dealswestern digital wd green wd20earx 2tb 64mb cache…

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I won't go anywhere near a Green drive. The fail rate is too high on them.

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I've had one of these for a little bit longer than a year. I know they tend to have a high failure rate but I've been lucky so far (knock on wood). One thing I will say is that this drive is SLOW; even for a green drive. Save yourself some trouble and go with Caviar blue.

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@friendartiste: 5400 rpm Green drive vs 7200 rpm Blue drive.....do the math! : )

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I held off on purchase of that $90 3TB Baraccuda due to the dismal reviews of high failure rate.
Now I wonder if that was a bad move.

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I've had one for about a year now, works just fine for me. Although, I got it from staples for $57 shipped.

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Two years here, going fine, moderate use. Definitely not made to run your OS, much better for big file storage. Basically turns itself off when not in usage, so it takes a few seconds to access your files when it wakes out of sleep to spin. Not for cases that run hot either, needs room to breathe.

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Echoing what SkytimeElapse is saying;
My video rig has a SSD (128 GB, but upgrading this year!) boot/program drive, and a Raid5 array of 3 of 2GB Green Drives (intel raid).

Plus, I run a drive imager to put the SSD image onto the raid stack every week (grr... Backblaze won't backup program files or anything in those directories, so I'd be down for quite some time if the SSD blew).

Definitely not the speediest thing, but... nothing scales like video and having almost 5 TB helps that a lot.

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@thormj: That being said, I really don't like that none of the Smart stuff worsk thru the intel raid :/

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@thormj: You might be interested in unRAID. Software RAID that works great with green drives. Great support, runs plex, xbmc etc.

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I have one of these I bought from Amazon for 80 bucks all in and when it was new IHD Tuned it and my best memory it was about as fast as my 160 GB Raptor. It is quiet as a mouse had no problem for about a year I guess. I am too lazy to check my Amazon account. Anyway it is slower than the 3 TB external Seagate "Expansion" drive I bought for a 100 bucks plus tax and two-day free delivery with Prime, of course. I actually get my money with that – I just ordered 48 rolls of toilet paper, six bottles of shampoo, six tubes of Remington shaving cream, well, you get the idea. I hate freaking shopping. You have to deal with all those OP's.

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When you are formatting, keep in mind that this drive is designed for a 4k sector size, not the typical 512 byte sector size you find in most drives. This is a move forward, and I feel as though a decent portion of bad reviews are because of a bad initial format.

WD sells tons of drives, realize that only a small fraction of people write reviews, and most of those that do, are because of problems which they had. These drives have a 2 year warranty compared to the Seagate 1 year. I have 8 WD Green drives used as backups, and as media servers which all run 24/7. I have never had one fail.

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My operating system is on a WD black drive for performance. I used the WD green drives for data and my data is backed up. Since I am not accessing photos and video all the time, I want them to shut down when not in use.

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@l3000c: Yes, I know that people are more likely to post was something bad than: "Works okay." However, since I have an expert on the line my WDC WT15EARS-00MVWB0 1.5 TB Western Digital Green internal SATA III did automatically format as NTFS 4K, but it shows up as a logical drive instead of a primary drive. Should I be worried about this? Also I installed a Seagate 3 TB "Extension" external hard drive. No problems. Very fast. So I think maybe I'll carve out a 900 MB volume. So I go to the storage snap-in right-click and shrink by 90 MB. Not enough zeros. So I get an unallocated "volume" and I right-click on it so I can initialize it and initialization is not one of the choices and all the choices (seemingly RAID) are all grayed out. So, you know, I can't figure out how go back and extend the primary volume into these 90 MB. And occasionally, maybe device manager, I get a greater than 2 TB error. Any comments or suggestions? BTW, i7 950 on a X 58 enthusiast mobo – MSI Big Bang.