Don't buy Western Digital

Merrill Oveson moveson at
Thu Feb 3 08:55:09 MST 2005

I had the exact same problem.  A WD drive of mine in a raid array server died.
When I went to do the RMA thing, I discovered that the drive only had
a one year warranty.  I replaced the drive with a seagate - they offer
a 3 year warranty.
I'm suspicious that the WD drives don't last as long on average as
other drives, hence the shorter warranty.  WD should really reconsider
their warranty policy as it iis costing them business, for example

On Wed, 2 Feb 2005 17:40:10 -0700, James Lance <james at> wrote:
> I'm mostly venting here, but don't waste your money on western digital drives.
> I bought a 120 gig last december and it failed on me this month.  Usually that
> is no big deal, I've had drives fail in shorter amounts of time.
> The problem is wd has a terrible warranty.  It is only one year long.  I know
> the community (slashdot...) has raised a stink about this, but it just bit
> me.  So I'm out a drive, and WD lost my business.
> On the bright side WD will be happy to sell me a new drive at a marginally
> reduced price...  Looks like a good business plan if you are willing to buy
> their drives again.
> --
> James Lance
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