4tb  MY BOOK (NEW model) (RECERTIFIED) available for £69.99 @ Western Digital
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4tb MY BOOK (NEW model) (RECERTIFIED) available for £69.99 @ Western Digital

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4tb MY BOOK (NEW) (RECERTIFIED) available for £69.99

TRUSTED AND LOVED HIGH-CAPACITY STORAGE. REIMAGINED DESIGN.
Compact outside. Powerful inside. Store massive amounts of photos, videos, music and documents with My Book desktop storage.

Complete Backup
Equipped with WD Backup software for Windows and Apple Time Machine compatibility for Mac, the My Book desktop hard drive can back up your photos, videos, music and documents. The My Book desktop hard drive also works great with Acronis® True Image™ WD Edition software to schedule full system backups.

Password Protection
With built-in 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption with WD Security software, just set your own personalized password to help keep your content private and safe.

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Millions of people around the world trust their data to My Book desktop storage. Designed to meet WD’s demanding requirements for durability, shock tolerance and long-term reliability, we back up (pun intended!) the trusted My Book desktop storage with a 6-month limited warenty

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Ghostrecon29 m ago

WD is crap



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Thanks OP, I got one. Been waiting for a while.
A little risky?


"Recertified Products

WD recertified products may consist of customer return units and may be repaired. All products are tested and determined to meet WD's stringent quality standards before they are sold as recertified. Please note that some recertified items may have marks, scratches, or other slight signs of wear.

All recertified products carry manufacturer's limited warranty of 6 months."
Edited by: "Newbold" 28th Apr
WD is crap
Ghostrecon29 m ago

WD is crap



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Ghostrecon29 m ago

WD is crap


Wow thanks the educational erudite concise post containing so many facts I can barely contain myself
Newbold1 h, 11 m ago

A little risky?"Recertified ProductsWD recertified products may consist of …A little risky?"Recertified ProductsWD recertified products may consist of customer return units and may be repaired. All products are tested and determined to meet WD's stringent quality standards before they are sold as recertified. Please note that some recertified items may have marks, scratches, or other slight signs of wear.All recertified products carry manufacturer's limited warranty of 6 months."


They have to give them a short warranty else why would you buy a full price one?

A warranty won't replace your lost data, just the disc anyway.
Newbold1 h, 18 m ago

A little risky?... manufacturer's limited warranty of 6 months."


WD wouldn't want recerts to impact on new sales so the recert warranty is adjusted accordingly. If drive failure rates typically follow the bathtub principle then premature failure outside the 6m warranty is not a significant risk prior to usual end of life failure, and arguably countered by the lower price. Equally obvsly: buyers wanting long warranty simply pay full price for a non-recert item.
johnnystorm27 m ago

They have to give them a short warranty else why would you buy a full …They have to give them a short warranty else why would you buy a full price one? A warranty won't replace your lost data, just the disc anyway.


It’s more to do with a greater risk of failure than protecting full price sales. And it’s the data I’m worried about - not the drive.
Ordered one of these on Thursday to replace a drive that's on it's way out, just waiting on it making it's way over from The Netherlands. I don't mind buying recertified drives, i've had brand new ones die within a year and second hand ones from forums still running 4 years later.. plus however long the original owner ran them.

At £69 for 4TB i don't mind a bit of a gamble.
SirBananaman2 h, 14 m ago

im waiting for this one im waiting for this one https://www.wdc.com/en-gb/products/wd-recertified/my-book.html#RWDBFJK0040HBK-EESN


Any key differences why your one is better than this current deal, or vice versa for the price difference? £50 for the 4tb looks enticing!
Newbold8 m ago

It’s more to do with a greater risk of failure than protecting full price s …It’s more to do with a greater risk of failure than protecting full price sales. And it’s the data I’m worried about - not the drive.


You'll be safer with these, they've been checked twice!
johnnystorm1 m ago

You'll be safer with these, they've been checked twice!


