Western digital hard drives

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  1. Tech198 macrumors G5

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    I got 3 WD elements i'm wiping to re-use again...... however two of these always turn out ok.... But i keeping going though the 3rd drive needing to replace it time and time again...

    I'm either thinking of

    1. Switch to another manufacture or
    2. Work out why only 1 of the 3 of drives keeps reporting I/O errors and the failing

    After hooking the troubled drive to Mac mini, terminal reported i/o errors when trying to erase. However attaching it to the Macbook reveals no problem.... however after the first successful wipe,, its suddenly slowing down.... So why wouldn't the Macbook pro report I/O error while Mac Mini did ?


    Any Ideas?
     
  2. Huntn macrumors P6

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    How old are they? I have no answers, but I'll say that WD is my go to drive manufacturer, I use them on both my Mac and PC and have no issues with them.
     
  3. Superspeed500 macrumors regular

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    I have a WD external disk and I have never had any problems with it. WD is my go to drive manufacturer too :)
     
  4. Tech198 thread starter macrumors G5

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    about 6 months.

    I'm think i'll probably just end up replacing the drive. The troubled drive is taking really long time erase anyway... more than usual..
     
  5. Huntn macrumors P6

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    Still under warranty? (I don't know what the warranties are on hard drives.)
     
  6. chscag macrumors 68020

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    Western Digital drives are usually warranted for three years. I just received one back from WD that was a replacement for one that failed after 2.5 years. The OP should give WD a call and see if he can RMA the defective drive.
     
  7. tibas92013, May 29, 2016
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    tibas92013 macrumors 6502

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    Another very satisfied WD Passport External Drive(s) 500GB and 1TB Customer which I bought last year.
     
  8. hallux macrumors 68030

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    Another vote on the WD front. With the exception of the SSDs in my Macs (since WD doesn't make them), the only non-SSD I have is the spinning drive in my Mini as it was the factory-installed drive. Oh, and the external I made out of the original drive from my MBP. I have a 4-drive enclosure filled with WD drives plus a MyPassport and two MyBook drives. When I buy bare drives, I buy the WD Black drives.

    I see the "Elements" drives as a lower-end unit, while the Passport drives are higher end, as evidenced by the warranty period (1 year on the Elements drives, 3 years on the Passport Ultra drives).
     
  9. Donfor39 macrumors 65816

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    Another vote my wd 500gb external hdd has never let me down.

    Combined with ap extreme, I cannot justify upgrading to ap tc.
     
  10. arggg14 macrumors 6502a

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