In the area where I live WD Europa family drives don't seem to be too common. Then all of the sudden I get in two, nearly identical models, manufactured the same month, both from HP laptops, that come in on the exact same day. Plus they have the same symptoms, a bit of clicking then they shut down.
Normally I'd just assume bad heads, but the strange thing is that neither drive will allow me to even try adjusting the headmap in RAM. They both give a strange error I've never seen: "Data checking error.........: BYTE = FF"
Even after LDR upload (using the drive's own LDR I managed to read) still won't allow RAM headmap edit.
Is anyone else having strange issues with these drives? I'm wondering if HP may have pushed out a bad FW update or something.