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WD - Mainstream 2TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 1268 reviews

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Dead on arrival

    Posted
    jelabarre
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    For years I had avoided WD hard drives because I have seen significantly more DEAD WD drives than any other brand. They had proven to be unreliable in my experience, and in others. But I figured they must have improved their manufacturing by now, so I took a chance to see if it was better. NOPE!!! The drive is dead on arrival. The first machine would report no drive present, and if you powered off, unplugged and replugged it, the drive would suddenly appear in the system setup. I tried a MSWin10 install, and it hung for a long time trying to partition the disk, never actually being able to partition it. This was a replacement for a working drive in taht machine. Tried in a second system, also functional. Onve again, MSWin10's installer just outright reported it couldn't work with the drive (reported as an i/o device error). As these machines work perfectly fine with OTHER disks, it is obvious it's defective, which means Western Digital's "quality" control has gotten worse than ever. And since BBuy can't be bothered to carry any other HDD brand, I won't be buying any more from them.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just works - what you'd hope from a HDD

    Posted
    Kelub
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    This is my third 2TB green drive (which the "mainstream" drives are, once you take them out of the box) and all of them have been phenomenal. After suffering through multiple failures from other brands, I've made it a point to only buy WD drives when I'm purchasing for myself (to clarify, I mean that when work buys me drives, I can't help if they buy me a Seagate that fails in a year, but if I have a say in the purchase, I only buy WD.) I bought this drive to go into an external enclosure that won't support any sizes higher than 2TB, so I was limited on my size choices. Unusually, the store did not have any of these on the shelf - plenty in the back, just none on the shelf - so I had to find a salesman to help me track them down. I have one of these drives as a primary on my home media server as well and it performs flawlessly. The drive itself is about 3-4 years old and it's not so much as hiccuped. I can have 4-5 simultaneous streams running off the server and it never has an issue. Bottom line: if you're in the market to get a hard drive, you can't go wrong with Western Digital. If you need a drive for storage or streaming, and heat/noise are concerns for you, or simply cost, this drive is a great option.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Misleading new packaging

    Posted
    qubits

    When I went to the store I specifically told the guy that I did not want WD Green HDD. I've had terrible experience with the WD Green drives in the past. He assured me this is a new product that behaves much like WD Black (very good high performance drive). But when I opened package, they didn't even change the sticker on the drive. It read "WD Green WD20EZRX". They are just changing the packaging and marketing the same awful WD Green drives under different name. My experience with multiple WD Green drives in past: Pro: High-capacity drives that hold about 1TB of my data. Con: High-capacity drives that held about 1TB of my data. Each one of them died. I'm going to return my drive in the morning. Buy WD Black or Seagate Barracuda

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's a WD HDD. It works.

    Posted
    GeeksGeek
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    Gosh, it's a hard drive. Install in machine (Dell's use their plastic tray, so you have to get one of those if you need to), attach SATA data cable (some, like the Dell, require a right-angle connector so the case cover can be installed), install power cable (If you have an old power supply that uses MOLEX connectors you need an adapter), close the case and turn on the unit. Check the BIOS to make sure the SATA drive connection is turned on, and if the machine doesn't recognize the new HDD (say, if you installed this as an additional drive) then to to Computer Management (Right click 'computer' desktop icon, click 'manage', click 'disk management' and you can then tell the CPU to read this drive) There's a driver that installs automatically, and then the HDD works like a fully accessible HDD. No problemo. And being a Western Digital, should last a long time. All the above for a Win 7 refurbished machine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quiet Drive Replacement For Ext FW

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    JDinBigD
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    I had been waiting for the 2TB class of drives to drop in price a bit. I have an older WD Studio external FW drive that came with 750GB (which was large when I purchased the external in 2008). I picked up this WD 2TB to replace the still running 750. Installation was easy and the new 2TB is humming along. The drive's warranty is pretty standard at two years, but I'm hopeful it will keep running as long as the prior 750GB did, 6 years of intermittent use. Throughput is limited by the FW800 interface. I've had no issues with speed nor drive disconnects. This external case is hanging off a 2011 Mac Mini. Drive has three partitions, one of which is a boot partition I've been using for testing Yosemite. Overall, I'm happy with the drive, and the price from BB. I would recommend this drive to anyone looking for reasonable performance in a 3.5 SATA drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Failed to load operating system

