I had a WD Elements drive purchased Dec-2018 go bad after 3 weeks; definitely under warranty but a reading of the warranty (data becomes their property on warranty claim) made me not claim... (as I couldn't get it to function in its case to erase my unencrypted data... and opening the case voided the warranty. I realize the data-becomes-their-property on claim is possibly a so-you-can't-sue should data get leaked, but still...)

Didn't stop me buying another; I've the latest one unopened in it's box under this desk, and another was purchased last month too which already has data on it. The data is worth more than the cost of the drive.

(I need it too; idiot-insurance, an errant `dd` ran on the wrong box recently erased a 9TB array..)