Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD1001FALS
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Adequately Packaged for an OEM Drive
Earl Johnson "Hellooo", Amazon
16 July 2010
Summary: Alright - took a chance and ordered the 1TB drive. WD has a long history of making some of the better HDDs in the industry. This review will attempt to address some of the negative issues presenting by other reviewers. First - packaging: upon opening the box, the drive was in another box which was surrounded externally by three units of air bags (strips of three); the drive itself was "suspended" within the second box by the plastic end caps that basically "suspend" the...
Summary: When I upgraded to Windows 7, I changed my computer's hard drive to this. It has performed well so far (2 months). My only concern is that while not too loud, I can hear when this drive is running. The old drive didn't make any sound. When I read reviews for this drive, many of them mentioned how quiet it was. I am not terribly concerned, because I do rigorous backups every 24 hours onto an external 1Tb hard drive (Hitachi).
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!
Summary: Ok, I fix computers. For many years I almost exclusively find the best value in a Western Digital hard drive. This particular drive is being used as an internal backup storage device in a desktop computer. It has a 3 year warranty and it. I suspect that configuration will satisfy all my needs as the data contained on the OEM drive AND this backup drive is worth multiples of the cost of this purchase.
Nothing wrong with the drive, but packaging was laughable
26 October 2009
Summary: The quality of this drive is already well documented so I can't add much there. I had to initialize and format it over a USB port in order for Vista to recognize it on the eSATA port, but that's a Vista issue, and could be there was an easier way to go about it that I just didn't know. I did want to add some comments on the packaging.
Summary: Another word on the way AMAZON ships these drives...I am guessing that these little boxes they come in are the way AMAZON gets the OEM's from WD, probably giant pallets of them. Then the AMAZON people see brown boxes that look like they are ready to ship, so they send them out just like that. If you look at the boxes, there are stickers on them that will have you think these are just little boxes that Western Digital ship mass amounts of OEM drives in.
Summary: I have been evaluating 1TB hard drives to replace a failed RAID array. I had just bought a WD Green 1TB drive, but it was DOA. I returned it to Amazon without problems. Then I started reading a lot of reviews online. The decision came down to a Samsung Spinpoint F1 or a WD Caviar Black 1TB.
Summary: Overall, I am very happy with my purchase and I would recommend this drive to anyone. Hard drive arrived "bare" with no rails or screws in an anti-static bag, you will need to supply your own. Hard drive is a lot faster than Western Digital's Green drives, runs hotter, and is a lot noisier. However, the payoff for the speed is worth it. Installed it as the boot drive in a 2.80GHZ (Early 2008) Mac Pro Quad, 12GB ram, with a total of 4 internal hard drives.
Summary: This was a great deal. I plan to buy more of these. I love the fact that i can get this size of storage for around 100 dollars. My only complaint which is the same as others is the packaging. I know it is an OEM product. I don't need a pretty box but they could have at least put some packaging peanuts in there! When i order a book it comes more secure then this. I bet the drive bounced around quite a bit in shipping.
Summary: The drive itself is great and works well. The only thing I knock off a point for is that it didn't come with a SATA cable or any other documentation. It was just the sealed drive in a box. Installation was quick and easy and took me a couple hours for Windows to format it for use. I pretty much use it for backing up media (mp3,video,pictures) but it has plenty of space and seems quite fast.