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Western Digital WD20EARS Caviar Green 2TB SATA2 3Gbps 64MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM


This drive utilizes new Advanced Format technology and requires special setup for use with Windows XP. Instructions for set up are included with the drive.
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Features:

This WD Caviar Green drive makes it possible for energy-conscious customers to build systems with higher capacity and the right balance of system performance, ensured reliability, and energy conservation.

Quick Specs:
Buffer 64 MB
Storage Capacity 2 TB
Hot Swappable Yes
Limited Warranty 2 Year
Drive Type Internal
Green Compliant Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority RoHS
Drive Interface SATA
Drive Width 3.5"
Drive Interface Standard SATA/300
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Drive Performance  
     Buffer: 64 MB
     Maximum External Data Transfer Rate: 300 MBps (2.3 Gbps)
General Information  
     Brand Name: WD
     Manufacturer: Western Digital Corporation
     Manufacturer Part Number: WD20EARS
     Manufacturer Website Address: http://www.wdc.com
     Product Line: Caviar Green
     Product Model: WD20EARS
     Product Name: Caviar Green WD20EARS Hard Drive
     Product Type: Hard Drive
Interfaces/Ports  
     Drive Interface: SATA
     Drive Interface Standard: SATA/300
     SATA Pin: 7-pin
Miscellaneous  
     Green Compliance Certificate/Authority: RoHS
     Green Compliant: Yes
Physical Characteristics  
     Drive Type: Internal
     Drive Width: 3.5"
     Hot Swappable: Yes
Technical Information  
     Platform Supported: PC
     Storage Capacity: 2 TB
Warranty  
     Limited Warranty: 2 Year

Customer Reviews of (Western Digital WD WD20EARS)

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Bing_L
01/02/13
Experience: 15 Months
Pros
Quite and stable.
Cons
none
Summary
After 15 months, it is still working very well.

CrystalMeth
05/07/12
Experience: 6 Months
Pros
1. A lot of storage space.
2. Quiet.
Cons
1. Goes to sleep even when switched to ALWAYS ON in OS.
2. Takes a long time to wake up (head park issue).
3. Found it to be unreliable.
Summary
I own one of these 3TBs drives and five of the 2TBs versions. They all suffer from the same issues. (Tested on 3 computers).
The drive is fine for storage only but it is inadequate for anything else. If you use it as your media drive (video playback) you will be disappointed. The drive has the tendency to go to sleep even if sleep mode is disabled in the OS. Seems that the old “HEAD PARK” problem is still an issue after all the updates WD released.
Pausing HD video playback then unpausing after a few minutes causes synchronization issues that can last for up to 10 seconds while video and audio catches up. None of my 7200RPM or my 2.5" 5400 drives have this issue.
I've updated the firmware on all drives and I'm still experiencing the same problem.
Also, one of the drives failed after less than 6 months.
Personally I will stick with Seagate and Hitachi from now on.
The single saving grace for this drive is that it’s very quiet. You won’t be able to hear it over the ambient noise in your computer room.

scott_l
04/11/12
Experience: 5 Months
 Verified Owner
Pros
Large capacity.
Cons
Slower transfer.
Summary
I have two of these in my Drobo, they work just fine. They top out at around 85 MB/s, but that isn't a problem since the Drobo itself tops out around 25 MB/s. One a price-per-gigabyte basis, the Western Digital Greens are very competitive, and these drives continue that trend.

Vincent_R
04/01/12
Experience: 6 Months
Pros
Lot of storage at a very low price (before the flooding sadly)
Cons
Slow, but the main purpose of this drive is STORAGE
Summary
If you are looking to store your data, movies and tv shows, this HDD is the best for the price. I'm looking forward to buy a second one to build a raid 1.

Confucious
03/06/12
Experience: 2 Years
Pros
Good sale price before the flood in Thailand
Cons
Hard drive fails after 1-2 years of use
Summary
It seems the hard drive is too big for its own good. Recommended to partition the drive to smaller sections before use. Or just use it for a raid array (raid 5 or better).

