Excellent review there! I was in a mess trying to figure out what drive would be good for my needs and it seemed to help.
Actually, I was looking for a high capacity sata drive to fit within an eSata enclosure. After realising that the price of enterprise edition disks is not that far away from that of normal disks, I decided that it would be a good idea to have one such disk as it will probably behave better under the stress of a mobile enclosure.
I am leaning towards the WD RE16 400 and 500 GB models but there is a factor that is keeping me from making a decision. On WD's website the nominal temperature of the disks when in operation is 5Â°C to 55Â°C for the 400GB model and 5Â°C to 60Â°C for the 500GB model. This doesn't make much sense to me given that the 500GB model consumes less power. It would be really interesting to include measurings of the heat emitted from the disks in the review to have a clearer picture of their performance.
I've also had problems in the past with WD disks (I once had to return a 120GB disk twice because it was DOA both times - perhaps a bad batch - and then ask for a Seagate model in the end). Even though I am a bit reluctant, I think I will give WD another shot (all other WD models I owned in the past did work out fine) and go for the 500 GB model.
Does anyone care to comment on using one such drive for an eSata enclosure?