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post #11 of 101
Good thing I only buy blacks and raptors from them.

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post #12 of 101
The Caviar blue in my old computer outlived its warranty already anyway. (With or without the reduction)

I didn't buy it with the expectation that it would only run for 3 years.
This reduction won't make me expect WD's non-black/raptor drives to run for only 2 years.
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post #13 of 101
i have owned several and had no issues. im not worried about the warranty drop at all.

i also have several f/s lol
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post #14 of 101
Enterprise drives FTW biggrin.gif
Also didn't Seagate do something similar to this too a while back with their lower-end drives?

EDIT:
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Originally Posted by Penicilyn View Post

Seagate did this earlier in the year.
There's nobody else to go with at this point.
Just buy Blacks or XTs, they have longer warranties.

Yep missed this, both (only) games in town are doing the same thing on the lower-end drives...nothing else you can do other than buy other models if you want a longer warranty.
Edited by candy_van - 12/15/11 at 8:44am
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post #15 of 101
Quote:
Originally Posted by ehpexs View Post

Looks like I won't be buying anymore WD drives.
Yes, you will since there is only Seagate and Western Digital left in the 3.5" HDD market.

Toshiba only makes 2.5" or smaller HDDs.
Samsung sold their HDD division to Seagate.
Hitachi sold their HDD division to Western Digital.


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Good thing I only buy SSD and WD Blacks.
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post #17 of 101
Hopefully Seagate won't follow WD. I'm not buying WD anymore. :-/
post #18 of 101
Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post

Yes, you will since there is only Seagate and Western Digital left in the 3.5" HDD market.
Toshiba only makes 2.5" or smaller HDDs.
Samsung sold their HDD division to Seagate.
Hitachi sold their HDD division to Western Digital.

I miss Maxtor, although I've heard nothing but bad things from them I had a few HDDs that have run great, some still working for over 5 years (It was also the first 7200RPM HDD I bought as well.)
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post #19 of 101
Two years is fine...in my experience if a hard drive doesn't die inside of 18 months it will be going for a long time out of warranty. Though...we have yet to really see how long some of these new larger designs will last. I have a couple 1GB hard drives around that some how still work...not that they can be used for anything, but some how I am doubting my 1TB+ drives will be working 20 years from now

Though the warranty is more than "just the warranty". It is also a way for a company to back up their product's quality. If they are reducing the warranty to two years on their drives they are then basically saying they only expect these products to last two years and they made a mistake saying it would be good for three years...regardless if either statement is true.

However, in a shareholder's viewpoint a standing warranty on a product is a liability waiting to happen...so two years is a decent balance I think, but it will be a while before Western Digital will live down the reduction move. It would have been better if they had released a new model of hard drive and then only started with two year warranties on them rather than keep the same lines coming and reduce the warranty.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 12/15/11 at 8:56am
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post #20 of 101
Quote:
Originally Posted by d6bmg View Post

Hopefully Seagate won't follow WD. I'm not buying WD anymore. :-/

Seagate did it first, actually.
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