My Book 6TB (Recertified) By Western Digital @ Western Digital! £139.90 inl delivery
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My Book 6TB (Recertified) By Western Digital @ Western Digital! £139.90 inl delivery

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Found 22nd Apr 2015
This is cheap for this size of drive. I'm not a particular fan of Western Digital drives! I tend to use Seagate. Some people seem to have problems with Seagate but I've had none! I'm just not sure I would ever use a 'recertified' drive for anything serious, like a full backup. May be ok for occasional use? YMMV! If you are buying on behalf of a company, you can get 20% off

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Only 6 months warranty, not for me.

I wonder if the SMART data is cleared in factory or left alone - then you can work out if there's anything strange in there.

Personally wouldnt risk anything more than 2tb on a recertified HD. Certainly not 6tb.

And I dont think anybody would buy any brand of drive if they believed all they read cause it seems every brand of drive has its faulty ones occasionally. Its just pot luck. Of course, it helps if you treat them with care and unplug them correctly etc.

I bought 2 recertified WD 1TB black drives 5 years ago. They are used daily running a mac/windows hackintosh. They have never missed a beat. If there is a serious flaw with one of these drives surely it will become apparent within 6 months? Any drive can fail always have a good backup plan pay as little as you can per Gb/Tb. Heat added to OP

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uni

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Actually the 4 terrabyte ones are better value

store.westerndigital.com/sto…00/

£74.99 delivered. I ordered two with 10% off and VAT off came to £116.65 for 8 terrabytes!

yeah but my 4tb drives are now full so i need a bigger size and was considering 8tb but pricewise this is a great deal. i need two as one is backup, and it's hassle having stuff over multiple drives, plus lack of physical space in the case, as i'll be using them internally

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uni

yeah but my 4tb drives are now full so i need a bigger size and was … yeah but my 4tb drives are now full so i need a bigger size and was considering 8tb but pricewise this is a great deal. i need two as one is backup, and it's hassle having stuff over multiple drives, plus lack of physical space in the case, as i'll be using them internally



There's a link on the page to 'notify you when they're back in stock' may be worth trying, if you can wait. These 'recertified'drives are a regular feature. I'm not sure what that says about Western Digital drives!! I got one the last time they had drives on offer.

jasee

There's a link on the page to 'notify you when they're back in stock' may … There's a link on the page to 'notify you when they're back in stock' may be worth trying, if you can wait. These 'recertified'drives are a regular feature. I'm not sure what that says about Western Digital drives!! I got one the last time they had drives on offer.



I signed up for that, but had no idea if I would get a reply. if its regular stock then that's pretty good. as I would be removing the internal drive the warranty would be lost anyways. I've had a couple of recert drives before and not had a problem with them. I couldn't see anything about the 10% discount, but that would be pretty decent and save another £28 if buying two. £126 for 6tb if buying a pair is pretty good

uni

yeah but my 4tb drives are now full so i need a bigger size and was … yeah but my 4tb drives are now full so i need a bigger size and was considering 8tb but pricewise this is a great deal. i need two as one is backup, and it's hassle having stuff over multiple drives, plus lack of physical space in the case, as i'll be using them internally



I intend to put it in my Two bay NAS to make it 8TB.
Is it possible to remove the casing and to be put in NAS ??
In the past I found that WD HDD USB contact is soldered so it can not be used as internal drive.



Edited by: "pantaiema" 12th May 2015

pantaiema

I intend to put it in my Two bay NAS to make it 8TB.Is it possible to … I intend to put it in my Two bay NAS to make it 8TB.Is it possible to remove the casing and to be put in NAS ??In the past I found that WD HDD USB contact is soldered so it can not be used as internal drive.



in googling I found conflicted stories but there were folk saying it could be used internally. it's usually 2.5" drives that omit the sata sockets and have usb soldered on for space reasons but there's not the same requirement to save a few millimetres on a desktop drive

I've not received a notification that they've came back in stock and looked a few times so haven't bought any yet

For when these come back in stock for ref

The internal drive is a WD Green 6TB (WD60EZRX) with a factory refurbished sticker
Serial Number of the drive is the actual My Book Serial Number so if you check the drive serial on wd.com
it comes back as a My Book even though you shucked it..
Mine was delivered on the 03/06/15 and the WD warranty expires 31/12/15
so just under 7 Months

It has the same firmware as my 6TB OEM Green but is exactly 32MB Smaller
I suspect all MY Books are this way a hidden area for the usb controller to use maybe
Unsure if a Secure Erase would pull back that 32MB

Yes the smart data is Zero
Head Park Timer is 8 Seconds (Disabled now..)

