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2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Drive (Recertified)  - Western Digital £42.99
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2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Drive (Recertified) - Western Digital £42.99

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Posted 15th Aug 2019

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Blue and black in 21.5mm size available at time of posting

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Formatted for Windows® 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7 operating systems. Requires reformatting for other operating systems.

My Passport | Technical Specifications

Capacity

4TB, 3TB, 2TB, 1TB

Interface

USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 compatible

Additional Details

• Auto backup with included WD Backup software

• Password protection with hardware encryption

• 6-month limited warranty

Package Includes

• My Passport hard drive

• USB 3.0 cable

• WD Backup™, WD Security™ and WD Drive Utilities™ software

• Quick install guide
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Been buying these “recertified” WD drives for years now. In my experience they are exactly like new but come in plain packaging. They are usually dispatched from Holland & take a while to be delivered by UPS. Personally haven’t had any problems, though there are those who have - like there are people who have had issues with new retail drives. Whatever the warranty I’m not sure I ever want to return a drive with personal data on it anyway.

As a precaution i’d recommend downloading the WD diagnosis tool & doing a full sector scan to make sure the drive is good. It can take a long time though - but you always let in run overnight. If it fails return the drive - but you will dealing with a company called Digital River (not WD) whose customer service isn’ t the best.


support.wdc.com/dow…=3&
Edited by: "captainbeaky" 15th Aug 2019
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Will get in before the recertified haters start banging on.
I have 2 recertified drives from western digital and they have been working fine. Only problem I had with one was a faulty USB cable which I picked up from the bay.
I may be lucky because you do hear some horror stories with these recertified drives.
justabout7215/08/2019 08:57

Will get in before the recertified haters start banging on.I have 2 …Will get in before the recertified haters start banging on.I have 2 recertified drives from western digital and they have been working fine. Only problem I had with one was a faulty USB cable which I picked up from the bay.I may be lucky because you do hear some horror stories with these recertified drives.


That's the only issue I've even had with all the drives I've bought from them. One non-functioning USB cable (didn't need it so binned it) and all drives scanned perfectly before use.
Got a 1tb WD elements for £26 del over a year ago.

has been great.
I have no idea on technology but say Windows 11is released and you get a new computer would need to but an up to date one of these? How would you move the photos?
rachelgti15/08/2019 09:17

I have no idea on technology but say Windows 11is released and you get a …I have no idea on technology but say Windows 11is released and you get a new computer would need to but an up to date one of these? How would you move the photos?



These drives will work on Windows 7 and 8 as well as 10 or 11. As long as you try to retreive your photos in the next 10 years, you should be fine

i.e. they will work on new computers too...it will be a long time before USB 3 (which is what these drives are) becomes obselete/unrecognised. And even then, there will likely still be solutions available to access USB3 drives. It is probably still possible today to access data from floppy drives if you tried hard enough!
rachelgti15/08/2019 09:17

I have no idea on technology but say Windows 11is released and you get a …I have no idea on technology but say Windows 11is released and you get a new computer would need to but an up to date one of these? How would you move the photos?



...also worth adding that if the photos are important to you, then make sure you copy them to two places in case one of those places has a hardware fault. You should always make sure you have a backup of important data.
rachelgti15/08/2019 09:17

I have no idea on technology but say Windows 11is released and you get a …I have no idea on technology but say Windows 11is released and you get a new computer would need to but an up to date one of these? How would you move the photos?


You right click on the the folder to mover and sendto this drive
Edited by: "snoopy18" 15th Aug 2019
Great price, ordered.
Been buying these “recertified” WD drives for years now. In my experience they are exactly like new but come in plain packaging. They are usually dispatched from Holland & take a while to be delivered by UPS. Personally haven’t had any problems, though there are those who have - like there are people who have had issues with new retail drives. Whatever the warranty I’m not sure I ever want to return a drive with personal data on it anyway.

As a precaution i’d recommend downloading the WD diagnosis tool & doing a full sector scan to make sure the drive is good. It can take a long time though - but you always let in run overnight. If it fails return the drive - but you will dealing with a company called Digital River (not WD) whose customer service isn’ t the best.


support.wdc.com/dow…=3&
Edited by: "captainbeaky" 15th Aug 2019
Thanks for posting @skink we have added this to the Highlights pages
Are these sata connectors inside?
I've been buying the 2TB My Passport for Mac - will reformat for PC etc, supplied with USB A and USB C cables.
New, not re-certified. £53.99 at the moment. Plus, I had a 20% off code from buying from them previously.
wd.com/en-…tml
chezvegas8515/08/2019 21:57

Are these sata connectors inside?


