More importantly are the drives soldered to the usb controller or are they bare drives with the sata and power connections connected to a usb controller with those standard ports?
I ask because I have heard that WD has started to solder many of their drives lately...
The two I opened were USB 2.0 ones I bought fall 2011. No solder, just nice bare drives once you take the adapter off. Since they look like OEM drives, I'd be curious if they're covered under a similar warranty.
I lot of posts ask about taking these drives apart. This is just my experience but I bought an Elements external desktop drive from 2011 that I thought had died recently until I took it apart and set up the bare drive directly to my motherboard (that ended up working again). Supposedly these externals come with only a 1 year warranty but when I checked the serial number on the bare drive itself through WD's site, this particular 1.5tb EARS model drive has a warranty good until 2014. You may or may not have the same results but I would wait a year before deciding to take your external drive apart. If nothing has changed with the design, you should be able to take it apart and put it back together.
I taped the UPC label in the square box on the form you can download after completing the rebate information. I used 2 pieces of tape to make sure that the UPC label would not move. I'm starting to think that maybe there's some type of fraud going on at the rebate center. I've completed many rebates in my lifetime and I know what a UPC label is.
Odd. I've not had any issue with TD rebates in the past. I've bought several barebone kits from TD which comes with multiple rebates (e.g. Kingston memory, thermaltake case, msi motherboard, biostar motherboard, etc). They've all been submitted and processed successfully. I just did a couple a month ago and already have most of the rebates fulfilled.
Since they look like OEM drives, I'd be curious if they're covered under a similar warranty.
They are not. The drives sold inside enclosures are only under a 1yr warranty from WD, and that's only if you put them back in the enclosure before RMAing. Technically opening it up at all voids the warranty, but YMMV. I would seriously consider purchasing an extended warranty with any of these unless you like to gamble.
would there be a difference in using the 3 TB hd from the elements in an NAS as opposed to the WD Red that's on sale. Seeing as how this one is cheaper, I would just go with this one and remove it from the enclosure.
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