WD Elements Portable 1.5TB (Recertified) Hard Drive @ Western Digital Store £38.99
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WD Elements Portable 1.5TB (Recertified) Hard Drive @ Western Digital Store £38.99

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Found 3rd Mar 2015
A good deal for 1.5TB, the 1TB drive isn't much cheaper. Free shipping & 6 month warranty.

WD Elements portable storage with USB 3.0 offers reliable, high-capacity storage to go, ultra-fast data transfer rates, universal connectivity, and massive capacity. Includes a free trial of WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software.

Product Specifications
Interface USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
Performance Specifications
Serial Transfer Rate
USB 3.0
Serial Bus Transfer Rate (USB 3.0) 5 Gb/s (Max)
Physical Specifications
Capacity 1.5 TB
Physical Dimensions
English
Height 0.820 Inches
Depth 4.4 Inches
Width 3.2 Inches
Weight 0.51 Pounds
Metric
Height 21 mm
Depth 111 mm
Width 82.4 mm
Weight 0.234 kg
Environmental Specifications
Temperature (English)
Operating 41° F to 95° F
Non-operating -4° F to 149° F
Temperature (Metric)
Operating 5° C to 35° C
Non-operating -20° C to 65° C
Compatibility
Operating System
Compatibility Windows/Mac
Compatibility
• Formatted NTFS for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Window 8
• Mac OS X 10.6.5 + (requires reformatting)
Package Contents• USB 3.0 portable hard drive
• USB cable
• Quick Install Guide

18 Comments

Sure, not a bad price for that much storage if the manufacturer would guarantee it for more than 6 months

last time i saw this sort of deal on recertified WD hard drives, I emailed WD to enquire about how reliable they are likely to be compared to a new non-recertified one. That was a few weeks ago and still no reply. As Topinio suggests, they can't think much of potential reliability if they won't give more than a 6 mths warranty.

Good price for a backup drive

Recertified drives are those which developed bad sectors during use.
I bought one from Aria.
During the first year it developed many more bad sectors.
Aria would not refund or replace.
That was a WD too!
This isn't cheap for a potentially dud drive.
Bad sectors after use = a problem.
WD should bin them.

Crucial SSD refurbs are also sold with reduced warranty, 3 years for new to 1 year for recertified, many will just wait and buy refurbs when available rather than brand new if they offered the same warranty peroid.

I just brought the 2TB Ultra from Currys with 5year warranty for £80.....gutted. They had 2TB versions of this with 3 year warranty for £75. Not deals I know but I question why Currys are getting what seems an exclusive extended warranty? I'm awaiting WD's reply but still nothing.

Rocklet

Recertified drives are those which developed bad sectors during use.



Recertified means they've run it through extensive tests and as far as they can see, its fine. They claim the majority of RMAs by consumers are of drives with no problems - rather issues with the OS or sata/usb controller etc.

Of course, it's still a used HDD. You won't know how many hours it has on it because they zero them.

I have no problem buying recertified drives at the right price. The saving needs to be significant to offset the reduced warranty and unknown mileage. That's something you'll have to decide for yourself.

Any drive you buy, new or recertified, I recommend you stress test it with several full read & write cycles before use while checking the SMART data.

6 months in... Knowing my luck the drive would fail just then... Avoiding these recertified drives until they can offer longer warranty period than 6 months

AVOID Western Digital Hard Drives.
They will go faulty in the 1st year.
I am an IT Engineer and most of the laptops we get with faulty hard drives are with WD blue and Toshiba.
WD is the very low of hard drives and if you want to keep your family photos and documents avoid it.

support11

AVOID Western Digital Hard Drives.They will go faulty in the 1st year.I … AVOID Western Digital Hard Drives.They will go faulty in the 1st year.I am an IT Engineer and most of the laptops we get with faulty hard drives are with WD blue and Toshiba.WD is the very low of hard drives and if you want to keep your family photos and documents avoid it.



