Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Caviar Blue Sata 300 7200RPM 320GB 8MB (WD3200AAJS)
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I bought this drive to transplant the circuit board and ...
11 July 2015
Summary: I bought this drive to transplant the circuit board and heads to an identical drive that had died. When I removed the circuit board, it was obvious that some of the chips had overheated as the foam rubber under the board had brown scorch marks. I was under the impression that these drives were new.
Summary: Possibly the worst gamble I have made. Only the second (out of many) WD drives I have seen fail. If this was a 'new' drive, the file system was set up and file organization in keeping with a DVD. The only thought that it might have been 'new' is there was no personal or 'cable company' information.
Summary: Okay, although it's in what looks like original packaging (sealed static bag) it really isn't. The manufacturing date is May 28,2009! VERY OLD technology- SATA 1, and current drives are SATA 3.
Summary: The drive was not in a proper OEM box, wrapped in bubble wrap and looked like it was in a resealed anti-static bag. I ran a SMART report and it said it was new so I had high hopes. The drive was to be used as a replacement in a raid array. I installed the drive and left the array to rebuild.
Summary: The hard drive was delivered slowly and once I received it, I couldn't install windows 8 on my spare desktop pc. The reason was that the drive was set to READ ONLY mode and I did not have the ability to change it back to read/write. I also noticed there was DATA ALREADY ON THE DRIVE.
Summary: After having the 4th Western Digital fail me I am swearing off of them forever. If they work from the start they run hotter and eventually fail due to overheating per the S.M.A.R.T. firmware. No more Western Digital for me.