Would you like a warranty with that hard drive?

— 3:47 AM on September 30, 2002

Standard hard drives from Maxtor, Seagate, and Western Digital will soon all see their warranty coverage drop from three years to a single year, and I'm still mourning. According to this story over at The Inquirer, it looks like Western Digital is prepared to ease my pain, for a price:

When is the change in warranty effective?
All standard Western Digital products manufactured after October 1, 2002, will be covered with a standard one-year warranty. The exceptions are Special Edition products and standard products that are covered by customer-purchased premium warranty upgrades.
Pricing on the premium warranty upgrade isn't available just yet, so there's no telling just how good or bad a deal this will end up being. I'm still bitter over the one-year warranties in general, but a premium warranty upgrade could ease the pain.
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