They did pay to ship them back and refunded the entire original amount but I wasted more than two hours of time unpacking
4 October 2014
Summary: Ordered two of these drives from Aeon Micro that were heavily used and had no warranty from Western Digital. Listed as New with 5 years warranty. The S.M.A.R.T. table on the drives, outside stickers and Western Digital warranty checker state: hours 1394 s/n WCAW32746976 start/stop count 20 manufactured 07 AUG 2011 warranty "Out of Region" hours 1393 s/n WCAW32743942 start/stop count 11 manufactured 07 AUG 2011 warranty "Out of Region" You can use a free program, Speccy...
Summary: The original hard drive in my ASUS computer crashed. Rather than buy a new computer, I decided to try replacing just the hard drive. I received this hard drive in a factory sealed anti-static bag, unwrapped it and installed it in about 5-7 minutes. This was done without looking at any instructions (it didn't come with any but I'm sure there are some available online), and I'm not even a computer/tech guy.
(W)hell, Yes I would recommend this HDD to a friend!
R.T.D. "Bored Certified Technogenarian", Amazon
26 September 2014
Summary: We have many, many Western Digital HDDs in our office LAN. We do have a few (C-gate) and a few (HIT-achi) as well. No Sam - sung. (Amaz-on hates it when you use brand names.) All things considered, the WD gives us the best longevity (life span). That might seem at first to be a non-valid judgement criteria. Well, in my defense, a HDD loss to me means a potential data loss - as not <everything> is in a RAID and not every thing is contained in a Back-Up.
Summary: Ever since the flooding in Thailand a few years back the quality of the bulk of the platter hard drives we've encountered has been sub-standard at best. The RE series drives have always been rock solid, pre and post flood builds. We had our 1st failure on a RE series drive that took us by surprise. Hard drives die, but darnit, these are RE drives! This is the only series of platter drives we'll put into our client systems. As good as it gets.
Summary: Great drives. I have 2 setup in mirror in my NAS box so I have no worries of losing my data from a single drive failure. These drives are louder than most drives because they are not meant for the average user since they are enterprise grade. Great RAID drives.
Pros: Factory tested for 24 x 7 x 356 operation, 5 yr warranty
Asher Higgs "Tu ne cede malis, sed contra aud..., Amazon
30 July 2014
Summary: I ordered two of these, and by chance they came from different sellers (AMTECH and 313 Technology). One had OEM (eg. non-retail) labeling and firmware. I hooked one up (don't remember which) and the SMART attribute 'Power on hours' was over 9000. For what it's worth the other attributes indicated the drive was healthy, but I didn't run any self-tests. I didn't check the other drive but it had scuff marks on the top indicating it was pulled from a hot-swap bay.