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Western Digital RE2 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache 3.5" Harddisk - £25.00 delivered @ OcUK

£25.00 @ Overclockers
Cracking deal for 500GB!! With 1.2 million hours MTBF at 100% duty cycle, 16 MB cache, up to 500 GB, NCQ, RAID-specific time limited error recovery (TLER) and best-in-class vibration tolerance, W…
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Cracking deal for 500GB!!

With 1.2 million hours MTBF at 100% duty cycle, 16 MB cache, up to 500 GB, NCQ, RAID-specific time limited error recovery (TLER) and best-in-class vibration tolerance, WD RE2 7200 RPM SATA hard drives offer the best combination of reliability, high capacity and performance for RAID server and other demanding write-intensive applications. Backed by a 1-year warranty.

- Capacity: 500GB
- Cache: 16MB
- Interface: SATA-II
- Spin Speed: 7200RPM
- Seek Time: 8.7ms
- Enterprise class drive
- Warranty: 1 Year (Clean Pull)

Today only, 43 left at this price
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#1
Thanks, you just saved me from buying a 250gb at £30 odd squid!
#2
£19.99 + delivery. Wow this is cheap. Only around 40 in stock and gonna go quick, I reckon - move fast!
#3
Only 1 year warranty though. Its usually 3 years on hard drives.

Edited By: aceshigh on Nov 25, 2010 10:15
#4
Only one per customer, though, just in case you were planning on buying two for RAID.
#5
Can anyone tell me if I can put this in my Netgear ReadyNAS duo without problems?
#6
marktime
Only one per customer, though, just in case you were planning on buying two for RAID.


That's exactly what I was thinking. Drat!

With a bit of juggling, in private browsing, 1 debit card purchase, 1 credit card purchase, it might just be possible.

Do I want it more than I need it? Price is fantastic but combined postage would have been even sweeter, oh the dilema....
#7
6 more sold since I posted that message
#8
"- Warranty: 1 Year (Clean Pull) "
even at this price would you trust your data on a 2nd user drive that might have a zillion hours on it?

This is assuming a "clean pull" is a 2nd user drive. If so nice of them not to state this clearly in their ad.

Edited By: mr keys on Nov 25, 2010 11:04
#9
Good Posting!!! Just Bought one it looks a good site and was so simple to buy with Paypal

Bought this as I am in the process of building a new PC so just need board, processer , Ram, fans power supply, graphic card hehehe so will be seeking advice soon :p
#10
23 left now, however going by the comments dates, these are early 2007 vintage drives, and as such, if they are 'pulls' then will have been WELL used rather than taken from new stock breakup.

Personally I think I'd give this a miss on reflection..........

A much better deal is the Samsung 2Tb sold by an unmentionable etailer here on HDUK for just £65 delivered - brand new, 32Mb cache and a 3 year warranty.

Edited By: Faythur on Nov 25, 2010 11:22
#11
mr keys
"- Warranty: 1 Year (Clean Pull) "
even at this price would you trust your data on a 2nd user drive that might have a zillion hours on it?

This is assuming a "clean pull" is a 2nd user drive. If so nice of them not to state this clearly in their ad.


I spotted that too. But then I remembered, I make backups of all the data I can't afford to lose. If you have files, photos, documents that you cannot afford to lose, you need them stored on more than 1 source.

All hard drives will eventually fail and any data on them that isn't stored on a backup source will be lost. I've had hard drives fail before I've installed them, others have failed after 30 days, and I've had hard drives that have lasted 12 years and more and are still running today, albeit only on occasional usage. If you trust any hard drive as your single source of storage for vital files, new or used, just installed or 12 years old, then 1 day you'll get caught out. You need to backup things you can't afford to lose.

The files I intend to put on this drive are a copy of windows, a copy of MW2, Grid, F1 2010, and a few others that I have backup copies of in the form of the DVD discs they were supplied on. Anything else that makes it to the my documents folder, my photos folder or the my music folder, will havea backup copy stored elsewhere.
#12
Faythur
23 left now, however going by the comments dates, these are early 2007 vintage drives, and as such, if they are 'pulls' then will have been WELL used rather than taken from new stock breakup.

