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Hi,

 

didn't find any posting regarding the new WD20EARX with SATA 6 Gb/s interface, so I'll post that here:

 

Just got the information, that Western Digital upgraded the WD20EARS with an 6 Gb/s interface, and calls this drive WD20EARX. I've no information about prices yet...

 

UPDATE: The WD20EARS is 52.00 EUR at my wholesale dealer, the WD20EARX is 64.00 EUR right now (not including taxes, of course...). That's 12 EUR for SATA600...

 

 

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...On a drive that doesn't even max out SATAII ;)

 

I don't think it even maxes SATA1...

 

Good news to me, i can get some oldschool EARS soon on sale as they move to the next generation.. :D

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I haven't had much luck finding the EARS drives at a similar price to the Samsung or Hitachi drives. Of course, those two brands will be no longer shortly as they're absorbed into WD and Seagate.

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Whaddya say we call these the 'WD EARS marketing gimmick version'?  :P  Can't wait til someone benchmarks these against the original WD EARS....they're in for a world of disappointment.

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Does anyone know if there are any differences between the 2? (Other than the 6GB/s interface)

Are they just an EARS with a newer interface?

 

I might get an earx as they are selling at the same price as the ears here.

 

Josh

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I haven't heard of anyone using them with unRAID yet, so if you want to try it out, go ahead.  I don't know of any differences between the lines besides the SATA II / SATA III rating.

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I didn't end up getting one as they were out of stock so picked up the same EARS drive.

 

Josh

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I didn't end up getting one as they were out of stock so picked up the same EARS drive.

 

Josh

 

Same here. Got two EARS yesterday, precleared and already in use. Only difference to the existing ones is another change in the serial number, which is now WD20EARS-07 instead of WD20EARS-00 ... same firmware though...

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Same here. Got two EARS yesterday, precleared and already in use. Only difference to the existing ones is another change in the serial number, which is now WD20EARS-07 instead of WD20EARS-00 ... same firmware though...

 

How long did it take to preclear them? Seems fast, all my 2TB drives take 27+ hours for a single cycle and I always do 3 cycles.

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Hi, my EADS took about 26 hours. Seems they got a little bit quicker, as they took about 30 minutes longer a few months ago. And they seem to have better quality - no DOAs this time.

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Hi, my EADS took about 26 hours. Seems they got a little bit quicker, as they took about 30 minutes longer a few months ago. And they seem to have better quality - no DOAs this time.

 

I wouldn't base their failure rates on your small sample size ;)

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I haven't heard of anyone using them with unRAID yet, so if you want to try it out, go ahead.  I don't know of any differences between the lines besides the SATA II / SATA III rating.

 

i bought one of these WD20EARX yesterday,  is pre-clearing at the moment, but seems to be the same in firmware as my other WD20EARS

 

 

it's a WDC WD20EARX-00PASB0 51.0AB51 , keep you guys posted for further results

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and 541 Power on Hours later i noticed that the total LCC counts (Load Cycle Count's) is a lot lower then the WD20EARS series : 410 counts  = 0,75 per hour

 

In comparising to the WD20EARS : 8089 counts for 3380 Power on Hours = 2,4 per hour

 

Can not explain it directly because the firmware is the same version (51.0AB51)

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Do the EARX drives still need the jumper?

 

No drives need a jumper as long you are using 4.7 or higher.

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I'm still on 4.5.6 (holding out until 5.0 to upgrade).  So I guess I'd have to jumper it?

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I'm still on 4.5.6 (holding out until 5.0 to upgrade).  So I guess I'd have to jumper it?

 

Why not upgrade to 4.7 and stop worrying about jumpers?  Seems easier to me.

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I have one oh this drives working as parity in my 5.0b12 without issues by the moment and it seemed faster than the rest of my drives in the raid (WD20EARS) when generating the parity (so high speeds writing), but I have been unable to find any comparison yet.

 

May the raid save your Data :)

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Picked up 4 of these drives the other day (I know about buying in a batch but postage kills here) 2 appear to be DOA.

 

1 x i used in a media player seems to be fine but i didn't preclear it

1 x I'm clearing now and will let you know if there are any issues

1 x had a screeching noise on boot up put was recognised

1 x didn't get picked up by the BIOS. (tried diff same port as one that is preclearing and diff PC)

 

Now take it with a grain of salt as it could be a btach issue but i also picked up 4 hitachi's a no problems. (They didn't have any more otherwise I would have stuck with hitachi's)

 

Josh

 

edit, the second one passed preclear and is running fine so 2 out of 4 DOA.

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Have on as parity and its running like a dream. BTW ran it thru 3 cycles of preclear approx 62 hours with no errors.

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I'm still on 4.5.6 (holding out until 5.0 to upgrade).  So I guess I'd have to jumper it?

 

Why not upgrade to 4.7 and stop worrying about jumpers?  Seems easier to me.

 

I'm considering the upgrade to 4.7 or 5.0b14 now.  If I already have all my WD20EARS drives with the jumper on them, do I need to remove them before or after upgrading? Or not at all?

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