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Western Digital faces a lawsuit over the specs of some of its hard drives

WD faces the consequences of misleading its customers. (Source: WD)
WD faces the consequences of misleading its customers. (Source: WD)
Earlier this year, it emerged that certain OEMs had been misrepresenting some of the hard drives they sold in terms of the storage technology they used. One of these companies was Western Digital (WD), who subsequently admitted to doing so with some SKUs of its Red, Black and Blue HDD series. Now, a law firm has filed a suit in order to procure redress for their owners.
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WD had been caught out in mis-selling some of its spinning hard drives aimed at the network-attached storage (NAS) in the recent past. This company, along with Toshiba and Seagate, were discovered to have made the products in question with spinning disks based on shingled magnetic recording (SMR) rather than perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR).

The latter, also known as conventional magnetic recording (CMR) is often more prized as it is perceived to be superior in terms of write speeds. However, (and possibly more importantly), it may determine the choice of a new drive for a NAS as combining SMR- and CMR-based drives is associated with disruptions in RAID configurations. Therefore, buyers would be advised to check the nature of the MR in question when purchasing such components.

This, then, is why actions such as those of WD resulted in such controversy when this story broke in April 2020. Needless to say, the false advertising involved was also unacceptable in itself. Accordingly, Hattis Law has announced that it has filed a suit against the OEM for what this firm calls its "secret downgrade".

The action, taken in order to address the "harmful and deceptive" effects on WD's customers, is open to potential plantiffs who bought the drives in question. They consist of the following products:

SizeProduct SeriesCapacitySKU
3.5-inch WD Red2TBWD20EFAX
3TBWD30EFAX
4TBWD40EFAX
6TBWD60EFAX
WD Blue2TBWD20EZAZ
6TBWD60EZAZ
2.5-inch WD Blue1TBWD10SPZX
2TBWD20SPZX
WD Black1TBWD10SPSX

 

 

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-06- 1 (Update: 2020-06- 1)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.