Not according to this YouTube tear down video they have a soldered on connector so no use to remove and add the drive to anything else
youtube.com/wat…E3E

Seagate portable drives should be ok
Edited by: "carlosverge" 15th Aug 2019
justabout7215/08/2019 08:57

Will get in before the recertified haters start banging on.I have 2 …Will get in before the recertified haters start banging on.I have 2 recertified drives from western digital and they have been working fine. Only problem I had with one was a faulty USB cable which I picked up from the bay.I may be lucky because you do hear some horror stories with these recertified drives.


Every external drive I currently have. which is a lot (2tb and 4tb desktop drives, 2x 1tb, 2x 2th and 1x 4tb portable drives, plus a 4tb NAS drive), has come from WD recertified outlet over the last 5 years or so and they have all been absolutely great. I've also had issues with cables, but then I've found that the type of cable they use (type-A to type-B micro USB3) are pretty unreliable in general, regardless of brand.

So basically I've found that buying recertified is a good way to save some money on a drive that's probably going to last you long enough. Of course, it always bears repeating that if you have data you don't want to lose, store it on at least two hard drives - even if they're both recertified the chances of one drive dying and then the other one dying before you can make another backup are about a million to one.


chezvegas8515/08/2019 21:57

Are these sata connectors inside?


Unfortunately not.



rachelgti15/08/2019 09:17

I have no idea on technology but say Windows 11is released and you get a …I have no idea on technology but say Windows 11is released and you get a new computer would need to but an up to date one of these? How would you move the photos?


You won't need to buy an all-new type of hard drive just because a new version of Wndows gets released. Mechanical hard drives like this have barely changed in over 30 years. The biggest change has been in file systems (from FAT16 to FAT32 to NTFS, etc.) but operating systems tend to be backwards compatible with older file systems - for example, FAT16 was developed in 1977 and Windows 8, released 35 years later, could still read it. Windows 10 has some issues with it, but there are workarounds. So if you put photos on one of these hard drives today, chances are you'll be able to view them on every version of Windows for the rest of your life.
How do these 2TB Passports compare to the 2.5" Seagate 5TB drives you find regularly on sale at Amazon for £89.99 (~£18/TB)

amazon.co.uk/Sea…39/
Cute drive, i have 2 x 2TB drives, nothing negative to say after 18 months of solid use.
kowalski16/08/2019 03:24

How do these 2TB Passports compare to the 2.5" Seagate 5TB drives you find …How do these 2TB Passports compare to the 2.5" Seagate 5TB drives you find regularly on sale at Amazon for £89.99 (~£18/TB)https://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-Portable-External-Creative-Photography/dp/B01M058Q39/


I bought a 1tb off Amazon for my Nvidia shield. After a month it doesn't recognise my HDD. Sent back to Amazon. Try one of these..may be better.
Wish we start getting ssd portables already in deals! I see ssd portables for 256gb but not any affordable terabyte ones...
diddlypockets16/08/2019 11:07

Wish we start getting ssd portables already in deals! I see ssd portables …Wish we start getting ssd portables already in deals! I see ssd portables for 256gb but not any affordable terabyte ones...


hotukdeals.com/dea…340
ssd - 1tb - ~120£
sdd - 2tb - ~42£
Bought on of those for my Xbox one. Works a treat! Gonna buy another one on payday next week if they still have stock so I can have one for the ps4 100% recommend
Will never buy of Western Digital again. Delivery times are appalling, you have to wait weeks for anything. Twice now I've had problems in that regard.
Ordered a 2TB HD on Wednesday from WD, arrived today. Find that when I’ve ordered from them previously, keep sending me vouchers for up to 20% off.
Edited by: "Stemac" 16th Aug 2019
Do these work with Xbox One and PS4?
I have three of those (2 x 2TB, 1 x 1TB).

They look very nice, very compact, fast and they have been working fine for years. All were purchased recertified from WD online, and all looked brand new (apart from non-retail, brown box packaging).
I clicked on the link and it said students, teachers and over 55's can get +20% off. I logged in, verified my student acc, got the code and tried to apply it - it wouldnt work. anyone else successfully done it? or is that offer not valid with any promo codes?
If you buy a WD product, you would normally get a 20% off code to use within the next 30 days. If any of you have bought this, have the code and dont mind helping out a fellow HUKD member, please pm me.
Black still in stock.
No problems with my 2tb for the Xbox one so far
Price jumped to £84
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