One of my external Western Digital My Book drives died.
Based on past experiences in contacting WD, I was expecting a nightmare of a time with them.
But I got through to a live person without too much hassle.
They do force you to listen to recordings of things having zero to do with why you are calling. That lasts for 1 minute and 45 seconds. So it is annoying.
Imagine how life would be, if anyone you called played a 1 minute, 45 second recording before coming to the phone.
30 seconds or so later, someone answers your call. They sound like they are bouncing around satellites, making it hard to make out what they are saying. They gave me an RMA, without too much hassle. So they are better than they used to be.
They took delivery of my failed drive last Friday morning, 10/20/2023.
I called them yesterday afternoon, to find out if they shipped my replacement drive, and if not, then when.
The poor sound quality made it difficult to understand. But I was given two or three excuses, which boils down to it was not yet shipped, and will take a few more days.
They did mention “non expedited”.
So they are still pulling the “Pay us to do our job, or we will delay your warranty process.”
When I had a warranty issue with Server Part Deals, they shipped my replacement on the day that they received my return.
When I had a Seagate warranty issue, they shipped my replacement drive, within 24 hours of receiving my return.
But WD just insists on adding obstacles.
It is as though they are having a contest with their own customers, and have something to prove.
I doubt that they will ship this week, and I am 50/50 on whether or not they will ship next week.