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OEM SATA 500GB Hard Drive £12 @ Cex
OEM SATA 500GB Hard Drive £12 @ Cex

OEM SATA 500GB Hard Drive £12 @ Cex

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Really cheap if you're looking to get a little bit more storage space on your computer.

Many others available ranging from 500gb to 2TB or Seagate Hard Drives 500Gb or above starting from £15.

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Got one of these the other day for a basic build was lucky enough to get a near brand new baracuda

ooo, i wonder if you could recover data off, or do they properly erase em.

bouncy99

ooo, i wonder if you could recover data off, or do they properly erase em.



I would assume CEX do some sort of secure wipe before allowing them on sale.

M0nk3h

I would assume CEX do some sort of secure wipe before allowing them on … I would assume CEX do some sort of secure wipe before allowing them on sale.


using the finest dban that money can buy

bouncy99

ooo, i wonder if you could recover data off, or do they properly erase em.



Just quick format (_;)

On the subject of cex and hdds if you want something for a NAS build, I would recommend buying a more expensive wd green from their stock and purchasing a warrenty extention from western digital.

M0nk3h

I would assume CEX do some sort of secure wipe before allowing them on … I would assume CEX do some sort of secure wipe before allowing them on sale.



​you'd think so but the cex near me bought a load of stolen I phones because they can't even do the proper checks. that and most of them are idiots who don't even know what a harddrive is. I tried to sell a razor keyboard to them months ago and they said they had to fail it because they couldn't install it as here was no driver cd. I tried to explain it didn't come with one you have to download the software online but apparently I was wrong

marcusi7

​you'd think so but the cex near me bought a load of stolen I phones b … ​you'd think so but the cex near me bought a load of stolen I phones because they can't even do the proper checks. that and most of them are idiots who don't even know what a harddrive is. I tried to sell a razor keyboard to them months ago and they said they had to fail it because they couldn't install it as here was no driver cd. I tried to explain it didn't come with one you have to download the software online but apparently I was wrong


I don't know if it's ps2 or usb. More likely usb. but windows 10 seems to pick up everything. My point being, if there staff knew anything about computers, they would have know this, But then, employers don't employees that know the field they are working in.

Edited by: "leeparsons" 24th Dec 2016

don't assume anything where CEX are concerned. Quality of staff ranges from good to near **** unfortunately. Having said that I have seen these drives and been tempted - for such little money. Got to be good.

Bobef90

don't assume anything where CEX are concerned. Quality of staff ranges … don't assume anything where CEX are concerned. Quality of staff ranges from good to near **** unfortunately. Having said that I have seen these drives and been tempted - for such little money. Got to be good.



​Would not expect anything less from a franchise that performs best in deprived areas? Pawn shop or the modern era.
Edited by: "mogsog" 24th Dec 2016

So, what are the stats on your hard drive? thats the first thing to check, along with the fact it actually works.
Use crystaldiskinfo ... 100,000 hours powered on? 250,000 load/unload cycles ..unrecoverable read errors ?
12 month warranty maybe?

leeparsons

I don't know if it's ps2 or usb. More likely usb. but windows 10 seems to … I don't know if it's ps2 or usb. More likely usb. but windows 10 seems to pick up everything. My point being, if there staff knew anything about computers, they would have know this, But then, employers don't employees that know the field they are working in.



Surely CEX is a retail operation not a computing business, so why you would expect them to know anything about computers, if you did know anything about computers, you'd be off earning more than minimal wage elsewhere.

mike

GwanGy

So, what are the stats on your hard drive? thats the first thing to … So, what are the stats on your hard drive? thats the first thing to check, along with the fact it actually works.Use crystaldiskinfo ... 100,000 hours powered on? 250,000 load/unload cycles ..unrecoverable read errors ?12 month warranty maybe?



^ This. Cex now have 24 month warranty however some things should be bought new.. hdd's are a good example.