I use it for storage drive, so I don't do much read or write to the drive. But after 1-2 years after purchasing this hard drive It lost its NTFS format, bad sectors detected. I was unable to recover the data from it using consumer level data recovery program.

After a deeper look at the problem. The drives PCB seems to be burnt. Advanced RMA the product from WD.

Egg of Coot
02/17/12
Experience: 5 Months
 Verified Owner
Pros
Inexpensive
Large capacity
Cons
Green drives run a bit slower.
Summary
I picked up two of these drives for my recent computer build. I've always liked West Digital's product and the price for the drives was right. They're not the fastest drives on the market, but I plan to use them as data drives supporting an solid state drive. Good value for the money I invested.

Andrew_L
01/06/12
Experience: 2 Years
Pros
Was cheap at one point before floods
Runs cool
Quiet
Cons
Now prices have gone way up
Summary
I have 3 of these drives(One is 6 months old and two are 1 year+) and haven't had a single problem. They are great drives for storage.

Skribbles
01/05/12
Experience: 3 Months
 Verified Owner
Pros
got it on sale for 69.99$
for a green drive it still has a awesome transfer rate
for a movie/music storage drive it does the trick
Cons
the current price for the same hard drive
Summary
using 1 of these at the moment in a htpc to store all the movies/tv shows/music and so forth on, it transfers files very fast over the gigabit home network also which helps when i am moving files from my computer onto the htpc. Hoping the prices come down soon because i would like another 2!

Winfield_L
01/04/12
Experience: 2 Months
 Verified Owner
Pros
Works great
Cons
None
Summary
Excellent value for extra storage space, got it when it was $77.99. It seems like a ripoff now at $179.98.

MIHAI_H
12/28/11
Experience: 75 Days
 Verified Owner
Pros
Very fast
Huge amout of space
Cons
If you don t get it on rebate it's kind of expesive
Summary
It is a very good product but be sure you wait for a special. If not I find it kind of pricy. My PC boots in less than 20 seconds. One thing to worry is the huge space, if it crashes you might lose a lot of information. I find it very silent also compared to my old hard disk.

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Messages about Western Digital WD20EARS Caviar Green 2TB SATA2 3Gbps 64MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM

Cloning and Alignment Requirements Question (Ryan_E- Oct 06, 11, 8 Replies) Read this message
Still parking? (Oliver_D- Sep 30, 11, 2 Replies) Read this message
Blue screen of death since I installed this HDD (Vincent_R- Sep 21, 11, 5 Replies) Read this message
Recommend a driver enclosure please. (ZMX- Sep 13, 11, 1 Replies) Read this message
to jumper or not to jumper? (stefer- Sep 10, 11, 1 Replies) Read this message
How to use WDidle3.exe to change autopark timer (Todd™- Aug 27, 11, 39 Replies) Read this message
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Drive warranty (Joey_C- Aug 23, 11, 3 Replies) Read this message
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Random lag since installing new hard drives (Scrameustache- Jul 31, 11, 15 Replies) Read this message
suggestion for drive enclosure? (biggggy- Jul 17, 11, 4 Replies) Read this message
WD Align S/W cannot find WD2TB Green (al bundy- Jul 14, 11, 7 Replies) Read this message
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Warranty length may vary per specific model.  Western Digital Raptor and Caviar RE series enterprise drives are covered by a 5 year warranty. Caviar and Caviar Blue & Green desktop drives are covered by a 2 year warranty for OEM drives, and a 1 year warranty for Retail.

       

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http://support.wdc.com/warranty/policy.asp

       
       
       
       
       

Product

Product Designator

Component Drive1

Retail Kit

Enterprise Drives:

 

 

 

WD Raptor, WD RE, WD RE2, WD RE2-GP, WD RE3, WD RE4, WD RE4-GP, WD VelociRaptor, WD RE SAS

GD, SD, SB, YD, YR, YS, ADFD, ADFS, ABPS, AYPS, AYYS, ABYS, FYYS, FBYX, ABYX, FYPS, GLFS, BLFS, HLFS, HLHX, BLHX, FYYG

5-year

5-year

WD S25 SAS Hard Drive

BKFG, BKHG, BKFF

5-year

N/A

Desktop Drives:

