Is WD making RMA process difficult so people will just give up?

I bought a WD Elements 8TB (WDBWLG0080HBK-NESN) on Amazon Canada on Feb 14th, 2020. I have had nothing but problems with it since day 1! Loud knocking and grinding (?) sounds, recognized off and on by Windows (7 & 10), Linux, spinning on and off. I’m in the IT business so tried the troubleshooting gamut, plugged it in different USB (both 2.0 & 3.0), both UPS & directly into wall, etc. etc.

I want to RMA it. Being in the computer business, I’ve had to deal with numerous RMA processes in the past. I’d say that it’s a straightforward, painless process 90% of the time; it’s my first go with Western Digital and, having already wasted a couple of hours trying to RMA this product, you fall in that 10%!

For the past couple of hours I’ve been trying to register the drive on your website but I can’t. It keeps giving me this error:

Product Registration
To ensure your warranty expiration date is current, please register your product below.

Please correct the following error(s):
No results found.

(* Required Field)
Product Type * Other
Serial Number * **************
Purchase Date *14-Feb-2020
Place of Purchase Online Retailer (also tried all other options!)
Proof of Purchase: uploaded amazon receipt
File upload complete

I have a hard time believing that a company making money over fists like WD can’t get a website right!
Our time is as valuable as yours is and we don’t get paid for the wasted hours!


I have been having issues with the RMA process also and the reps are not helpful.

I sent them a message and got a quick reply. Emailed them photo of S/N, proof of purchase, my full physical address and phone number. Now awaiting a response.

This is the link to send them a message:

All the best!

Sent info as requested by John from WD; received an email 2 days ago (2020/04/27) saying that he was creating a RMA number which I should receive soon. Hopefully, it won’t take much longer.

I’ll keep you posted.

(2020/05/04) Received an email from John:

Dear ****** ********,

This is a follow up Email from Western Digital Customer Service and Support.

As per your concern that there is an error in creating an RMA, we got an update from our RMA team. I would request you to confirm and provide us correct shipping address as the registered shipping address is giving an error while creating an RMA. Also, the address cannot be validated on Google. You can also provide us an alternative shipping address for this RMA.

It’s the first time ever that anybody, whether any company, people, restaurant, etc. tell me that they cannot find my address - funny how they never had problems finding my address when I bought the darn HDD!

I have been ordering items from all over the world for a long time and no matter where it came from the sender never failed to get the goods to me at this address.

(2020/05/04) Replied to John from WD on same day:

Hi John,

I have never had any problem whatsoever with the address I gave you. Whether I order electronics from all over the world or a pizza locally it never ever failed to being delivered here.

I’ve modified it a bit although the one I gave you before should have been more than ok.

(2020/05/04) After not hearing back from John from WD for a few days, I sent another email:

Dear Madam/Sir,

Why the lack of updates all of a sudden???

are you stalling me???

I hope that WD is not stalling me so I will just give up. This better be resolved soon…

(2020/05/13) Received an email John at WD:

I want to inform you that RMA ( # ******** ) has been successfully created for your drive ( ********). I apologize for the inconvenience caused to due to delay.

I understand that we’re not living in normal times with this virus going around.

(2020/05/17) Just finished packing the ext HDD for RMA. Took pictures of the whole process, from ESD bag (not certain if I needed it for an external HDD but I used one), wrapping the whole thing up in over an inch of bubble wrap and taped well, then wrapped it in protective anti-static foam, fit the package into the original WD Elements Box including the power jack & USB cable, clear-taped RMA form with address & QR onto front of box + 3 sides are well marked with RMA#.

Will mail it on Monday; hopefully, the turnaround process won’t be too painful. Like I wrote above this is my first time RMAing with WD. I have a couple of internal HDDs from them which have been running smoothly for a couple of years.

I’ll keep posting…