3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 18, 2013 1:19 PM by Peter R.
Peter R. Level 4 Level 4 (1,190 points)

When my two external Time Machine hard drives gave out a month ago one after the other within weeks, both only 2 years old, I thought this was bad luck. I bought two new WD drives, and now, one has the same hardware failure! Disk Utilty can't repair it, DiskWarrior says "Directory cannot be rebuilt due to a hardware failure (-36, 2747)".


Is my MBP killing these drives? I can't believe this is happening just by accident!

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (29,995 points)

    After many failures with WD drives, I just gave up on them. I now have multiple LaCie and G-Technology drives and have never had a problem with them. OWC also make good drives.


    Stay away from WD - return what you purchased and purchase LaCie, G-Technology (both available at MacMall) or OWC.


    Good luck,



  • LowLuster Level 6 Level 6 (12,050 points)

    The actual physical drives inside the WD enclosures may be totally fine. I have found that most of the time the Enclosure Electronics is what fails on the WD external drive I've had. This is VERY COMMON, in my experience. So Like the other poster I have stopped buy WD externals and switched to Seagate. So far I haven't had any problems with the Seagate externals.


    By the way I still use all of my WD drives. I just had to take them out of the WD enclosure and connect them with a IDE/SATA to USB adapter I have (actually I have 3 of those adapters. Best money I ever spent on computer hardware).

  • Peter R. Level 4 Level 4 (1,190 points)

    Sorry, it's a Seagate. I mixed the two up.