Summary: Bought the drive and seller made a phone call to follow up on the sale. Sounded great. When I got the drive, it was a HP OEM stamped WD hard drive with a server mounting bracket. Checked with WD and there was no warranty on the hard drive. Tried to save $10 and it wound up costing me $14.00. Will not make that mistake again...
Summary: If you count on your system like my company does don't buy this product! After a great review from or IT tech I decided to purchase these drives to replace our older Seagate hard drives before they started to go bad. Since IT has installed the new RE4 Enterprise drives I have experienced 4 bad or failed hard drives in less than a month. This failure rate is unacceptable in any capacity . The customer service was great though!
Summary: The GOOD: In RAID 10, was very fast editing video. Up to this point, I thought Western Digital drives were the best. The BAD: I figured out what RE stands for: REPLACE EVERYDAY. I bought 5 of these for a 4 raid setup for a video editing system, one bought for spare. After about 45 days, one of the drives failed. Ran the WinDlg software and it failed the quick test. RMA'ed and $15 shipping then received replacement from WD. It failed within an hour.
Summary: Just received my drive and it is a used/repackaged drive. The drive is NOT in the original metalized plastic but has been put in another bag. Also, these drive have a five year warranty...but wait...the manufacturing date on my drive is 2011! 1/3 of the warranty is already gone. Don't get ripped off...stay away from this company.
Summary: I am furious. I made the switch to enterprise drives 3 months ago, at the same time as I started to go paperless and archive all my paper records digitally. Enterprise drives are supposed to be built to higher tolerances and for 24 x 7 use. Between the Seagate Constellation and Western Digital RE4, I settled on the WD as it still maintained its 5 years warranty. Seagate downed the warranty of their enterprise drives along with their other drives some time ago.
Summary: I purchased a WD5003ABYX through an Amazon third party (by agreement will remain nameless (Sorry)). The drive I received arrived well packaged and in excellent condition. I decided that before I open the static guard protection bag that I would register the drive on Western Digital's website. To my surprise, WD would only cover the supposed 5 yr warranty for 17 months.
Summary: Do not buy this drive from XBRdepot. For starters, this is the cheaper WD1502FYPS RE4-GP drive and the drives they sent me were pulled out of an external enclosure, model WDBAAU0015HBK-NESN which is the WD Elements Desktop. That drive carries a 1-year warranty as opposed to the 5-year warranty these drives should carry by the model number this vendor is trying to sell. CHECK YOUR SERIAL NUMBERS ON WD's WEBSITE AS SOON AS YOU GET THE DRIVES!!!
Summary: These drives are not for house computers. 2 drives in a row (in several months) show bad sectors and write errors. I had to shift my data two times. I am not buying a HD that claims to be "super reliable" again. Go with Caviar Blue and forget about going for "high performance drives". All they do is fail. Do not trust your data to this drive in a house environment. Get an external Caviar Green based hard drive to store your files on.
The drives were not packed - one arrived DOA, another still had someone's data on it.
3 October 2011
Summary: The drives arrived in a box together with some other heavy stuff I purchased from Amazon, with no wrapping material whatsoever. They were just wrapped with plastic. One was DOA. Another drive still had someone's data on it.