 

 

 

WD Caviar Black

AAEX, AALS, FAEX, FAES, FALS, FASS

5-year

5-year

WD Caviar Blue (WD Caviar, WD Caviar SE, WD Caviar SE16)

BB, LB, JB, PB, JD, JS, KS, KD, KS, ABKS, AABS, AAJS, AAKS, AABB, AAJB, AAKB, AAKX, AALX, EALX

3-year

3-year

WD Caviar Blue

WDBAAV, WDBAAW, WDBAAX

3-year

2-year

WD Raptor X

AHFD

5-year

5-year

WD Caviar Green (WD Caviar GP)

EACS, EADS, AACS, AADS, EARS

3-year

3-year

WD Caviar Green

WDBAAY

3-year

2-year

Mobile Drives:

 

 

 

WD Scorpio Black

BPKT, BEKT, BJKT

5-year

5-year

WD Scorpio Blue

VE, UE, BEAS, BEVS, BEVE, BEVT, KEVT, TEVT, BPVT

2-year

3-year

WD Scorpio Blue

WDBABA, WDBABB, WDBABC

2-year

2-year

CE Drives:

 

 

 

WD AV, WD AV-GP, WD AV-25 AV

AVBS, AVJS, AVBB, AVJB, EVCS, EURS, AVCS, AVVS, BUDT, EVVS

3-year

3-year

External Drives:

 

 

 

WD ShareSpace™

WDA4NC

N/A

3-year

My Book Studio, My Passport Elite, My Passport Studio

WDH1Q, WDML, WDMT, WDMS

N/A

5-year

My Book Mirror, My Book Pro, My Book Pro II, My Book World, My Book World II, My Book Studio II, My Book Home, My Book Office, My Book Elite, My Book Studio, My Book Studio LX, My Book Live

WDH2U, WDG1T, WDG2TP, WDG1NC, WDH1NC, WDG2NC, WDH2NC, WDH2Q, WDH1CS, WDH1B, WDBAAH, WDBAAJ, WDBC3G, WDBACH, WDBACGxxxxHCH

N/A

3-year

WD Elements SE, WD Elements, WD Elements Portable, My Book Essential, My Book Mac Edition, My Book Premium, My Book Premium ES, My Book Premium II, Dual-Option Media Center, Dual-Option Combo, Dual-Option USB, NetCenter, Lighted Combo, Extreme Lighted Combo, USB, Combo, FireWire

WDBABV, WDE1U, WDE1MS, WDBAAR, WDG1U, WDH1U, WDG1C, WDG1SU, WDG2T, WDXUL, WDXF, WDXUB, WDXB, WDXE, WDXC

N/A

1-year

My Book Essential, My Book for Mac, My Book 3.0

WDBAAF, WDBACW, WDBAAG, WDBAAK, WDBABP

N/A

2-year

WD Passport Pocket Drive

WDXMM

N/A

1-year

WD Passport (all colors)

WDXML, WDXMS, WDXMC, WDXMSA, WDXSMB, WDXSMC, WDXMSE

N/A

3-year

My Passport Essential, My Passport for Mac, My Passport Elite, My Passport Studio

WDME, WDMEA, WDBAAC, WDBAAE

N/A

3-year

My Passport Essential, My Passport Essential SE, My Passport for Mac, My Passport AV, My Passport SE for Mac, My Passport Studio

WDBAAA, WDBACY, WDBABM, WDBAAB, WDBBXV, WDBL1D, WDBABS, WDBABW, WDBK8A, WDBALG

N/A

2-year

Home Entertainment:

 

 

 

My DVR Expander eSATA Edition, My DVR Expander USB Edition, WD TV, WD TV Live, WD TV Live Plusk, WD TV Live Hub

WDG1S, WDH1S, WDAV, WDBAAN, WDBABX, WDBABZ, WDBACA

N/A

1-year

My Book AV DVR Expander

WDBABT

N/A

2-year

Solid State Storage

 

 

 

WD SiliconEdge Blue Solid State Drives

2100

N/A

3-year

WD SiliconDrive N1x Solid State Drives

2500

N/A

5-year

 

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