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Old 03-22-2013, 04:40 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by oskar View Post
I don't know what an RMA or a pita is, but I like to make sure that I can return broken hardware to the store I bought it from and have them deal with it. Even amazon handles that for you if you insist... at least in EU. Just check the return policies.
Good point, OP is from India, we have no clue how warranties work there. Here in the US we can buy from low-price internet stores like Since Newegg is inexpensive they cannot afford to pay for returns, customer has to pay. With WD I simply can go to the WD site, type in the serial and request an RMA (return merchandise authorization). They will ship out the new drive with return package slip, when your new drive arrives you simply use the return slip to ship the bad drive back. (At least this is how it was a couple of years ago.) With Seagate you go thru hell of paperwork.
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Oh that's good to know!
Old 03-25-2013, 03:27 PM   #18
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Just my two bits, rather than having a WD vs Seagate discussion, you'd have to compare individual models and get some data. In particular you might want to distinguish between "enterprise versions" or "consumer versions", the former - supposedly - having a much longer MTBF, but with commensurate cost. The consumer drives are not designed for continuous use, ie in a server, but more for desktop use, ie not on all the time, or so I've read from various sources. Does anyone in the community really have any data to verify these claims?

Best disks ever was on old MFM drive made by IBM that I had, 30 MB, gigantic, and it outlasted several generations of newer drives...

Agree about Amazon.. if it's a recent purchase. If not and you need to use the warranty, then:
RMA = return merchandise auth, you call the company, they authorize a return, send you a mailing label to pack the device back to them.
pita = pain in the anal regions
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Don't tell me about MFM, when I got home late and turned my puter on my wife woke up in a room across hallway ...


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