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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 8 April 2011
Western Digital Caviar 2TB SATAII 64MB Cache 3.5-inch Green Internal Hard Drive OEM

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002ZCXK0I/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&s=computers&psc=1

I bought 2 of these wd20ears to upgrade a wd10eads and use other for backup

The machine it was for uses vista with few partitions

used Easus partition master rather than acronis (bad results before)

i did allign after with acronis (wd web site) as i use several partions

FACT: slow format on a quad core 4gb took 18 hrs (quick 3mins)

FACT: allign tool took 20 hrs

plan for this first and make sure youve backed up incase

Windows Experience Index scores it 5.9

tranfering rate between 60-90 MB/S depending on small or big files

1830 GB of data transfered in around 7 hrs so about 250GB per hour

data was mixture of music, mpeg, avi and O/s

at least as fast as WD10eads, samsung F3 and seagate barracuda

I will now use Wd10eads for an xp job

advice in amazon comments about LLC didnt put me off
BUT if it may affect you ie. linux and or storage servers then check first as it may affect you

run smartctl and check

mine 1 month 411 hour uptime and LLC is 160 so im happy as its on 24/6

Research and plan time needed maybe dont get if LLC affects you

although there is WIDDLE (CANT COMMENT HAVENT USED)

for me 9/10 (nothing is perfect but thtis is close)

will be getting 2 or 3 more when i have the funds

amazon usual great quality shopping experience
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on 21 December 2011
I have bought 2 of these 2TB drives about 3 months ago from Amazon and I regret this was among the worst decisions I have ever made in my life. I rated it 1-star because I have no option to make it zero, because this hard drive has brought me nightmares.

The first one stopped working about 2 weeks later. Death clicks and suddenly no more working, although SMART was reporting everything was okay. Replaced it from Amazon service (thank you Amazon!) for another 1.5TB (as there was no other 2TB available) which went dead after one month and had to replace using WD Service. Now it stands as an expensive backup drive, as I cannot use it too much or I risk damaging it. Also I cannot rely on this hdd so I need another hard disk (a Seagate) working as a second backup (yes, I use two drives as a backup as I don't want to throw this Caviar Green away from my window). And finally, the 3rd WDC Green that was in a computer of a friend went dead yesterday, making him lose about 2 years of work which I managed to get about 80% of the most important files back but the rest I fear are gone forever!

To make things harder, since I bought these drives prices skyrocketed due to the floods in Thailand and I have to pay about 50% more than before for a decent drive. My verdict: if you do not use your computer a lot (you turn it on for four or five hours a day and don't use it for games or anything hard disk intensive) you are fine to buy this disk. If you use it a lot be prepared to spend a few quid more and get a WDC Green/Black or any other driver that is NOT Green, or you are doomed to face the same chore I am having now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2011
I bought this drive as part of upgrade to Windows 7 on a Dell XPS 630i running Vista. My plan was to copy the contents of the existing (full) 750GB drive to the WD Caviar 2TB and upgrade to Windows 7 from the new drive keeping the old drive as my back-up. However I was unable to format the new 2TB drive to more than 1TB using Vista and had to get a friend with Windows 7 to format it for me.

Otherwise the disk did everything I expected of it.
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There is not a lot to say about a hard-drive: it either functions well or not, and this has done so far. SATA drives are much easier to fit as there are no "Master" and "Slave" jumper settings required, or even BIOS settings. I just connected it up, screwed it in the bay, and switched on, and that was it.

I am working on Hi-Def video productions which eats disk space, and despite having two drives in the PC I was constantly having to move stuff off onto external drives, but now with an additional 2TB to play with, I don't feel quite so cramped for style any more. The price is a lot less than I paid for the 250 gigabyte drive I started with a couple of years ago, and is a top quality drive. With good quality storage this cheap, there is no need for anyone to put up with restrictions in capacity: buy one and plug it in.

Amazingly the drive comes without any fixing screws, but they are easily obtainable from Maplins and the like. The connection leads were available as an optional extra at an equally amazing price of less than £1 for the two, (power and signal), so no complaints there.

So, over all, an excellent buy, with which I am very well pleased.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 2010
I had previously read of problems with this drive. Most of the problems appeared to relate to the larger sector size on XP systems. I was installing on Windows 7, so no problems. Another complaint was that the packaging was not adeuate. My packaging was fine, after all it is an OEM product. The installation was a breeze and it did 'exactly what it said on the tin'.

The drive has been working fine for about a week so it is still early days. I have been using it for video editing and have not had a single example of a dropped frame, speed is fine for what I want

So thee we have it. The disc appears to work fine and Amazon's delivery and service was it's usual faultless self.
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on 2 October 2011
I connected the drive to my pc, formatted it and I started copying folders for backup purposes. when copying from my main hard drive to this one the speed was around 40 MB/S which is OK. I needed an average of 6 hours to move about 300 GB of data. After finishing this I though I should make a copy of a folder located on the drive and paste it on itself to check the speeds and the result is not very promising. The hard disk is averaging a 10MB/s and according to windows it will take one day to do the same copy as it did before (for 300 GB). it seems that the drive is extremely slow when it comes to read and write from the same drive so i would recommend this drive only for backup purposes.

overall for the price is an average product. if i had the option i would pay some more money to get the new version of this drive:Western Digital 2TB SATA 6Gbps Power Saving Internal Hard Drive OEM - Caviar Green
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2011
Very Happy with this Item.
The First one Seemed Faulty and Amazon Ever so Helpful Replaced it.
No Problem with the Second. It formatted Easily on Window 7.
It is Smooth Considering the Size and it Remains Cool.
I Have Installed Two Extra W/Digitals in my PCs and Both Are Perfect.
I do Recommend it.
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on 25 June 2011
Brought this drive to store videos and big files on, nothing performance related.

I have win xp and this drive seems to have issues, or seems to have issues with my motherboard (GIGABYTE P45 DS3L)

Installed the drive, partitioned it etc and then tryied to copy over my videos and it was transfering at 4meg a sec! went online to look for solution and it seems like alot of people have this issue and they all have different solutions, followed the recommend advance format proceedure, no change, re-alligned it no change, downloaded the widdle drivers no chance.

In the end in desperation i chance the sata slot and that seem to have done the trick, transfer speed of around 60meg, not the best but will do. Not sure about the reliablity yet, but had I know about the amount of trouble i had to go through to get it to work reasonably well, i would have spent the extra money on a normal drive.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2010
Read lots of reviews on potential drives to upgrade my iMac 500GB internal drive. In the end went for the the WD 2TB drive. Offered a good balance between performance and price. 1 Month in and no concerns, plus the drive is near silent and no issues on performance. I have used WD external USB drives for a number of years and have no problems at all.
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on 13 May 2011
The hard Drive arrived eventually after a three week wait. This was down to Royal Snail Mail rather than Amazon. The hard drive works well - is quiet and smooth. So top marks. However all you get is the bare hard drive - no screws, no sata cable, and no power supply adaptor cable. If you are buying it as a secondary hard drive you will probably need a sata cable, a power supply cable adaptor and possibly some screws. This will only cost you an extra 88 pence if you buy them at the same time (see http://www.amazon.co.uk/SATA-POWER-ADAPTER-CABLE-DATA/dp/B000ITL1PG/ref=pd_sim_computers_3 ) My advice is if you are not sure if you need them -get them anyway because I had to drive 5 miles to my nearest PC world and pay a fiver because I wasn't prepare to wait another three weeks.
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