Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Caviar Black
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23 April 2014
Summary: I bought a bunch of these from Go Harddrive on Amazon. They are supposed to have a 5 year warranty. They all arrived with build dates of at least 2 years ago. I had one fail, so I contacted WD. When I entered the serial number they said the drive was from out of the region and the warranty would expire in September 2014. I sent it back to WD at my expense. Today it came back with a message that it was not a WD product.
Like all Western Digital Products it Fails Miserably.
Mookie Salvantini, Amazon
12 March 2013
Summary: Lost a lot of data with this one. Worked well for about a year as my primary boot drive. Upon post, BIOS started registering SMART errors, which indicated the drive was failing. The MBR became corrupt and after much effort was unable to recover the master boot record. Once I submitted for RMA, the replacement device arrived quickly and promptly. What's more the replacement was 500 Gigs larger! A 2TB drive, new and sealed. Sounds great.
Summary: Amazon advertised NEW Western Digital Caviar Black 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Internal Desktop Hard Drive Bulk/OEM - WD5002AALX drives with 5 year warranty. I placed an order for 2 drives which was fulfilled by NASTOR. 4 months ater, I discovered that the drives shipped by NASTOR are in fact remanufactured/recertified drives with only a 2 year warranty.
Died after < 2 months; replacement failed 6 months later
B. Daly, Amazon
26 January 2012
Summary: I put my 750GB Caviar Black in my newly-built PC in early December, and now less than 2 months later it is completely dead, all data on it lost. It is so dead, my PC can't even get through the BIOS POST if it is plugged in. So I can't boot off my SSD or even off a recovery CD, if this drive is plugged in. (And if it's not plugged in, I can boot properly but can't run any diagnostics or recovery sotware on the failed drive...
Summary: I cannot get these drives to work with my Apple MacBook Pro. Well, they work but then they give me error -50 and prevent me from copying anything or moving anything. Total waste. Bought 2 of these.
Summary: Drive shows up to BIOS and to Windows 2003 R2 SP2 on a PowerEdge SC440. Capacity is correct. Spindle is spinning. Attempts to put a partition on the drive fail with "Internal error". Tried three SATA-II ports on 2 different controllers. Tried Acronis (silently fails) and Windows' "Disk Managmenet". If I Plug this into a Linux system, I can partition it, but I can't format it.
Summary: It's hard to believe that after all this time of people complaining about inadequacy of amazon's "frustration free" packaging for WD drives, packaging quality is still unacceptable. If you order a single drive, the drive is shipped in the "frustration free" box, without any additional boxes. The box is 7.75"x6.5"x3", and the drive is packaged in an anti-static bag with 2 *thin* molded plastic "end caps" on the ends.
Summary: I ordered 2 of these from Amazon about a month ago. I installed my OS and other applications on them just fine, but within a week at least one of the drives started to behave erratically, spinning down and then back up at random intervals, sometimes repeatedly. This led to loss of system control, data loss, and file corruption. Within a week the other drive started to exhibit the same strange behavior.