The price isn't special, they always sell at this price for 3.5 drives. I buy quite a few hard drives from CEX, tend to look for the dates on them before buying, sometimes get a few very recent ones age wise.
They now have very long warranties at CEX 2 years i think.
And i have had 2 hard drive replaced by them without too much fuss.
I'd agree they aren't as thorough as they could be when buying stolen goods.
Surprises me they don't chase the customers away with some of the loud music they play.They play death metal, napalm death and the like in a couple of the stores i have been to.

delpo

The price isn't special, they always sell at this price for 3.5 drives. I … The price isn't special, they always sell at this price for 3.5 drives. I buy quite a few hard drives from CEX, tend to look for the dates on them before buying, sometimes get a few very recent ones age wise.They now have very long warranties at CEX 2 years i think.And i have had 2 hard drive replaced by them without too much fuss.I'd agree they aren't as thorough as they could be when buying stolen goods.Surprises me they don't chase the customers away with some of the loud music they play.They play death metal, napalm death and the like in a couple of the stores i have been to.



I used to think fairly badly about CEX based on a couple of stores I had been to before - like you say death metal, and also Eau de teenager. However a brand new store opened up nearby this year and it is excellent in there. Also noticed recently while I was in there that someone bought a laptop from there and was in the middle of warranty repairs and they were excellent to her. I've used their returns service and it was no-quibble refund.

Great price if you are just looking for a spare/replacement drive for not much money. Obviously not worth it if you want some decent capacity/performance. Shame there are none close to me, else I would've picked one up to to stick into my fileserver

Okay to buy secondhand drives for data you don't mind losing. However, I don't have much data in that category.

"Wipe your data. We care not for your photographs, texts and Snake high score. We delete your data from laptops, phones, PC's, consoles, memory cards, HDD's, sister's diary when you send them to us, too."

CEX do not erase the data sufficiently (I'm not talking major levels of recovery here), I recovered the entire Windows OS (product key too) and a hell of a lot of personal files.

Very sad of me, but I'm tempted to spot purchase 20 drives from different stores and recover the data, publish the results in an article with a tabloid and see if CEX stick to their statement found online about securely erasing data.

Add in that the M2 SSD's that they now buy and sell are not tested. This means not only could the drive be faulty, it also contains anything left on the drive by CEX's customer (you wouldn't need to recover anything, it's likely still on there!).

CEX could be facing a large fine in the future, data protection breaches and false statements about your data being erased when selling to them.
Edited by: "alltaken123" 24th Dec 2016

alltaken123

"Wipe your data. We care not for your photographs, texts and Snake high … "Wipe your data. We care not for your photographs, texts and Snake high score. We delete your data from laptops, phones, PC's, consoles, memory cards, HDD's, sister's diary when you send them to us, too."CEX do not erase the data sufficiently (I'm not talking major levels of recovery here), I recovered the entire Windows OS (product key too) and a hell of a lot of personal files. Very sad of me, but I'm tempted to spot purchase 20 drives from different stores and recover the data, publish the results in an article with a tabloid and see if CEX stick to their statement found online about securely erasing data.Add in that the M2 SSD's that they now buy and sell are not tested. This means not only could the drive be faulty, it also contains anything left on the drive by CEX's customer (you wouldn't need to recover anything, it's likely still on there!). CEX could be facing a large fine in the future, data protection breaches and false statements about your data being erased when selling to them.



Since you seem to kniow about this - whats the best software for recovering data from a hard drive? I'm not gunna do what you said but it would be good to know as I have wanted to recover stuff from HD's before but could never find the right software - or it was always software you had to pay for and not freeware. Thanks {:

Any freeware recovery is pretty much guaranteed to recover data from CEX drives. Personal recovery wise, take a look at this and form your own opinion, perhaps delete a few word files or testing...

techradar.com/new…723
Edited by: "alltaken123" 29th Dec 2016
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