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With a compact design, high capacity and your choice of local or cloud backup, My Passport® Ultra™ fits perfectly into the busy life of anyone with an on-the-go digital life.

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WD Recertified
- WD Recertified drives have the same quality you would expect from all WD products.
- Tested and determined to meet WD's stringent quality standards
- Returned to like-new condition
- 6 month limited warranty
- WD recertified products may consist of customer return units and may be repaired. Recertified products may have minor cosmetic blemishes that do not impact their performance.

Main link for black. Blue also available:
http://store.westerndigital.com/store/wdeu/en_GB/DisplayAccesoryProductDetailsPage/ThemeID.22586100/WD_Outlet/My_Passport_Ultra_1TB_Blue_Recertified/productID.311320400/categoryId.67934900

2TB model for £71.40, but not so good a deal:
http://store.westerndigital.com/store/wdeu/en_GB/DisplayAccesoryProductDetailsPage/ThemeID.22586100/WD_Outlet/My_Passport_Ultra_2TB_Black_Recertified/productID.291533900/categoryId.67934900
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#1
That does not look like a good price for what amounts to a second hand drive. Especially when they can be bought brand new
for £50 with a years warranty.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Passport-Ultra-Portable-Drive-Backup/dp/B00CRZ29L4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419676396&sr=8-1&keywords=1tb+wd+passport

Edited By: Argoj on Dec 27, 2014 10:34
#2
People will have differing opinions on recertified drives... this is a 17% saving on new with a 6 month warranty vs 12 months, but in my experience hard drives either die in the first month or last more than a year, so IMHO this is a valid option.
#4
Nah, hard drives can die anytime. Don't think "either die in the first month or last more than a year" is a valid assumption. Plus, last more than a year is not good enough for a hard drive in the first place! Get 5 yrs warranty with Currys one.
1 Like #5
naodai_mmx
Nah, hard drives can die anytime. Don't think "either die in the first month or last more than a year" is a valid assumption. Plus, last more than a year is not good enough for a hard drive in the first place! Get 5 yrs warranty with Currys one.

Unless they recover your data for you, personally, I would prioritise price over warranty.
#6
Stu C
naodai_mmx
Nah, hard drives can die anytime. Don't think "either die in the first month or last more than a year" is a valid assumption. Plus, last more than a year is not good enough for a hard drive in the first place! Get 5 yrs warranty with Currys one.

Unless they recover your data for you, personally, I would prioritise price over warranty.

lol at this comment. They only provide 6 months warranty implies they do not have enough confident on the reliability of so called recondition/rectified. Why they give 3 yrs warranty on the REDs? They are made to last in the first place. Warranty is always an important factor.

or get from amazon and pay with mastercard for £45. £3.61 difference for a new drive cannot see why not.

Edited By: naodai_mmx on Dec 27, 2014 11:20: edit
#7
£8.61 for a peace of mind until 2020 c'mon mate :)
1 Like #8
naodai_mmx
Stu C
naodai_mmx
Nah, hard drives can die anytime. Don't think "either die in the first month or last more than a year" is a valid assumption. Plus, last more than a year is not good enough for a hard drive in the first place! Get 5 yrs warranty with Currys one.

Unless they recover your data for you, personally, I would prioritise price over warranty.

lol at this comment. They only provide 6 months warranty implies they do not have enough confident on the reliability of so called recondition/rectified. Why they give 3 yrs warranty on the REDs? They are made to last in the first place. Warranty is always an important factor.

I never buy on warranty, (not that I'd touch one of these drives, because you simply do not know where it came from or how it was treated before re-certification), since in most cases the warranty is simply an insurance the company selling has added to the price you're paying anyway. From experience I rarely have had a drive fail within 3 years, and the few that have, have all failed between 9 months and 18 months.

However, I don't think this is a good purchase, I bought a 1TB drive for £50 from Currys around 18 months ago, which is still going strong, so would expect to pay less than £40 for a recertified drive.

mike
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I had a Western Digital external drive fail once, after a few months use. It wasn't even the drive, just the power supply, but it had an unusual plug on it so I had to use the warranty rather than just plug in a similar spec power supply. WD required that I send the complete item in and replaced it with another, losing all my data of course. They wouldn't even talk about just replacing the power supply, and if I had opened the case to get at the bare drive to recover the data I would have invalidated the warranty. So that is what a warranty is worth. If your data has no value, warranties are worth having, but it isn't like replacing a broken washing machine, unless they take all your clothes and burn them.

Edited By: LongPockets on Dec 27, 2014 12:03
#10
mjbuckhurst
naodai_mmx
Stu C
naodai_mmx
Nah, hard drives can die anytime. Don't think "either die in the first month or last more than a year" is a valid assumption. Plus, last more than a year is not good enough for a hard drive in the first place! Get 5 yrs warranty with Currys one.

