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Anybody know what the typical reliability for these drives is like? I remember the last time I purchased a batch of WD drives it was the 1tb greens about 2 years ago and 5/7 drives purchased were DOA. Trying to gauge whether I should go for that killer deal on newegg for the new 2tb blacks or not.
    
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lol is that a venture bros quote?
    
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Greens had many bad batches when they were being phased in. Apparently they also have less stuff holding the platters in place, making them more shock vulnerable. (Shipping damage is more common)

Blacks have always been more reliable. Odds are on your side that they'll work okay. Some models have been problematic in the past, but I'm not aware of any major flaws at the moment.
     
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WD Caviar Blacks are the most reliable "cheap" hard drives. Greens and Blues are far less reliable for a lot of reasons.

I personally use two 2TB WD Caviar Blacks for data inside my machine, and I have two 2TB Seagate Constellation ES drives (enterprise-grade) for backup purposes only, inside external fanned cases.

The main thing that kills hard drives is shock, and heat. If it's shipped okay and lasts a few weeks, as long as you're gentle with it and keep it cool it should last a long time. Well made drives, that is... like the Caviar Blacks.

I personally won't ever waste my money on a WD Green or Blue. They're slower, and built cheaper overall. A few extra bucks to not have to deal with issues, and have better performance, is worth it to me.
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I bought a 2TB Caviar Black drive in Sept 2010 as a replacement C drive for my PC as the old one was dying.

When I received the new HDD, it was NOT well packaged - just rattling around in a box with a few packing peanuts (which should be totally banned as a packaging material since all that happens is the heavy contents end up against the side of the box). I installed it anyway and did a quick scan for errors. I noticed my new replacement drive starting to get warnings about current pending sectors about a week after purchase, but because I couldn't put the data back on my old drive, in order to return it and put the data somewhere, I bought a second identical 2TB Caviar Black, transferred the data to that, and then did a secure erase of the first one so I could return it.

I got the replacement for the first just in time to have the second one start to go bad on me, so I transferred the data back to the new replacement for the first disk, and erased and returned the second and got back a replacement new one. Since then I've been using both drives in the PC (I do a lot of video editing).

Now (Jan 2012) I am noticing both drives are starting to get errors again. HD tune pro reports 7 current pending sectors and a UDMA CRC error count of 2428, and on the other disk 3 current pending sectors.

So your mileage may vary but my experience isn't that great with these disks.
Edited by marktheharp - 2/5/12 at 1:24pm
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running one right now
had to install the intel rapid storage drivers and switch to ahci to get rid of the lag of death in starcraft 2 (it would pause up to 30secs for no reason, randomly)
only happens in sc2, now it never does that
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ive had to replace 3 in the last two years, but thats just me, I think that i run them into the ground running raid 0 with them.
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as far I know there are 2 versions of the sataII 2TB one, not sure about the sataIII one
I believe all current/new stock is the sataIII one
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I don't recommend FASS SKU

Failure Rates
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Part of the 2TB model:

- 9.71%: Western Digital Caviar Black WD2001FASS
- 6.87%: Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000
- 4.83%: Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS
- 4.35%: Seagate Barracuda LP
- 4.17%: Samsung EcoGreen F3
- 2.90%: Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EADS

http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://nga.178.com/read.php%3Ftid%3D4023114
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Originally Posted by Kauke View Post

I don't recommend FASS SKU
Failure Rates
Quote:
Part of the 2TB model:
- 9.71%: Western Digital Caviar Black WD2001FASS
- 6.87%: Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000
- 4.83%: Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS
- 4.35%: Seagate Barracuda LP
- 4.17%: Samsung EcoGreen F3
- 2.90%: Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EADS
http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http://nga.178.com/read.php%3Ftid%3D4023114

...
that's the one I have
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