But failed at least once.........
Spikeygaz34 m ago

Any key differences why your one is better than this current deal, or vice …Any key differences why your one is better than this current deal, or vice versa for the price difference? £50 for the 4tb looks enticing!



nope,the one i listed is just the older style
Does the encryption limit the drives use? I can I use it connected to PC, TV, android box, etc or would connecting to PC require an encrypted key?

Also if the electronics break. Can the drive be removed and connected to a PC via SATA to recover the data?
stec7713 m ago

Does the encryption limit the drives use? I can I use it connected to PC, …Does the encryption limit the drives use? I can I use it connected to PC, TV, android box, etc or would connecting to PC require an encrypted key?Also if the electronics break. Can the drive be removed and connected to a PC via SATA to recover the data?


The hardware encryption does not limit the use, it is always encrypted but the password is optional so don't run the WD software and it works like any other external portable drive.

The drive has its own circuit board which does not have standard SATA so best to just use it 'as is'. The drive is married to its individual circuitboard so for peace of mind and rather than risk data loss it is best to have your data backed up elsewhere at least once.

There's more in my FAQ link above.
Mech651 h, 37 m ago

Based on what?


I lost external hdd (desktop) 1tb (sudden death) & 1tb for bad sectors.

The data i lost was my master thesis, but thanks god i have saved a copy on my faculty's computer one night before the incident

Btw both were WD
Edited by: "Ghostrecon" 28th Apr
Wouldn't buy their MyBook products. Their MyBook live has no power down so, if it loses power when writing, it gets fried. Seen this happen to me, and their customer service is abysmall. They don't care and say that all mechanical products fail! Within two years or so they deem the product to be dead and stop support for it.
Bought this same hard drive early March, and it was delivered faulty. Would power off every few minutes. Really disappointed that I lost so much data. The replacement process took over a month and was extremely painful. At least 4 calls to customer service and days/ weeks spent waiting for the faulty drive to be picked up, tested and then replaced was too much hassle then I was hoping for. Although the replacement I now have works flawlessly, the pain of having to chase up WD was enough to make me avoid recertified drives in future.
How long should a hard drive last, typically? My laptop is 4 years old now.

I'm thinking of using Duplicati software to backup to Amazon S3. Heck of a learning curve though.
Can be this one used as X-box external HDD?
Can it be used with a PS4
ennsea1 h, 8 m ago

Wouldn't buy their MyBook products. Their MyBook live has no power down …Wouldn't buy their MyBook products. Their MyBook live has no power down so, if it loses power when writing, it gets fried. Seen this happen to me, and their customer service is abysmall. They don't care and say that all mechanical products fail! Within two years or so they deem the product to be dead and stop support for it.


On another thread someone posted up some telnet commands to deal with the always on aspect. Need to actually try them myself
ElBuc3 h, 6 m ago

FAQs regarding WD Recertified offers here, feel free to comment with …FAQs regarding WD Recertified offers here, feel free to comment with corrections etc.There are some really good recertified deals to be had, like this one from a week ago.[Image]


Maybe a week ago. It's £204.99 now!
waxsta3 h, 26 m ago

Bought this same hard drive early March, and it was delivered faulty. …Bought this same hard drive early March, and it was delivered faulty. Would power off every few minutes. Really disappointed that I lost so much data. The replacement process took over a month and was extremely painful. At least 4 calls to customer service and days/ weeks spent waiting for the faulty drive to be picked up, tested and then replaced was too much hassle then I was hoping for. Although the replacement I now have works flawlessly, the pain of having to chase up WD was enough to make me avoid recertified drives in future.


That's unfortunate, but it can happen to any drive. The thing to learn from this is to ALWAYS back up everything you value AT LEAST once. <----bold, caps and italics mean business! Personally they've been really good with me with returns (recert and normal purchases) all done online via their support. It helps to include a video clip of the drive in action or screen shots of diagnostics. I've bought loads of WD and for me they've been way more reliable than Seagate, (incl Toshiba, LaCie, Maxtor etc etc - I forget who owns what).
kalico2 h, 47 m ago

How long should a hard drive last, typically? My laptop is 4 years old …How long should a hard drive last, typically? My laptop is 4 years old now.I'm thinking of using Duplicati software to backup to Amazon S3. Heck of a learning curve though.


