Nope they didnt It had great reviews on the site though, and I have used Western digital for 3 previous builds in the past. Are the Green series known for faults? I just chalked this up to a random hardware failure.
They're great home file storage drives, but constant spin ups and spin downs as a primary OS drive definitely ups the wear and tear. This isn't to say an early death is normal, but there's more margin for that happening with more use (as with any hard drive). They're also usually a lower RPM drive, which means higher read/write latency.
It may be that the drive is perfectly fine and you got a nasty boot sector virus, which can stick around through multiple formats, especially if you're using the Windows utility and choosing NTFS (Quick) during your reformat. Something like WipeDrive will do a thorough wipe that should knock out any nasty boot sector issues before you run the Windows install. I'm sure there are free alternatives out there that will work just as well, but most of my experience is with WipeDrive.
After that, I'd throw the drive in your system as a secondary and run chkdsk on it to see how many (if any) bad sectors are on the drive, and elect to fix them. Drive wiping software should perform this check, and if it does you can skip this step entirely. You can do this by right-clicking the drive in My Computer and going to Properties > Tools. If it checks out, I wouldn't hesitate using it as a media / file storage drive.
You may also want to run Active@ Disk Monitor to check out SMART drive errors.
Call me old school, but IMO the best OS drive is going to be lower capacity (80gb - 160gb) and at least 7,200 RPM. You can go SSD if you would like, but it's too rich for my blood and a couple ms difference in reads / writes after initial boot isn't worth the cost at this point. It'll be a different story when costs go down on them.
I don't have enough stats to pass judgement ... I'll just say that there are several drives (lines) that I would prefer to the greens AND that I have seen "some" (a few) recent probs with them.
I think the REAL issue is that ANY 5400RPM drive is gonna choke (these days), if you ask it to do any "live work" ... They (all 5400s) should be relegated to deep archives and off-site rotating backups, n such.