Personally I think I'd give this a miss on reflection..........

A much better deal is the Samsung 2Tb sold by an unmentionable etailer here on HDUK for just £65 delivered - brand new, 64Gb cache and a 3 year warranty.


I know what you're saying, as I tried my luck again and now have 4 ordered, a Raid 0 setup with 4 drives, should trounce any SSD at a fraction of the cost for 500GB of storage and blisteringly fast access times.

I plan to use them substantially within the 12 month warranty, If I get a failure, I win a free replacement and a minor inconvenience of having to reinstall, but as this will be my gaming PC, and it has 4 times the chance of failure plus drives I don't know the history of, it won't have any vital files sotred on it. If I find I don't need 350MB/s sustained transfer rates, I can pop these drives into a caddy for £10 and still have a hot deal on an external 500gb drive.

I'm a sucker for a hot deal. Oh well, I've convinced myself I need it, lol.
#13
Think the amazon deal for £37.99 delivered is still better. Double the storage space and larger cache.
#14
mr keys
"- Warranty: 1 Year (Clean Pull) "even at this price would you trust your data on a 2nd user drive that might have a zillion hours on it?This is assuming a "clean pull" is a 2nd user drive. If so nice of them not to state this clearly in their ad.

No thanks. It's not even a good deal when 1tb are £38
#15
Won't go lower than a 1.5tb these days ! :p
Decent deal for you poor "Tiny Tim" types X)
#16
All sold, expired
#17
Not a bad deal. But only 12 month warranty left of the original 5 years. On the plus side it is an enterprise class drive so should last well anyway and has most probably spent its life in a controlled data center.

On the negative, its showing its age now with twin platters and the data transfer speeds are not upto todays consumer grade disks. I'd probably go with a Seagate 7200.12 drive for £3 more.
#18
Woah! a (R)esident (E)vil 2 hard drive with 500GB capacity! :p
#19
Everyone buying these drives should run EasyRecovery on them, just to see what of the previous owner's data Overclockers left on the drives. It'll be a giggle.
#20
dxx
Everyone buying these drives should run EasyRecovery on them, just to see what of the previous owner's data Overclockers left on the drives. It'll be a giggle.


Well if they came from reputable data centers then there should be nothing. If it came from a government data center all the info is probably there!!!
#21
PhilK
Won't go lower than a 1.5tb these days ! :p
Decent deal for you poor "Tiny Tim" types X)


As I'm getting 4 drives for £100, which in a RAID 0 - 4 drive setup will massively outperform an SSD drive, which for about the same price would only give you 60GB of storage compared to my 500GB. I think I'm getting excellent value.

You 'super slow single drive' users must be sick to death watching that hourglass, waiting endlessly for your pooter to boot. it must make you feel like you're living in the 1970s, waiting for your TV to warm up.. Ahh, nostalgia..., it's not what it used to be.
#22
I Have just invested in a "Wireless Click Free Backup System (1Tb) so all of my data files on my PC and laptops backup automatically when I logon to my home network. I was using two 500gb drives as back ups But it was a case of remembering to back now I don't have to remember ( I Hope ) so this 500 is ideal for my next home build PC and at £25 all in price it very good ( We all forget the days of MSDOS and windows 3.1 when MB's hard drives not GB's drives cost £100's )
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dxx
Everyone buying these drives should run EasyRecovery on them, just to see what of the previous owner's data Overclockers left on the drives. It'll be a giggle.


Military grade data recovery tools should do the job fine.

Then indulge in some identity theft, credit card fraud, if there's naughty pics, we can get blackmail and extortion, as well as a speciality website for Mrs Slocombe's private photography collection.

I could become a real life James Bond evil villain, mooo hooo, haaaa haaaa, MOOO HOOO HAAA HAAAA...

Or, you know, I could just set up the ultra performance RAID array.

We'll see how I feel on Friday.
#24
Willie_Hmmm
dxx
Everyone buying these drives should run EasyRecovery on them, just to see what of the previous owner's data Overclockers left on the drives. It'll be a giggle.