Unless they recover your data for you, personally, I would prioritise price over warranty.

lol at this comment. They only provide 6 months warranty implies they do not have enough confident on the reliability of so called recondition/rectified. Why they give 3 yrs warranty on the REDs? They are made to last in the first place. Warranty is always an important factor.

I never buy on warranty, (not that I'd touch one of these drives, because you simply do not know where it came from or how it was treated before re-certification), since in most cases the warranty is simply an insurance the company selling has added to the price you're paying anyway. From experience I rarely have had a drive fail within 3 years, and the few that have, have all failed between 9 months and 18 months.

However, I don't think this is a good purchase, I bought a 1TB drive for £50 from Currys around 18 months ago, which is still going strong, so would expect to pay less than £40 for a recertified drive.

mike

Well I will most likely buy on warranty. And the difference on price here definitely worth it! Your experience of a drive dying between 9 to 18 months have no statistical value. It could well be a different figure for one another. Even so, 5 yrs warranty is well beyond 9-18 months. Warranty is peace of mind.

Edited By: naodai_mmx on Dec 27, 2014 13:07
#11
LongPockets
I had a Western Digital external drive fail once, after a few months use. It wasn't even the drive, just the power supply, but it had an unusual plug on it so I had to use the warranty rather than just plug in a similar spec power supply. WD required that I send the complete item in and replaced it with another, losing all my data of course. They wouldn't even talk about just replacing the power supply, and if I had opened the case to get at the bare drive to recover the data I would have invalidated the warranty. So that is what a warranty is worth. If your data has no value, warranties are worth having, but it isn't like replacing a broken washing machine, unless they take all your clothes and burn them.

You should have backed up your data if it is valuable. No one in the world would charge you £50 and insure your valuable 1TB data. It applies to any consumer drives in the market. Not just WD.
#12
naodai_mmx
LongPockets
I had a Western Digital external drive fail once, after a few months use. It wasn't even the drive, just the power supply, but it had an unusual plug on it so I had to use the warranty rather than just plug in a similar spec power supply. WD required that I send the complete item in and replaced it with another, losing all my data of course. They wouldn't even talk about just replacing the power supply, and if I had opened the case to get at the bare drive to recover the data I would have invalidated the warranty. So that is what a warranty is worth. If your data has no value, warranties are worth having, but it isn't like replacing a broken washing machine, unless they take all your clothes and burn them.

You should have backed up your data if it is valuable. No one in the world would charge you £50 and insure your valuable 1TB data. It applies to any consumer drives in the market. Not just WD.

If the data had been valuable, It would have been backed up, or I would have blown the warranty and opened the case to recover it. That isn't the point. The point is what you say in your second sentence, which I would paraphrase as "No warranty on a hard drive is worth spit because it only covers the cheap-as-chips hardware and not the data which can be worth far more. So don't make buying decisions on warranties." Or more succinctly, "Peace of mind, my ass."


Edited By: LongPockets on Dec 27, 2014 13:19
#13
LongPockets
naodai_mmx
LongPockets
I had a Western Digital external drive fail once, after a few months use. It wasn't even the drive, just the power supply, but it had an unusual plug on it so I had to use the warranty rather than just plug in a similar spec power supply. WD required that I send the complete item in and replaced it with another, losing all my data of course. They wouldn't even talk about just replacing the power supply, and if I had opened the case to get at the bare drive to recover the data I would have invalidated the warranty. So that is what a warranty is worth. If your data has no value, warranties are worth having, but it isn't like replacing a broken washing machine, unless they take all your clothes and burn them.

You should have backed up your data if it is valuable. No one in the world would charge you £50 and insure your valuable 1TB data. It applies to any consumer drives in the market. Not just WD.

If the data had been valuable, It would have been backed up, or I would have blown the warranty and opened the case to recover it. That isn't the point. The point is what you say in your second sentence, which I would paraphrase as "No warranty on a hard drive is worth spit because it only covers the cheap-as-chips hardware and not the data which can be worth far more. So don't make buying decisions on warranties." Or more succinctly, "Peace of mind, my ass."


I do not care about your ass, you can save it for new year. Your rephrase is just as bad. Tell us how you would/can do about it and how much you would charge if you were WD/Seagate. That is the fact!
All the warranty argument here were based on weather it is worth it for a little extra. It is not a question on how the warranty covers your data. It is £41.39 used with 6 months warranty vs £50 new with 5 years warranty. You could well go ahead and buy a second hand drive and save bloody 8.61 quid. Lets all ebay.
#14
naodai_mmx
LongPockets
naodai_mmx
LongPockets
I had a Western Digital external drive fail once, after a few months use. It wasn't even the drive, just the power supply, but it had an unusual plug on it so I had to use the warranty rather than just plug in a similar spec power supply. WD required that I send the complete item in and replaced it with another, losing all my data of course. They wouldn't even talk about just replacing the power supply, and if I had opened the case to get at the bare drive to recover the data I would have invalidated the warranty. So that is what a warranty is worth. If your data has no value, warranties are worth having, but it isn't like replacing a broken washing machine, unless they take all your clothes and burn them.