I've got hard drives over 20 years old and still running, albeit not constantly. And I've had ones go pop on the first day. So the most important thing with valuable data is to BACK IT UP! Two nice price WD recerts beats any single new drive hands down any day of the week
kalico2 h, 23 m ago

Maybe a week ago. It's £204.99 now!


Look again – even at £200+ they are not available. Gotta catch them as they are posted or you miss out!
Bossworld2 h, 32 m ago

On another thread someone posted up some telnet commands to deal with the …On another thread someone posted up some telnet commands to deal with the always on aspect. Need to actually try them myself


Yeah there's a way of shoehorning Plex on the entry level WD NAS via SSH too. I'd try it if I thought I had half a chance of getting it right, but it voids the warranty. Good job they only have 6 months, I don't have to wait too long. (Actually that's a lie, I still won't try it!)
Newbold14 h, 33 m ago

It’s more to do with a greater risk of failure than protecting full price s …It’s more to do with a greater risk of failure than protecting full price sales. And it’s the data I’m worried about - not the drive.


If it's the data you care about invest in a proper backup process - you will not find a hard drive with a guarantee that it can be used to reliably store data from any manufacturer...

Heat added for the deal btw, I might just go for this as my Xbox is in need of some extra space!
kalico11 h, 22 m ago

How long should a hard drive last, typically? My laptop is 4 years old …How long should a hard drive last, typically? My laptop is 4 years old now.I'm thinking of using Duplicati software to backup to Amazon S3. Heck of a learning curve though.


It's best to consider it a consumable item that will fail, rather than a part you can "sweat". Note that no manufacturer gives a guarantee - they will provide a warranty and MTBF statistics, but not an actual guarantee on it working for x amount of time and keeping you data safe... Always make backups of your important data, you can't be paranoid enough, if you don't understand that you have never suffered a data loss...
aLV4266 m ago

If it's the data you care about invest in a proper backup process


Correct - and that includes backing up on at least two reliable external drives. Not including used, recertified ones.
Edited by: "Newbold" 29th Apr
Just thought I'd share this:

3TB @ £64.99 = £21.66/Tb
4Tb @ £69.99 = £17.50/Tb
6Tb @ £99.99 = £16.67/Tb

I want the 6Tb drive, but I'm struggling to justify it @ half the cost of the console!
waxsta12 h, 42 m ago

Bought this same hard drive early March, and it was delivered faulty. …Bought this same hard drive early March, and it was delivered faulty. Would power off every few minutes. Really disappointed that I lost so much data. The replacement process took over a month and was extremely painful. At least 4 calls to customer service and days/ weeks spent waiting for the faulty drive to be picked up, tested and then replaced was too much hassle then I was hoping for. Although the replacement I now have works flawlessly, the pain of having to chase up WD was enough to make me avoid recertified drives in future.


Same experience as you, about the same time ,i think we posted comments on the same deal, digital river who runs the store is an absolute pain ,best to aviod them and go through paypal for any problems during the returns period. WD support is a bit better for faults. That said i would say WD products are as reliable as before while seagate seems to have got better, during the past year we have had 2 WD reds go faulty within 2 weeks, i have had a WD blue fail ,within 1 year, and 2 of my greens are also have devoloped bad sectors WD support had no problems replacing most of the above.
That said except for the DOA items , andthe one failed re-certified drive all of my re certs have been fine some for over 2 years liie every one says Back up is key,
The major issue with WD online store is digital river if you get a drive with out problems youll be fine !!. They are still sending me asking to remove a"pay pal dispute" when there is no dispute, all because i returned the DOA drive because it was dead weight i have already got my money back . They just dont seem to understand plain english.
Newbold16 h, 41 m ago

It’s more to do with a greater risk of failure than protecting full price s …It’s more to do with a greater risk of failure than protecting full price sales. And it’s the data I’m worried about - not the drive.


