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Western Digital My Cloud (recertified) 2TB drive £46.99

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First off not a brand new drive. Not sure if this is good value or not. Luck of the draw maybe. Only 6 months warranty, which is a bit worrying and looking back at old threads some ropey customer se… Read More
First off not a brand new drive. Not sure if this is good value or not. Luck of the draw maybe. Only 6 months warranty, which is a bit worrying and looking back at old threads some ropey customer se…
spodham Avatar2d, 11h agoFound 2 days, 11 hours ago5 Comments
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Received my 6Tb recertified My Book earlier this week. USB port knackered so clearly not checked. Sent 4 emails so far and still waiting for a response about a refund.

Good price though ....
Bertz99
showing to me as OOS


Hmm I think you're right. Didn't try and add to my basket. Rookie error. Will expire.

Thanks for not calling me a dummy, even if I am one! X)
I'm happy with mine, I upload from my phone using the app then access content around home using dlna. I added a powered drive to usb and created a backup so it's mirrored from Nas to usb.
showing to me as OOS
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WD Elements 2TB (RECERTIFIED) back in stock £46.99 - includes delivery

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2 TB of recertified storage for 39.99 (+7.00 delivery), Has USB 3.0 and comes with a 6-month Warranty. WD also offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, for extra peace of mind. Was posted last week but t… Read More
2 TB of recertified storage for 39.99 (+7.00 delivery), Has USB 3.0 and comes with a 6-month Warranty. WD also offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, for extra peace of mind. Was posted last week but t…
MaxC Avatar1w, 1d agoFound 1 week, 1 day ago24 Comments
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Had my dispatch email too. I thought the pricing was very odd but didn't complain, but brand new these are £69.99. I would agree that £62 is not low enough for a recertified drive.
Ordered 3 this morning with £10 off code makes them about £37 each. Just had dispatch email.
Expired. They increased the price to £62.
£62 for used/repaired basic 2TB hard drive is poor value and cold.
Price hiked up, expire.
Can see a lot of cancelled orders as looks like a price cock up as the 1.5 TB costs more.

hope you get the orders though.

Edited By: victormeldrew3 on Jun 15, 2017 15:55: .
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WD MYCloud (recertified) 3TB for 89.99 only

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WD MYCloud(recertified) 3TB for 89.99 only Read More
WD MYCloud(recertified) 3TB for 89.99 only
DISH1982 Avatar1w, 2d agoFound 1 week, 2 days ago6 Comments
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Last week the 6TB version was £104. Even if this is the cheapest it is available right now, it is still way, way, way down on that deal, and that deal will be back again soon.
Normal price for their recertified drive...
GlanzaV
I've got the 2TB version. Wouldn't suggest you use it for files you need to read/write with any urgency. I'll admit I've not tried to optomise it (there's some threads) but it's horribly slow. It's good for backing up another drive (or two) and having the files accesible if they need to be. I sometimes access documents etc from my phone when I need to, whereas trying to show someone a photo on my mobile (4G) will take 30-1min+ to load (~10mb / 24mp / .jpg)

Thank you for the feedback. could you please suggest which NAS(personal cloud) would be good please ? Also how is this drive when using same wifi home network ? also streaming movies in home ?
4TB is not available at the moment :|
I've got the 2TB version. Wouldn't suggest you use it for files you need to read/write with any urgency. I'll admit I've not tried to optomise it (there's some threads) but it's horribly slow. It's good for backing up another drive (or two) and having the files accesible if they need to be. I sometimes access documents etc from my phone when I need to, whereas trying to show someone a photo on my mobile (4G) will take 30-1min+ to load (~10mb / 24mp / .jpg)
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Western Digital 6TB My Book (re-certified) - £104.99 (with code & free P+P) @ Western Digital

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Been waiting for this to come back in stock but it sells out very fast due to usually very limited stock of the 6TB version. Okay, I guess being recertified will put some people off but 6TB for £1… Read More
Been waiting for this to come back in stock but it sells out very fast due to usually very limited stock of the 6TB version. Okay, I guess being recertified will put some people off but 6TB for £1…
Darkroom Avatar1w, 6d agoFound 1 week, 6 days ago116 Comments
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Have been running hd tune error scan on a 6TB for 4 hrs - only up to 475GB. Any other s/w I could use which are good/quicker ?
locky123
Received mine, opened case and extracted drive for use elsewhere. Fitted a different drive in the case but the drive will not show up when connected to laptop. Disk management says has to be initialised which fails if executed. Cant find a work around.
See Post #111. The USB to Sata Controller card has its own bios chip onboard which encrypts the data during the transfer, it also checks to make sure the internal drive is a Western Digital.
They are doing what ink cartridge manufacturers do, making all the parts proprietary. The trouble with this, in when any part fails, you're screwed. If I'd bought one of these to use an an external drive, which is pretty stupid unless its a secondary backup, I still would take out the drive and fit it in a generic usb 3.0 to sata controller, because that way my data is safe if that controller fails.

It's swings and roundabouts, because it does offer better security if you have a password encrypted the drive (if the drive was stolen etc), it's just the password encryption is tied to proprietary WD Hardware, which isn't good in terms of your own recovery of the data, should the usb to sata controller fail (and often, the internal hard disk is perfectly fine, but encrypted). It makes getting that data back a lot, lot harder, even if you haven't set a password.



Edited By: tightar5e on Jun 22, 2017 11:25
Received mine, opened case and extracted drive for use elsewhere. Fitted a different drive in the case but the drive will not show up when connected to laptop. Disk management says has to be initialised which fails if executed. Cant find a work around.
Naqvi
I meant 7200rpm in previous post.


