WD My Book 4TB (New Model) RECERTIFIED £74.99 @ Western Digital
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WD My Book 4TB (New Model) RECERTIFIED £74.99 @ Western Digital

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Found 27th Jul 2017
Been looking for an external to install my Steam library to. This is the best value I've found...

Older version 4TB My Book RECERTIFIED is also available for £66.99.
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PLEASE I THOUGHT WE WERE OVER THIS constant posting of broken-returned-fixed WD drives after the last 500 times they were posted.

PLEASE don't start posting every single broken-returned-fixed WD drive on the website.


Had a few none lasted more than a few weeks and the very short warranty you get means that WD don't expect them too either.
admirable13 m ago

Where does it say that?


It doesn't. Warranty is 6 months. I've had six or so refurbished drives from WD. No failures (after 2 years). You can return the item for a full refund within the first 30 days, but the drive is guaranteed by WD for 6 months. Typically if any drive doesn't fail in the first 2 months, it will be good for a long time. Refurb drives I've had have all look brand new, but aren't retail packaged.

General opinion is that these drives have cosmetic faults (scratches) or have been needlessly returned to WD (e.g. Amazon return), had faulty power cables / USB cables replaced and sold off for cheap. The other prevailing opinion is that these offers are really annoying, so these people post helpful things like "I bought 100 and they were all dead on arrival".
Edited by: "friar_chris" 27th Jul 2017
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Great deal bought two
Brilliant
What drives are in the new and old models?
PLEASE I THOUGHT WE WERE OVER THIS constant posting of broken-returned-fixed WD drives after the last 500 times they were posted.

PLEASE don't start posting every single broken-returned-fixed WD drive on the website.


Had a few none lasted more than a few weeks and the very short warranty you get means that WD don't expect them too either.
30 day warranty on a HD, sod that!
tek-monkey

30 day warranty on a HD, sod that!


Where does it say that?
admirable

Where does it say that?


My bad, sorry, its 30 days money back. What is the warranty?
6-month limited warranty
admirable13 m ago

Where does it say that?


It doesn't. Warranty is 6 months. I've had six or so refurbished drives from WD. No failures (after 2 years). You can return the item for a full refund within the first 30 days, but the drive is guaranteed by WD for 6 months. Typically if any drive doesn't fail in the first 2 months, it will be good for a long time. Refurb drives I've had have all look brand new, but aren't retail packaged.

General opinion is that these drives have cosmetic faults (scratches) or have been needlessly returned to WD (e.g. Amazon return), had faulty power cables / USB cables replaced and sold off for cheap. The other prevailing opinion is that these offers are really annoying, so these people post helpful things like "I bought 100 and they were all dead on arrival".
Edited by: "friar_chris" 27th Jul 2017
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Lasts only 2-3 months . Keep your receipt.
I bought one and apart from plain packaging it looked new, been using it for a few weeks without issue
friar_chris

It doesn't. Warranty is 6 months. I've had six or so refurbished drives … It doesn't. Warranty is 6 months. I've had six or so refurbished drives from WD. No failures (after 2 years). You can return the item for a full refund within the first 30 days, but the drive is guaranteed by WD for 6 months. Typically if any drive doesn't fail in the first 2 months, it will be good for a long time. Drives always look brand new, but aren't retail packaged.General opinion is that these drives have been needlessly returned to WD (e.g. Amazon return), had faulty power cables / usb cables replaced and sold off for cheap. The other prevailing opinion is that these offers are really annoying to some, so they post things like "I bought 100 and they were all dead on arrival".



