Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD1001FALS
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Not for RAID if manufactured after 1/1/10
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.
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: I am just about to request a return label for my third drive in less than two months. The first began to get very noisy with heavy vibration after about 30 days. The second drive was extremely loud and upon heavy seek/write would have a metalic grinding sound. The third drive has the same issue. I can hear this drive over my fan and TV! I think I am done with WD for now.
Summary: Amazon is shipping out this hard drive with virtually no packaging. My card board box was bent and few air penuts were punctured. I have been a long time Amazon customer but have never seen such sloppy work from Amazon. Highly disappointed. Do not buy this drive from Amazon.
Check the warranty online the moment you receive it ! Bad packaging !
A "A", Amazon
27 July 2009
Summary: First is of all, the drive is a good drive, however I have 2 issues with Amazon/Western Digital: 1. Amazon packaging of this drive is just terrible. When I received it, the drive was rattling in the box. That is unacceptable. 2. Check the drive warranty online as soon as you take it out of the bag. Mine shows as: "No limited warranty - Product was originally sold to a system manufacturer.
Summary: Extremely disappointed, the drive was shipped without and protection and arrived dead, it was packed loose in a oversize box.. When I opened the box I immediately wondered if it would still work.. You can check my history, I am not a complainer and accept this as a total loss. Not even worth my time to send it back.
Summary: I purchased 4 of these from Amazon. The manufacturer packages these with almost no padding, rattling around inside a box. Three of the four drives had burst silica gel packets inside the antistat bags, covering the drives with dust. I considered trying to clean the drives, but as pellets of gel kept falling out from under the pc boards, I decided to return them all. If they had that much impact damage during shipping, they are likely not reliable.
Summary: Good: Amazon delivery was prompt. Drive arrives within a few day. Bad: The drive failed in just over 30 days. Lost all music and video files and some important family photos. Me not happy, Wife not happy. Advice: Please stay away from this item.