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April 18, 2005 12:01 AM

Broken: Western Digital warning

WdRChosen writes:

The enclosed picture is of the Western Digital company's paperwork that comes with a
Hard Drive when you replace one under warranty. I  trimmed it down leaving the WD logo and what was funny (in the red box!).

Not really broken as much as just funny.

(Would this warning really stop the Bad Guys?)


Actually you would be surpised. many of many of times criminals are so stupid they call the police, practicly reporting them selves. I would see this warning taking out a few would be criminals do to sheer stupidity

Posted by: Picho at April 18, 2005 02:26 AM

Well, if the hard-drive would be used by, say, a legitimate ballistics weapon producer in the UK, they'd probably apply for a license.

Not all non-US citizens are terrorists, you know.

Posted by: name at April 18, 2005 03:22 AM

I hate Western Digital HDs. They suck. I have been three of them in them in the same year. Seagate HDs RULE!!

Posted by: unknown at April 18, 2005 09:43 AM

Yes Seagate rules! I, too, have been three of them in them in the exact same year!!

Posted by: BLeh Man at April 18, 2005 11:14 AM

And what does Seagate have to do with the export licensing requirement posted on the WD box? It would be required on a Seagate as well.

Posted by: Robert A. Dugger at April 18, 2005 12:46 PM

All non-U.S. citizens aren't terrorists? Plz.

Posted by: Aachmed at April 18, 2005 01:08 PM

seagate would not need that because there HDs r very reliable and they would not fail so u would not need to peplace them

Posted by: unknown at April 18, 2005 01:45 PM


I had a 60GB Seagate, it died after a year and a half. They replaced it, under warranty, with a defective HD, right out of the box...

My Maxtor 120GB died after only 4 months, and they couried a 160GB to me :)

I got it on sale for $99.99 canadian, too! the price of their 40GB!!

There are no reliable Harddrives, except for my old 20GB Western digital, which is still working fine, 6 years later, and our ever older fujitsu 256MB, 12 Years later.

Posted by: MinkOWar at April 18, 2005 02:14 PM

"seagate would not need that because there HDs r very reliable and they would not fail so u would not need to peplace them"

Your knowledge of hard drive technology is quite apparent due to your good spelling and grammar.

For the record, I have 3 WD hard drives, two of which are more than 2 years old and they all work wonderfully.

Posted by: None at April 18, 2005 02:53 PM

The game of "SUX-RULZ" is broken.

Posted by: Rob at April 18, 2005 03:16 PM

i have a 536 mb seagate and it still runs like the day i got it. right now it is running WIN98

Posted by: unknown at April 18, 2005 03:36 PM

My drive is harder than all of yours! And it's 6.5 inches, that's 3 inches bigger!

Posted by: Reed at April 18, 2005 04:04 PM

What? You mean I can't get a crappy Western Digital hard drive for my new Dell? And I'm npt even getting a Dell? Dude!

Posted by: Osama Bin Laden..... ....'s brother Skippy at April 18, 2005 04:59 PM

to Aachmed:

i am truly offended

Posted by: real_saddam at April 18, 2005 06:28 PM

At a lcoal PC store they get more dells in for repair than any other brand

Posted by: unknown at April 18, 2005 06:37 PM

[size=2]they should use WD HDs in weapons of mass destruction because the weapons would fail. :D [/size]

Posted by: unknown at April 18, 2005 07:08 PM

yall gots too much time on ur hands :)

Posted by: amazed at April 19, 2005 04:42 AM

The point of the warning is that if you *don't* apply for the appropriate export license, you've broken the law in a way that's fairly simple to prove.

Anyone who's ever flown into the U.S. will surely have noticed the silly questions on the immigration forms, e.g. Are you coming to the United States for the purpose of engaging in terrorist activities?

They serve the same purpose: they don't expect the bad guys to tell the truth on the form, but lying on the form is a federal crime for which they can be deported.

Posted by: Tino at April 19, 2005 01:16 PM

You think this one is bad? Go to and register for their site so that you can download drivers, clients software, etc. The agreement that you need to agree to everytime you download something has the same warning, and then some.

Posted by: J.Ja at April 20, 2005 01:44 PM

Anybody who has linux, go and get the acrobat reader version for Linux.. Read the license agreement... I had some time on my hands and read it once at school.. it has a section in it about they will not be responsible if the software causes death.. ok if software of any kind let alone pdf reader software causes your death.. that's scary. LOL

Posted by: infinity at April 21, 2005 06:21 PM

Thats so they're not liable if you get killed in a computer crash.

Posted by: Joe at May 23, 2005 05:27 PM

Thats so they're not liable if you get killed in a computer crash :-) .

Posted by: Joe at May 23, 2005 05:29 PM

There's a similar thing in the iTunes EULA. It says that you are not allowed to use iTunes, or give it to those who would use it to create chemical, biological or nuclear weapons. The only reasonable reason I can come up with is that they might think "How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" by U2 might...well, actually tell them how to dismantle an atomic bomb.

Posted by: Trekker at February 10, 2006 11:46 AM

Hmmmmm... I'd better sign up for one of those...

Being the antichrist and all...

Course, its a while until my first major invasion (1/7/15) is schedualed...

Posted by: n1715 at February 21, 2006 01:35 AM

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