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May 30, 2011 7:57:11 PM

recently i have built my rig and bought WD 15EARS 1.5TB 64MBcache......but when i used HD tune or other programs or even the bios is showing WD 15EADS 1.5TB 32MB cache......im very worried about this......


Casing=Cooler Master 371
PSU=Cooler Master 550w
GPU=HIS 5750 iceQ
MotherBoard=MSI P67A-C43
Processor=Intel i5-2400
RAM=Kingston 4Gbx1 1333bus
HDD=WD 15EARS 1.5TB 64MB cache

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May 30, 2011 8:40:15 PM

Umm...sounds like you think you bought a 15ears and actually got a 15eads.

What does it say on the top of the drive?
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a c 104 G Storage
May 30, 2011 8:41:49 PM

Hi there,

Listed on the WD website are a bunch of Greed SATA drives and the one you asked about specs at 64MB Cache.
WD15EARS SATA 3 Gb/s 3.5 Inch IntelliPower 64 MB1.5 TB 64 MB

There is one with 32 MB Cache listed as:
WD15EADS SATA 3 Gb/s 3.5 Inch IntelliPower 32 MB1.5 TB 32 MB

It's one "letter difference".
I use HDTunePro a lot and respect it's output.

Why not call Western Digital tomorrow and find out sure. Their 800 tele # is 800 275-4932.
Could it have been mislabelled
?
The difference in cache probably doesn't make a big difference, but I would insist on what I researched and paid for.

Let us know what you find out.
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May 30, 2011 8:42:17 PM

geekapproved said:
Umm...sounds like you think you bought a 15ears and actually got a 15eads.

What does it say on the top of the drive?



it says 15EARS........thats why i'm worried.....
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May 30, 2011 9:15:34 PM

"......but when i used HD tune or other programs or even the bios is showing WD 15EADS 1.5TB 32MB cache"

You answered your own question. Apparently you got the 32MB version.

Maybe it was mislabelled at the factory (highly possible).

I wouldn't worry. The difference between 32 and 64MB of cash is negligible in real world tests. The difference is probably about >1%. If you really want to send it back and get the 64MB version go ahead.
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May 30, 2011 9:24:42 PM

Chainzsaw said:
"......but when i used HD tune or other programs or even the bios is showing WD 15EADS 1.5TB 32MB cache"

You answered your own question. Apparently you got the 32MB version.

Maybe it was mislabelled at the factory (highly possible).

I wouldn't worry. The difference between 32 and 64MB of cash is negligible in real world tests. The difference is probably about >1%. If you really want to send it back and get the 64MB version go ahead.


there should be a difference in performance of both the hard drives.....?is that difference which u have mentioned above is of the price or the performance.......?
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May 30, 2011 9:26:06 PM

how the Western Digital can make a mistake......:( .....i have a great experience with their hdds...
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a b G Storage
May 30, 2011 9:41:29 PM

Like I mentioned, I wouldn't worry about it.

What I meant about the 32 vs 64MB of cache is that the difference in speed (performance) will be less than 1%. The price would actually be similar as well since the cache in HDD's are extremely low.

For example, if you do a windows experience index test, i'm fairly certain you will get the same rated speed for your hard drives with the 64MB cache version as with the 32MB cache version.
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a c 104 G Storage
May 30, 2011 10:40:30 PM

Hi again,

I'd give them a call - it's their dime.

I RMA's an IDE 500GB drive to WD 2 month's back and had a new replacement in 3 days.

Of course, it would be with the understanding you were sent the incorrectly labelled drive, and their testing would prove the 32MB cache didn't match the 64MB labelling. The HDD almost certainly wouldn't prove defective, just defective labelling.

I agree with Chainzsaw the cache difference in size isn't going to make an noticable difference in performance.
It just depends if you spent oodles of time researching and deciding on those certain specifications, or if you just chose it because it looked good, on paper so to speak!
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May 31, 2011 2:00:57 AM

Best answer selected by junaid_14014.
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