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I see this as Western Digital's "idea" to try to get people to just buy Blacks, or RE drives since they both have 5 year warranty. Someone said there are only two HD manufacturers now, Seagate and WD. What about Toshiba?
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post #52 of 101
As long as the warranty is long enough to cover DOA drives, I don't really care. Considering how cheap hard drives are (at least before the shortage and price fixing), it's well worth the money to just buy a replacement than deal with packaging the drive up, sending it off (on your dime or WDs), and waiting an unknown amount of time to have a replacement.

If the drive dies after two years, I'll just spend 50 bucks and get a new one. I keep enough redundant copies of my data and the drives are (or were) cheap enough to be treated as disposable.
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toobadthisdoesn'treallymatter.
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post #54 of 101
my WD 500B black was $60 and was DOA. they will only refund me my $60 cash when they're like double the price now. i do not approve =/
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kand View Post

Yes, but who else offers a 3 year warranty?

Samsung, Seagate and Hitachi?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lifeshield View Post

Over a year less on a warranty?

Yes, it's a very legitimate reason.
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Originally Posted by Zero4549 View Post

*shrug* who uses 3 year old budget drives for critical applications without a backup anyways?

That's not the point, while I do keep backups of my files I know that if my 320GB Samsung dies tomorrow, I can get it replaced by another 320GB HDD without having to go through loads of crap.

Again, WD? It didn't work last time and it certainly won't this time...Anyone who says this is fine is a fool, sure, the likelihood of a HDD dying between the 2 and 3 year mark isn't too high but if it does? They had protection against it before, and now they don't. It's that simple, you're getting screwed over (again) and instead of saying "Wait a minute.." and getting angry, you're bending over and letting them do it.
    
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Who would buy anything other than a black? biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by Brutuz View Post

It's that simple, you're getting screwed over (again) and instead of saying "Wait a minute.." and getting angry, you're bending over and letting them do it.

YES! Let's all get real MAD, ANGRY and BUTTHURT on some computer forum because then WD will definitely change it back to 3 years!

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post #58 of 101
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Looks like future owners of some Western Digital hard disk drives won't experience the bliss known as three-year-long free product support anymore.

People who ever bought a Scorpio Blue, Caviar Blue or Caviar Green hard disk drive made by Western Digital probably know that they all have three-year warranties.

It so happens that WD decided it was time those product series stopped getting such long grace periods.

Starting in January, 2012, they will only have warranty plans of two years.

Looks like I won't be buying anymore WD drives.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Western-Digital-Drops-a-Warranty-Reducing-Bomb-on-Everyone-240983.shtml]

LoL, why? just because they reduced the warranty by a year? HDD reliability is very high these days. Have you ever seen how a HDD is made? The whole process is automated; machines are consistent, humans are not. Problem lies in people, how the HDDs are handled after leaving the factory, during shipping.

Just because they warranty drives for 2 years not doesn't mean it'll only run for 2 years. rolleyes.gif

I have many drives that outlived it's 3 year warranty and failed during it's 5th and 6th year. Don't expect things to last forever.

I bought two 74GB Raptors when they first came out for $220 each when 250GB drives cost <$100, been 8 years and running.

If you want a longer warranty, cough up the dough, simple as that. Everybody expecting free lunches these days…
 
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post #59 of 101
Do the WD Black and RE drives still carry a 5 year warranty? They are the only ones I care about.
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Lets see:
bought 5 wd blues drives, 4 failed within a year (two with that dreaded click sound)
bought 4 wd greens 3 died within a few months
bought 5 samsung drives, all are still going strong

WD raptors were great but recently their drives have been awful besides the black series

I've had 10/10 maxtor drives fail within 3-5 years of low use

Samsung/Seagate for me so far

Here is what I have for dead drives in my closet
Desktop:
2 Maxtor 6L160M0
1 Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9
4 WD Cavier Blue 250GB WD2500AAJS
Laptop:
1 Hitachi HTS541060G9AT00
1 Hitachi HT541680J9SA00
1 Hitachi HTS543216L9SA02
1 Seagate ST94919A (Don't have a 2.5 ide connector to test it so it MIGHT be okay but doubtful)

Common sense says that they looked at where the drives were failing and saw how badly the blue/greens are and decided to cut costs by reducing the warranty. Since the deathstars have been fixed, seagate > WD in terms of reliability OVERALL
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