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Western Digital My Book 3TB (Recertified) External USB 3.0 HDD £44.99 @ Western Digital Outlet

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Graham1979
Recertified - previously ****ed sent back and repaired before breaking again.

Do you think it's any more likely to fail than the refurbished HARD DRIVE CCTV system you posted some time back?

Irrespective of drive, be it new, old, refurbished, recertified etc, backup your data. If you're stupid enough not to, then there will eventually be a problem somewhere down the line. Only person to blame will be yourself, not the drive. Unfortunately there are still some people who don't backup, who are real life examples and reminders to the rest of us as why it's so important.



Edited By: topss on Aug 13, 2016 15:25
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minionibg
What is the drive inside

My guess is that its a Seagate :{
20 Likes
New Western Digital Drive warranty = 3 years.

Recertified Western Digital Drive warranty = 6 months (and it's already failed once when you buy it!)

http://i.imgur.com/z5wsmfy.jpg
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Recertified - previously ****ed sent back and repaired before breaking again.
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bojangles
salestion
bojangles
Buy recertified. Buy twice.
A new one is more than twice the price..
and comes with a 3yr warranty.

Buy two of these. At least you can backup your data. And having a backup will be worth much more than even a 100 year warranty in the event it does die.

Generally it's a good idea to stress test any storage device you buy - before proper use. If it passes the tests, then it's usually ok for a good while. Nevertheless, I know I keep repeating myself, backup, backup and backup your important data.

Edited By: topss on Aug 13, 2016 17:01

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1 Like #1
Great price for 3tb heat added
1 Like #2
Hooking this up to my Xbox one will be bad ass.... more games for me
9 Likes #3
Recertified - previously ****ed sent back and repaired before breaking again.
#4
Thanks. Went for it as a cheap spare backup for media files. Definitely wouldn't be using it as the only storage for my photos though.
1 Like #5
Good price but it is big and bulky. I prefer wd my passport of same capacity which is pricier but compact and can fit into your pocket. Voted hot for the price.
2 Likes #6
Graham1979
Recertified - previously ****ed sent back and repaired before breaking again.
I've got one on these... problem is no cooling plus boneheads knock them about whilst on... got all my nas stuff/cloud/hdd in a cupboard with a low speed fan over them all.... makes a lot of difference ;)
42 Likes #7
Graham1979
Recertified - previously ****ed sent back and repaired before breaking again.

Do you think it's any more likely to fail than the refurbished HARD DRIVE CCTV system you posted some time back?

Irrespective of drive, be it new, old, refurbished, recertified etc, backup your data. If you're stupid enough not to, then there will eventually be a problem somewhere down the line. Only person to blame will be yourself, not the drive. Unfortunately there are still some people who don't backup, who are real life examples and reminders to the rest of us as why it's so important.



Edited By: topss on Aug 13, 2016 15:25
#8
What is the drive inside
#9
cheers op, went for this as a backup drive for my HP Gen8 microserver
20 Likes #10
New Western Digital Drive warranty = 3 years.

Recertified Western Digital Drive warranty = 6 months (and it's already failed once when you buy it!)

http://i.imgur.com/z5wsmfy.jpg
#11
Great... except for the amazingly stingy warranty. :{

Edited By: repouk on Aug 13, 2016 15:30
#12
cb-uk
New Western Digital Drive warranty = 3 years.
Recertified Western Digital Drive warranty = 6 months (and it's already failed once when you buy it!)http://i.imgur.com/z5wsmfy.jpg
Yeah, but if they had the same warranty then the people buying new drives would complain and question why. It doesn't necessarily mean they're less reliable.
#13
What is recertification? Is it same as refurbished?
22 Likes #14
minionibg
What is the drive inside

My guess is that its a Seagate :{
1 Like #15
cb-uk
New Western Digital Drive warranty = 3 years.
Recertified Western Digital Drive warranty = 6 months (and it's already failed once when you buy it!)http://i.imgur.com/z5wsmfy.jpg

