WD External Failing need advice

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  1. Posts : 34,963
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #21

    Lots of ideas: just search for
    what can you do with a failed hard disk

    - even videos.

    Interesting reuse options:
    https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/projec...ld-hard-drive/
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  2. Posts : 5,817
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 21H2
       #22

    Jaylob4 said:
    I am truly amazed at the report dalchina, that's some failure rate and I have always rated WD HDs as being very reliable.
    1) You can't take everything as the gospel; 2) Nothing lasts forever; 3) If it's man made it will break.

    With that, since my first PC in 1998 to my 2019 purchased Western Digital NAS box, the ONLY HDD drives I've ever used (and will use) are Western Digital drives. Today my NAS box has four 6TB WD Red Pro drives in it.

    In those 23 years with over 15 drives, only 3 have died. And of the 3 that died... two were in use for over 5 years constant. I like the consistency that more drives worked than those that died.

    Yes, it's never good when something dies prematurely but unfortunately it happens. Again... points 2 & 3.

    As for SSD's and the whole wear level thing.... 99.999.999.9 most users will have replaced the drive before that becomes an issue. And even those who are looking to break the drive will get more use out of it than they may expect. In shot, it's a non issue in normal real world usage. Yeah, they have tests on this but look closely at the testing conditions

    Peace
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  3. Posts : 165
    Win10 Pro
       #23

    JO69 said:
    The external wouldnt work at all and kept making noises as though it was catching somewhere.
    My question is do I use it again and rely on it?
    Advice please
    To be more specific no, don't trust it.

    Depending on how you feel about such things why don't you give WD UK customer service a call, they may replace it for you.

    They will want yours back and your formatted data/disk may still be recoverable but if you are not concerned, ( and they bother ) might be worth a try.

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    sygnus21 said:
    1) You can't take everything as the gospel; 2) Nothing lasts forever; 3) If it's man made it will break.
    Peace
    It's not so much gospel Sygnus more having read dalchina's post I was surprised to read WD came bottom, that surprised me.

    You are correct, real world terms and use such tests are irrelevant for most consumers.

    And I personally would not stop using or recommending WD HDs or SSDs, having just purchased an external basic WD 2TB HD.

    For such purchasing decisions I prefer, to some great extent, to rely on real consumer experience and use, best judges I think.

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    Berton said:
    In addition to the visible screws there is one under the label that needs to be removed to get to the arm/s. The label is metallic and needs a small straight-blade screwdriver or knife to find that screw.
    True enough if taking it apart.

    Otherwise no drill bits respect any pesky hidden screw.
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  4. Posts : 5,817
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 21H2
       #24

    Jaylob4 said:
    For such purchasing decisions I prefer, to some great extent, to rely on real consumer experience and use, best judges I think.
    Agree

    Though, I use a combination of professional reviews (where possible), I do favor user experiences. That said, because anyone can post anything on line, you also have to use some critical thinking. I've written many reviews on Amazon, but I also take a lot of the reviews there with a heavy grain of salt
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  5. Posts : 165
    Win10 Pro
       #25

    sygnus21 said:
    Agree

    Though, I use a combination of professional reviews (where possible), I do favor user experiences. That said, because anyone can post anything on line, you also have to use some critical thinking. I've written many reviews on Amazon, but I also take a lot of the reviews there with a heavy grain of salt
    BIB, absolutely agree but if you are not PC savvy or have limited experience like myself, then yes just read and read, don't just jump.

    Thats way if it don't go my way and disappointed and least I tried.

    I only wish I had practiced that not long ago.

    Back to WD, I hadn't realized Sandisk was part of WD and like WD I rate that brand.

    Just recently purchased a Sandisk 120gb SSD so I could make a system image, as I write this I'm staring at 2 x external WD 2.5 in HD drives. Sandisk make use of its own check tools/program " DashBoard, so used it more out of curiosity to check these WD drives, both manufactured in 2011, not sure how accurate DB is but it reported back both good and no bad sectors.

    Ah well, almost supper time, gammon, roasties and Bessies finest roast parsnips, taken with a long shot of ice cold Sothern Comfort after which I am grabbing one of the kids HDs and transferring the complete Game of Thrones among others to my new WD 2tb drive.
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  6. Posts : 12,429
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #26

    The last drive I had fail was a WDC 2TB USB but it wasn't the drive, the electronic interface in the case failed. Removal of the drive and using in a USB Dock works fine.
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  7. Posts : 5,817
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 21H2
       #27

    As said, nothing is infallible. But yeah, I've had the electronics fail on my drives as well.
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