Conquer tough workloads with enterprise-class WD Gold HDDs. Available in 1TB to 18TB* capacities, this highly reliable solution for demanding storage environments provides up to 2.5M hours MTBF, vibration protection technology and a low power draw thanks to HelioSeal technology [for 12TB and above]. Specifically designed for use in enterprise-class data centers and storage systems, the WD Gold SATA HDD delivers the world-class performance you expect from Western Digital hard drives.
From the manufacturer
More Flexibility, More Freedom
WD Gold lets you build out your storage your way with a full portfolio of SATA HDDs from 1TB to 22TB(1), engineered for heavy application workloads and designed to handle workloads up to 550TB(3) per year.
With up to 2.5M hours MTBF(2), WD Gold hard drives deliver enhanced levels of dependability and durability.
WD Gold drives have sophisticated monitoring electronics that help correct linear and rotational vibrations in real time using enhanced vibration protection technology for improved performance in high-vibration environments.
Plays Well with Others
Specifically designed for use in enterprise-grade storage systems and data centers, WD Gold HDDs are broadly compatible with major enterprise operating systems.
Scale Your Business
WD Gold drives are available in capacities up to 22TB(1) utilizing the OptiNAND technology’s capacity-enabling feature in 20TB and 22TB.
(1) 1TB = 1 trillion bytes. Actual user capacity may be less depending on operating environment.
(2) MTBF: Projected values for model number WD221KRYZ, WD202KRYZ. Final MTBF and AFR specifications will be based on a sample population and are estimated by statistical measurements and acceleration algorithms under typical operating conditions, typical workload and 40°C device-reported temperature. Derating of MTBF and AFR will occur above these parameters, up to 550TB/year and 60°C (device reported temperature).
(3) Workload Rate is defined as the amount of user data transferred to or from the hard drive. Workload Rate is annualized (TB transferred X (8760 / recorded power-on hours)). Workload Rate will vary depending on your hardware and software components and configurations.
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Bare drives shipped in ENVELOPES!In my lifetime I’ve never seen hard drives shipped bare in an envelope, no box, no protection. I paid $900 for two drives, they came in flimsy thin air pad envelopes. One drive has bent connector leads, the other drive worked and formatted ok, but it makes me very nervous about the banging it took to get to me. The drives and manufacture are no doubt WD gold standard, but SMH wondering who would put this kind of amazing gear in a flimsy envelope to bang down the road and get delivered. I’m sending them both back. SMH, SMH, oh my.
This is not a new Drive, Western Digital will nor warranty for five yearsI purchased this drive as being new with a five year warranty. I received it in record time and Registered as soon as I got it. Western Digital would only warranty it for 34 days. I spent almost a month going back and forth with the live chat on WD’s service site before I finally found out that the reason it was not given the five year warrranty was because in WD’s own words: “According to our records, serial number WMC6N0L8XADY is a replacement product for another customer and is not eligible for warranty update…”I’m sending it back for a refund. Thanks Amazon for your service, not so much for Viixim for selling it as new when it’s not.
Fake Drives from “Warehouse”, BEWARE.As other reviews suggest, 5400rpm drives regularly being sold as WD Gold.I thought I would not be that unlucky, but alas.
Fast, Quiet, Reliable, and CoolThis is my 6th WD Gold Hard Drive. I love them. I have many dozens of hard drives. I know what it’s like to suffer a hard drive failure. Even with backups it’s a pain. WD Gold drives make that situation unlikely because they are the most reliable drive in the business. I recommend ALL users buy these enterprise class drives and to avoid so-called consumer drives. These will likely serve you with much less trouble since they have by far the best MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) figures on the market today. It’s worth the few extra $$$.This drive also runs extremely cool. Unlike my WD Black drives, which are very HOT to the touch, these Gold drives even when being written too 100% of the time run very cool. I dumped nearly 9TB onto this drive in one fell swoop and the drive never exceeded 100°F and under normal heavy usage runs at 95°F and at idle about 90°F. This is in a room with a constant ambient temp of 77°F.I’ve used at least a hundred drives over the last decade. The first enterprise class drives I bought 10 years ago and which run at 10,000rpm have been running 24/7/365 and are still running to this day. These WD Gold drives have a MTBF 2.5 times higher than those early drives. I place a high value on reliability.ADDED Nov 9, 2020I should mention that you should make sure you are buying retail drive and not an OEM. Western Digital will not warranty an OEM drive. OEM drives are usually cheaper, but getting support if you have an issue is entirely dependent on the seller’s inclination to replace a defective drive. To ensure you get a retail drive on Amazon make sure the “seller” or “Sold by” and “shipped by” are both “Amazon”.