Here's an image Comparing them..
http://s5.postimg.org/42451t72t/WD60_EZRX.jpg

Edited by: "Shonk" 14th Jun 2015

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Shonk

For when these come back in stock for refThe internal drive is a WD Green … For when these come back in stock for refThe internal drive is a WD Green 6TB (WD60EZRX) with a factory refurbished stickerSerial Number of the drive is the actual My Book Serial Number so if you check the drive serial on wd.comit comes back as a My Book even though you shucked it..Mine was delivered on the 03/06/15 and the WD warranty expires 31/12/15so just under 7 MonthsIt has the same firmware as my 6TB OEM Green but is exactly 32MB SmallerI suspect all MY Books are this way a hidden area for the usb controller to use maybeUnsure if a Secure Erase would pull back that 32MBYes the smart data is ZeroHead Park Timer is 8 Seconds (Disabled now..)



Very interesting.
My question has always been, are these really refurbished/recertified drives or just a way of WD getting rid of overstocks or just a marketing gimic!
And, if they are recertified how is that it's only WD, apparently, who gets so many drives back that fail certification.

Some Further info

Secure erase takes 12hours 26mins..
Secure erase doesnt recover the 32mb

They report as 512k sectors instead of 4k like my oem one
Enhanced Secure erase is almost instant so the drive is encrypting all data being pushed to the hdd
which isnt a feature of the oem drive

you would think thats good but the performance of the drive is lower due to it
a hdtune benchmark for example is far more eratic on the shucked drive thats encrypting

Another thing i have noticed the oem 6tb is very quiet
the shucked one i can hear vibrations through the case
so its clearly not as well balanced as the oem drive

The only other drive i have that puts out a vibration in the same manner is a Toshiba DT01ACA300
but i will forgive that drive due to it being stupidly fast and by far the fastest drive in my system

Would i get another one
umm i dont think so

Lower Performance
And The Vibration
are the two kickers for me

Here are the reported differences
OEM Drive
s5.postimg.org/49w…jpg
Shucked Drive
s5.postimg.org/hbd…jpg

Drive Encryption Indicator (Security Enhanced Erase Time)
Oem Drive

s5.postimg.org/rpe…jpg
Shucked Drive
s5.postimg.org/4l9…jpg



Edited by: "Shonk" 18th Jun 2015

Shonk18th Jun 2015

Some Further infoSecure erase takes 12hours 26mins..Secure erase doesnt …Some Further infoSecure erase takes 12hours 26mins..Secure erase doesnt recover the 32mbThey report as 512k sectors instead of 4k like my oem oneEnhanced Secure erase is almost instant so the drive is encrypting all data being pushed to the hddwhich isnt a feature of the oem driveyou would think thats good but the performance of the drive is lower due to ita hdtune benchmark for example is far more eratic on the shucked drive thats encryptingAnother thing i have noticed the oem 6tb is very quietthe shucked one i can hear vibrations through the case so its clearly not as well balanced as the oem driveThe only other drive i have that puts out a vibration in the same manner is a Toshiba DT01ACA300but i will forgive that drive due to it being stupidly fast and by far the fastest drive in my systemWould i get another oneumm i dont think soLower PerformanceAnd The Vibration are the two kickers for meHere are the reported differencesOEM Drive http://s5.postimg.org/49wtvfod3/Oem1.jpgShucked Drivehttp://s5.postimg.org/hbdx7jndj/Shucked1.jpgDrive Encryption Indicator (Security Enhanced Erase Time)Oem Drivehttp://s5.postimg.org/rper0s847/Oem2.jpgShucked Drivehttp://s5.postimg.org/4l9ougffb/Shucked2.jpg


Thanks for the super helpful info.

So does a secure erase or an enhanced secure erase allow for the self encrypting to stop and restore a bit of performace?

Thanks.
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