About Fake Western Digital Hard Disk Drives
About Counterfeit WD Hard Drives
Western Digital (WD) are well known within the Computer Industry as a
manufacturer of fast, reliable, high quality hard disk drives
(known in the trade as HDDs).
Modern WD Hard Disk Drives tend to be 2.5 inch (as used
in most laptop computers) or 3.5 inch (as used in most desktop
and tower computers).
External hard disk drives tend to
be 3.5 inch Hard Disk Drives which have been fitted into an
external Hard Drive caddy and which connect to a PC or laptop
computer via a USB lead.
Fake 2.5 inch internal Western Digital
Hard Disk Drives, Fake WD 3.5 inch internal Hard Disk Drives
and Fake WD USB (external) Hard Disk Drives are currently
available (at the time of writing) via online auction sites
(such as eBay) and from various other websites.
WD Hard Disk
Drives are measured and rated according to their capacities.
1024gb (gigabytes) = 1tb (terabyte).
Over time, WD
Hard Disk Drives have become faster and the capacity has
increased. Today; the capacity of WD Hard Disk Drives is
usually measured in Terabytes and it is little surprise
therefore, that Counterfeit (Fake) WD Hard Disk Drives are
usually found labeled in sizes above 1tb (more than 1 terabyte).
However; a Western Digital Hard Disk Drive is basically a box of
rotating disks which have a finite capacity. Access to the
rotating disks is controlled by a circuit board which is
attached to the drive. This circuit board contains chips which
have been programmed which data about the drive model, type,
A Fake WD Hard Disk Drive is typically
an old unit which has been re-programmed to "think" that the
capacity is larger than it really is. Eg; there have been cases
where 160gb hard drives have been labeled and reprogrammed as
2tb hard drives (there are actually 2048gb in 2tb).
Additionally, as previously stated; a hard drive is basically a
box of rotating disks. Over a period of time, the rotating
causes failure (this is why reputable computer engineers will
always recommend the fitting of a new Western Digital
HDD rather than a second user unit). Since
Counterfeit WD Hard Disk Drives are usually not new; their
life expectancy will be far lower than a Genuine Western Digital Hard
Counterfeit WD Hard Disk Drives will
also be slower than a Genuine WD Hard Disk
Drive and since the capacity is incorrect; this will be lower
than a Genuine WD Hard Disk Drive and it will also probably
Fake WD Hard Disk Drives are typically
purchased online. Most Fake - Counterfeit Western Digital hard Disk
Drives are found on online.
Counterfeit WD USB HDD
(Screws add weight)
(Unit is actually a USB Flash Drive)
A normal WD (Western Digital) Hard Disk Drive
is basically a mechanical box of rotating disks. Data can be written
to, stored on and read from the disks.
A WD SSD
(WD Solid State Drive) is basically a box full of non
volatile memory. Data can be written to a WD SSD, stored on a WD SSD and read from the a WD SSD.
Since WD SSD Hard Drives are not mechanical; they are
much faster than a standard Hard Disk Drive, they use much
less power, they are silent in operation and they generate
no heat. Additionally; because there are no moving parts
they are very reliable.
However, if a standard hard
drive fails, the data will usually still be stored on the
physical disks. This data can often be retrieved - rescued
by specialist companies such as Ontrack data retrieval.
Legitimate WD SSD Hard Disk Drives are very
reliable, and if a legitimate WD SSD drive fails, the
data may still be retrievable.
Fake WD SSD Hard
Disk Drives contain inferior circuitry to a genuine WD
SSD, the internal memory chips will usually be sub standard,
they will often misreport their true capacity. Fake WD
SSD Hard Disk Drives will be slower and much less reliable
than a genuine WD SSD Hard Disk Drive.
Digital SSD Hard
Disk Drives are usually inferior SSD drives which have been
re-labeled as WD (to take advantage of Maxtor`s
reputation for high quality products). The fake WD SSD
firmware may or may not be re-programmed to identify the
drive as being a genuine WD SSD and the drives true
capacity will often be much less than promised or reported.
many cases; when a fake Western Digital Hard Disk Drive fails (and it
definitely will at some point), data stored on the SSD will
usually be lost.
note; WD Hard Disk Drives and WD SSD Hard
Disk Drives should only be purchased from legitimate -
authorised Western Digital dealers.
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