Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD1001FALS
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10 May 2012
Summary: Okay so i received my hard drive in the mail today, and it was packaged in a small priority Envelope, once single piece of packing paper around it for shielding. Really you couldn't spend 1.50 more and get a small box and pack it better. your shipping a HARD DRIVE!!!they are very temperamental, you cant ship them like that without the proper packing...Im just flabbergasted that you really sent me my hard drive like this. i am really amazed.
Summary: I wanted to expand a MacPro, and this was perfect. It takes all of 5 minutes to install. Just turn off the MacPro, pull out the next available metal hanger, screw on the drive, and push the hanger back into the case. Close the case, turn on the computer, ignore the warning that the drive isn't right, start Disk Utilities, and erase the drive and let it reformat as a Mac OS Extended (Journaled) drive. Also, I renamed the drive to HD 2. Bingo, works like a charm.
Summary: Great drive! Fast! Quiet! Just plug & go! Incredible noticeable performance difference compared to original Dell stock drive. I have over several hundred thousand personal files on my computer--over and above Windows, installed software, installation backups. I have 150+ GB mp3 files, pictures, etc. One thing I want to avoid at all costs is losing a hard drive. I researched & found this to be the best on the market when I bought it.
Summary: After reading several poor reviews on the packaging I was hesitant to purchase a Hard Drive from Amazon. But for the price I was willing to take a risk and return the hard drive if needed. However, my product was shipped exceptionally well. Opening the exterior box I found an inner box protected with air bubble. The internal box had two soft plastic feet on each end suspending the hard drive that was wrapped in anti-static packaging.
Summary: If you happen to buy one of these drives made in 2010+, WD has modified the firmware to prohibit the use of TLER (time-limited error recovery) software necessary to use these drives in typical RAID configurations. Why? So WD can sell you their RE3+ (Raid Enabled) drives that typically cost 50% more. Drives made in 2009 probably allow WDTLER to work.
Build your own High Performance eSATA DVR Expander
Bryan in PHX, Amazon
1 April 2010
Summary: UPDATED: 09-25-10 This is the drive to build your own eSATA DVR Expander along with the Vantec NexStar 3 NST-360SU-BK enclosure Vantec NexStar 3 NST-360SU-BK 3.5-Inch SATA to USB 2.0 and eSATA External Hard Drive Enclosure (Onyx Black) . Or Better Yet NO Enclosure, just add the following: 1) eSATA to SATA Cable Link Depot Rounded eSATA to SATA Cable (Blue, 3 Feet) 2) Molex Power Supply CG 110v AC to 12v DC 4pin molex Power Adapter 3) SATA Power Adapter Cable .
Summary: Order placed on february 10, 2010. Order came from Lexington KY US. Faulty Packaging allowing had drive to hit bottom of box, no bubble rap, no protective padding, dead upon arrival. Published photos on customer images. I know this is an OEM drive so it doesn't have a retail box of its own but the amazon frustration-free packaging does not protect the hard drive from any impact.
Summary: This hard drive was shipped as though it was a book, there was no packing material whatsoever. That is a huge error on Amazon.com's part. It would be easy for the drive to get damaged due to the poor shipping method. You wouldn't know until months later. Fortunately Amazon.com has put the item under review and is not shipping it right now. Wait for another review after the date of this one to be sure the shipping method is decent.
Summary: WARNING: in certain RAID configurations these WD desktop series drives will frequently get flagged FAILED due to Western Digital - specific issue with TLER setting causing conflict as to whether error handling should be undertaken by the hard drive or by the RAID controller. Please parse search string "TLER" on Wikipedia for more information.
Make Sure Western Digital Gives You The 5 Year Warranty
Hombre77 "Hombre77", Amazon
10 December 2009
Summary: I purchased this drive from Amazon and installed it in my iMac. Everything went well until I went to register the drive with Western Digital. I registered the drive online at WD's website. After finishing the registration process, I noticed that WD only gave me a 3 year warranty. The warranty for Black Caviar drives is 5 years (both retail and OEM). I contacted WD support and they told me that since the drive was OEM, they could only guarantee it for 3 years!