It’s certainly not been a great week for hardware for me.Â Now the USB 2 Western Digital Elements (1Tb) external drive that I had hooked up to my Linux box quit on me.Â Appears to be the power brick — disconnecting the enclosure and unplugging/plugging the brick causes the green light to light briefly, then fade away — although I haven’t actually tested the pins to prove that they’re dead and it’s not the enclosure itself.Â The thing is only about 6 months old; what a crock.
Apparently, the failure for these drives is endemic.Â See, for instance:
- Comments under the Rusty Lime WD Elements review — lots of folks with the same problem
- A host of complaints at Fixya.com — likewise
- Me-toos on the Whirlpool Forums — and more
The consensus appears to be that WD can’t/won’t replace the power supplies without, at best, a hassle.Â While Asian Power Devices appears to manufacture a compatible brick, I think I’m just going to go get a new SATA enclosure (or maybe just remount the drive internally) … which is too bad, as I liked the rubber feet on the WD enclosure.Â Sigh.
Anyhow … given the similar problems others have had, and the minimal opportunities to rectify the problem, I’d stay away from these drives.