Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD1001FALS
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Failed with 2 months left on warranty
Charles K., Newegg
20 February 2015
Summary: Keep your receipt and the box. It may sit on the shelf for 5 years, but it will come in handy when you need to send it in for RMA if it's still under warranty. Also, I've been able to salvage 100% of my data by booting a Live Linux cd and running disk recovery tools.
Pros: I only buy WD Black drives now, because every one I have owned (maybe 6-7) have lasted almost EXACTLY 5 years. These will last. When you do need to send it in for RMA, assuming it's still under warranty, the process is painless and there are never any questions asked. Replacement comes quickly, u...
Cons: Not really a con since all mechanical drives eventually fail, but every one I've had fails within 3-4 months of the 5 year warranty period. Sometimes before the warranty expires, sometimes afterwards. It's astonishing how accurately these have been engineered to fail at the 5 year mark. That said...
Summary: Honestly if I get 4 years out of a part the way I use it, and it dies gracefully (with warning) Then I have no major complaints. Got all data I needed off and as far as I know would work if I turned on old computer anyway.
Pros: Pretty solid drive, been in a computer since early 09. Bought two fo them for two different systems.
Cons: One has began to throw errors, built new rig
Pros: Performs as advertised. 1 terabyte for a hundred bucks is almost otherworldly. I see the price has come up in the almost three years since I bought it. It's a tad bit loud, but then it *is* a Caviar Black, which is about performance over ergonomics.
Cons: It's not an SSD :-) Even so, if it was as quiet as my old Samsung, I'd put it at five stars, easy.
Summary: Western Digital really supports their customers.
Pros: Best warranty and return policy in the business as well as great tech support. If you are going to have a hard drive failure (and you will someday) you are better off with the Western Digital warranty that is longer than any other warranty. They also don't give you a hassle if you have a problem....
Cons: I have had two WD drives fail in the past 5 years. The great thing is they have a 5 year warranty and replace them quickly at no charge. Make sure to register your drives on their website although that isn't necessary it makes the exchange very easy. My 1 TB drive is showing signs of failing. I r...
Summary: I ordered two of these for a RAID, and then saw all the "DOA" comments on here. I wasn't sure what to expect, but they arrived intact and functioning properly. (Maybe it's just the people that had the rare bad drive that actually come back to comment?