Naqvi
I meant 7200rpm in previous post.

Try 'HDTune Pro' software, I always use it to test new drive
veni_vidi_emere
I was reading reports of people ordering multiple items and getting green or blue


Darkroom
Don't know if it is a Red inside, reluctant to open mine existing one in case I make the warranty void by snapping some bits of plastic but it's a single 3.5" with standard sata interface so you can take it out and install elsewhere.Some guides on Youtube on how to open the enclosures

Got one is blue 5400rpm anddoesn't have 'Recertified' on the label. Manufacturers day was 11/2015, it is new wd blue drive with few times on but has zero hours use. Wd may reset the time when recertify, don't know.

Edited By: jasonyu on Jun 21, 2017 17:44:
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WD Elements Portable 2TB External HDD (Recertified) £39.99 + £6.94 Delivery @ Western Digital £46.93

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Decent price for a 2TB external! Would be perfect for a PS4 or Xbox. Please note: These are recertified drives, that come with a 6-month Warranty. WD also offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, for ex… Read More
Decent price for a 2TB external! Would be perfect for a PS4 or Xbox. Please note: These are recertified drives, that come with a 6-month Warranty. WD also offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, for ex…
msmyth Avatar2w, 2d agoFound 2 weeks, 2 days ago12 Comments
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can this be dismantled and used as an internal drive?
Not to sure about a recertified drive, I am guessing it means faulty or returned drives which have been refurbished and repaired?
It's back in stock, just ordered one thanks op
Hixxy22
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Hixxy22
Hot ordered one I've already filled up my 1tb one for my xbox one lol


I'm looking for good deal on a 4tb one as I've filled my 2 x 2tb ones for my Xbox One! oO


Yeah I was tempted to look for 4tb but they all mains powered I prefer USB powered plug straight into xbox lol


I have a USB powered 4TB drive. It's a seagate and was £78 from an offer on here.....
DexMorgan
Hixxy22
Hot ordered one I've already filled up my 1tb one for my xbox one lol


I'm looking for good deal on a 4tb one as I've filled my 2 x 2tb ones for my Xbox One! oO


Yeah I was tempted to look for 4tb but they all mains powered I prefer USB powered plug straight into xbox lol
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Western Digital 4TB My Cloud (re-certified) - £94.99 (free P+P) @ Western Digital

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Been looking for some home cloud storage for the inlaws and wanted a big, cheap as possible drive and this seems to fit the price. I know its re-certified but 4TB for under £100 seems pretty good. Read More
Been looking for some home cloud storage for the inlaws and wanted a big, cheap as possible drive and this seems to fit the price. I know its re-certified but 4TB for under £100 seems pretty good.
darthvader666uk Avatar2w, 5d agoFound 2 weeks, 5 days ago41 Comments
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dealchaser888
I think people click cold because the lately horrible WD services (I read the latest Hotuk WD threads full of angry customers).

I certainly wouldn't cold vote because of that but I'm about 10 emails and 4 days into trying to return a "recertified" drive delivered with a faulty USB port you couldn't get a cable into.
zochus15
I bought my book 3tb for £50 at tesco few weeks back so I doubt this is being a fantastic deal

Got yourself a bargain there. They are £135 on the website. https://www.tesco.com/direct/wd-my-book-3tb-usb30-desktop-black-hard-drive/793-0957.prd

You should have posted the deal; it would have got red hot.
I bought my book 3tb for £50 at tesco few weeks back so I doubt this is being a fantastic deal
nougat
bp2411
The deal you linked to
WD My Book (New) Desktop External Hard Drive 3TB £62.99 & 4TB £71.99 - RECERTIFIED @ Western Digital
This deal
Western Digital 4TB My Cloud (re-certified) - £94.99 (free P+P) @ Western Digital
That's better now you have cleared up your confusion with the 3TB. There's nothing worse than an ill informed comment.


I cleared up your confusion, you decided to link a desktop drive on a cloud drive deal, you're right on one thing there's nothing worse than an ill informed comment, which is why I corrected you, you're welcome.
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bp2411
The £71 deal wasn't a my book live and was only 3tb, I can see it going cold though as it's reverified, it's £155 new from Amazon for comparison.
No.You are wrong the 3TB is £62. Click the link!
It's £62.99 if we're being pedantic but it still doesn't make it a My Cloud drive.
No you are wrong again. We are not being pedantic you are just wrong.


Also when we're at it who's "we" do you have a team behind your moronic comments?
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Western Digital My Book 2TB - £21.00 instore @ Tesco (Stoke)

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Western Digital My Book 2TB scanned at till £21 instead of £75 I found it in Tesco, Bristol Bradley Stoke branch Not sure if it's just local offer but they told me it was reduced because there is a ne… Read More
Western Digital My Book 2TB scanned at till £21 instead of £75 I found it in Tesco, Bristol Bradley Stoke branch Not sure if it's just local offer but they told me it was reduced because there is a ne…
knocker235 Avatar2w, 6d agoFound 2 weeks, 6 days ago16 Comments
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I can confirm these exist outside of Stoke, I found one yesterday looking for shannon007's 3tb deal, but they only had 1 of the 2tb drives, not a Mac specific one either, just ordinary blue box My Book.
Got one in Craigavon Tesco Extra for £21 & a 3tb version for £25. All gone now, but had 4 big external 3tb hds for £25.
cribert
What's the point in the receipt picture where it is? It's unreadable. It should be posted in a comment


