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Need a 2TB HDD - WD20EZRX or something else

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Looking for a 2tb drive. It's just for general storage, not system or programs. Thought I should check here for recommendations before buying the WD20EZRX. Any suggestions?
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If performance is not that big of an issue, then those are good for the price; just make sure to run the extended diagnostics test from the WD hard drive tool. I have about a 50% failure rate on those drives, but after replacement, the ones that I have now are doing fine.
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I've been searching for ages and it's doing my bloody head in. Every time I go to look for a mech HDD these days it's the same can of worms.

X drive is good, but only if it's the 2 platter version, and ascertaining this prior to purchasing is close to impossible - deciphering cryptic sub-model/serial numbers, weighing drives, "the two platter version has a deeper indentation in the top of it".... Y disk is supposedly quiet according to person A, but person B says it's the loudest drive they've had, then person C comes along and says they have four of them and only 3 are quiet, so what the hell now? Z drive is OK, but only with a certain firmware and firmware support differs depending on whether or not the drive is the OEM version of a certain model.

Then there's WD and their head parking fetish, and the drama of trying to disable it. "The WD20EZRX doesn't have intellipark" says one post "it was only on the older models". Then another person says it definitely has intellipark, because they checked it themselves and changed it from the usual 8 seconds with WDIDLE. Then alarmist posts warning that WDIDLE must not be used to disable intellipark on the WD20EZRX because it causes issues, but setting 5 minutes might be OK. Then that's refuted with "no, disabling intellipark on the WD20EZRX works fine, you just have to do it in this specific sequence, disconnecting the drive after WDIDLE. Then another person tries that and says it doesn't work after all "don't use WDIDLE on the WD20EZRX". Blah blah blah...

No to mention the apparently non-existent quality control in mech HDDs these days. I can't wait until the mechanical hard drive is buried forever.
Edited by Oubadah - 1/7/14 at 4:16pm
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I run two of those in RAID 1 backing up all my stuff, Havent heard so much as a peep from IRST in over a year.. smile.gif
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I decided to get a ST2000DM001. First unit was DOA off the bat (what did I say about quality control). I finally got replacement which appears to be functional for now. However, this piece of crap has the head parking disease as bad as the WD drives do, and it makes more noise doing it too. I'd like to castrate the muppet who thought it would be fun to put this kind of 'feature' in 7200rpm desktop drives.

At least I got the 'superior' two-platter version.
Edited by Oubadah - 1/30/14 at 4:15am
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