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unknownuser5 asked this question on 05-10-2022 at 08:16 AM
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Hard drives (not hard drive enclosures) should have the same sata power and data connectors across the world.
For many recent 3.5" HDDs and especially WD Whites, you may need to do a 3.3v pin mod if your Desktop, enclosure or NAS don't already support it. Google it.

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Note that you'll need a plug converter in the US as this comes with EU/UK plug ends. Also warranty coverage *might* be interesting if it's an official UK model as you'll have to go through WD-UK even if you're in the US unless they've changed their support method since I was last in the possession of a UK external drive in the US (2008). At that time it was less of a headache to just buy a new external in the US when my UK one failed.

Edit: I got curious so I poked the current WD warranty and it's the same: "No limited warranty is provided by WD unless your WD Product ("Product") was purchased from an authorized distributor or authorized reseller. Distributors may sell Products to resellers who then sell Products to end users. Please see below for warranty information or obtaining service. No warranty service is provided unless the Product is returned to an authorized return center in the region (warranty regions are identified as Canada, U.S.A., Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, India and Thailand) where the Product was first shipped by WD, which may have regional specific warranty implications." from https://support-en.wd.com/app/Warranty_Policy As such, I *strongly* suggest skipping imported drives unless you either don't care about drive warranties (I've not had a drive fail in the last decade) or are ok paying to ship the drive to the EU for service (and possibly return service surcharge) which will cost more than the current $61 savings vs buying from bestbuy... buyer beware and all that crap.
Wouldn't that be eastern digital in that case
Seagate hdds have failed me on multiple occasions. I own more WDs now than seagates, haven't had them fail as often with the exception of a raptor drive that failed 7 years after purchase. WD>Seagate IMO

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Wouldn't that be eastern digital in that case
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Note that you'll need a plug converter in the US as this comes with EU/UK plug ends. Also warranty coverage *might* be interesting if it's an official UK model as you'll have to go through WD-UK even if you're in the US unless they've changed their support method since I was last in the possession of a UK external drive in the US (2008). At that time it was less of a headache to just buy a new external in the US when my UK one failed.

Edit: I got curious so I poked the current WD warranty and it's the same: "No limited warranty is provided by WD unless your WD Product ("Product") was purchased from an authorized distributor or authorized reseller. Distributors may sell Products to resellers who then sell Products to end users. Please see below for warranty information or obtaining service. No warranty service is provided unless the Product is returned to an authorized return center in the region (warranty regions are identified as Canada, U.S.A., Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, India and Thailand) where the Product was first shipped by WD, which may have regional specific warranty implications." from https://support-en.wd.com/app/Warranty_Policy As such, I *strongly* suggest skipping imported drives unless you either don't care about drive warranties (I've not had a drive fail in the last decade) or are ok paying to ship the drive to the EU for service (and possibly return service surcharge) which will cost more than the current $61 savings vs buying from bestbuy... buyer beware and all that crap.
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Note that you'll need a plug converter in the US as this comes with EU/UK plug ends. Also warranty coverage *might* be interesting if it's an official UK model as you'll have to go through WD-UK even if you're in the US unless they've changed their support method since I was last in the possession of a UK external drive in the US (2008). At that time it was less of a headache to just buy a new external in the US when my UK one failed.

Edit: I got curious so I poked the current WD warranty and it's the same: "No limited warranty is provided by WD unless your WD Product ("Product") was purchased from an authorized distributor or authorized reseller. Distributors may sell Products to resellers who then sell Products to end users. Please see below for warranty information or obtaining service. No warranty service is provided unless the Product is returned to an authorized return center in the region (warranty regions are identified as Canada, U.S.A., Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, India and Thailand) where the Product was first shipped by WD, which may have regional specific warranty implications." from https://support-en.wd.com/app/Warranty_Policy As such, I *strongly* suggest skipping imported drives unless you either don't care about drive warranties (I've not had a drive fail in the last decade) or are ok paying to ship the drive to the EU for service (and possibly return service surcharge) which will cost more than the current $61 savings vs buying from bestbuy... buyer beware and all that crap.
Thanks, I was wondering these things
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Buying to shuck the internals same as us versions?
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Buying to shuck the internals same as us versions?
Yes. Outside of warranty anyway.
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WD do NOT have warranty at all, regardless of where you buy it and if you didn't shuck it.
PSA. WD DO NOT HONOR WARRANTY.
On bbb.org, where companies can PAY money to buy their reputation, WD still manages to get a F
https://www.bbb.org/us/ca/fremont...116-882225
I'm sure people have had warranty issues with WD but I've never ever had an issue with the 100s of RMAs I've done with them. Quite honestly the only issue I've ever had on a HDD RMA was with Toshiba and they eventually relented anyways.
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Thanks in advance, anyone know what hdd is inside? Rpm? Helium? Cache?
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thanks, ordered!

Anyone know what the difference is between buying here vs. buying same drive on WD.com (bought that one for $280 a few months ago I think)
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Quote from lesterhung :
WD do NOT have warranty at all, regardless of where you buy it and if you didn't shuck it.
PSA. WD DO NOT HONOR WARRANTY.
On bbb.org, where companies can PAY money to buy their reputation, WD still manages to get a F
https://www.bbb.org/us/ca/fremont...116-882225 [bbb.org]
WD DOES HAVE A WARRANTY AND GETS AN A+++. BUY FROM THEM AND NOBODY ELSE!!!

https://www.bbb.org/us/ky/louisvi...-159153898

LMAOLMAOLMAOLMAOLMAO

PS: this was meant to sound as ridiculous as the person I quoted.
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Quote from lesterhung :
WD do NOT have warranty at all, regardless of where you buy it and if you didn't shuck it.
PSA. WD DO NOT HONOR WARRANTY.
On bbb.org, where companies can PAY money to buy their reputation, WD still manages to get a F
https://www.bbb.org/us/ca/fremont...116-882225


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I'm sure people have had warranty issues with WD but I've never ever had an issue with the 100s of RMAs I've done with them. Quite honestly the only issue I've ever had on a HDD RMA was with Toshiba and they eventually relented anyways.


Had a small 120GB drive for the past 12+ years, dragging it around a lot, still going strong.
OTOH, Seagate Barracuda drive died w/in several weeks.

Only had one WD internal Red SATA that was DOA and amazon / WD exchanged it w/out issues. Installed close to 50 WDs in various machine over the years and have multiple large externals (12-18TB).
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Seagate hdds have failed me on multiple occasions. I own more WDs now than seagates, haven't had them fail as often with the exception of a raptor drive that failed 7 years after purchase. WD>Seagate IMO
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