Western Digital Caviar 2TB SATAII 3.5" Green Internal Hard Drive £54.99 @ Amazon
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Western Digital Caviar 2TB SATAII 3.5" Green Internal Hard Drive £54.99 @ Amazon

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Found 16th Jun 2011
Western Digital WD20EARS 2TB Hard Drive SATA II 64MB Cache - OEM Caviar Green.

The price keeps fluctuating on Amazon. I almost bought it for £61.48 from there two days ago, but now £54.99, cheapest I can find anywhere by a few pounds.

General
Device Type Hard drive - internal
Width 10.2 cm
Depth 14.7 cm
Height 2.6 cm
Weight 0.73 kg
Hard Drive
Form Factor 3.5" x 1/3H
Capacity 2 TB
Interface Type Serial ATA-300
Buffer Size 64 MB
Features IntelliSeek, StableTrac, Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR), IntelliPower, NoTouch ramp load technology, GreenPower technology
Compliant Standards S.M.A.R.T.
Performance
Drive Transfer Rate 300 MBps (external)
Internal Data Rate 110 MBps
Reliability
Non-Recoverable Errors 1 per 10^15
Start / Stop Cycles 300,000
Expansion / Connectivity
Interfaces 1 x Serial ATA-300 - 7 pin Serial ATA
Compatible Bays 1 x internal - 3.5" x 1/3H

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Almost bought this earlier. Couldn't find any warranty information though.

edit - was looking on my phone earlier - just checked the website proper and it does state 3 years manufacturers warranty
Edited by: "vik1" 16th Jun 2011

Hello HDUK people

first post but have read site for a few years
everybody buy, buy, buy
the more we buy hopfuly they will be 49.99 soon
i have four, would like fours more
if i can get some more money will buy a few more
fast, realiable, low power, run cool, great transfer rates
excellent seller and manufacturer both great RMA process
not seagate or hitachi (samsung are OK)

hot, hot, hot
laters

I'm just about to buy one of these.

One factor that may be important though is an issue with frequent head parking in Western Digital's Green power drives that may decrease the lifespan by a great deal. A feature called "intelli-park", depending on your setup, can cause the heads to park every few seconds when the drive is idle - effectively using up load cycles very very quickly. The drive is rated to live for at least 300,000 load cycles but some people using these drives as media servers are finding that they are easily reaching 100,000 load cycles within a couple of Months.

Western Digital says it's not a problem and that 300,000 load cycles is a great underestimation and merely a rough guide that does not give the whole picture about usage/lifespan. Basically, nothing to worry about. This does sound reasonable to me, but even so, the drives have not existed for long enough to truly test this theory and I think the potential problem is something to be aware of (the techies are certainly getting there knickers in a twist about it). I'm still going to buy it due to the very good reviews, cheap price and low noise of the drive, but to be on the safe side, I will be checking my cycle usage within a few weeks, and if it's very high, I will probably request the required software from Western Digital and turn off the feature.

There is some information about the problem here: silentpcreview.com/for…401

...and a step-by-step fix here: forums.storagereview.com/ind…ou/
Edited by: "pubjoe" 17th Jun 2011

Original Poster

pubjoe

I'm just about to buy one of these.One factor that may be important … I'm just about to buy one of these.One factor that may be important though is an issue with frequent head parking in Western Digital's Green power drives that may decrease the lifespan by a great deal. A feature called "intelli-park", depending on your setup, can cause the heads to park every few seconds when the drive is idle - effectively using up load cycles very very quickly. The drive is rated to live for at least 300,000 load cycles but some people using these drives as media servers are finding that they are easily reaching 100,000 load cycles within a couple of Months.Western Digital says it's not a problem and that 300,000 load cycles is a great underestimation and merely a rough guide that does not give the whole picture about usage/lifespan. Basically, nothing to worry about. This does sound reasonable to me, but even so, the drives have not existed for long enough to truly test this theory and I think the potential problem is something to be aware of (the techies are certainly getting there knickers in a twist about it). I'm still going to buy it due to the very good reviews, cheap price and low noise of the drive, but to be on the safe side, I will be checking my cycle usage within a few weeks, and if it's very high, I will probably request the required software from Western Digital and turn off the feature.There is some information about the problem here: http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=51401...and a step-by-step fix here: http://forums.storagereview.com/index.php/topic/29253-newer-western-digital-hdd-head-parking-and-you/




Some good info there, I read about this potentially being a problem with NAS drives.

I'm just intending to use mine for the Sumvision Media Player Enclosure which I am hoping it will be perfect for!
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