Military grade data recovery tools should do the job fine.

Then indulge in some identity theft, credit card fraud, if there's naughty pics, we can get blackmail and extortion, as well as a speciality website for Mrs Slocombe's private photography collection.

I could become a real life James Bond evil villain, mooo hooo, haaaa haaaa, MOOO HOOO HAAA HAAAA...

Or, you know, I could just set up the ultra performance RAID array.

We'll see how I feel on Friday.


Best reply ever ? LMAO
#25
Another problem with this deal is Overclockers. They are reknowned for their **** customer service and returns policy.

I have only ran into this with them once but it left me out of pocket to the tune of £40 so I'd seriously reconsider using these guys again. They aren't worth the effort just to save a few quid!.
#26
Well as a customer of 7 years with countless purchases, I've only had to do 3 RMAs and all went smoothly. *shrugs*
#27
I could think of better four letter words to describe Overclockers than cr4p but for some reason HUKD is sensitive to that word...perhaps you guys are mind readers? :)
#28
that's all well and good kr00t0n but all it will likely take is for them to remove you of a few hard earned dollar and to then refuse to refund or replacement when you have a fault and you'll likely turn your back on them.
After all you're only human!

Edited By: DAZZ2000 on Nov 25, 2010 13:26
#29
DAZZ2000
that's all well and good kr00t0n but all it will likely take is for them to remove you of a few hard earned dollar and to then refuse to refund or replacement when you have a fault and you'll likely turn your back on them.
After all you're only human!


An RMA is a faulty return, and I have sent back at different occasions faulty RAM, a harddrive, and a graphics card, and they were replaced efficiently enough for me to continue using the site.
#30
DAZZ2000
Another problem with this deal is Overclockers. They are reknowned for their **** customer service and returns policy.

I have only ran into this with them once but it left me out of pocket to the tune of £40 so I'd seriously reconsider using these guys again. They aren't worth the effort just to save a few quid!.


I've just come out the other end of a huge rammy/barny/strammash with Aria, 12 weeks of hassle and grief, where they were happy to breach consumer law just to pull a fast one over me. After introducing them to the might of MasterCard and section 75 of the consumer credit act, I got a resolution, but they weren't willing. So they've had my last bit of business, worth roughly £3,000 -£4,000 per year, nice one Aria!

With overclockers, I've had 1 RMA and it went without a hitch, on a refurb item too, B-grade goods. But warranty was upheld and replacement item was back to me within a week.

Computer hardware will fail from time to time and how retailers deal with those problems is the what seperates the decent retailers from the nightmares. The general trend seems to be improving as customers and retailers have grown to know their rights and responsibilites, thanks to a large extent to the internet and consumer advice websites.

Horror stories from a few years ago may not be representative of how the retailer is doing now. Amazon in the early days was one of the worst but I've not heard of significant problems for years.

So I'm happy to buy from overclockers and do regualrly when they have good deals on.
#31
Willie_Hmmm
DAZZ2000
Another problem with this deal is Overclockers. They are reknowned for their **** customer service and returns policy.I have only ran into this with them once but it left me out of pocket to the tune of £40 so I'd seriously reconsider using these guys again. They aren't worth the effort just to save a few quid!.
I've just come out the other end of a huge rammy/barny/strammash with Aria, 12 weeks of hassle and grief, where they were happy to breach consumer law just to pull a fast one over me. After introducing them to the might of MasterCard and section 75 of the consumer credit act, I got a resolution, but they weren't willing. So they've had my last bit of business, worth roughly £3,000 -£4,000 per year, nice one Aria!With overclockers, I've had 1 RMA and it went without a hitch, on a refurb item too, B-grade goods. But warranty was upheld and replacement item was back to me within a week.Computer hardware will fail from time to time and how retailers deal with those problems is the what seperates the decent retailers from the nightmares. The general trend seems to be improving as customers and retailers have grown to know their rights and responsibilites, thanks to a large extent to the internet and consumer advice websites.Horror stories from a few years ago may not be representative of how the retailer is doing now. Amazon in the early days was one of the worst but I've not heard of significant problems for years.So I'm happy to buy from overclockers and do regualrly when they have good deals on.

