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Yet another manufacturer selling poor drives and with an ever-diminishing worthless warranty
on November 9, 2015
Purchased two of these in March of 2013. By April of 2015, both of them were showing a large number of SMART errors. Fortunately I migrated my data off of them because one just completely failed today (November 2015). They were put in a large case containing only one other drive (an SSD) with plenty of ventilation (Antec 900v3). The computer is cleaned twice a year to ensure no major dust buildup and I left an air gap between each drive. They were NOT in RAID and were simply used to hold and stream media (music/movies/pictures). The computer lives in a climate controlled condo where the ambient temperature never exceeds 75 degrees.
SMART data shows the failed drive as powered on for 2 years, 5 months and 21 days (see included screenshot)
I went to see if I had any recourse on the WD website, but I can't even register them because they're OEM'd and over 2 years old I guess.
I swore of Seagate many years ago and now it looks like I will be swearing off WD now. Are there any decent drive makers out there anymore, or have they all conceded the reliability quest to SSDs and just assume everyone is running raid 5+ arrays at home these days? I feel like 3+ years isn't too much to ask for home storage when I'm not doing insane IOPS. It's not like I'm running an oracle database on these things...