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Old May 15th 19, 01:20 AM posted to alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt
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Default HDD 4T

Not so average from a sale at $68 WD Green I saw (shipping and tax
possibly not included).

They're averaging closer to $100. Past decent feedback, significance
in numbers seems to hold, there's the warrantee aspect.

Noticed a 4T Toshiba N300 pop up. NAS service oriented with a lot of
interesting sensors for heat and vibration regulation (slows the
platters and/or actualizes delays). No significance in numbers of
ownership reports, though, despite of course a glowing promotion from
(some) review sites.

They're all potential nightmares with that aspect reported. Just a
matter of significance to comparison. WD, for instance, at 1000 total
experiences to 10% general negativity, differs from that N300 at a
similar hundred total to some negative significance of focus to
Toshiba's RMA procedures.

What I'm noticing, though, is specifically Amazon. The middleman
jobber role. How an OEM is serialized for manufacturer's warranty
identity is in effect an immediate negation. There are limited
authorized product carriers, including Amazon, New Egg, Tiger Direct,
and the rest. And they're not actually a particularly large

Just like there are not a lot of comparative listings across HDDs,
specifically worded sold exclusively from and by Amazon. Without
ensuring that distinction, you've got no warranty on an Amazon OEM
affiliated storefront, sold for slight if any deferential cost. That
same seller can say whatever they like about personally honoring your
purchase protection -- just good luck, presumably after 30 days, in
finding out what that means.

Still, by accounts and listings - it's a large Gray Market. Gamblers,
IOW, are out in force and watching your ass, either way, in case you

My impression: a WDD 4T at something closer to $80/US is less
normative, than the good deal.

W/ -of course- a valid website check on a 2/yr warranty registered to
the model's serial# -- as well, a full, multi-day sector validity test
with no consequent errant S.M.A.R.T generation. Kind of a pain I
haven't exercised, calling up WD to say I'd broke their HDD's
S.M.A.R.T through a test suite, presumably least to include a WD
utility, but the point isn't an insensible one.

Spending a week on initial testing to rigorously interject a fault
determination, on whether to exercise an immediate RMA rejection on a
HDD purchase. Imagine what hours of fun on hotline directly into WD's
Pakistani Resolution Centre.

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