Now I can relate to that Willie as I had the exact same thing with Overclockers and as I live/work locally they got a lot of business. All it takes is for them to refuse to honour their obligations on one RMA (explaining wasn't necessary Kr00t0n) and especially if you're left out of pocket and or time involved in resolving it leaves a bad taste.

Now Aria are people I also use and I've luckily only had the odd RMA which went through fine. Ebuyer too can be praised for never letting me down ever and so it goes with Scan. I now have a pet hate and it's called Overclockers!.

I've not voted hot or cold on this deal but as far as I'm concerned I'm finding it warmer outside at the moment!.

Edited By: DAZZ2000 on Nov 25, 2010 13:56
#32
By the way just for the record, these RE2 drives are the business. I have had 2 250GB drives sat in a 24/7 SBS 2003 server for nigh on 4 years now and they are still doing the business. Western Digital do seem to be getting themselves back on track of late and I'm loathed to touch another brand while WD's reliability is this good.
#33
Wouldn't touch OCUK with a very long barge pole either, they like to ignore consumer rights and DSR too, they had the last of my business a earlier this year after supplying me with a faulty monitor.
#34
Dano314
Wouldn't touch OCUK with a very long barge pole either, they like to ignore consumer rights and DSR too, they had the last of my business a earlier this year after supplying me with a faulty monitor.

Well I guess its your loss. . and other gains. . Where else can you buy a product, pay for it over 4 months interest free and and have the use of it for 30 days or at this time of year nearly 3 months and if you don't like it you can return it WHO ELSE OFFERS THIS??? sorry but its a great ok they are not always the cheapest but you have plenty of time to research the price or use it to see if it meets your expectations and it it does not then return with a preprinted label
#35
iscom
Dano314
Wouldn't touch OCUK with a very long barge pole either, they like to ignore consumer rights and DSR too, they had the last of my business a earlier this year after supplying me with a faulty monitor.

Well I guess its your loss. . and other gains. . Where else can you buy a product, pay for it over 4 months interest free and and have the use of it for 30 days or at this time of year nearly 3 months and if you don't like it you can return it WHO ELSE OFFERS THIS??? sorry but its a great ok they are not always the cheapest but you have plenty of time to research the price or use it to see if it meets your expectations and it it does not then return with a preprinted label

Oups Sorry thought when you said OCUK you was talking about QVCUK
#36
Willie_Hmmm
PhilK
Won't go lower than a 1.5tb these days ! :p
Decent deal for you poor "Tiny Tim" types X)


As I'm getting 4 drives for £100, which in a RAID 0 - 4 drive setup will massively outperform an SSD drive, which for about the same price would only give you 60GB of storage compared to my 500GB. I think I'm getting excellent value.

You 'super slow single drive' users must be sick to death watching that hourglass, waiting endlessly for your pooter to boot. it must make you feel like you're living in the 1970s, waiting for your TV to warm up.. Ahh, nostalgia..., it's not what it used to be.


I'd like to see some evidence for a "RAID 0 - 4 drive setup will massively outperform an SSD drive" as I'm certain the difference is not as great as you make out, if there is indeed any difference at all.

You also forget to mention that a single drive failure would bring your entire array down, as well as missing the point of an SSD's lower power requirement, lower/negligible degree of mechanical failure and silent operation.

While SSDs might not represent value for money in terms of GB let's try and be sensible about this...

Edited By: Xeijin on Nov 25, 2010 16:13
#37
Xeijin
Willie_Hmmm
PhilK
Won't go lower than a 1.5tb these days ! :p
Decent deal for you poor "Tiny Tim" types X)


As I'm getting 4 drives for £100, which in a RAID 0 - 4 drive setup will massively outperform an SSD drive, which for about the same price would only give you 60GB of storage compared to my 500GB. I think I'm getting excellent value.

You 'super slow single drive' users must be sick to death watching that hourglass, waiting endlessly for your pooter to boot. it must make you feel like you're living in the 1970s, waiting for your TV to warm up.. Ahh, nostalgia..., it's not what it used to be.


