Summary: THESE DRIVES ARE NOT NEW. These are used HDDs being sold as new. Ordered one and it had over 21000 power on hours as reported by SMART- well over two years. While the HDD appears to work properly - buyer beware.
Asher Higgs "Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito.", Amazon
31 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.
Be very cautious ordering this drive from a third party.
Matt W., Amazon
15 April 2014
Summary: The drive I received looked to be in new condition, and it probably was. However, it had been repackaged in an ESD bag. While it says new, bare drive, it was not in a Western Digital ESD bag. All WD bags have their logo on them, and are notched so you can tear them open. This bag had a bad, crooked heat seal across a generic ESD bag. Looking closer, I noticed the date on the drive, it was Dec 15th of 2011! I ordered this drive on April 13, 2014....
Summary: I have no idea what is up with the Amazon version of this product but the quality is terrible. Sit down and I'll tell you a story about how many versions of this disk I have tried for use in my RAID 5 array. First, I bought a refurbished version of this disk off another site. It eventually failed making me never buy refurb drive again. To replace it, I figured I'd buy this one off of Amazon.
Summary: This is a mfg refurbished drive all 3 of mine had scratches in the same spots. Also my 3 drives had HP stickers on them. these are OEM refurbs. they performed as expected and all appear in good condition. However these drives do NOT have a 5 year warranty. If you punch the serial number in HP's warranty lookup you get a message saying no warranty here check with HP. looking any/all numbers up on HP's warranty lookup just generates errors.
Summary: I am suspicious of the reliability of these drives. I bought four of them and two failed within four months in a RAID 1 array in a new PC I built. In both cases the WD diagnostic test showed that they had 'too many bad sectors'.
Laute Nebengeräusche man hat das Gefühl, die Platte gibt gleich ihren Geist auf
9 April 2013
Summary: Bin bisher mit WD sehr zufrieden und brauchte zum Spiegeln eine neue SATA 2. Deshalb bin ich auf diese gestoßen. Sie läuft einwandfrei, macht allerdings Geräusche, wie meine alte kurz bevor diese kaputt ging. Habe die Platte daraufhin nach Telefonaten mit Necstore zum Test zurückgesand. Jetzt bekam ich sie zurück - Test ergab keine Fehler. Klopfen natürlich noch da. Mein unangenehmes Gefühl bleibt - Außerdem hätte ich erwartet, dass man mir eine neue schickt.
Summary: Update: Defekte Sektoren nach weniger als 1000 Betriebsstunden: SMART meldete den Fehler jedoch erst nach einer vollständiger Oberflächenanalyse mittels der Data Lifeguard Diagnostic Tools (Dauer ca. 3h). Das Laufwerk ist Elektronikschrott. Danke WD! ------------------------------ Dez. 2012 Die WD geht mit Dual-Core und 64MB Cache an den Start - und das wirkt sich aus!