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Some desktop and notebook barebones drives will have their warranties slashed from 5 years to 1 year.

Sources: The Register, PC World

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RE: Reliability after floods
By woofersus on 12/18/2011 3:35:43 PM , Rating: 2
WD Black series drives still have 5yr warranties, don't they? The 5yr warranties have definitely influenced my buying decisions before, and will probably continue to do so.

RE: Reliability after floods
By Natch on 12/19/2011 8:21:36 AM , Rating: 2
So far as I remember, yes, they kept the Black drives @ 5 years. When Blue and Green drives were sitting at 3 year warranty periods, it only made sense to buy Black for the faster speeds.....but now, it seems, the warranty will also be a good deciding factor.

I'm not 100% certain, but I believe you can still put a Square Trade warranty on a hard drive (I know I have for external hard drives I've purchased). Doesn't help to replace lost data, but it would probably be worth the price of the warranty, just to replace the drive.

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