I'd like to see some evidence for a "RAID 0 - 4 drive setup will massively outperform an SSD drive" as I'm certain the difference is not as great as you make out, if there is indeed any difference at all.

You also forget to mention that a single drive failure would bring your entire array down, as well as missing the point of an SSD's lower power requirement, lower/negligible degree of mechanical failure and silent operation.

While SSDs might not represent value for money in terms of GB let's try and be sensible about this...


Well allow me to retort.

Based on this benchmark.

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/charts/raid-matrix-charts/Throughput-Read-Average,218.html

A 4 drive array shows an average read rate of 302mb/s.

Compared to this benchmark:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/charts/ssd-charts-2010/Fresh-state-Interface-Performance-h2benchw-3.13,2307.html

Where only 2 of the SSD drives compared were marginally faster (310 & 316mb/s) and most were substantially slower (207 - 234mb/s)

And at this price point of £100, you are limited to a 60GB drive or smaller drive.

500GB of storage with performance in excess of 300mb/s with SSD drives would cost in excess of £700.

Therefore a 4 drive array is as fast if not faster than an equivelant priced SSD and the storage space is 8 times greater.

I'm happy to say that a 4 drive array 'outperforms' an SSD drive.
#38
Having just looked at the average write rates in used state for SSD in those benchmarks they average about 200mb/s, whereas the 4 drive array hits 273mb/s.

I agree that a 4 drive array will use more power than a single SSD, and having been witness to the huge failure rates of early SSD drives, thankfully we in the computer world have a system of backing up data we can't afford to lose, so the risk of data loss and the associated inconvenince, although higher, it's not any more so than any other storage solution.

But lets be sensible about this, you can get the same or better performance and 8 times the storage capacity for the same amount of money. Why would you spend £700 when you only need to spend £100.

I am playing devils advocate a bit, but the facts are the facts about the performance.
#39
That's for sequential data access. For random access, SSD will trump that.
I personally use a small 60GB SSD in my laptop.
I have two 320GB WD's RAID 0 in my desktop.
In my fileserver I have 3 RAID5 2TB WD's with linux software raid.
I wouldn't go above 2 drives for RAID0, drives are not reliable enough, esp ones that only have a 1 year warranty.
Your 4 disk RAID0 will be great for copying files, but just make sure your chipset can handle it properly.

Willie_Hmmm



Well allow me to retort.

Based on this benchmark.
[url=%0Ahttp://www.tomshardware.co.uk/charts/raid-matrix-charts/Throughput-Read-Average]
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/charts/raid-matrix-charts/Throughput-Read-Average[/url],218.html

A 4 drive array shows an average read rate of 302mb/s.

Compared to this benchmark:
[url=%0Ahttp://www.tomshardware.co.uk/charts/ssd-charts-2010/Fresh-state-Interface-Performance-h2benchw-3.13]
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/charts/ssd-charts-2010/Fresh-state-Interface-Performance-h2benchw-3.13[/url],2307.html

Where only 2 of the SSD drives compared were marginally faster (310 & 316mb/s) and most were substantially slower (207 - 234mb/s)

And at this price point of £100, you are limited to a 60GB drive or smaller drive.

500GB of storage with performance in excess of 300mb/s with SSD drives would cost in excess of £700.

Therefore a 4 drive array is as fast if not faster than an equivelant priced SSD and the storage space is 8 times greater.

I'm happy to say that a 4 drive array 'outperforms' an SSD drive.
1 Like #40
I didn't want to confuse the issue by quoting benchmarks that disproved my statement, lol.

And besides my knowledge of RAID is purely a theoretical one which stops abruptly after RAID 0 and RAID 1.

I probably will set up the 4 drive array, just to gauge whether I see a benefit in day to day use. Most likely they will end up in system builds made from the spare parts I acquire when I upgrade friends and family. I've got a big family and I'm hugely popular, so I have lots of friends who all require regular upgrades, leaving me with lots of spare parts. 4 cheap 500GB drives will always be useful.

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