I know, I have 8 of them in two servers bought over the last few years. All good and never missed a beat, one server has been on non stop for just over 2 years.
I've not voted hot or cold as this was a touch cheaper a few weeks ago.
friar_chris10 m ago

It doesn't. Warranty is 6 months. I've had six or so refurbished drives …It doesn't. Warranty is 6 months. I've had six or so refurbished drives from WD. No failures (after 2 years). You can return the item for a full refund within the first 30 days, but the drive is guaranteed by WD for 6 months. Typically if any drive doesn't fail in the first 2 months, it will be good for a long time. Refurb drives I've had have all look brand new, but aren't retail packaged.General opinion is that these drives have cosmetic faults (scratches) or have been needlessly returned to WD (e.g. Amazon return), had faulty power cables / USB cables replaced and sold off for cheap. The other prevailing opinion is that these offers are really annoying, so these people post helpful things like "I bought 100 and they were all dead on arrival".


In addition they don't appear to change the status of these drive in their warranty database. The result is you can return them as long as their original warranty is intact. I returned a refurb more than a year after purchase with no problems.
I'm not sure if i should get this or this deal for a new drive31561915-eY5Z5.jpg
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Just don't. The software flat-out does not work on Mac OS and you are responsible for returning it to Holland for a refund (eventually) after trying to convince a bored underpaid call centre drone in the Philippines that you have a legitimate reason to return it. Save yourself the time and hassle. You have better things to do, don't you? Of course you do. Go on holiday. Read a great book. Live your life and love your kids. Avoid an external WD drive.
Is there any point paying the extra £8 for the new model over the old one? Probably got the same internals anyway.
No cooling on these.... my 'cooled' recertified drive well over a year old...
Just got a usb powered 120mm fan sat on top in a cupboard
Graham1979

PLEASE I THOUGHT WE WERE OVER THIS constant posting of … PLEASE I THOUGHT WE WERE OVER THIS constant posting of broken-returned-fixed WD drives after the last 500 times they were posted. PLEASE don't start posting every single broken-returned-fixed WD drive on the website.Had a few none lasted more than a few weeks and the very short warranty you get means that WD don't expect them too either.



sam_of_london

Lasts only 2-3 months . Keep your receipt.


I've bought 4 drives through this section on the WD website - roughly one every two years. So the newest has been running for 2 years and the oldest for 8(!). I haven't had a single problem with any of them. So there's nothing inherently wrong with recertified drives. Obviously there are going to be some bad ones somewhere but just because you/someone got a faulty one doesn't mean that every single other drive is going to be a bad one. Any hard drive has a chance of failure, regardless of age or price, so if your data is that important don't keep it on just one drive. Apart from that, this is a good way of saving some money if you need some extra storage space.
TheDodger

I'm not sure if i should get this or this deal for a new drive



What's the discount code you are using? I was going to buy something but couldn't find a valid code
bren2625 m ago

What's the discount code you are using? I was going to buy something but …What's the discount code you are using? I was going to buy something but couldn't find a valid code


you need to have plex pass. its £3.99 a month
Do that give you a discount code for the wd store then?
bren265 m ago

Do that give you a discount code for the wd store then?


yea they have promotions for subscribers each month 20% WD ends the 31st its not valid on internal drives or recertified stuff tho
WD were once a well respected brand. But as of late there failure rates are not what they once were. Even if it was at £20, a refurbished model? 30 days warranty? That's a chance I wouldn't take. The amount of WD posts of late are somewhat of a concern on their quality control.
Graham197911 h, 13 m ago

PLEASE I THOUGHT WE WERE OVER THIS constant posting of …PLEASE I THOUGHT WE WERE OVER THIS constant posting of broken-returned-fixed WD drives after the last 500 times they were posted. PLEASE don't start posting every single broken-returned-fixed WD drive on the website.Had a few none lasted more than a few weeks and the very short warranty you get means that WD don't expect them too either.

You've been unlucky then. I've had probably a dozen of these recertified drives from WD in the past, and I've never had a problem with any of them.
Graham1979

PLEASE I THOUGHT WE WERE OVER THIS constant posting of … PLEASE I THOUGHT WE WERE OVER THIS constant posting of broken-returned-fixed WD drives after the last 500 times they were posted. PLEASE don't start posting every single broken-returned-fixed WD drive on the website.Had a few none lasted more than a few weeks and the very short warranty you get means that WD don't expect them too either.

sam_of_london

Lasts only 2-3 months . Keep your receipt.



