Over time I’ve bought 4 MyBook and MyCloud drives.
None of them lasted more than 2 years before either slowing down to a crawl or altogether dying. At current prices it would have been cheaper if I simply purchased online storage, which would also give me fault tolerance. If these are failures, that it happened to all 4 of the drives seems to me like a design flaw more than just “bad luck”.
But this seems wrong, even impossible, for WD to make such a bad product so maybe I am missing something. The questions below might help me figure out what is going on and/or how to cope with it:
- Is there some sort of maintenance I should be doing on the drives? Maybe something like defragging or even routine reformat of the whole drive?
- Is there a way to do a complete wipe and restore back to the state it was when purchased?
- If the drives are truly going bad, is there a way to replace the hard drive inside the MyBook/MyCloud and rebuild it back to factory default?