True that. Companies have warranties that last until a feasible amount of time where only a handful will brake and the rest start to brake after the warranty period expires and any problems are the customers issue. its just good business, the government should legitimate for better quality products so things are built well and last
#16
Daniel1111
cb-uk
New Western Digital Drive warranty = 3 years.
Recertified Western Digital Drive warranty = 6 months (and it's already failed once when you buy it!)http://i.imgur.com/z5wsmfy.jpg
True that. Companies have warranties that last until a feasible amount of time where only a handful will brake and the rest start to brake after the warranty period expires and any problems are the customers issue. its just good business, the government should legitimate for better quality products so things are built well and last
That would kill economy and would cause recession. Please read (or watch) about planned obsolescence.
2 Likes #17
Buy recertified. Buy twice.
3 Likes #18
Daniel1111
cb-uk
New Western Digital Drive warranty = 3 years.
Recertified Western Digital Drive warranty = 6 months (and it's already failed once when you buy it!)http://i.imgur.com/z5wsmfy.jpg
True that. Companies have warranties that last until a feasible amount of time where only a handful will brake and the rest start to brake after the warranty period expires and any problems are the customers issue. its just good business, the government should legitimate for better quality products so things are built well and last

Well none of them will 'brake' because they are hard drives not vehicles. They might well break but IME it happens far less than people on here seem to think it will.

Seriously though, I think people are way too negative on these recertified drives. I have bought them on three separate occasions and had no issues at all. Yes the warranty is shorter but as you are getting them at as little as half rrp they have to make them somehow appear less attractive as they would never sell any at full price. Just because the warranty is six months it doesn't mean it will only last six months or that it is internally anyway inferior to the normal new drive.....
1 Like #19
bojangles
Buy recertified. Buy twice.
A new one is more than twice the price..
1 Like #20
At face value, this is an excellent deal.

The usual failure mode on one of these drives would be the controller board inside the enclosure or the power adapter. The drive itself could have had a logic board failure also. From what I understand WD don't repair drives with mechanical issues only electrical. Still though you could be buying a drive with upto three years heavy usage, possibly abused by its previous owner. Not voting this cold but I'd rather spend more and buy new.
#21
Thanks OP ordered one!
2 Likes #22
When I've had hard drives fail it's either the controller board and so it's a sudden death or the hard drive starts reporting errors and it's usually a fairly quick death. So as long as these work then the controller is fine and as long as no sectors report faulty then the drive is probably fine.

If you don't want to risk it then buy a brand new one but remember bored people in the warehouse might have played football with your new drive before they sent it out :D

Edited By: spannerzone on Aug 13, 2016 16:21
#23
Great price. Picked the same one up around this price not too long ago, been running great since.
4 Likes #24
I once bought a re-certified ham sandwich. It was fine while it lasted.
#25
salestion
bojangles
Buy recertified. Buy twice.
A new one is more than twice the price..
and comes with a 3yr warranty.
2 Likes #26
bojangles
salestion
bojangles
Buy recertified. Buy twice.
A new one is more than twice the price..
and comes with a 3yr warranty.
From my experiences if a hard drive is gonna fail, its either within the first few months or a lot longer than 3 years. But that is just my experience, the 3 year warranty is certainly a good enough reason to buy a new one if you can afford it.
3 Likes #27
Daniel1111
cb-uk
New Western Digital Drive warranty = 3 years.
Recertified Western Digital Drive warranty = 6 months (and it's already failed once when you buy it!)http://i.imgur.com/z5wsmfy.jpg
True that. Companies have warranties that last until a feasible amount of time where only a handful will brake and the rest start to brake after the warranty period expires and any problems are the customers issue. its just good business, the government should legitimate for better quality products so things are built well and last
"Brake" is what you press when you want to slow your car down.
9 Likes #28
bojangles
salestion
bojangles
Buy recertified. Buy twice.
A new one is more than twice the price..
and comes with a 3yr warranty.

