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6.5 out of 10

Western Digital WD1001FALS

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Overall 4

Wow, really!!??

LostboyzKING, Amazon
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.
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Overall 10

"Very Reliable and Durable SATA HDD. Recommended!"

B3tonyc, CNET
15 December 2011
  • Pros: I had this hard drive since 2009. I constantly save huge data files, average of 2GB. This hard drive has performed flawlessly with my custom build PC. I constantly use my computer system to do some heavy duty stuff for hours on end.
  • Cons: After three years constant use, the drive crashed, as of 12/14/2011 Overall it performed very well. RIP HDD and my DATA!! You will be missed!
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Overall 10

Expanding a MacPro

Robert Rose, Amazon
15 March 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 10

Excellent Shipping!

dm, Amazon
27 April 2010
  • 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.
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Overall 2

Not for RAID if manufactured after 1/1/10

so227, Amazon
4 April 2010
  • 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.
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Overall 7

"Ford price with Cadillac performance"

Barbara866, CNET
6 March 2010
Overall 2

Faulty amazon frustration-free packaging

Edwin Fernandez "edwinet", Amazon
16 February 2010
  • 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.
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Overall 10

"Best Drive in the market"

Stoly Vanilla, CNET
30 January 2010
  • Pros: Quiet, very fast and did I mention quiet
  • Cons: nonem this drive is amazing
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Overall 6


Stockstradr "Stockstradr", Amazon
15 January 2010
  • 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.
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Overall 8

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!
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