Well it seems completely unfair that Western Digital is not willing to give me one good drive in exchange for all the headaches I've gone through and how consistantly terrible their drives have been for me for the past couple years.
As I mentioned, the 40 Gig WDs I've used were all great and lasted mostly until they were (in my opinion) obsolete. It's not like I just had one drive fail and suddenly I'm bitching all over, I've had four of four fail, then so far all the replacements I've gotten that I've used have also failed, and a replacement of a replacement failed too. All the computers that I've had WD drives fail in also have other, different brand drives, of which none have failed. I worked as a PC tech during most of this time period and almost ALL the failed desktop drives I came accross in customers machines were Western Digital with the exception of one IBM.
I had two "Dethstar" drives and both lasted at least a year longer than ANY of the 160 Gig or 200 Gig WD JB drives I've had. The two Dethstars faild shortly before their warranties ran out, but one of the replacements also failed about 9 - 12 months after that. I won't bother to use just the one, I had them in a mirror since I knew they were so failure prone.
I wish I knew exactly what's failing on these WD drives, and whether I might be able to recover data myself at home somehow (they're beyond using data recovery software, it would have to be some kind of hardware method). I tried replacing the circuit board, but that didn't help.
I think if WD was a decent company that cared about customer service then they would give me a pair of RE disks to use in a mirror.
It's just not fair that I've had one failure after another, then at the end of all this I'll have only dead drives when the warranties run out.
Oh ~ I posted here first, then I saw the discussion about the 500 RE2 drive and thought that before people go and buy that drive they should at least know about the bad experience I had.