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#1 Mike

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 11:59 AM

Arrgh!

I had an old 80GB WD drive that I bought in '03. I retired it from my desktop into an external USB enclosure as a back up drive. Today I was copying my work backups to it and half way thru the copy, I got a "windows delayed write failed" error. :blink:

Then the drive disappears from the desktop :blink: :cry:

Crap!

A power cycle, unplug/replug and a completely different machine don't recognise the drive anymore. WD says the warantee expired in '06 (three year warantee) when I'm relatively sure the drive had a five year warantee when i bought it.

Sigh. Fortunately the drive failed now rather than during a copy of the backups to the machine after a failure

Edited by Mike, 19 April 2007 - 12:03 PM.

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 12:54 PM

...I know that you know what you're doing (you know that, I know that you know that) but are you sure it's not the USB enclosure...take it out and connect with an IDE cable...you know?..

...and it was a three year warranty... :devil:
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 02:16 PM

Tep, not the USB housing. An old seagate Baracuda (I said it was old :lol:) 15GB HD works fine in the enclosure.

It must've been the Raid series drives that have the 5 year warantee then.
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 02:33 PM

I think it is the ones labeled Caviar that had/have a 5 year warranty? I'm pretty sure my 120 gig drive from ages ago came with one, but I'm too hungry to confirm that right now.

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 11:35 PM

Maybe you are TOO far west...
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Posted 20 April 2007 - 07:29 AM

So far west he's almost east? That round world thing again. :lol:

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Posted 20 April 2007 - 09:38 AM

Well, I am two time zones away from the international date line....
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Posted 20 April 2007 - 12:49 PM

So far west he's almost east? That round world thing again. :lol:



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Posted 20 April 2007 - 02:44 PM

All W/D retail drives have 3 years, excepting the Raptors.

All Seagate drives have 5 years for future reference.
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Posted 21 April 2007 - 09:39 AM

Didn't Western Digital used to have a 5 year warranty? Before they came out with the RAID drives?

Good to know about Seagate.

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Posted 21 April 2007 - 10:37 AM

I was pretty certain all WD white box drives had in 2003, a 5 year waranty, but in 2005 WD reduced the waranty for consumer (Caviar) drives to 3 years. The Enterprise (Raptor) drives still have 5 year waranties.
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