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

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Enhance your desktop with this WD Mainstream internal Serial ATA hard drive, which features a 64MB cache buffer for rapid processing speed. The 2TB capacity offers space for your documents, music, photos, movies and more.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • WD Mainstream 2TB Internal Serial ATA Hard Drive for Desktops
    • Mounting screws, Acronis True Image WD Edition cloning software
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1035 out of 1079)

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    Features


    2TB storage capacity

    Provides plenty of space for your music, movies, photos and other files.

    Serial ATA interface

    For connecting to your computer.

    Data transfer rates up to 6 Gbps

    Ensure a quick response when updating files.

    64MB cache buffer

    Offers rapid processing speed.

    Compatible with Mac and PC

    For flexible installation options.


    Customer rating

    4.6
    96%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Just works - what you'd hope from a HDD

      Posted
      Kelub
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      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
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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: 1 out of 5 stars

      Failed to load operating system

      Posted
      DaveT
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      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: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good drive for data storage

      Posted
      fussybutfair
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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: 4 out of 5 stars

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

      Posted
      JoeNJ
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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

      Quiet Drive Replacement For Ext FW

      Posted
      JDinBigD
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fast enough for an Operating System

      Posted
      ComputingSince1981
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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





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