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That is true. I had an 80 GB ATA die, and they replaced it with a 120 GB ATA. I am seriously going to come back to WD Full-Time I think when I upgrade again.
     
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In this case, I can tell you for sure that WD simply ran out of 500G drives. Since they had excess 640G drives, it was better to take a little bit profit loss than to miss a shipment to a retailer. Sometimes retailers such as Best Buy and Staples will fine their vendors for missed or late shipments, so in some cases doing the free upgrade (to make the shipment on time) is the lesser of the two evil.

This practice is pretty common across all technology consumer electronics companies. i work for a memory company and we do the same thing... it's all about working with the inventories you have at the time.

Last year I bought an elements 2TB from Target; later on opened it up and found a Black drive. This drive itself retails for $200 yet I only paid $60 for the Elements drive. It didn't include a letter or anything so it's not like they're doing it for some Marketing reasons. I figure they must have just made too many of them and this was the best way to get rid of them.
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In this case, I can tell you for sure that WD simply ran out of 500G drives. Since they had excess 640G drives, it was better to take a little bit profit loss than to miss a shipment to a retailer. Sometimes retailers such as Best Buy and Staples will fine their vendors for missed or late shipments, so in some cases doing the free upgrade (to make the shipment on time) is the lesser of the two evil.

This practice is pretty common across all technology consumer electronics companies. i work for a memory company and we do the same thing... it's all about working with the inventories you have at the time.

Last year I bought an elements 2TB from Target; later on opened it up and found a Black drive. This drive itself retails for $200 yet I only paid $60 for the Elements drive. It didn't include a letter or anything so it's not like they're doing it for some Marketing reasons. I figure they must have just made too many of them and this was the best way to get rid of them.
and the element hard drive had 2 models numbers that dictated whether one was black or green
either way WD sold it as an external USB Drive, so the speed didn't matter.
It also only carried the WD 1 yr warranty for externals
i myself bought 2 of the black ones to pull as internal drives
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