Click on the picture and it'll pop up bigger :)
cribert
What's the point in the receipt picture where it is? It's unreadable. It should be posted in a comment


I can read it perfectly clear on my phone.
What's the point in the receipt picture where it is? It's unreadable. It should be posted in a comment
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WD My Book (New) Desktop External Hard Drive 3TB £62.99 & 4TB £71.99 - RECERTIFIED @ Western Digital

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WD My Book (New) Desktop External Hard Drive - RECERTIFIED 3TB £62.99 4TB £71.99 Free Delivery @ Western Digital Read More
WD My Book (New) Desktop External Hard Drive - RECERTIFIED 3TB £62.99 4TB £71.99 Free Delivery @ Western Digital
itsvimal Avatar3w, 2d agoFound 3 weeks, 2 days ago10 Comments
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Not sure who "recertified" the one they sent me but you couldn't get the USB cable connected because of a fault with the USB socket.

Edited By: David_e on Jun 19, 2017 20:29:
alan2simms
As the store is run by digital river with no service skills make a complaint direct to WD on [email protected] some one from western digital called me and gave me a very favorable resolution , had to make a 2nd complaint as well this time because i realized they ( DR store) had overcharged me, same person i spoke to before called and promised it had been escalated and i even got a full refund, i would make a complaint to paypal too , they have a special case officer assigned to digital river WD store , I was told because they have too many complaints from customers.

Bizarre.

Just emailed that address and received message

"Thank you for contacting Western Digital Corporation. You have reached an
unmonitored mailbox.
If you need assistance please visit our support site at http://support.wdc.com/ or create a support
case using our customer portal by clicking this link http://support.wdc.com/support/case.aspx "

Edited By: David_e on Jun 19, 2017 14:55:
WD My Book (New) 6Tb drive" delivered today. USB socket on the drive is "fooked". Spent 10 minutes getting nowhere with "WD Store Customer Service". They gave me another number to call which is unobtainable.

Why did I not take my own advice on buying "recertified"?!
sion22
Just a word of warning since i bought this(4TB). one of the peg arrived broken wedge into case and even after removal, it stayed deformed. and the USB is bended as well. the Costumer service is a joke, just down right incompetent, and told me to RMA when i am not claiming warranty, and when they do take the time to reply after days, they just say contact other department. Cant be arsed to deal with them so i just took the HDD out of the case and use it as internal. But still great price i guess. £50 cheaper than newhttp://imgur.com/a/ZRd1xhttp://imgur.com/a/ZO27r


As the store is run by digital river with no service skills make a complaint direct to WD on wdsupport@ wdc.com some one from western digital called me and gave me a very favorable resolution , had to make a 2nd complaint as well this time because i realized they ( DR store) had overcharged me, same person i spoke to before called and promised it had been escalated and i even got a full refund,
i would make a complaint to paypal too , they have a special case officer assigned to digital river WD store , I was told because they have too many complaints from customers.
Graham1979
COLD this is the usual bi-weekly post of used refurbs from Western Digital. Just waiting for the next 56 deals on their refurb site to be posted then all done for another fortnight.

CHEAP BECAUSE THEY BROKE ONCE ALREADY. They have so little confidence they give a very limited warranty because they have no confidence.


Do you know for a fact that these have been used and have been broken once already? Are you up to date on Western Digitals refurb policy?
If you're correct in what you say, these aren't a good deal for people, but if you're jumping to conclusions, you might be putting people off a really decent deal.
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Western Digital 2TB My Cloud (recertified) £57.99

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Just found this whilst looking for a new storage solution that works with windows and Mac which seems like a decent price. Also Comes with free delivery as it's over £50. Read More
Just found this whilst looking for a new storage solution that works with windows and Mac which seems like a decent price. Also Comes with free delivery as it's over £50.
liambrewer01 Avatar3w, 6d agoFound 3 weeks, 6 days ago2 Comments
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I think simply because a few weeks back worked out almost same price for 4tb storage, though admittedly not the cloud storage model
I've purchased a couple of passport external reconditioned drives which have been absolutely fine and was just about to buy this to back up my media files (movies) until I saw the negative feedback...I wondered why people are voting this cold?
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Western Digital MyCloud 2TB (Recertified) - £57.99 delivered

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Slightly more expensive at £58, but this deal was super-hot around three weeks ago at £53 and it's only a fiver more. Recertified product still comes with a limited warranty and a thirty day money ba… Read More
Slightly more expensive at £58, but this deal was super-hot around three weeks ago at £53 and it's only a fiver more. Recertified product still comes with a limited warranty and a thirty day money ba…
thelargeportion1 Avatar4w, 23h agoFound 4 weeks, 23 hours ago19 Comments
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Can you access these drives from an Nvidia Shield running Kodi?
I've got D link video cameras I use for security. Could I use this for recording?
ukez
sallyforth
Would these be viable alt to paying for cloud space?
If you really must put your files on a cloud (i.e your own one) you're better off using a QNAP or Synology device as they support their devices for years by comparison.
Companies of these sort of entry cloud type NAS devices rarely offer any kind of long term firmware support for these types of devices. Whereas QNAP and Synology are much better suited for a personal cloud situation.
I've got a QNAP device which released 2011 and it only just last week received its final firmware upgrade; QNAP made me aware that was the case too from within the devices interface when I logged in as well, so I kind of know where I stand with that device going forward.
During that time (since 2011) I've lost count of the amount of times that awesome little device has received newer operating system upgrades, bug fixes, vulnerability fixes and security exploit patches since it released and its now mid 2017.
You simply wont get that level of support from companies like Western Digital who's primary market is to sell HDD's, not servers.
If you simply want a local NAS that your not going to connected to anything more than a secure LAN then this is okay'ish, but if you want one that has strong security, receives regular updates, bug fixes, security exploit patches, offers SSL/TLS (https) certification for secure remote access, AES NI data encryption, bundles or free apps for easy setup and use from your IOS/Android mobile device, plus a bundle of other uses then buy QNAP or Synology.
It really depends what you want to do with the drive. If you really want to expose unencrypted confidential files to the world at large then you are better off going for the most secure system possible, but if you just want to publish a large volume of your music files / photos / videos then it may not be worth the extra cost. I use Winzip secure AES encryption locally prior to backup if I want a remote backup of any confidential stuff - that has the added benefit I can also store those files on separate media at home too - keeping them completely offline to avoid the risk of attacks like seen recently.