I say this on every one of these threads - if you're worried about losing your data, you shouldn't be worried about whether a drive is new or recertified, you should be worried about how many backups you have.

Thinking a recertified drive is going to lose your data kind of implies that a new one isn't, and that's the sort of complacency that will result in data loss. If you've got backups the chances of losing anything are exponentially low so recertified just becomes a way to save a bit if money.
reddragon10510 m ago

I say this on every one of these threads - if you're worried about losing …I say this on every one of these threads - if you're worried about losing your data, you shouldn't be worried about whether a drive is new or recertified, you should be worried about how many backups you have.Thinking a recertified drive is going to lose your data kind of implies that a new one isn't, and that's the sort of complacency that will result in data loss. If you've got backups the chances of losing anything are exponentially low so recertified just becomes a way to save a bit if money.


As I said a couple of posts above, I agree absolutely that relying on one drive is madness. All drives fail - like death and taxes it's an absolute certainty.

But the chances of failure with a used, recertified, drive are considerably higher, and that increases the risk to data. It's simply a false economy unless you're not too bothered about the data. I am, and it has a far higher value than the drives holding it - so secondhand drives, even recertified, simply increase the risk for a saving that actually not worth that extra risk.

That's just a personal view, obviously, and it depends how much you value your data.
Newbold26 m ago

As I said a couple of posts above, I agree absolutely that relying on one …As I said a couple of posts above, I agree absolutely that relying on one drive is madness. All drives fail - like death and taxes it's an absolute certainty.But the chances of failure with a used, recertified, drive are considerably higher, and that increases the risk to data. It's simply a false economy unless you're not too bothered about the data. I am, and it has a far higher value than the drives holding it - so secondhand drives, even recertified, simply increase the risk for a saving that actually not worth that extra risk.That's just a personal view, obviously, and it depends how much you value your data.


I don't know what actual failure rates are so I'm just plucking numbers out of thin air here but let's say the chances of a new drive failing are 1 in 10,000 and let's say recertified drives are twice as likely to fail (does that sound fair?) at a rate of 2 in 10,000, or 1 in 5,000.

Then let's say you buy two of one type (either new or recertified) and put the same data on both drives. To lose that data both drives would have to fail, and to get those chances we need to multiply the chances of each individual drive failing together. So the chances of losing that data on new drives is 1 in 100,000,000 (hundred million) and on recertified drives it's 1 in 25,000,000 (25 million).

So, yes, obviously the chances there are exponentially lower with new drives but you've got to consider a few things -
1) 1 in 25 million is still great odds - realistically speaking you could go a lifetime without losing data on those odds, so while 1 in 100 million is obviously better, you don't really need it.
2) There's no evidence that recertified drives actually have a higher failure rate, we just assume they do. If there are any stats out there, they might show that the odds are much closer.
3) Most importantly - to actually lose data backed up on two drives they would have to fail at the same time and it would be difficult if not impossible to calculate those odds even with detailed failure rate statistics. Assuming you would keep them in different places so they wouldn't get damaged/stolen at the same time, and that if one failed you would replace it and make a new backup before the second drive fails, the odds of data loss lengthen astronomically to the point where it's not worth worrying about.
reddragon10555 m ago

I say this on every one of these threads - if you're worried about losing …I say this on every one of these threads - if you're worried about losing your data, you shouldn't be worried about whether a drive is new or recertified, you should be worried about how many backups you have.Thinking a recertified drive is going to lose your data kind of implies that a new one isn't, and that's the sort of complacency that will result in data loss. If you've got backups the chances of losing anything are exponentially low so recertified just becomes a way to save a bit if money.


Agreed!! The Reds, the blue & the greens i mentioned in my comment werent re-certified drives they premium ones, the failed re-certified ones were the DOA one and one which was missing bits other than that i havent had a problem with the re -certifieds ,
Mech6517 h, 24 m ago

Based on what?


I’d hazard a guess that it’s based on his toys ...and his pram
Edited by: "DAZZ2000" 29th Apr
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