You should have backed up your data if it is valuable. No one in the world would charge you £50 and insure your valuable 1TB data. It applies to any consumer drives in the market. Not just WD.

If the data had been valuable, It would have been backed up, or I would have blown the warranty and opened the case to recover it. That isn't the point. The point is what you say in your second sentence, which I would paraphrase as "No warranty on a hard drive is worth spit because it only covers the cheap-as-chips hardware and not the data which can be worth far more. So don't make buying decisions on warranties." Or more succinctly, "Peace of mind, my ass."


I do not care about your ass, you can save it for new year. Your rephrase is just as bad. Tell us how you would/can do about it and how much you would charge if you were WD/Seagate. That is the fact!
All the warranty argument here were based on weather it is worth it for a little extra. It is not a question on how the warranty covers your data. It is £41.39 used with 6 months warranty vs £50 new with 5 years warranty. You could well go ahead and buy a second hand drive and save bloody 8.61 quid. Lets all ebay.

You continue to claim I was making a point that I was not making. I don't say WD should have saved my data (not that it was lost in the first place- it was only the power supply that had failed, but their warranty conditions were so inflexible that they destroyed it wantonly). I say that disk drive warranties are worthless. They don't protect what's important. I wouldn't buy a used drive, and I wouldn't buy another WD drive, and I wouldn't pay more for a warranty that promised data recovery. When I buy a drive the warranty doesn't make up any part of my consideration of the deal. If you think it gives you peace of mind you have been hypnotised.
#15
naodai_mmx
mjbuckhurst
naodai_mmx
Stu C
naodai_mmx
Nah, hard drives can die anytime. Don't think "either die in the first month or last more than a year" is a valid assumption. Plus, last more than a year is not good enough for a hard drive in the first place! Get 5 yrs warranty with Currys one.

Unless they recover your data for you, personally, I would prioritise price over warranty.

lol at this comment. They only provide 6 months warranty implies they do not have enough confident on the reliability of so called recondition/rectified. Why they give 3 yrs warranty on the REDs? They are made to last in the first place. Warranty is always an important factor.

I never buy on warranty, (not that I'd touch one of these drives, because you simply do not know where it came from or how it was treated before re-certification), since in most cases the warranty is simply an insurance the company selling has added to the price you're paying anyway. From experience I rarely have had a drive fail within 3 years, and the few that have, have all failed between 9 months and 18 months.

However, I don't think this is a good purchase, I bought a 1TB drive for £50 from Currys around 18 months ago, which is still going strong, so would expect to pay less than £40 for a recertified drive.

mike

Well I will most likely buy on warranty. And the difference on price here definitely worth it! Your experience of a drive dying between 9 to 18 months have no statistical value. It could well be a different figure for one another. Even so, 5 yrs warranty is well beyond 9-18 months. Warranty is peace of mind.

You can't make statistical value statements without actually knowing the statistics, if I'd bought, say a million drives in my time, and 99% of the failed drives failed in 9-18 months that would be extremely relevant to this conversation. In actual fact, I worked on one project, a number of years ago, which happened to have a massively redundant server farm, had a rather large number of same batch drives installed, unfortunately this was a bad batch, a complete failure of every drive over the space of a couple of weeks due to the fault, resulted. Include that series of failures into the statistical relevance and suddenly all other manufactures would appear to be perfect and therefore the warranty irrelevant.

Of course, I don't think my experience is all that relevant statistically, but I have worked with 1000s of drives over the last 30+ years and at no point did I, nor any business I worked with, put any value on the warranty whatsoever, the problem is that for a lot of people and almost all businesses, the loss of the drive is far more costly if it extends over a period of time, than the difference in price between a 1 or 5 year warrantied drive.

There is no way on Earth, I'm going to sit here waiting for my drive to be shipped to mainland Europe and the replacement returned, whilst my RAID array is degraded.

Not to mention once you get past a couple of years, the technology could easily be obsolete or a better, higher capacity, faster, lower power consumption or maybe more reliable drive, is available. I plan to replace all my drives within 3 years because experience (not statistics) has taught me once you go beyond 3 years you are more likely to see a failure, and the technology in that time has improved sufficiently to counter the cost of the replacement to some extent, my last major upgrade allowed me to reduce the power consumption to an extent where the purchase cost was pretty much covered by the power consumption saving over the 3 year life span.

mike

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