Note that the warranty for this is 1 year and some people say they don't last much longer than that. If you check Amazon for the model (WDBAAU0015HBK-NESN) you can find a review explaining you need to get the beginning of your warranty adjusted to the date of your purchase.
Tivo uses WD Green drives and they have had many of them go bad. We did too, when the Tivo and the drive was about a year and a half old. I wonder if this device has the same type of drive. I found some comments saying this drive is not a Green drive and the quality is the lowest of all WD drives.
Many people consider WD to be very reliable and many people do not. In addition to the drive in the Tivo, I had a WD drive go bad but that was about 12 years ago. I still avoid WD drives.
If the drive in this can be used in a Tivo then it would be worth more since compatible drives are hard to find. Sometimes drives are incompatible even when they are the same model as other drives that do work. So it would help knowing what the exact model is. If this drive is compatible with a Tivo then it would be a significant upgrade for Tivo devices with smaller-capacity drives.
Last edited by Sam Hobbs; 09-27-2012 at 12:07 PM..
Ask Seagate if it voids the warranty. I'm certain it does, as that is what they told me (as well as Samsung, Hitachi, and WD) when I asked them.
I know some people have reported success in getting warranty service on drives without the enclosure, but it's a guaranteed YMMV.
"Q. What should I NOT return to Seagate along with the drive?
A. Remove all accessories and spare parts, and return bare drive(s) only (but do not break the tamper seals on the drive itself). Seagate is not responsible for accessories. Accessories cannot be returned to you. Opening an external or network drive's external enclosure and/or removing the drive inside will void the warranty. Simply return the entire unit."
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