    Posted
    DaveT
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    I got this as a replacement for a dying hard drive in my Windows 7 computer. The BIOS recognized it just fine. The OS on the CDROM failed to load on it. I tried a lot of things to get around it, and I can think of a couple more that I might try, but so far nothing worked. And, while I was trying, I burned the 15-day return period. Today I went to Best Buy to see if they could help. The GeekSquad wanted $100 to load the OS (even though I had my own OS source disks there, so it wasn't that I needed to buy the OS). Note that I spent less than $100 for the disk itself. And they wouldn't exchange the disk, because it has been more than 15 days. So I'm not a happy camper thinking about Best Buy at the moment. The problem may or may not be a faulty disk, but I'm getting no help from them; they're not standing behind the product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Product...but read up online before install!

    Posted
    JoeNJ
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    Would have given this 5 stars...except for the following: 1) The drive is really their former "green" drives. Performance wise, it's just ok. There are other faster (7200 revs) brands for the same price. 2) Acronis cloning software and instructions are not accurate. If you're not tech savvy, you'll get frustrated and not get it to clone as the instructions stated. Simply placing the drive in your machine and using the software to clone it does not work! You need to remove the drive and place it in an external enclosure, then connect and boot using the Acronis bootable disk you have to create. Otherwise, the cloning process fails after wasting a ton of time! Almost could give this 3 stars just because of the software!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good drive for data storage

    Posted
    fussybutfair
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    On sale, this was a good byte-to-cost buy. At 2 terabytes, recognized without a problem in Windows 7 with a legacy bios (not a UEFI). Reasonably quiet and fast read/write with 6 GB connection, despite 5400 RPM spin speed. Not thrilled with the included WD backup software as the it only installs on Windows drive and I like to keep mine (an SSD) small. Probably a backup safety feature but I like choosing where I install programs. For backup, I use SyncBack Pro anyway as I like control over syncing files and find full, differential, and incremental backups messy. But for most users, I would imagine the WD software is fine. Spacious and easy to install, with the WD name, this is a good choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast enough for an Operating System

    Posted
    ComputingSince1981
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    Don't let the 5400 RPM speed fool you, this 2TB hard drive is still fully connects to any 600MB/sec SATA III motherboard/interface and is backward compatible with SATA II and SATA I. I bought this to replace an older hard drive that was failing and in the heat of the moment of getting such a good deal for a 2TB drive, I failed to notice the 5400 RPM speed. But to my surprise my backup image of Windows 7 Ultimate showed this to be as fast as the best laptops I've seen that use hard drives, and it's very quiet as well. All in all I've purchased three WDs "Mainstream.. for Desktops" in the past month and they replace six old hard drives that BestBuy kindly accepted for recycling. Smooth, fast and quiet this 2TB model is.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good storage drive for the money!

    Posted
    drbond
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    For the price, there are various options to go with...but going the cheap route can often go bad with hard drive purchases. I'm happy to say spending a fairly small amount of cash on this 2TB 'mainstream' ('green') hard drive from Western Digital has paid off. While it does lack the read/write speed of a traditional 'black' series Western Digital performance drive, this 2TB 'green' mainstream drive does the job. Loading games on this guy is still fairly fast, while transferring large files to and from this drive is relatively fast and problem/error free. A very good purchase for people wanting additional drives for storage, or a low cost storage solution for budget PC's.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good hard drive from a reputable manufacturer

    Posted
    fcjaoiwef
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    OK, one cannot really review a hard drive after owning it only a month. Unless its bad out of the box you still don't know anything about its reliability, a huge factor for hard drives. I have had good results with other Western Digital HDDs so I expect long life from this one as well. If I think of it I'll update this review in 3 years. :-) I bought this drive to replace my system's original HDD which was failing with uncorrectable errors in a few dozen sectors. I was disappointed that the included drive migration software -- Acronis TrueImage -- would not clone the drive after finding the bad sectors. This is not a big deal, though, just download the free version of HD Clone and use it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good storage for the price

    Posted
    ksong1222
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    This is called Mainstream, but it's actually WD Green drive. And as others know, Green is not for the performance. So, if somebody buys this for the main drive, he or she will probably disappointed. But for the data storage, I'd say this is really good for the price. I don't upgrade my system very often, so I was using multiple ~600GB WD Blue drives, but decided to buy this and put all the data into this one drive, and it works fine. I don't really feel any slow down compared to old setup. And this takes less power. Since I have not used this for long time, I cannot comment on how long this would last, but as of now, I think this is a great choice for the storage drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid hard drive. Easy to install.

