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Windows 7: 5 Year Warranty on WD drives???

06 Jan 2013   #11
oboedad55

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WD Support / Warranty Services / End User / Worldwide Warranty Policy and Limitations

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06 Jan 2013   #12
Rockrz

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

But, does the 5 Year warranty cover "OEM" drives?

Seems like in the past few years, all you can buy is OEM drives and not retail boxed drives.
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06 Jan 2013   #13
oboedad55

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rockrz View Post
But, does the 5 Year warranty cover "OEM" drives?
Not sure. Why don't you send WD an email and ask?
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06 Jan 2013   #14
Rockrz

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by oboedad55 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rockrz View Post
But, does the 5 Year warranty cover "OEM" drives?
Not sure. Why don't you send WD an email and ask?
Cause... I've recently bought all the drives I need and it doesn't really matter at this point.

Just figured someone may have known off the top of their head since there's alot of folks here that are in the computer business and may know.

I thought of this when thinking of buying a back up drive... but I just remembered that I already have two spare 2.5 drives after upgrading a couple of new laptops with larger drives and I already have a couple of casings where you can use a 2.5 as though it were a 3.5... so I'm good for now.
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06 Jan 2013   #15
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rockrz View Post

I thought of this when thinking of buying a back up drive... but I just remembered that I already have two spare 2.5 drives after upgrading a couple of new laptops with larger drives and I already have a couple of casings where you can use a 2.5 as though it were a 3.5... so I'm good for now.
If you are not sure of the number of HDD that you have, you have too many.
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06 Jan 2013   #16
Rockrz

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Nah, I've used Acronis extensively for years and I always like to have some good drives formatted and ready to go. I've learned it''s better to be backup happy and prepared

It's how The Fonz would computer... if they had PC back in the 50s!
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06 Jan 2013   #17
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rockrz View Post
But, does the 5 Year warranty cover "OEM" drives?

Seems like in the past few years, all you can buy is OEM drives and not retail boxed drives.
Yes. Some drives like the Blue the retail drive are 3 yrs and the OEM is 2 yrs. On the WD Warranty link from above the OEM drives (also call Bare Drives) are called Component Drives. All my drives are WD Black and were OEM-Bare Drives and when I registered them I got the full 5 years.

Jim
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07 Jan 2013   #18
Rockrz

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

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All my drives are WD Black and were OEM-Bare Drives and when I registered them I got the full 5 years.
Registered them? How do you do that?

I've warrantied a couple of drives out a few years back (different occasions) and they sent me new drives and all I needed was the serial number because they knew from that what was up concerning warranty on that drive.

Do they make you register them now? Is that somewhere on the WD website?
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07 Jan 2013   #19
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rockrz View Post

I thought of this when thinking of buying a back up drive... but I just remembered that I already have two spare 2.5 drives after upgrading a couple of new laptops with larger drives and I already have a couple of casings where you can use a 2.5 as though it were a 3.5... so I'm good for now.
If you are not sure of the number of HDD that you have, you have too many.
I guess I don't have too many. I have 14 plus one being delivered today (and an SSd being delivered today). That doesn't include the four dead drives I hung onto for making up PSU cables.
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07 Jan 2013   #20
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Rockrz View Post
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All my drives are WD Black and were OEM-Bare Drives and when I registered them I got the full 5 years.
Registered them? How do you do that?

I've warrantied a couple of drives out a few years back (different occasions) and they sent me new drives and all I needed was the serial number because they knew from that what was up concerning warranty on that drive.

Do they make you register them now? Is that somewhere on the WD website?
Yes (kinda sorta) and yes. Go here to register them. It doesn't take long. Just create an account, then type in the serial numbers of the drives. It's also a good idea to test the drives when you get them. WD has their own test utility here. Ignore that the page says it's for Green drives. The download button is down the page a bit and the utility is for all WD HDDs. I'm running a test on a new 2 TB HDD right now (takes 19-20 hours since I'm using a USB 2.0 dock) and have a 160 GB in transit that will get tested as soon as I get it. Besides running the utility, get your ear close to the drive to listen for any noises you shouldn't be hearing (such as faint clicking or grinding sounds).
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