Edited By: redant on May 27, 2017 09:31
Wotan
Would these be a suitable plex server?


The single bay drives don't run plex. The media server is twonky built in. You need one of the EX2 multibay models to install plex i believe.
Would these be a suitable plex server?
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WD Red 3TB NAS Drive @ Western Digital UK Store £93.05

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I've been looking for a NAS drive and stumbled across this offer, 3TB Western Digital Red, £99.06 on Western Digital website. However when combined with the coupon code 'WDSTORECPN' (spend £100 and g… Read More
I've been looking for a NAS drive and stumbled across this offer, 3TB Western Digital Red, £99.06 on Western Digital website. However when combined with the coupon code 'WDSTORECPN' (spend £100 and g…
daint Avatar1m, 4d agoFound 1 month, 4 days ago40 Comments
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friar_chris
This is boring me now.

Oh dear. Our resident Friar is bored :( Lets all step back and let him post his graphs and simplistic analysis with glee. God forbid anyone posts any data/examples that challenge his sage like conclusions. At least you can take some comfort in your hedge posting hobby :)

friar_chris
You are right, HDD prices didn't go up 15% over the last year since Brexit. My graph didn't show that at all. Of course I said that one thing going up means something else must go up by exactly the same amount, and you are right £÷$=€.

It's a comparable example. Yet the results weren't the same. Common practice to site comparable examples when questioning the validity of a hypothesis/conclusion.


friar_chris
Okay so the Euro fell against the dollar, and WD didn't price up their drives. WD probably trade in dollars....you pointed out there are other factors, Europe's 500 million consumers is going to make up a significant proportion of sales, so they act to only expose that market to that which it can "bare". When the same thing happens to our piddly 65 million consumer market, WD won't apply the same good grace.

Ahh, some more sage like analysis from our resident friar. I guess when the INR tanked WD kept prices static, after all there are >1 Billion Indians. There's a direct correlation between population size and the size of the market for a particular product right? The mighty EU must therefore be a bigger market then the US with a piddly population of ~320 million?

Lets see, of those 500 million (does that include the UK?) we have ~20 million Romanians for example. With their GDP/capita of ~$8k they must be buying HDD at the same ratio as the piddly UK with a GDP/capita of $43k?

friar_chris
They started raising prices. Slowly but surely as retailers restock they having to raise their prices. Starting June 23rd 2016 prices reverse their downward trend, increase by 15% in a year, and once stabilised to ensure WD's dollar revenue remains the same. That's the lag time thing I mentioned, and you corrected me on. "Wether" you chose to believe these things are related and significant or instead completely coincidence is up to you.

I choose to look at historic trends. Comparable trends. A wide set of data points, rather then a few selective ones. You cited an example of a price that has risen when GBP fell in value. I cited an example from the same manufacturer where the price didn't rise (after a year of time LAG). Further I cited an example where a comparable currency fell in value and the price of this very item didn't shift. From that I conclude your simplistic analysis is flawed.

I don't know what will happen to prices going forward. I can make some educated guesses.

If GBP stays at this level, as hedges expire, those products closely tied to raw commodities will rise proportionally. The price of Gold is the price of Gold for example. No one will sell it cheaper here then in another country. In the alternative arbitrage would drive out the inconsistency in price.

Where you have more complex products, with services/IP/supply chain/etc making up a large part of the cost, there is far more scope for prices not to follow GBP. The extent of this is dependent on the strength of the economy, what the market will bear (thanks for the correction pedant99) and competition.

As someone pointed out, there has been considerable consolidation in the HDD market, this could be one reason WD felt they could raise some prices. I couldn't find their market share in the UK, but again it could be higher then in the rest of the EU, resulting in them not being as comfortable raising prices in the EU.

One thing is beyond doubt. This piddly little market of 65 million people is the 5th largest economy in the world by GDP. Even measuring by GDP/Capita we rank in the top 30 (and that list is skewed by Tax havens/Oil rich countries/etc). As a market for complex/value added products such as HDD we are a significant market. Brexit or not people need to sell to us.

I didn't vote either way last year. As I'm sick of the EU hokey cokey. For two decades we've had people like you suggesting we're weak and feeble and the sky will fall if we leave the EU. And on the opposite end we've had the brexiteers claiming the EU is the source of all our ills and everything will be sweetness and sunshine if only we left. I hoped, in vein it appears, a decision one way or the other would put an end to the childish distraction. So we could concentrate on what matters, comparative advantage.

