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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent drives but they need setting up first, 28 Dec. 2013
This review is from: WD 2 TB Eco 3.5-inch Desktop Hard Drive Including WD Extended Warranty (Frustration Free Packaging) - Green (Personal Computers)
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Western digital 2.0 TB Caviar Green hard drives.

What is it ?

This is a bare 2 TB hard drive from Western Digital (WD). It is from their green series of hard drives meaning it consumes low power and is low noise without losing too much performance.
Typical uses are in small server setups and backup drives where the user's needs a secure back up copy. My use is for archiving photos, music collection and videos.

What you get.

The drive is delivered in a simple box with the drive inside an anti-static bag. The box also contains details of the Western Digital extended care warranty. To activate this extra year of warrantee you need to register the drive using the code with WD in the leaflet.

Using the drive as a storage device.

This can be mounted inside an existing computer case, NAS server or fixed into a potable SATA external drive housing. The drive is supplied uninitialized or formatted. To get your system to see it you need to register it in Windows. To do this open the control panel, choose Administrative tools, Computer Management, Disk management and then initialise, format and give the drive a letter for it to appear in the My Computer listing. This is for Windows 7.
Many people have reported these as DOA's but have failed to initialize and format the disk first so don't be put off.

Using the drive for a new Windows installation.

You can also let a new Windows installation detect and set up the drive partitions for you if you are using this as a system drive. Windows 7 and 8 set up DVD,s automatically detect this drive and set it up.

Once initialised it can be used to store files like any other disk drive.


This series of drives have been designed to provide reliable back up storage platforms. I am the owner of many of these drives and have never had one let me down. They are low power consumers and make very little noise. As for raw performance they are not far behind the fastest out there and can be used as main boot and storage drives successfully.


This is a well-priced and performing series with plenty of storage space. For experienced system users / builders/ expanders they are easy to set up and use. From my experience they are a very reliable series and the extra warrantee is helpful - don't forget to register the drive to get the extra year. Highly recommended for reliable back up storage on all platforms.
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Initial post: 4 Jan 2014 22:02:16 GMT
Thanks for the set up info, I though the two I bought were DOA's until I read your review and followed your set up guide - my computer now sees them for back up. Thanks very much for the info saved me time, embarrassment of returning two working drive and I now know a bit more about how these things work thanks to you - keep up the good work with your excellent reviewing and advice !!

Posted on 5 Sep 2014 12:48:53 BDT
Thanks for this helpful advice.
As you say, the drive comes without any extras. I'd thought to buy a SATA cable, but I hadn't realised I'd also need mounting screws to attach it to my PC's drive cage. We live and learn.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2014 14:12:34 BDT
Yes, it's just the basic drive in plain packaging. You will need a SATA cable and mounting cradle / screws if you plan to set it up in a 3.5 inch bay. I have actually tucked mine down at the side of the bay and not bothered to screw it down, it is safely ticked away and as this computer does not move should be fine.
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