    Posted
    JayGDub
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    I needed a replacement drive for my PC. I wasn't quite sure which one to get, but this one looked like it would work for my home PC. I didn't need anything fancy. I purchased it and discovered it was the same type (other than capacity) which came with the PC. That was a good sign. I then went to install and connect it. Everything went perfectly, and once I got the OS installed, the PC was fully functional again. I will certainly buy this hard drive again if I have the need for one!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Missing box info - 5400 rpm

    Posted
    dvguru
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    I went looking for a 2TB drive to replace a Seagate 2TB which crashed after a month - so this is about the only thing in the store to buy. First of all, WD is hiding the rotational speed of this drive - it's not on the packaging! Why in the heck should we have to look it up on the web? 5400 rpm is not a big deal for now, only going to use this drive for backup. Will look for something better in the future. I no longer will buy Seagate drives. I don't trust any of these drives anymore - no reliability. You should always buy two of these and backup your backups to the second one.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Okay Hard Drive

    Posted
    VideoMom
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    I bought this Western Digital hard drive, brought it home and started to transfer my video footage to it and found out that it just stopped in the middle of the process. I tried it a couple more times and it failed again. I took it back to BB and exchanged it for another drive. It seemed fine but then it started to fail at random times again. Ugh. This will be going back again. I have bought many drives and this is the first time I have ever had a major issue. I have had good luck with Seagate in the past. Western Digital doesn’t seem as reliable.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Reliable

    Posted
    CincyGamer
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    I bought this for a gaming computer I was building. I wanted to have a large capacity because of the large amount of games I have, and to have some room left over for the future. This drive has been nothing but reliable in the two months that I've had it so far. Not as fast as a solid state drive, but MUCH cheaper than one of those, and very dependable. The only thing I would have to say is that it is pretty pricey. Unless you REALLY need the 2TB, I would have to suggest going for the 1TB model, which is significantly cheaper. Either way though, WD is a good brand, very reliable, you really can't go wrong with a hard drive from them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good deal on new drives

    Posted
    BradleyFl
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    I bought 2 of these, this seems to be a pattern for me. I tend to replace both drives in my server at the same time. This allows me to know my data is secure. This is the low end drive. As I was standing there looking at my choices 2 different store reps asked what I was going to do with them. As soon as I said I was putting them in a server that would be on 24/7 they both, independently, told me I should get this drive. Lower heat, less head parking, and overall longer life. Since speed was not an issue, this drive was the way to go. So far they have been perfect.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Product - Would Recommend ....

    Posted
    MMCA
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    Pros: More HDD Space Drivers were installed automatically No problems setting it up in Computer Management Doesn't seem to be making my Pc temps any higher than usual. Can't hear it over my other drives and fans. Cons: On the back of the box it says it's for mostly storage, web and office apps. Gaming is not checked for the mainstream only the performance model. Not a big deal for me since i'm just going to store movies on it and I have 2 other drives that play games just fine. I haven't tried a game on this HDD but it's very similar to my seagate and that plays games just fine as well as my SSD of cours

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good drive - easy set up

    Posted
    Mustang1272
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    I bought this drive to replace an old seagate that went bad, it was over 7 years old so not necessarily the fault of the manufacturer. Anyway, this was a good value and once I installed it and formatted it with the disk management tool in windows I was able to start copying files over. I'm just using it as a backup/secondary drive but so far its doing its job well. If anything happens to it in the near future I will update my review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Drive, Great Price

    Posted
    RSacky

    The Acronis software (which should be downloaded and installed in advance of installation ) made it very easy for me to clone my old drive (1Tb) onto this new drive (2Tb) to be my Windows bootable "C". Only took 2-3 hours of sitting around and it was done. Not bad considering the large volume of data. I have a good deal of experience with this type of installation, but it seems it would be basic stuff for anyone with a minimum of PC knowledge with a willingness to follow instructions. Works great, as expected from a WD drive. I own several. They should send me a T-shirt.

    I would recommend this to a friend