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I bought a 1.5 WD hard drive earlier this year and I reinstalled my OS only to find my PC would stall on cache problems. I assumed this was down to RAM, so I did memtest, no problems.

After about 3 reinstalls, I decided to just install windows on my 500gb hard drive. Since then I've had no problems.

I've ran MHDD on the 1.5tb to check if there was any problems and after 1hr30 I stopped because nothing was over 150ms.

I can't decide what my next step is. Do I return the 1.5tb? Is there enough evidence to suggest there is a problem?

On my 500gb I have results over 150ms but still there are no problems with it. So that leads me to suggest there is something else wrong with the 1.5tb.

Hope you can help with this annoying problem..

asked Jul 30 '11 at 07:32

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The thing is that you have ran test on everything else that could cause this problem. If it is the WD hard drive then return it. If you think you do not have any evidence to say it is the hard drive. Then Google the actual hard drive model and see anyone else has had the same problem with that actual hard drive.

answered Aug 04 '11 at 18:14

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Jeff Beyl

Simply enough, Western Digital drives are terrible, I stopped buying them as every one broke on me or went faulty after a few months. Return it and get a Seagate HDD or something.

answered Jul 30 '11 at 11:30

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-1 for mattophobia wd drives are far superior to seagate drives. seagate drives tend to run a little on the hot side, and in a tight case can become an issue.

(Jul 30 '11 at 12:45) ChuckysChild ChuckysChild's gravatar image

@Krazdkiller: just saying "-1" doesn't get you anywhere. Earn 1,000 karma and then down vote people.

(Jul 30 '11 at 15:46) TheTechDude TheTechDude's gravatar image

+1 TheTechDude

(Aug 04 '11 at 15:19) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image

-10 for both thetechdude and jackster1337

(Aug 04 '11 at 15:53) ChuckysChild ChuckysChild's gravatar image

Right.. So it's just on odd coincidence how every person I've known who's owned one hates them because they break and they 10 I've had all broke?

Okay then..

(Aug 04 '11 at 18:22) Mattophobia ♦♦ Mattophobia's gravatar image

hdd's have an average of 3 years on their warranty(it is a western digital so it is 3 years). with that said first if you can test it on another comp i would. if it still does not work then it has to be the drive.

answered Jul 30 '11 at 10:29

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The hard drive does "work", just even after formatting and reinstalling there's still a cache problem. I've been using my 500gb for a week now and no cache problems.

Should I return it to where I bought it or go through WD? (Both are very awkward)..

(Aug 04 '11 at 14:28) Taz155 Taz155's gravatar image

how long have you had it? if the store will still do an exchange for you go through them, if not then go through wd.

(Aug 04 '11 at 15:13) ChuckysChild ChuckysChild's gravatar image

If you think there is something wrong with your HD, RMA it back the the shop.

answered Jul 30 '11 at 08:32

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Since he said it was earlier this year, he might be out of time to RMA but he could still contact the manufacturer for them to replace it through their warranty service.

(Jul 30 '11 at 10:05) Josh_M Josh_M's gravatar image

Most of the time HardDrives are based on 2 years and other hardware is 3 years.

(Jul 30 '11 at 17:16) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image
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