly used on these drives.

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fspikec

I'm surprised you got the Barracuda to work long enough to test it's speed.

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Keith E. Whisman

I run two Seagate 7200.11 Baracuda HDD's. One is the 500gig and the other is the 1.5TB HDD. Both have 32Mb of cache and both are reliable. I have had no problems at all with either of my seagate drives. And I have not touched the firmware at all. Both have factory firmware. 

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jwoelich

Well, you *should* worry, since the entire 7200.11 line has been plagued with firmware issues.  You won't have warning indicators; the drive will simply not work one day.  Vanish, unable to be seen by the system.  Don't think people are just 'hating' on Seagate, go to their support page and check to see if your drives are in the affected batch, or read their forums...assuming Seagate isn't still deleting the threads.  Only way to prevent future problems is to be proactive and update the firmware if it's applicable.  

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nedwards

We haven't actually seen any problems with either our review units or the several Barracudas our editors use at home. Nevertheless, until Seagate really offers a complete fix or the defective production runs are removed from the market people will probably be fairly wary.

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kookykrazee

I have two of these drives and have had no problems with them.  One was an internal and the other was an external that I took out of the case.  They get regular use and though I have seen a lot of people have issues, they have been great.  Speedy, high capacity and I got both combined for about $200.

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cappomutato

this could make a great storage drive to complement a speedy SSD or Velociraptor.

Better yet, it sounds perfect for a low profile HTPC.  With the (somewhat) impending DTV switch coming, it would be nice to have a renewed focus on HTPCs.  My parents, for instance, have a HDTV but they still love their VCR.  That VCR love is starting to evaporate because they've added a stand alone digital tuner between it and the antenna.  So, to tape Dancing with the Stars or Murder She Wrote or whatever, they have to set the VCR to record channel 3 at the proper date and time and remember to change the stand alone tuner to the proper channel and leave it on.  All this for poor quality that is in stark contrast to the picture they could have gotten by watching the show live.  An HTPC could solve all of their woes, but an improper build out can cause just as many, the over-priced pre-built ones aren't worth it, and just grabbing any old "Media Center" PC off the shelf could leave them with a loud heater that takes up too much space.

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