Lee LHGFX –
Best for the moneyI have used most the top brands….over the last 10 years. I currently run just under 100TB in my desktop, which mostly consisted of the 6TB 12TB drives…and now updated to 18TB slowly. WD Black and Golds thus far I haven’t had a single failure in 15 years….. with EVERY other brand usually being replaced due to failure.One thing….. I do NOT use these as working drives. I use SSD….. i DID use two 6TB ssd in raid 0 for about 5 years with no issues…. I JUST replaced it with an SSD, to gain some speed and another sata port back.18TB is a LOT of data on one disk. As a photographer I shoot about 5-6 TB per year of pics and video. I have adopted my older 12TB drives as the backups in a box… and added the 18TB last fall and this spring as my onboard archive drives…. Thus far.. they have been great with no issues…and no noise… at least that I have noticed.I don’t recommend these for much more than archive and backup….. they make FAST onboard archive drives…. hitting speeds regularly of 190-220MB/sec sustained until you get to the last 25%, then they slow down to the more average 120-150MB/secPackaging. I have NEVER gotten a drive in an envelope, every drive came in an OEM box with the appropriate cardboard or plastic drive suspender that is in most store boxes. More recently they have come in that and bubble wrapped as well inside the box… with two drives even coming in a special box for two drives suspended. IF YOU SHOULD RECEIVE a drive that was just in some envelope and not in an suspended protector inside the box… most likely its not coming from this seller or is being fulfilled by another party. DOCUMENT The wrapping well and just send it back to avoid any issues. Don’t even finish taking the drive out, and ask for one in proper packaging.In my current case of nearly 6 years..(Obsidian 800d). I now only have WD black or Golds…computer never shuts offno failures.
P. Sagues –
Shortchanged by TEN!Imagine buying ten pounds of potatoes, paying for ten pounds and then getting only one pound. That’s what Western Digital did to me. I bought a 10TB Western Digital hard drive only to find it is a 1TB drive. Clearly labeled. Correct model number. Windows correctly identifies the model but tells me it is 1100 GB, which is 1.1 TB. NOT 10TB. Simple to fix? Oh no. Phone, chat, email. No response. Only “we are so sorry. We want to help”. well, one week out, I have one pound of potatoes in a ten pound bag. So disappointed with what was at one time a good company. I would NOT recommend a Western Digital product today. My Seagate 2TB drive is fine. Bye bye.UPDATE 3-5-21: WD confirms that their 10TB labeled drive is 1TB. They will “look into it”. HARD TO BELIEVE. Caveat emptor. Do NOT purchase a WD drive. My advice as an engineer.
Relatively fast, reliable, as described and not made by Seagate!Relatively fast, reliable, as described and not made by Seagate!A bit noisy though – with audible clonking noises – not advised for where that might matter.Ignore the poor review on here from the guy that doesn’t understand the difference between raw and formatted capacity. For reference 14TB manufacturer raw measurement = 12.73TB formatted without any file system overhead.
Very Noisy.I’ve never heard a HDD which was anywhere near as noisy as this.Emits a loud hum and vibration at idle. But thats not the worst thing. The worst thing is the constant (every 5 seonds) loud click, so loud in fact, that it makes the entire PC shake!I’ve got hard drives that are 15 years old that don’t make such a racket!Why this happens every 5 seconds was a mystery to me. And with no option supplied from WD to change the frequency, i returned this drive as potentially faulty.I’ve since found out (not an easy discovery) that this is a ‘feature’ on all current WD drives. PWL, preventative wear levelling, supposedly to lubricate the mechanism or some such.Amazon as ever were great and took it straight back.
Robust driveHaving had three of ANOther manufacturer’s HDDs grinding themselves to destruction, I thought I would try something a bit more robust and this does not disappoint. the thought of a system and 20-years of work going down the pan scares me silly (yes, I do all the backups, NAS RAID)..You might get your files back if the main HDD goes down, but setting up a new OS with the grief that entails, means that a few extra quid spent on a more rugged HDD might pay off.System image and bootable media will help and a regular diagnostic test like WD DataLife Guard helps.As many have said before, with HDDs, it’s not if they fail, but when
Noisy,slow, and I think it is going to die very youngNothing this noisy and slow can be good. It is the youngest of my mechanical drives, and the slowest and the noisiest. I will not buy another. The Caviar Blacks were GREAT, and the BLACKS still seem ok but frankly WD have done a lot to lead to me losing faith and confidence in them over the last 18 months. I am going to try to move to SSD’s & NVME’s but for long term storage at a reasonable rate it has to still be mechanical drives, but NOT WD, for me anyway, any more.