05/05/2010: "Western Digital MyBookWorld conclusion"
There's a bit more to the previously reported story about my failed network drive. After I retrieved the data I determined that one of the 500 GB drives had failed. So, I followed up with western digital's warranty program, and was lucky enough to find out that I was within the 2 year replacement warranty... by one month. Much to my surprise they replaced my 1TB drive with a 2TB drive. This is great because I can now mirror the drives for redundancy (like I should have to begin with) and still have as much available storage space as I did before.
After all that hassle I'm happy with how it turned out, and Western Digital wins in my books.