Yet Another Western Digital Hard Drive Died in less than 2 years

stellarcomics

Registered User
#1
8tb Elements drive died after 6 months. Applied for an RMA from WD. I'm not expecting the replacement to last either. Bought a WD 6tb drive 1 1/2 years ago that died too. WD is turning into Seagate. Gonna buy Lacie drives from now on. Sigh.
 

ruckstande

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#2
8tb Elements drive died after 6 months. Applied for an RMA from WD. I'm not expecting the replacement to last either. Bought a WD 6tb drive 1 1/2 years ago that died too. WD is turning into Seagate. Gonna buy Lacie drives from now on. Sigh.
That's not good.
 

Sinn Fein

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#3
I think those shitty cases WD uses for their external drives are the reason for the failures. IMO, they run hot. Long before I got my NAS, I bought an aluminum USB case with a fan. I ran a WD 2TB green drive in it. Drive still works, I just retired it in favor of a newer drive because the thing was 10 years old.

I got a bunch of WD 2TB MyBook drives off the clearance table at BB for $20/each. I cracked them all open and repurposed the drives. One went into my aluminum USB case, the others are inside PCs. All are still operational, but it's only been a year.
 

Bobobie

Registered User
#6
8tb Elements drive died after 6 months. Applied for an RMA from WD. I'm not expecting the replacement to last either. Bought a WD 6tb drive 1 1/2 years ago that died too. WD is turning into Seagate. Gonna buy Lacie drives from now on. Sigh.
Is it part of redundant storage setup?
 

stellarcomics

Registered User
#8
I bought an 8tb Toshiba NAS drive for $200 to replace it. Still waiting on my RMA replacement from western digital.
 

stellarcomics

Registered User
#9
Finally got my replacement from WD today and immediately put it on ebay. Sold for $150. Minus shipping and ebay fee, I'll get my $130 back. :)
 

Bobobie

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Bobobie

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#12
Looks like a scam dude.
You are right. The site is too new for any ratings, positive or negative. There is forum talking about the site, some retarded autism types have pointed out a dozen or more telltale signs that it is a scam site. I called my credit card company to get the transaction cancelled because the transaction was still pending on my account, was put on hold and literally watched it post after refreshing the screen. There was foreign transaction fee of 49 cents for a company that is supposed to be in Texas. Visa calmly told me it wasn't too late and they could still dispute it. Even if it doesn't reflect it on my bill just delete that amount from it at the end of the month.

$15 for a 500gb SSD, of course it was a scam. I'm turning into my grandpa. The next thing you know I'll be telling people I won the publisher Clearing House.
 
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whiskeyguy

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#13
You are right. The site is too new for any ratings, positive or negative. There is forum talking about the site, some retarded autism types have pointed out a dozen or more telltale signs that it is a scam site. I called my credit card company to get the transaction cancelled because the transaction was still pending on my account, was put on hold and literally watched it post after refreshing the screen. There was foreign transaction fee of 49 cents for a company that is supposed to be in Texas. Visa calmly told me it wasn't too late and they could still dispute it. Even if it doesn't reflect it on my bill just delete that amount from it at the end of the month.

$15 for a 500gb SSD, of course it was a scam. I'm turning into my grandpa. The next thing you know I'll be telling people I won the publisher Clearing House.
I found the same deal, but it required my SSN as a coupon code. Weird, but I think it's legit.
 

Bobobie

Registered User
#14
I found the same deal, but it required my SSN as a coupon code. Weird, but I think it's legit.
It did show up (still does) on top page of my google search for SSD next to legit E-Commerce sites like Amazon, New Egg, and Best Buy. I just did a search for SSD and the advertisement is still there.

 
#16
And if on cue, my very old WD 4T drive is acting up now. Maybe it’s my surge protector?
 

Begbie

Wackbag Generalissimo
#18
Still can't access my old Seagate GoFlex drive. I bought the correct power adapter, it booted up, then asked me for credentials...which I must've forgotten. So I did a soft reset and installed their dashboard on my laptop, which as it turns out, their app does not support Windows 10. Fuckin boo. I had to un and reinstall it, selecting windows 8 compatibility and it worked and now it says it can't connect to the drive. I'm wondering if these old NAS drives have trouble connecting to wifi mesh systems (since I have Eero). I may have to break out the old Linksys router and see.

Seagate customer service was no help. They did want me to send it in to be looked at for $90...and if they find anything on the drive, they can pull all the data off for an extra few hundred dollars. According to their site, its more like $500 to start.
 

Sinn Fein

Infidel and White Interloper
Wackbag Staff
#19
And if on cue, my very old WD 4T drive is acting up now. Maybe it’s my surge protector?
Get a UPS. They are cheap enough now. I have everything on a UPS - both desktop PCs, my network stack, all the TVs, everything.

At work we had a certain single-task PC that kept crashing at one site. I replaced the hard drive 3X, the entire PC twice. It turns out they fucked up and didn't put that outlet on the whole-building UPS. Once that was corrected, it's been up for a year.

Still can't access my old Seagate GoFlex drive. I bought the correct power adapter, it booted up, then asked me for credentials...which I must've forgotten. So I did a soft reset and installed their dashboard on my laptop, which as it turns out, their app does not support Windows 10. Fuckin boo. I had to un and reinstall it, selecting windows 8 compatibility and it worked and now it says it can't connect to the drive. I'm wondering if these old NAS drives have trouble connecting to wifi mesh systems (since I have Eero). I may have to break out the old Linksys router and see.

Seagate customer service was no help. They did want me to send it in to be looked at for $90...and if they find anything on the drive, they can pull all the data off for an extra few hundred dollars. According to their site, its more like $500 to start.
Crack it open and pull the drive out and stick it in a PC.
 

d0uche_n0zzle

**Negative_Creep**
#20
My UPS saved most of my electronics from a lightning strike.

Toasted my Bose Wave Radio which wasn't on a UPS. :meh:
 
#21
Get a UPS. They are cheap enough now. I have everything on a UPS - both desktop PCs, my network stack, all the TVs, everything.

At work we had a certain single-task PC that kept crashing at one site. I replaced the hard drive 3X, the entire PC twice. It turns out they fucked up and didn't put that outlet on the whole-building UPS. Once that was corrected, it's been up for a year.



Crack it open and pull the drive out and stick it in a PC.
I took the 4T drive out of its enclosure and it’s workin fine now. No data loss either. I will buy a UPS. Thanks!
 

Sinn Fein

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#22
I took the 4T drive out of its enclosure and it’s workin fine now. No data loss either. I will buy a UPS. Thanks!
Often, those enclosures go bad but the drive itself is still fine. The SATA/USB adapter components are cheap garbage. I got a handful of WD 2TB MyBooks off the clearance table at Best Buy for $20 each. I busted them all out of the cases. Two are in PCs and the other is in a better enclosure made of aluminum which has both USB and eSATA along with a cooling fan. I gave the other two away to family members.
 
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