SATA Hard Drives for 'Normal' Prices @ CeX going fast!
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SATA Hard Drives for 'Normal' Prices @ CeX going fast!

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Found 6th Dec 2011
Needed a SATA II HDD for a new build recently and was shocked by the hike of new prices due to the floods in Thailand (and the market swaying towards SSDs)
CeX are the only retailer that hasn't changed their prices in line with the trend and i popped into the Tottenham Court Rd branch where they were already bagging up a few for online sales so they are going fast according to the staff there.

Picked up a Seagate 750gb for £40.
Also they have:
3tb for £120
2tb for £65
1tb for £48
500gb for £30

I can appreciate that some of these will be area specific so it may be a little bit of pot luck!
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New or used ?
canada16

New or used ?



Used i imagine
Used HDD umm no ta, Used HDD from CEX deffinatly not.
rofl ice cold. I'd rather buy used underwear
£48 might be the norm at CEX for a used 1TB HDD, but it's rather expensive for the rest of us considering a normal (before the floods) price for a new 1TB was ~£40. Ice cold...
Voted HOT. People dont live with a prices what was before you cant get any cheaper than this. You even can make a profit by selling those on eBay or elsewhere. I was selling 500GB on eBay few weeks ago for £42 and they were selling fast. So do the maths
you wouldnt buy a second hand hdd. they slow down as they age, and no telling how many dead sectors, and how close it is to its predicted failure time!!
I think CEX gives 1 year warranty on most things off course if HDD will fail data will be lost but you always should have a backup anyway. You can test HDD with free sotware and if you will see any faults just return them. You have no idea bouncy99 how many people buys used hdds. I sold over 10 HDDs in less than a week
grimboj2

rofl ice cold. I'd rather buy used underwear



I'd agree unless of course the underwear belonged to Scarlett Johansson
bouncy99

you wouldnt buy a second hand hdd. they slow down as they age


Haha, who told you that one ? oO
Edited by: "mikerr" 6th Dec 2011
grimboj2

rofl ice cold. I'd rather buy used underwear



eh?
cheaper to rip a hard drive out of the external hard drive deals going around. You get the drive brand new but doing so will void the warranty.
They don't even state if the drive is sata 1 2 or 3.....
legalmaniac

Voted HOT. People dont live with a prices what was before you cant get … Voted HOT. People dont live with a prices what was before you cant get any cheaper than this. You even can make a profit by selling those on eBay or elsewhere. I was selling 500GB on eBay few weeks ago for £42 and they were selling fast. So do the maths



So why arn't you buying them all up then if it's such a great money making scheme for you.
bouncy99

you wouldnt buy a second hand hdd.



You're right, I wouldn't - because they're poor value - but not because

they slow down as they age



or

and no telling how many dead sectors, and how close it is to its … and no telling how many dead sectors, and how close it is to its predicted failure time!!



They don't, and a proliferation of S.M.A.R.T. diagnostic tools will tell you exactly how many sectors have been reallocated, the number of hours a drive has been powered up, and give an overall assessment of a drive's health.
Seagate need to sort themselves out, i'm in dire need of an ST500DM002. These things used to be 30-40 quid and now they're 80. I call **** on the floods impacting prices as well, ebuyer had 2500+ in stock last night, hardly a shortage.
ValueForMoney

Seagate need to sort themselves out, i'm in dire need of an ST500DM002. … Seagate need to sort themselves out, i'm in dire need of an ST500DM002. These things used to be 30-40 quid and now they're 80. I call **** on the floods impacting prices as well, ebuyer had 2500+ in stock last night, hardly a shortage.



But when those 2500+ sell out, they're going to have to replace them at the market rate, which is rather high at the moment due to continued demand from big buyers (Apple, Dell, EMC...) and restricted supply. Either that, or not be able to restock at all until prices fall again, and lose sales in the meantime.
Original Poster
I just thought the deal was good for my current situation. Like previous posters i have checked the drive fully and its all good with no bad sectors. I have a 1 year warranty on the item and i actually checked on seagates website and have a further 8 months warranty with them directly.
I completely understand people caution re: HDD secondhand but i can't wait and i wasn't prepared to pay 2-3 times the price.
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