Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Scorpio Black WD5000BEKT
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Dead in Two Years
Charles S., Newegg
14 November 2012
Summary: This is my second WD Scorpio Black drive to fail within the warranty period. WD is pretty good about their RMAs, but it'd be better if it would just last a few years without flaking out. One more year and I would have replaced the entire computer anyway...
Pros: 5 year warranty, high performance (at the time of purchase)
Summary: I don't know if I received a defective batch or what, but every single drive I purchased eventually failed, most recently yesterday. The others failed after 7 months and 14 months. They were RMA'd and so far none of those have failed.
Pros: high performance, inexpensive, 5 year warranty
Summary: Used to have good luck with Western Digital, but it really seems that they have let their products go down hill. Likely going to have to try a different brand if it doesn't work in my other system.
Pros: Great price for the size
Cons: First one I got was DOA and I RMA'd it. Second one I received has not even had more then a few hours worth of run time and my laptop is saying that through the SMART drive system is notifying it that it is likely to fail soon. Have tried installing Windows 7 Ultimate on it twice, the first time i...
Cons: DOA...drive never even spun just clicked. I added 1 egg as second drive after RMA hassle appears to be running fine. I should have stuck with Samsung drives as they have not sent me an $80.00 piece of garbage. Do they test a drive before sending or just let the customers do that?
Summary: Always keep your data backed up! I got lucky this time and didn't lose too much important stuff since I ran a backup a couple days prior to the failure.
Pros: Quick, pretty quiet, worked well for a few weeks. RMA process was quick and easy.
Cons: Failed after three weeks. Used it on my Thinkpad T61 which was used every day. Out of the three WD drives I've purchased brand new, this is the second to have failed within a month of purchase. I'm now a little nervous about them.