We are an extremely strong economy, with lots going for us. Or future prosperity depends on us building on that. Creating comparative advantage in new areas and staying ahead of the pack in other areas. It is that success/failure which will determine prices, NOT Brexit or reverse Brexit.


friar_chris
Really all I wanted to do was post a hedge.https://www.stockinvestor.com/wp-content/uploads/shutterstock_98334086.jpg

Yet you accompany every hedge with your sage like analysis dear friar? Why waste your time if you just want to post hedges?

Edited By: Mentos on May 24, 2017 10:41
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Why'd hard drives get so expensive? I picked up two of these for my raid1 nas back in 2013 for just shy of 100 each.
Combination of less demand due to SSD usage and HDD manufacturers price fixing.
The exchange rate bombed after the Brexit vote making all imports (eg most computer kit is priced in US Dollars ) more expensive.
Wrong!
hmmPRw-hP_cWW9MVmtTZThNMmM/view?usp=sharing]hmm
Just a coincidence then it falling as soon as markets opened and it staying down, down, down.
Got any links which show the price of Hard Drives rocketing up at that time? Guessing not, as they didn't, hence the poster was "wrong".
Whilst sterling may have tanked against the USD, most prices didn't shift as manufacturers/retailers/etc tend to hedge well into the future. Moreover a significant portion of the cost for many products is not affected by the change in the USD/GBP rate. Local costs such as Taxes/Delivery/Staff Wages/Business Rates/etc make up a significant proportion of the price we pay and those will obviously not change.
Do you recall prices suddenly dropping through the floor when you could get $2 for your £? The Euro's been all over the place since its inception, have prices followed that volatility?
BTW I earn in USD so keep track of the exchange rate daily. I've seen plenty of wild variance but not once been able to directly correlate those to general prices as some seem to be able to.
how about an easy 20% increase on this very item?
I'm sure you're familiar with the concept of 'lag time' and have noticed the daily news events where seemingly EVERYTHING is becoming more expensive than it was a year ag....sorry preBrexit.
'Lag time", yes I'm familiar with the concept of a delay between two events, but i've usually read the concept referred to as time lag? I believe I mentioned Currency Hedges in my previous post, I would think that would indicate quite clearly I understand the possibility of there being a lag. I further went on to mention historic fluctuations in GBP and the Euro which didn't generate the direct correlation you allude to.
But since you're fond of graphs:http://i67.tinypic.com/k520pc.jpghttp://i63.tinypic.com/rgwfw3.png
Thats one hell of a 'lag time' between the Euro tanking 15% against the USD and the price of the WD RED shifting, we're still waiting 3 years later.
Perhaps the GBP/USD pairing is special? But then why didn't I see a 20% price drop when sterling strengthened by 20% and I could get ~$2/£?
WRT news reports, yes I 've seen plenty that state the sky is falling and everything is getting more expensive. But I seem to recall plenty of similar reports before "brexit" vote. We had warnings of food price inflation, inflation possibly overtaking stagnant wages, etc, etc, etc.
What matters is comparative advantage. The strength of your economy. What your market will bare in terms of prices. If you're a big/strong market then manufacturers will find a way to sell to you at the prices you will bare. Wether that means taking a cut in profit margins, shifting parts of the cost chain locally so it matches your own currency, etc.
Obviously the closer a product is to the raw commodity price, food for example, the greater the hit the exchange rate will eventually have. But where a significant part of the cost is not tied directly to the raw commodity's which make up the product, the less impact (if any, as per my example graphs) the exchange rate will have.
As I said before, I'm not a fly by night watcher of the GBP/USD rate. I didn't just start watching it because of brexit and the furore that followed. I've been watching it for well over a decade as I live here but predominantly earn in USD.
Tomato Tomato. Color or Colour. "Wether" or Whether. Lag time, time lag, lead time You really didn't like my graph did you?
Begin rant - where you attempt to exert some God-like foresight to quieten down the plebs. You should use that to prevent future collapses in the global markets. Instead you show us a graph of the value of the Euro.......? Nothing to do with Brexit........? I would have thought you'd show me a graph of HDD prices in GBP NOT increasing since Brexit?!
Keep to point. Pound fell 20%, immediately this product started climbing 15%, we've had inflation of 3%, hard disk prices generally fall over time too. Yeah that's one hell of a coincidence.
I won't be buying any of your hedges. As a tax payer I probably own one of them already.https://blogs-images.forbes.com/thestreet/files/2012/02/022112_hedge_funds_inside_small.jpg?width=960
I don't sell hedges, I don't work in the financial markets. I simply follow GBP/USD as I earn in USD.
I see you've side stepped the glaring hole in your argument. You're simplistic hypothesis: currency drops, prices rise proportionally. Yet I've shown you an example of a currency dropping significantly and prices not following suite. Why does the fact its the Euro and not GBP make a difference?
There's a nailed on correlation between exchange rate and prices according to you. Yet the Euro drops 15% and theres barely a blip on the price of this very HDD. Odd that :/ Or perhaps its not quite the simple correlation you suggest.
But as you seem to believe GBP/USD + Brexit = some special sauce that simply doesn't apply elsewhere. Why is it a bare HDD by this manufacturer jumped, but when they shoved one in an enclosure it didn't :/http://i66.tinypic.com/33nghmf.png
Perhaps we should make a giant mycloud case and put the whole country in it. Clearly it has some special ability to protect its contents from suffering the Brexit effect :)
This is boring me now.
You are right, HDD prices didn't go up 15% over the last year since Brexit. My graph didn't show that at all. Of course I said that one thing going up means something else must go up by exactly the same amount, and you are right £÷$=€.

