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Western Digital Caviar 2TB SATAII 64MB Cache 3.5-inch Green Internal Hard Drive OEM £60.08 delivered @ Amazon
Western Digital Caviar 2TB SATAII 64MB Cache 3.5-inch Green Internal Hard Drive OEM £60.08 delivered @ Amazon

Western Digital Caviar 2TB SATAII 64MB Cache 3.5-inch Green Internal Hard Drive OEM £60.08 delivered @ Amazon

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Not as cheap as the Scan deal a few weeks ago, but still pretty cheap for this drive.

Product Features

* Hard disk drive capacity: 2000 GB
* Internal: Y
* Hard disk rotational speed: -
* Hard disk interface: Serial ATA
* Hard disk size: 8.89 cm (3.5 ")

* Product Description: WD Caviar Green WD20EARS - hard drive - 2 TB - SATA-300
* Type: Hard drive - internal
* Form Factor: 3.5" x 1/3H
* Dimensions (WxDxH): 10.2 cm x 14.7 cm x 2.6 cm
* Weight: 0.73 kg
* Capacity: 2 TB
* Interface Type: Serial ATA-300
* Data Transfer Rate: 300 MBps
* Spindle Speed: 5400 rpm
* Buffer Size: 64 MB
* Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years warranty

9 Comments

Original Poster

If votign cold, please say why??

Reviews are not great.

Good price, but I wouldn't get one.

I will be sticking with Seagate.

Original Poster

Bad if you want to stick it in a NAS device, but apart from that people seem happy with it. Fair do's though!

why bad 4 a nas

Original Poster

cozzyman

why bad 4 a nas



According to the feedback on the amazon page, the firmware on the drive is a bit dodgy and knackers the device really quickly in a NAS. There's more information on the Amazon reviews.

Can the firmware not be updated ?

Original Poster

I've not seen any reviews on there where updated firmware was mentioned... I don't know.

There is effectively a firmware patch you just use wdidle3 (WD DOS util) that sets the inbuilt idle setting of the drive (you only need to run it once). Change it from 5 seconds to 5 minutes and all is good.

There's an ultimate boot cd with wdidle3 on it if you have problems making a bootable disc :- jzab.de/con…ded


To set the parking to be down after 5 minutes of idling, type
wdidle3 /S300

/S300 = 300 seconds = 5 minutes



I've got two of these running in a HP Proliant Microserver setup as a NAS, I set the timeout to 5 mins and seem great.

BTW, it's expired now - back up to £65. I ordered an extra one myself, just wouldn't trust Samsung with 2TB of data....too many people give Samsungs rave reviews based almost purely on price after only having them for a very short time.
Edited by: "Slateman" 17th Mar 2011
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