"That is why brother keith, WD has the responsibility to ensure that HDD has gone through proper QC to live up to its standard stating "World number 1 "and slogan “put your life in it”"
Yes you would think so. But WD is a big corporation with powerful lawyers and disclaimers all over the place. You or anyone else isn’t going to change that. There may be isolated cases of data loss being won against a manufacturer. But like I say, the disclaimers pretty much got them covered. To refute the “put your life on it” slogan, well, that’s advertising. And you’d be fighting a different type of legal battle.
If I had the time and inclination I’d mount a campaign against something like this. But instead I just back up my data and call it a night. Fathom that! Western Digital being backed up by Seagate! That should make for good advertisement.
" Keith, now you are using a 1TB elements and would it be good if you know that you can rely on it without experiencing the same problem as I have and worrying about backup all the time when its still new. Yes you might want to do backup when it starts to hit 4 years above or more as its life span is getting short. But 2-3 yrs is still consider new depending on the way you use it."
New disks, old disks, it doesn’t really matter. They can fail anytime anyplace. I don’t actually worry about backups that much. I learned early on that there is no substitute for 2 copies of the important stuff. For example, as digital photography picks up speed (can you even buy a film camera anymore?) we are going to need to ensure our photos are stored and protected. Previously you would have negatives stored in the closet and prints in a photo album elsewhere. If one got damaged or lost, the other was still around. That isn’t so today. All you have is a .JPEG file or a Camera-specific .RAW file. Both of which are going to be entrusted to the same device. 1 point of failure. This is not acceptable. And I so wish that computer stores would actively push backup equipment (2nd disk drive, usb key, software) SOMETHING! My lady keeps all her important stuff on a small 100GB external and on her main system. She doesn’t do the 10TB movie collection or 50,000 .mp3 gig… Just a few select files store at home and offsite. Critical work stuff is shuttled around on a keydrive (jumpdrive as we knew them back in the day), and eventually it gets dumped to a real hard disk sooner or later, probably later in her case.
Look at it this way, if you have a 2TB collection of pictures and movies and stuff, you make a 2nd copy of it and put it aside. This 2nd copy usually takes all day to do. Then like every 6 months, you run a filesync program. This makes this a breeze! The filesync program looks at the differences between your day-to-day “stuff” and just updates the backup copy with newly added or changed files. This is a time-honored method of protecting important data from hardware and software failure, user stupidity, acts of mother nature. Pretty much everything.
For the home user it can’t get any simpler than saving all your stuff on the main computer box. And once a month, going into the basement to pull out a backup drive. You plug the disk in. When it shows up, you click on “SYNC” (arbitrary name of course), your file syncing program. And in 10 minutes or less you now have a 2nd copy! Do it everytime you get an oil change in your car. Backup, change the oil, pay the bills, that sort of thing.
In fact, once you get in the swing of things, with a regular backup “regimen”, you’ll never really worry about any kind of error & mistake or failure again. Because you know you’ve got copies of all the important stuff!
"But dang man…controller separating away from its storage, head unit for some reason gets damaged and unable to read anymore."
Exactly what are you saying here? A controller board broke off from the disk housing? Or a pre-amp came off the head arm?
Be aware that there is only so much that can be done through online forums. And one those things is *NOT* going to be getting WD to pay for data recovery. Let’s take this one step at a time.
The important thing to do is figure out what you’re going to do with this disk. And how we’re going to get your data back. My first recommendation (and I don’t know anything about your specific case or the exact condition of the disk) is to not power this drive up at all. Not now.
Exactly what was the problem reported by the computer guy? Was he able to tell you specifically what failed and what would need to be done? Or what could *not* be done?