Okay so the Euro fell against the dollar, and WD didn't price up their drives. WD probably trade in dollars....you pointed out there are other factors, Europe's 500 million consumers is going to make up a significant proportion of sales, so they act to only expose that market to that which it can "bare". When the same thing happens to our piddly 65 million consumer market, WD won't apply the same good grace. They started raising prices. Slowly but surely as retailers restock they having to raise their prices. Starting June 23rd 2016 prices reverse their downward trend, increase by 15% in a year, and once stabilised to ensure WD's dollar revenue remains the same. That's the lag time thing I mentioned, and you corrected me on. "Wether" you chose to believe these things are related and significant or instead completely coincidence is up to you. Really all I wanted to do was post a hedge.
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Why'd hard drives get so expensive? I picked up two of these for my raid1 nas back in 2013 for just shy of 100 each.

there is a lot less competition there has been a lot of mergers and buying of company divisions
From Wikipedia;
Seagate Technology bought storage divisions of Maxtor and Samsung
Western Digital bought HGST which was a merger IBM and Hitachi storage divisions .

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/87/Diagram_of_Hard_Disk_Drive_Manufacturer_Consolidation.svg/800px-Diagram_of_Hard_Disk_Drive_Manufacturer_Consolidation.svg.png


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Why'd hard drives get so expensive? I picked up two of these for my raid1 nas back in 2013 for just shy of 100 each.
Combination of less demand due to SSD usage and HDD manufacturers price fixing.
The exchange rate bombed after the Brexit vote making all imports (eg most computer kit is priced in US Dollars ) more expensive.
Wrong!
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Just a coincidence then it falling as soon as markets opened and it staying down, down, down.
Got any links which show the price of Hard Drives rocketing up at that time? Guessing not, as they didn't, hence the poster was "wrong".
Whilst sterling may have tanked against the USD, most prices didn't shift as manufacturers/retailers/etc tend to hedge well into the future. Moreover a significant portion of the cost for many products is not affected by the change in the USD/GBP rate. Local costs such as Taxes/Delivery/Staff Wages/Business Rates/etc make up a significant proportion of the price we pay and those will obviously not change.
Do you recall prices suddenly dropping through the floor when you could get $2 for your £? The Euro's been all over the place since its inception, have prices followed that volatility?
BTW I earn in USD so keep track of the exchange rate daily. I've seen plenty of wild variance but not once been able to directly correlate those to general prices as some seem to be able to.
how about an easy 20% increase on this very item?
I'm sure you're familiar with the concept of 'lag time' and have noticed the daily news events where seemingly EVERYTHING is becoming more expensive than it was a year ag....sorry preBrexit.

'Lag time", yes I'm familiar with the concept of a delay between two events, but i've usually read the concept referred to as time lag? I believe I mentioned Currency Hedges in my previous post, I would think that would indicate quite clearly I understand the possibility of there being a lag. I further went on to mention historic fluctuations in GBP and the Euro which didn't generate the direct correlation you allude to.

But since you're fond of graphs:

http://i67.tinypic.com/k520pc.jpg

http://i63.tinypic.com/rgwfw3.png

Thats one hell of a 'lag time' between the Euro tanking 15% against the USD and the price of the WD RED shifting, we're still waiting 3 years later.

Perhaps the GBP/USD pairing is special? But then why didn't I see a 20% price drop when sterling strengthened by 20% and I could get ~$2/£?

WRT news reports, yes I 've seen plenty that state the sky is falling and everything is getting more expensive. But I seem to recall plenty of similar reports before "brexit" vote. We had warnings of food price inflation, inflation possibly overtaking stagnant wages, etc, etc, etc.

What matters is comparative advantage. The strength of your economy. What your market will bare in terms of prices. If you're a big/strong market then manufacturers will find a way to sell to you at the prices you will bare. Wether that means taking a cut in profit margins, shifting parts of the cost chain locally so it matches your own currency, etc.

Obviously the closer a product is to the raw commodity price, food for example, the greater the hit the exchange rate will eventually have. But where a significant part of the cost is not tied directly to the raw commodity's which make up the product, the less impact (if any, as per my example graphs) the exchange rate will have.

As I said before, I'm not a fly by night watcher of the GBP/USD rate. I didn't just start watching it because of brexit and the furore that followed. I've been watching it for well over a decade as I live here but predominantly earn in USD.


Nice to see someone using some decent punctuation in a post for a change but could I add a small correction?
"What your market will bare ......"
Should read "What your market will BEAR ....."
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Why'd hard drives get so expensive? I picked up two of these for my raid1 nas back in 2013 for just shy of 100 each.
Combination of less demand due to SSD usage and HDD manufacturers price fixing.
The exchange rate bombed after the Brexit vote making all imports (eg most computer kit is priced in US Dollars ) more expensive.
Wrong!


