Why you may ask, what happened that cause Western Digital to fall from my graces so quickly? It is really quite simple, the first hard drive I bought from Western Digital was a My Book Premium 500GB, within a year of purchasing this drive it failed and I lost 400GB of data, it was still under warranty, and after a long and painful RMA process I got my new drive. Now a mere 1.5 years later that drive has catastrophically failed. If this is what Western Digital calls quality you can count me out.
When I increase the storage capacity of my NAS this year I will not be using a Western Digital drive. When I set up my Raid 5 SANS next year I can assure you there will not be a single Western Digital drive used.
I am not sure what the Western Digital name stands for, but I am sure that it no longer stand for quality.
Your formerly loyal customer,