Western Digital Cuts Hard Drive Warranties – Seagate Follows Suit

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Fenthic

Your article is partially wrong the Black models are 5 years not 3. So they are getting the axe by 2 years.

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Big Geek Daddy

I've never had to return a WD Drive (all the ones that failed were out of warranty or OEM), however, I have had to return several Seagate Drives. What many people don't realize is you don't get a new drive returned to you, you get a refurbished drive. Just something to consider when evaluating warranties.

I now use a 120 GB SSD drive for OS and a WD Black (5 Year Warranty) as storage drive for my personal computer.

If you're considering SSD I found this site helpful:

http://www.hardware-revolution.com/best-ssd-hdd-december-2011/

 

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glarry

Ditto on the Caviar Blacks at 5 years...that's what I thought...

But in other news, when prices were heading so much lower (pre-flooding), I can understand why it became a real financial burden to offer a 5-year warranty on a $75 part... When 2TB drives are available for under $100, I'll be OK with a shorter warranty. RAID anyone?

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kixofmyg0t

They're trying to build supply back up.....but with shoddy drives. 

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MrHasselblad

I agree with "ThereStoreStore". I already have mirrored RAID in all of my devices; network (in general), an additional desktop, and even a laptop (although not many laptops offer it??). This article just further sold me on the need for mirrored RAID.

And btw the prices are not all that bad. Consider it as a type of insurance - just in case.

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Supermonkey

Remember the consolidations that went on awhile back ? This is what comes of it.

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glarry

Once again, bigger is not better -- not for the end user.

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Bean Bandit

Next thing you know you'll only get 90 days. Very sad.

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fuzz_64

Collusion anyone?

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Scatter

I doubt it.  It's more like a domino effect.  Once one falls the others fall in line as well. 

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

And what's the price of a 2TB SSD drive?

We'll be using mechanical drives for a while.

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Ricki

Thats all I needed to hear. Bye Bye HDD

Hello SSD

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pimphard

Well said nsvander that is exactly what`s going on. Ain`t no telling how long these drives been under water, and they got to get rid of them some kind of way.

 

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Toughbook

I have not bought a mechanical drive in over 3 years. Anybody who buys and uses a mechanical over a SSD is nuts. I'm sure if you wanted a SSD bad enough you could save for it. These drive companies can go **** up a rope as far as I'm concerned. 

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hades_2100

??? How else should I have built my 10-drive 13TB file server?

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livebriand

Wait, I thought the blacks were 5 years! And yet you're saying they're staying at 3? It looks like my next drive will be an SSD. (I have a few drives, including a 500GB, in the closet that I can use if needed for file storage.)

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therestorestore

Large SSD for OS and apps, 2nd drive for large long term storage use server grade HD, possibly RAID, those have longer warranties and last "forever".

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nsvander

Why do you think they are cutting the warranties down, they are going to be making and shipping drives like crazy because of the floods.  They dont know what the longevity will be like, because they are probably using salvaged machines and parts.  If they offer a 3 year warranty and the drives start failing after 2 years they will have to eat a ton of drives, if you drop the warranty to 1 year and they fail after that, you have to buy a new drive and its a big screw you to the customer.

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Scatter

Well, they kind of have us over a barrel.  Who else are you going to buy your hard drives from then? 

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