Product Reviews (12)
Excellent: Fast and Quiet
Strengths: Quiet. Fast. Reliable. Runs Cool.
This is an excellent hard drive. It is fast, quiet, reliable, and runs cool. I recommend it highly. Since buying the one I originally reviewed, I have bought two more of these drives for different purposes, and they have all performed flawlessly. I plan to buy at least one or two more for archiving digital video. I have had several other WD hard drives, and they have held up well over the years.
By jsw86 - Oct 30, 2005
Strengths: Fast drive runs silent and cool, produced by a manufacturer that is usually quite reliable.
Weakness: Even the best products have weaknesses. My WD 320GB got 2 bad sectors after less than a year.
The hard drive worked fine for about 6 months. Yesterday my mac started acting up, showing the "spinning rainbow wheel" (the parallel of the hourglass in windows) anytime that browsing/accessing the system drive was involved. Therefore I was wondering what it could be wrong with my system... RAM failure? Drive Failure? CPU overheating and dying? Symptoms required testing the hardware and to do it fast.
The results were all hardware was working in order, even the S.M.A.R.T. test was reporting that the drive was in healthy conditions (phisically), BUT a thorough surface scan revealed 2 bad blocks (and that's in a little over six months of home office use, with no gaming workload!)
Conclusion: I guess that's just bad luck as in the past I had several WD drives and they have proven to work reliably, silently and cooler than other brands. That's a great drive to buy, but keep in mind that accidents can happen! :).
Note: Always backup data! Better safe than sorry. Recovery from crashed drives can be very time consuming and required a good level of tech knowledge on drives and tools to do the job. Sometimes even the best of tools and the most expert of the users can't succeed in retrieving the data from a dead drive requiring the intervention of pro data rescueing services which can be quite expensive depending on how much data one needs to get back.
By freakQNC - Mar 13, 2006
Just keeps getting better
Strengths: Fast,reliable and Quiet.
I have bought these IDE Caviars ever since they came out with the 120 Gigger WD1200JB many years ago.8 YEARS agO I BELIEVE.Its still going strong.Over the years i have bought many.i own 12 120WD's and 4 320WD's.
These new ones are alot faster and quieter than the old ones i own.So that is why i can say "They Just Keep Getting Better."
By erikway - Mar 8, 2006
Strengths: Speed, silence, reliability
Weakness: None as yet
I have now had this drive for a little more than one month and I am fully satisfied. It's size has greatly increased my ability edit video files and its speed keeps the editing process from being tedious. The drive is warm, but not hot, during operation and is nearly silent--there is a slight whirr and you can barely hear the heads seeking, but that's all. It is hard to find more to say about a product which simply and reliably does its job. For all practical purposes it is invisible, and that's just the way I like it.
By jamesbrinton - Apr 16, 2006
Caviar SE 320GB Hard Drive
Strengths: This is the quietest drive on the market. The 3-year warranty is incredible given the many other positive attributes.
This is a sexy drive. It's reliable, inexpensive, fast, cool, and ubiquitous. You can't go wrong with Western Digital Products. I've used dozens of drives over the past 5 years, and no drive has proven to be as reliable and cost-competitive. Enjoy.
By Tooltime; - Dec 23, 2006
the format issue is the same with...
Strengths: large storage space, runs quiet!
Weakness: formatted it is only about 291 gigs
the format issue is the same with every drive so not a real concern, but this drive is great and quiet and runs very cool!! i recomend this to everyone!
By porshhh911 - Jun 14, 2005
Still the front runner
Strengths: Hugh Storage,price per GB, solid support
I had troubles with other WD drives in the past and the support has been excelent in getting me going again. No problems with this drive, a solid drive with mass storage from a brand name you can trust...I do!
By half_whit_inc2 - Sep 30, 2005
Western Digital continues the make...
Strengths: Easy setup. Clearly marked jumper settings. Most reliable brand around.
Western Digital continues the make high quality drives at very good prices. I have been in PC support for several years, and I would not feel comfortable trusting my data to the competitors.
By digilla - Jun 22, 2005
Weakness: unreliable, bad support - actually no support whatsoever
Bought this drive last March 2007 and two months later the drive just refused to work. It powers on and spins but it could not be detected by the computer. Transferred it to another PC and still could not be detected. I have lost all my data thanks to this drive. I emailed WD twice and got no response from the. Warranty until 2009 but they dont want to even answer my emails regarding support. Terrible product plus terrible support. I bought another seagate 320gb 7200.10. This is my last WD purchase. I will never buy again.
By oceanrider88 - Jun 11, 2007
ReviewGist for Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200JB 320 GB EIDE Hard Drive (Package of 20)
Performance is Average according to 1 Hard Drive experts. -- "This is a 7200 rpm drive and comes with an 8MB buffer."-reviews.cnet.com Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Technology, Noise, etc.
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By reviewgist.com - Dec 23, 2009
Western Digital Caviar SE 320GB ATA WD3200JB
Testseek.com has collected 3 expert reviews for Western Digital Caviar SE 320GB ATA WD3200JB and the average expert rating is 80 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
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By testseek.com - Mar 9, 2009
Western Digital's WD3200JB: 320 GB and Lots of Ambition
Now Western Digital is finally ready to enter the fray with its own next-generation line of drives that offer capacities of up to 320GB. Western Digital's new drives also utilize platters with capacities greater than 100GB, and these will gradually trickle down to the medium and low-capacity models as well.
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By tomshardware.com - Feb 17, 2005