I have been hearing more & more about this issue, where WDDA will flag WD NAS drives with “WARNING” (PERMANENTLY!) when they have only been power on for 3 years (just after the warranty expiration).
I would appreciate an official response from WD on the following issues:
Stop Buying WD NAS Drives. - YouTube
WD Red NAS Warning Issue - WHAT IS GOING ON WITH WDDA??? - YouTube
WD Red NAS WDDA Warnings and QNAP NAS - SHOULD YOU BE WORRIED? - YouTube
Additionally, I have seen conflicting data on where the WD RED NAS drives are manufactured - are they manufactured in China?
Thank you for addressing these serious issues.
WDDA is nothing more than a sneaky gimmick designed to needlessly scare users and sell more hard drives. At one time WD was a brand that I trusted, but I stopped buying WD hard drives about a decade ago, and now exclusively buy Toshiba hard drives which have always been quiet and reliable, with no problems whatsoever.
I wouldn’t hold my breath.