Same here. Got a couple of WD recertified drives on the back of hukd deals and they've been good as gold. As with any hard drive I buy I would recommend a long test (takes a few hours) before using.

KEEP ON POSTING THE WD RECERTIFIED DRIVES DEALS FOLKS
Also have 4 of them which were tested thoroughly and then shucked. Have been running for a couple of years now without issue.
The enclosures that these come in aren't all that reliable, but the drives inside are solid.
TheDodger

you need to have plex pass. its £3.99 a month


Ooh, didn't know about that. Got a lifetime pass, didn't know we got discounts!
mikedigitales

6-month limited warranty


Not reassuring at all.
Buying something used/repaired which is so fragile and easily damage able is not wise.
Cold.
Edited by: "Dante4KR" 28th Jul 2017
Faceboy

Just don't. The software flat-out does not work on Mac OS

software ? It's an external drive
Another common theme is a lack of evidence, either way really. SMART stats would certainly help.

Rgds
Pops
I've had several recertified drives over the last couple of years from them and not a single issue. Despite the naysayers on here there also seems to be plenty of others with similar experience. Good deal and I regularly get 20% discount codes from WD which can be used in conjunction with this deal. Have saved myself loads.
The mac version looks nicer for the same price:

wdc.com/en-…tml
I've sent mine back every few months just to be sent another recertified drive that fails within weeks/months. I'm getting to the point where I can't be bothered to send it back anymore (probably what they hope will happen). WD drives are shockingly bad and I would never buy another!
*Reads thread. Prays for Armageddon*
Two things to be very careful about WD My Book drives is that they have a very high failure rate and the stored data is encrypted so if something happens to the controller you will be screwed. You can't take the drive out and simply put it in a PC as .... the data is encrypted and you won't see anything there. The drive can be repaired with great difficulty but its just not worth the risk. I've had three My Books go down where I effectively lost the data. Yes I tried putting the drives in the PC and trust me .... it doesn't work.
Bought two last week and received them earlier this week. Ran some diagnostics and check both of them are all fine. Strip them out and dump into NVR with redundant recording storage. Perfect.
tek-monkey

The mac version looks nicer for the same … The mac version looks nicer for the same price:https://www.wdc.com/en-gb/products/wd-recertified/my-book-studio.html


It's an external hard drive - there is no 'Mac version'. All 'Mac-ready' means is it's been formatted for Mac OS for people who don't know how to use Disk Utility (which, I mean, come on). Both Windows and Mac OS can format any drive to their native file system so just buy any drive and format it accordingly.
I have 16 WD drives in my server, half are re-certified, still going strong after 2-3 years running 24/7, only drives i've ever had fail before were seagate.
I bought a re-certified external drive last year and it was dead on arrival, just took the drive out and put it in my pc, ran just fine.
iq200

Two things to be very careful about WD My Book drives is that they have a … Two things to be very careful about WD My Book drives is that they have a very high failure rate and the stored data is encrypted so if something happens to the controller you will be screwed. You can't take the drive out and simply put it in a PC as .... the data is encrypted and you won't see anything there. The drive can be repaired with great difficulty but its just not worth the risk. I've had three My Books go down where I effectively lost the data. Yes I tried putting the drives in the PC and trust me .... it doesn't work.



This needs to be the top comment for peoples awareness. Had the same happen to one of mine. Was impossible to get the data back, and no joy in finding searches on the web for a way around it.
tek-monkey5 h, 37 m ago

Ooh, didn't know about that. Got a lifetime pass, didn't know we got …Ooh, didn't know about that. Got a lifetime pass, didn't know we got discounts!


i didnt know either until I saw people mention it on the datahoarder reddit. The discount isnt as good for EU as it is if you're from the US. They get 20% off all items when. we're limited to external drives only and nothing already reduced like Recertified drives
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