Buy two of these. At least you can backup your data. And having a backup will be worth much more than even a 100 year warranty in the event it does die.

Generally it's a good idea to stress test any storage device you buy - before proper use. If it passes the tests, then it's usually ok for a good while. Nevertheless, I know I keep repeating myself, backup, backup and backup your important data.

Edited By: topss on Aug 13, 2016 17:01
1 Like #29
Graham1979
Recertified - previously ****ed sent back and repaired before breaking again.


recertified means it's been wiped and checked. they don't resell damaged disks
3 Likes #30
minionibg
What is the drive inside

I bought one of these back in March, same source, same product (then 54.99), it had a Western Digital Caviar Green WDC WD30EZRX

The vast majority of these products are not damaged-repaired, just a side effect of distance selling regulations, meaning customers can send them back on a whim or cold feet. The retailers send them back to WD, they use this channel as the easiest way to offload 'used' goods. My drive had zero hours on the clock.
#31
Ashe
cb-uk
New Western Digital Drive warranty = 3 years.
Recertified Western Digital Drive warranty = 6 months (and it's already failed once when you buy it!)http://i.imgur.com/z5wsmfy.jpg
Yeah, but if they had the same warranty then the people buying new drives would complain and question why. It doesn't necessarily mean they're less reliable.
They are. All these have been returned to WD for one reason or another. Imaging what a PITA that is. Now they have to repair them AND flog them off again. BIg reductions are given to get rid of them ASAP. Shorter warranties because WD really don't want to see these drives come back again.
#32
Who knows how many hours are on these, it's like buying a clocked car.
2 Likes #33
Bought two of these a few months back for £43 each. Both have been running fine so far - both had 2tb of data loaded, deleted and reloaded before being used in anger. Both had zero hours recorded when I checked S.M.A.R.T. metrics. I suspect drives are probably all new and 'recertified' is simply a way for WD to cut their margin to shift extra stock, without alienating their re-sellers.

Topss's post (#28) re the true practical value of a HDD warranty is spot on.
#34
eatmorefish
They are. All these have been returned to WD for one reason or another. Imaging what a PITA that is. Now they have to repair them AND flog them off again. BIg reductions are given to get rid of them ASAP. Shorter warranties because WD really don't want to see these drives come back again.
You're stating they are less reliable without actually knowing what work/checks are done on them. For all you know, they could be tested more extensively than normal drives are. Whereas I'm open to whatever possibility.

The point I am making however is that even if they are as reliable as new drives, WD still would sell them with a lesser warranty because otherwise it would deter some people from buying full priced drives when they could get one of these instead. The warranty length is no indication of their reliability or otherwise.
#35
just bought one of these & 2 x 3tb My clouds for just £ 164.97 delivered what a bargain
#36
Got one of these on the last one of these deals. Did a long test (couple of hours) when received. No issues found and been OK since.
1 Like #37
Prevoiusly faulty hard drives that are repaired and re-packed..no thanks.
#38
bemused why anyone would buy a recertified product. Yes cheaper but doesn't come with full warranty. if your not concerned with losing data fine. But memories are priceless and not easily replicated. why risk losing valuable data just for sake of saving a few quid?????
2 Likes #39
pnaylor39
bemused why anyone would buy a recertified product. Yes cheaper but doesn't come with full warranty. if your not concerned with losing data fine. But memories are priceless and not easily replicated. why risk losing valuable data just for sake of saving a few quid?????


Spending more money doesn't guarantee they won't fail either!

A warranty doesn't bring back the data either!
3 Likes #40
pnaylor39
Yes cheaper but doesn't come with full warranty. if your not concerned with losing data fine. But memories are priceless and not easily replicated.

It's only the drive that's covered by the warranty, not the data you store on it, ALL drives will fail eventually, and new ones frequently fail well within the warranty period. Priceless data *IS* easily replicated, and you should be doing it now, maybe by buying one of these as an extra backup ;-)

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