The most lucid comment I have read for a long time!
Oh dear.
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Mine have been shipped!
To all of those commenting about the reliability of these drives, I do agree that you would be quite naive to not thoroughly test these drives before use, however you could say the same for any drive!
If you have a somewhat technical background I advise you run the following steps using a Linux machine:
smartctl -t short /dev/sdX
smartctl -t conveyance /dev/sdX
smartctl -t long /dev/sdX
Replace X with the connected drives last letter in the above commands, and note down all of the results before moving on to the next step, which is to test the entire drive for bad blocks.
badblocks -b 4096 -ws /dev/sdX
This will take a long time. Most likely days. You might want to play with the -c option to speed this up. What happens here is badblocks tries to write a pattern of data to every block on the disk, which force the drive to reallocate any bad sectors. Once this test is done, run another long smartctl test and see how many sectors have been reallocated. Some might disagree with this, but any more than 0 reallocated sectors can be classed as a faulty drive.
I hope this helps.

i've bought a few recert drives and always get external drives in caddys as they are cheaper and i remove the drives inside. with WD drives they usually have an encryption that means if you write data via usb and remove the caddy you can't read the data, although the last two 8tb drives didn't have that which was handy

what i do is plug in via usb, diskcheck, write a few gb data, diskcheck, delete all partitions and do a quick format with a single partition, i've found at that point one drive failed and i sent it back (nightmare returns process btw), if it works i diskcheck, write a few more gb data, diskcheck and then delete the partition, diskcheck and any major issues would be picked up. i then fill the entire drive with data over usb which can take 24 hours or more for the bigger drives. i then diskcheck, turn the drive on and off and diskcheck and if that's ok i remove the drive and install in a sata caddy. if the data doesn't show at that point i have to repeat that process and then i'm good to go with my data and install internally. fortunately with the 8tb it saved me over a day as i didn't have to copy again when i removed the drive

obviously i have eveything backed up at least twice and on different machines, and i keep the old drives for a period of time too, so have 4 or more copies of data for the initial period of using the new drives. i've been fortunate to not have any problems like this
Got 2 on the way. Going to use in my NAS so need cheap and cheerful as have built in redundancy.
Mine have been shipped!

To all of those commenting about the reliability of these drives, I do agree that you would be quite naive to not thoroughly test these drives before use, however you could say the same for any drive!

If you have a somewhat technical background I advise you run the following steps using a Linux machine:

smartctl -t short /dev/sdX
smartctl -t conveyance /dev/sdX
smartctl -t long /dev/sdX

Replace X with the connected drives last letter in the above commands, and note down all of the results before moving on to the next step, which is to test the entire drive for bad blocks.

badblocks -b 4096 -ws /dev/sdX

This will take a long time. Most likely days. You might want to play with the -c option to speed this up. What happens here is badblocks tries to write a pattern of data to every block on the disk, which force the drive to reallocate any bad sectors. Once this test is done, run another long smartctl test and see how many sectors have been reallocated. Some might disagree with this, but any more than 0 reallocated sectors can be classed as a faulty drive.

I hope this helps.
I purchased a 2TB one of these several months ago & all I can say is STAY WELL AWAY - mine has been nothing but totally unreliable on every platform - USELESS & I wouldn't go near one with the shirty stick I have nearly beaten mine up with.
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Anyone know which of their drives contains a 3tb red drive?
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Any of the My Cloud series - these ones contain Blue drives. :)
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I ordered one at this price also has the 5tb in stock. just put your email address down if you want one and they let you know when they come in with stock
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They can take ages to deliver. I ordered a 4tb from a previous deal on here and had to chase it up after 2 weeks.
Tell me about it. I put in an order on the 27th of last month with the drive showing as in stock. A week later, no dispatch confirmation and the drive now out of stock. Then a few days later it's back in stock at a £10 higher price.
The reply to my email asking what was going on was just "the order is processing, wait for an email." Oh and they took payment when I ordered not on dispatch as their site states.
They can take ages to deliver. I ordered a 4tb from a previous deal on here and had to chase it up after 2 weeks.
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I did and it failed same day so cold.

So you're voting cold on the basis a drive you had... failed?
4tb in stock @72.
Not particularly amazing price tbh; if only there was a discount code active....
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Anyone have discount code for WD Harddrive
Thanks for the post- decided to buy one for the PS4. If it fails a year or so down the line then at least I won't have lost any irreplaceable data.
could i use the same drive for a ps4 and xbox one s or would i need separate drives?
Thanks for posting, decided to get one after seemingly missing out on those hard drives from Asda. I've always been hesitant towards recertified drives but reckoned it was worth the plunge coming straight from the manufacturer with a warranty.
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Why do they have so many recertified drives? They're always being listed on this site. Are they returned items?

It doesn't fill me with confidence. No other company does this with their drives do they?

Not sure about these particular drives, but WD have a very good reputation for drive reliability. From my experience with about 15 external drive purchases over the past 4 years, I go for WD drives over any other manufacturer (finding their 3TB My Passport drives the most reliable). With recert drives like these, I would always recommend to double-backup important data, although they're cheap enough for that!