I've had a WD Raptor X in my PC for around 6/7 years, and it's be faultless. That being said, I did have to RMA 4 times within 6 months of getting one before I got one that worked but since then, faultless.

That being said, does anyone know how this has been wired up to the casing? Hoping to dismantle it and use the drive in my PS4.

Edited by: "joshbaboo" 4th Mar 2015

support11

AVOID Western Digital Hard Drives.They will go faulty in the 1st year.I … AVOID Western Digital Hard Drives.They will go faulty in the 1st year.I am an IT Engineer and most of the laptops we get with faulty hard drives are with WD blue and Toshiba.WD is the very low of hard drives and if you want to keep your family photos and documents avoid it.



There is only really WD and Seagate and if you think WD is bad what do you think of seagate.

What would you recommend?

support11

AVOID Western Digital Hard Drives.They will go faulty in the 1st year.I … AVOID Western Digital Hard Drives.They will go faulty in the 1st year.I am an IT Engineer and most of the laptops we get with faulty hard drives are with WD blue and Toshiba.WD is the very low of hard drives and if you want to keep your family photos and documents avoid it.



Not many manufacturers left:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/87/Diagram_of_Hard_Disk_Drive_Manufacturer_Consolidation.svg/300px-Diagram_of_Hard_Disk_Drive_Manufacturer_Consolidation.svg.png

On the deal though, "recertified" = previously faulty, so cold ...

Is it possible to display the hours an expansion HDD has been used for? How?

sparcus

Is it possible to display the hours an expansion HDD has been used for? … Is it possible to display the hours an expansion HDD has been used for? How?


Some sort of program to read the S.M.A.R.T. data on the drive? Assuming that data hasn't been reset with the rest of the drive

Even with a shadily short warranty, not bad for an xbox or PS4 (Where the data doesn't matter at all as I'm pretty sure all game data is saved to the cloud anyway)

Rocklet

Recertified drives are those which developed bad sectors during use.I … Recertified drives are those which developed bad sectors during use.I bought one from Aria.During the first year it developed many more bad sectors.Aria would not refund or replace.That was a WD too!This isn't cheap for a potentially dud drive.Bad sectors after use = a problem.WD should bin them.



It's normal for a drive to be built with, and to develop, bad sectors. They usually get mapped out of future use without you even being aware of it. It's only a problem if large numbers happen, which is part of what SMART is all about.

The same goes for sensors on cameras; not all pixels work, and some fail; the firmware often detects this and maps them out of use, using neighbouring pixels to fake the data for those pixels. It's not possible to build stuff at the price people expect to be able to pay without these sorts of issues. It's why I always buy stuff online - never from a shop - so I can check out dead pixels on a monitor for example (shops have all sorts of crazy ideas about how many hot/dead pixels i must accept on my new purchase) and return them if they're not good enough.

support11

AVOID Western Digital Hard Drives.They will go faulty in the 1st year.I … AVOID Western Digital Hard Drives.They will go faulty in the 1st year.I am an IT Engineer and most of the laptops we get with faulty hard drives are with WD blue and Toshiba.WD is the very low of hard drives and if you want to keep your family photos and documents avoid it.



Really? in my experience Seagate have been the worst. Had quite a few go dead and only ever had 1 WD die. Only had 1 maxtor die but, I've only ever had 1 maxtor so... had a samsung spinpoint running for almost 6 years constant without a hitch which is nice, and a paid of hitachi ones, one a deskstar, and one eco drive that runs at a really weird rpm, both running for about 3-4 years constant and no problems.

paulpso

Really? in my experience Seagate have been the worst. Had quite a few go … Really? in my experience Seagate have been the worst. Had quite a few go dead and only ever had 1 WD die. Only had 1 maxtor die but, I've only ever had 1 maxtor so... had a samsung spinpoint running for almost 6 years constant without a hitch which is nice, and a paid of hitachi ones, one a deskstar, and one eco drive that runs at a really weird rpm, both running for about 3-4 years constant and no problems.



Me too, seagate definitely avoid.

Western digital i find the very best by a long shot.
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