*sigh of relief*
I know that's right. I use to buy the retail WDs at BestBuy and after 2-3 years they'd always go kerplop. Always. Everyone. And I had a lot. No wonder they had to go from a 3 year warranty to 1 year. I switched to Seagate and (knock on wood) they've always done me right. Never a failed drive. If you are going to buy WD at least go for the Enterprise rated drives. You have a better chance with those. Stay away from the retail versions sold at the big box stores.
Have you called them lately? They have some of the worse customer service I've ever encountered. I had to pay for shipping on my RMA on a new unit. The last two drives I bought from them died, one came dead. I've had and seen WD drives that have lasted for 10+ years, sure, but I won't touch them after my last few experiences. Shame on me for using their crappy RAID enclosures to begin with. It wasn't the drives that failed by the way, it was the RAID controller, plus the upside down fans. Yes the fans are mounted upside down as they come from the factory in the MyBookII Pros. They suck air in. It's laughable until you lose all your data. Then its not so funny.I have been using WD for over 10 years and I won't buy anything else. I have had the highest success rate with their drives. Hell, I have a few 10GB drives laying around that are still kicking.
They also have a great fast turn around on RMAs. Unlike many other vendors, they will ship you a new drive *before* you send in yours. As an owner of a few raid 5 setups, this really helps.
I just had that very conversation with the checkout clerk at CompUSA. Bought a 500GB LaCie Porsche for $149. Don't tell me if I got screwedBecause you can be sure that those external drives will be flying off the shelves in the next few days with Leopard's release. I just bought a 500GB myself.