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Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB SATA II 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Desktop Hard Drive Retail Kit - WDBAAY0030HNC-NRSN

2.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Reduced power consumption
  • Environmentally responsible
  • Cool and quiet

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  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 12.7 x 19.4 cm ; 835 g
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Item model number: WDBAAY0030HNC-NRSN
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Nov. 7 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,827 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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WD Caviar Green 3 TB SATA hard drives reduce power consumption by up to 40 -Percent and offer best-in-class acoustics and operating temperature.

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This 3TB green drive replaced a failed 2TB seagate version that failed after only 3 years or so. It took maybe 40 hours to internally move 1.5TB of data from two 1TB backup drives but all in all went well. do not notice any delays in it being "green" or slower than other drives. Prices are still too high in canada however compared to almost anywhere in the US
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Pretty disappointed and here’s why, I have 4 2TB western digital hard drives that I purchased over a year ago that are at 100% health. I purchased 4 of these and right out of the box two were 97% health and the other two were 96% health and after having them for about month they have already deteriorated by 2%... this is after having 4 2TB western digital drives stay at 100% for over a year I can only imagine how long these are goanna last.

For those of you who are wondering I used Ashampoo HDD control application to determine the health of my drives.
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I ordered this hard drive a month and a half ago and they just sent me a e-mail saying that they are waiting for a payment witch I did a month and a half ago. Customer service just doesn't work, they have a answering machine calling you to say call back later and hangs up on you. Fast response from email that you just never get. This company is probably even too disorganized to check this comment and will probably post it.

J'ai commandé ce disque dur il y a plus d'un moi et demi et je viens de recevoir hiers un couriel qui me dit de payé l'article en question, chose que j'ai fait il y a un mois et demi. Le service à la clientelle est une vrai blague, il appelle a la maison pour me dire qu'ils sont trop occupé et me racroche au nez. Le service par couriel ne répond tout simplement pas. Cette compagnie est l'une des moins bien organisé que j'ai jamais eu a faire affaire.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa193bb58) out of 5 stars 136 reviews
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1afa948) out of 5 stars Great for my NAS July 27 2011
By Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased two of these Green 3TB drives for my NAS device, which is a 6-slot ReadyNAS Pro from Netgear. I removed two 1TB Seagate ES drives and just inserted these 3TB new drives. Automatically recognized and provisioned, everything was smooth. My volume was expanded and I didn't notice any problem. Drive temperature is lower than Seagate ES series by 5 to 7° average. Great drives, outstanding price point. I recommend!
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa24ba78c) out of 5 stars BEWARE: A bad model packed in a in a "right" labeled box Nov. 15 2012
By Leonid Quoshek - Published on Amazon.com
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I have the same problem with Amazon. Probably it is not Amzon's fault. It looks like errors of WD hard drive labeling.

I bought this model:
2TB WD SATA II hard drive with 32MB Cash and 3 year warranty, Model WDBAAY0020HNC-NRSN.

Amazon sent me:
2TB WD SATA III hard drive with 64MB Cash and 2 year warranty, Model WD20EARX.

Although it looks better than my order, in reality the model WD20EARX has a very bad rate. For instance - look at newegg.com

BTW: UPS Code and S/N on the box label and on the hard drive are the same but model numbers are different and the label looks like a fake. I asked Amazon to replace HD but I am not sure if they have the model I bought.

Updated 11/28/2012:

As I wrote in my initial post, I asked Amazon to replace HD. A few days ago I received the same wrong model WD20EARX in the same right box WDBAAY0020HNC-NRSN. I send all detailed info to Amazon and believe they will do something. Sorry, I don't have time to fight with Amazon and/or WD.

After some online investigation I found that WD canceled the model WDBAAY0020HNC-NRSN aka WD20EADS (2TB WD SATA II with 32MB Cash and 3 year warranty), probably because they payed a lot of warranty money by reason of: their drives rarely worked for 3 years.

A few people write that the model WD20EARX can be used instead of the model WDBAAY0020HNC-NRSN, but it is not my case. SATA III WD20EARX model does not work with my SATA II controller. Any WD recommendations about speed decreasing and any jumper settings don't work too. I bough an eSATA enclosure which works with the model WD20EARX I received, and began to use HD with the enclosure. I hope it will work at least 2 years...
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa17a1144) out of 5 stars "Retail" vs. OEM June 5 2011
By Lou - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a "retail" packaged hard drive purchased for a new computer build. It was shipped in a timely fashion and arrived on regular UPS schedule. It has been a long time since I bought a "retail" hard drive and find it to be no different than an OEM, that is, no cables, no accessories, no utilities. The price was good so nothing lost, just surprised that "retail" apparently is no different than OEM, except possibly the wrapper. The drive itself is quiet and works. Can't ask for more. Ownership less than one month.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ccf960) out of 5 stars Excellent drive May 8 2011
By T. Brechbill - Published on Amazon.com
I got this and installed it into a 6 year old Dell 8400 running XP SP3. I already had the latest BIOS. This drive was recognized just fine by the BIOS and by XP. It has been running just fine as my primary; quiet and fast. I didn't read the label before putting it in, but can state that SiSoft Sandra, my benchmarking utility, reads it as a 7200 rpm drive with a 32 MB cache. Perhaps the previous reviewer received a mis-labeled drive. Excellent value for the money.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1d40558) out of 5 stars Outstanding Performance and Value in hard drives Sept. 10 2011
By Larry D. Nail - Published on Amazon.com
We build computers from the components up, and have done this since the old 286 processor. There has never been a better time to buy computer parts. We have purchased and installed several of these 500 gb Western Digital Green hard drives. Retail at Best Buy we found them at $44.95, with the average price around $50. At that price, you can forget 250gb. If you go up to the terabyte hard drives you will find that they run slow, and often are loaded with long term life issues. The green Western Digital is quick, safe, stable. At under $50 we don't think you could do better. You can pay a little more and get a 750gb version. But for computer builds putting two green 500gb hard drives has an advantage of giving you a place to put your data on a D:\ drive while the operating system and windows files reside on the C:\ hard drive. If you ever have to rebuild, or reformat, your data will be safe on the second drive from the reformat, etc.