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these work with windows 10?
Mine came today , doesn't work, avoid at all costs.
It was oos so should've been expired. New post is ok.
Can these be used as a plex server?
Still got the 4tb for 99 quid
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got mine, seconds to setup and easy to move files to, but no way of adding apps to the box. it does come with a built in media server which my windows pc and tablet spotted instantly. need to actually have a play with remote settings but seems simply logging in with the email/password throught their android/ios/windows/mac app
Just received two units i've ordered. First one had something loose inside and would not boot (red light flashing even after 40 s reset procedure). The second unit works fine. I did check that the working one is V2 (serial no ends with -10).
The faulty one is V1.
Spoke with WD representative on the phone and they promissed to accept returns with free postage, hovever they would not provide replacement. So at least an hour of my life wasted.
Puts it into perspective: (Recertified), if you're lucky you will be ok, otherwise the way they "re certify" is shove the old customer return in the box and send it to someone else without even bothering to plug it to test it ou.
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Good for the average home, not for me unfortunately. Heat anyway
Are you below or above average? :|
This is about as basic as you can get next to network attached storage through your router.
Their OS includes services like php, Plex, transmission and others but looking through the product specifications there is zero mention of this for this specific one. But they are still lacking some applications compared to other brands which have more which is where this just falls short.
Still a great one for the home user especially with transmission and Plex on it.
so it can run plex and connect to a local network easily ? about all i want at this price is a locally networked drive as anything i'd be playing files through (phone, tablet, pc, shield TV box) are smart, but lot of reviews seem to state it isn't a full NAS and has to use android/windows apps to manage files
as i said above, this particular model does not run plex - i had one. if you want a nas to run plex, get a synology nas - DS114 and above. it'll be more money but it'll be worth it as the range of applications and what you can generally do on it (remote torrenting for example..).
Get a QNAP NAS - i did my research and have never regretted it. I ended up buying the TS-453a - its an absolute beaut, the read and write speeds are incredible. Worth the premium.
Owner of QNAP 453A and I acknowledge.
This guy seems to think Plex will run fine on one of these. I hope so as that is pretty much what I want one for. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q8wLMOU4zM&t=279s
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Can someone explain Nas drives to me? Is it i set this up at home and then i can still access everything from miles away? So i could have 100gb of movies and watch any of them from work kind of thing? Struggling to understand how this works if its not the same network yet you can "Access from anywhere"
Also could you access all files from a mac and windows machine?

Once you get set up for external access then yes, you can access the files from wherever you have an internet connection.

As an example, i've got my photo app set to automatically upload any pictures i might take that day to my nas drive whenever i get home and whenever i'm out, i can load up the photo library app and view the pictures on the nas.

same goes with films .. this is a screenshot of the synology video station app ..

http://www.macdrifter.com/uploads/2014/11/IMG_20141107_131930_350px.jpg

it works like your own personal netflix, as long as the films are encoded in the correct format (which i think is MP4 for remote play) then you can watch them anywhere.
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I just need a drive for NAS, wondering if it is good enough to just buy My Book and use the WD blue drive from it.
Ive had a 3tb mk1 for several years and never had an issue with it. It does tend to send emails telling you when the network connection has dropped. Bad designing on WD's part, but a very decent nas for the money. But 2 Bowie exclusives at last week's Record Store Day and a new Canon dslr has ensured I won't be spending any more for quite some time.
expire, they got wise and it's £99.99 now so £100 code won't apply
Got one of these last year for the same price if I remember correctly.
Was a v1 so can't add Plex onto it but it has an early version of Twonky built in if that floats your boat.
Can't fault the quality of it and very quiet.
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WD had more drives going for £39.99 earlier but OOS now.

One of the drives I bought has been making clicking sounds. It wont even let me do smart tests on it. The test errors out after a couple of seconds! Think I'll send that one back. The other two drives are still happily chugging away doing Badblock tests.


Edited By: Gatchaman on May 10, 2017 20:50
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Would you really buy a hard drive that was broken once? Even if it's being sold by the brand itself, I dint think it's worth taking the risk of losing your data. :|
It all depends what you use it for. If you're going to use it for mission critical or personal stuff them you deserve it if you lose your data, but if you use it for mass media storage or downloaded games or DLC so on and so forth, then I'm sure that if it goes boobs up you have nothing to worry about. Common sense really. Don't ever put anything important on these drives.


Edited By: Gatchaman on Apr 27, 2017 09:20
Would you really buy a hard drive that was broken once? Even if it's being sold by the brand itself, I dint think it's worth taking the risk of losing your data. :|
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Both drives have been through the extended SMART test ~12 hours

They look OK. I do prefer the previous design though - not that it matters much, the drives are going in my NAS but I might hobble the Winbond ID chip and stick some of my old 2TB drives in the MyBook cases for the kids' backups.
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Just received my new model 4TB My Book drives - I can confirm they contain black & white labelled WD Greens, model no. WD40EZRX.
For the shuckers out there - you can still open the casings with old credit cards (three), but you'll need a Torx T10 to remove the drive from the frame.
Had a recertified 2TB WD Elements portable fail on me after running simple SMART tests so don't forget to do a full suite of tests including badblocks (linux). Still got two more portable 2TB Element badblocks tests to complete, and they are currently at the 50 hour mark....ZZZZzzzzz (-_-). Better safe than sorry. Would cry if I used a recertified drive without testing it, and then it decides to give up the electronic ghost on the last day of the money back guarantee. Noooooo )0_0(

Are they as bad as they look on the WD website?




Edited By: Gatchaman on May 17, 2017 15:20
Just received my new model 4TB My Book drives - I can confirm they contain black & white labelled WD Greens, model no. WD40EZRX.

For the shuckers out there - you can still open the casings with old credit cards (three), but you'll need a Torx T10 to remove the drive from the frame.


Edited By: SlightlyFoxed on May 17, 2017 14:36
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I wanted the original book type shells not the new Xbox one type shell for the my book. The original looks classier. But cheap ass beggars can't be choosers ;-).
Yeah, the new shape is decidedly fugly, but shuckers CAN be choosers X)
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Se only WD 4TB My Book now available recertified at £79.99 if you have any discount code and patience left !
My Book | Western Digital (WD)https://www.wdc.com/en-gb/products/wd-recertified/my-book.html#RWDBFJK0040HBK-EESN
I wanted the original book type shells not the new Xbox one type shell for the my book. The original looks classier. But cheap ass beggars can't be choosers ;-).