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and I did not find much, so I figure I'll start a thread and just post my experience so far. Don't expect anything fancy, I just plan on posting up my experience.

I ordered 5 WD Red 2TB drives for a media server and am running the WD Data Lifeguard tools Extended Test on all the drives to find any that need to be RMA'ed so I can move forward ASAP. I have used WD VR drives in the prior media server, and it was loud when all the drives would spin up. These Red drives make no discernible noise. I could not tell which drive was being tested as the drives were less than a feet away. They also stayed cool to the touch so you couldn't tell which drive was running that way.

I have tested only 2 drives so far, another 2 are currently testing, and all 5 drives should be tested by tomorrow. So far 1 drive has to be RMA'ed due to bad sectors error 08-

They were all ordered from Newegg. One thing I noticed is the difference in packaging when ordering one or two drives from ordering five. The packaging on these drives was not on par with what I've received from Newegg. It might be the worst packaging considering the sensitivity of the contents. The bag the drives come in were slightly torn in the way a deep scratch or rub on something would tear open the bag. One of the drives had a visible dent on the metal casing. Okay, this is definitely the worst quality product (not the drive itself, but its condition from the warehouse/shipping) I've received from Newegg.....also my first hard drive RMA out of significant number of hard drives. More updates to follow tomorrow.
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Try Amazon next time, and good luck with the RMA, the egg has been slumping through the years.
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A total of two bad drives, but I've only run the extended test. I should run another utility on it, but not sure which one.

RMA drives are on the way, and it couldn't have been easier.....but it's not over yet.
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Yeah, more and more I hear those RMA horror stories about Newegg. In the past half year they've really been pushing out the DOA units.

Hope your fifth one isn't borked as well!
     
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Out of the 2 RMA drives, another one is bad, and the other is significantly slower.

With HD Tune most speeds are similar, but Burst Speed is 166 on one drive and 122 on the other, both testing good. I did not test the bad drive I got yesterday. Does anyone have any idea why the two speeds would vary like this?

So far, I'm batting .500 out of 6 drives. Time for another RMA, and I need recommendations on how to test the drives that appear to work to ensure I've covered what I need to before my RMA time period is up.
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Out of the 2 RMA drives, another one is bad, and the other is significantly slower.

With HD Tune most speeds are similar, but Burst Speed is 166 on one drive and 122 on the other, both testing good. I did not test the bad drive I got yesterday. Does anyone have any idea why the two speeds would vary like this?

So far, I'm batting .500 out of 6 drives. Time for another RMA, and I need recommendations on how to test the drives that appear to work to ensure I've covered what I need to before my RMA time period is up.
Run western digital data lifeguard (you can grab from their site) run extended test, will take around some hours for those drives, if there are errors you will know it is bad. And again, I like getting drives from Amazon, because they have better RMA policy too, just me though
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Run western digital data lifeguard (you can grab from their site) run extended test, will take around some hours for those drives, if there are errors you will know it is bad. And again, I like getting drives from Amazon, because they have better RMA policy too, just me though

That's what I ran- Extended Diagnostic. 4-5 hours for each drive just to find out they failed the test. Good to know anyways, before I start loading them up with my converted media file. I'd hate to have a failure after all the time spent ripping my collection.

I have had multiple Amazon sellers misrepresent what they sell (specifically hard drives) to ever buy from them again. Unless you could recommend a good seller.....
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That's what I ran- Extended Diagnostic. 4-5 hours for each drive just to find out they failed the test. Good to know anyways, before I start loading them up with my converted media file. I'd hate to have a failure after all the time spent ripping my collection.

I have had multiple Amazon sellers misrepresent what they sell (specifically hard drives) to ever buy from them again. Unless you could recommend a good seller.....
You buy from sellers? that there is the problem. I get them direct from amazon's warehouse instead.
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Next multiple drive purchase I might take your suggestion.
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Can't believe Newegg hasn't improved their packaging. This has been going on for months. I have to get some Reds soon and will undoubtedly get them from Amazon. They charge tax in my state, but their more trustworthy IMO, plus their CS is way better than the egg.

Are you using SATA III ports? The burst rates seem a bit low.
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