Western Digital 6TB My Book (re-certified) - £104.99 (with code & free P+P) @ Western Digital
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Western Digital 6TB My Book (re-certified) - £104.99 (with code & free P+P) @ Western Digital

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Found 10th Jun 2017
Been waiting for this to come back in stock but it sells out very fast due to usually very limited stock of the 6TB version.

Okay, I guess being recertified will put some people off but 6TB for £104.99 is still a very good price for the amount of storage. Use CODE: WDSTORECPN (£10 off £100 spend)

3TB & 4TB also currently available for £72.99 & £79.99

30 day return period and 6 month warranty.
Thanks to barmrest for pointing out the discount code is per order so if you're wanting two then order each separately!

Price now reduced to £109.99 making it £99.99 with code! - thanks to rexxyic4 pointing it out


Price has gone back up to £104.99 but still in stock
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Buying a "recertified" hard drive for use with valuable data is not a sensible buying decision let alone a hot deal.
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Heated, great price for this amount of storage. This deal will get a bunch of recertified drive naysayers but ignore em, this is hot!
What's inside this? Is it the red and drive?
I keep getting authorisation failed
Looks like a good deal. +1
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bubblegum2910

I keep getting authorisation failed



hmmm, I don't. Try going back to the Products page and choosing Recertified: wdc.com/en-gb/
Finally got it working, ordered Thanks
is it single drive or double?
also we red?
also can I take the drive out and use in my synology nas? or is it a usb interface


cheers
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polarbaba

is it single drive or double?also we red?also can I take the drive out … is it single drive or double?also we red?also can I take the drive out and use in my synology nas? or is it a usb interfacecheers



Don't know if it is a Red inside, reluctant to open mine existing one in case I make the warranty void by snapping some bits of plastic but it's a single 3.5" with standard sata interface so you can take it out and install elsewhere.

Some guides on Youtube on how to open the enclosures
they appear to be wd green drives.

they would be fine for plugging in and doing a backup and then switched off.

but for my use which is a media server via a NAS, I would be cautious and get wd reds.

even though I have used wd greens in my nas for 5 years ! I would not. want to do that again.
What's your opinion on the my cloud mirror drives ..
the description says 6tb so would that be two 3tb drives. Just wanting something I can access with my phone when I'm away. What do you guys think ?
STRBramley

What's inside this? Is it the red and drive?


No,red drives are in the My Cloud and NAS
Ordered - thanks Darkroom.

Ordered, thanks Darkroom.
Aren't these the drives that have password protected enclosures that prevent you accessing your hard drive data if the enclosure ever fails? Your hard drive could be absolutely fine but inaccessible due to a faulty enclosure?
are re-certifieds actually good?
Banned
Ordered, thanks Darkroom.
Buying a "recertified" hard drive for use with valuable data is not a sensible buying decision let alone a hot deal.
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tonez

Aren't these the drives that have password protected enclosures that … Aren't these the drives that have password protected enclosures that prevent you accessing your hard drive data if the enclosure ever fails? Your hard drive could be absolutely fine but inaccessible due to a faulty enclosure?



In a word, no. If you want to password protect then you'd need to use the WD SmartWare Software to set it up. It's not necessary if you just want a plain old usb hard disk.
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DingoDirk

Buying a "recertified" hard drive for use with valuable data is not a … Buying a "recertified" hard drive for use with valuable data is not a sensible buying decision let alone a hot deal.



A recertified hard disk can just be one that's gone out to a customer and then returned without even having had the box opened. How does that make it unsuitable for use?

In any case, if you're backing up any data you'd back it up on to 2 separate disks as a minimum.
Darkroom

In a word, no. If you want to password protect then you'd need to use the … In a word, no. If you want to password protect then you'd need to use the WD SmartWare Software to set it up. It's not necessary if you just want a plain old usb hard disk.



Thanks for this. I've always steered clear of these hard drives after reading about such issues despite seeing some pretty decent deals in the past. Feel a bit of a sucker now!
DingoDirk

Buying a "recertified" hard drive for use with valuable data is not a … Buying a "recertified" hard drive for use with valuable data is not a sensible buying decision let alone a hot deal.



You're wrong, obviously you should always back up your data more than once. However buying recertified products is usually actually better and they'll usually last longer.

When broken drives go back to the WD factory they are checked extensively, they've already lost some money on the product and they do not want to lose more again if it fails and has to come back. Most new hard drives aren't tested whereas refurbished ones will be.
How well will this work for backing up purposes?
Heat for the deal! Under £20/TB is a the price point I'll buy at! I want this, but I'm going go for an Xbox One instead.
I do have to laugh at comments in here - a hard drive (no matter how many you have) is not a backup solution...
An excellent find, thanks for posting!
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aLV426

Heat for the deal! Under £20/TB is a the price point I'll buy at! I want … Heat for the deal! Under £20/TB is a the price point I'll buy at! I want this, but I'm going go for an Xbox One instead.I do have to laugh at comments in here - a hard drive (no matter how many you have) is not a backup solution...



To.. to what should I be backing up?
Great deal but unfortunately a terrible e-commerce site, I had similar issues to those that bubblegum had, both paypal and cc directly did not work giving me various errors and loops in the site. I now see "new" recertified 6TB drives listed at a lower price (£99) without using the code although they are not in stock yet, so flagging for others benefit as I've given up with their site now!
just to reiterate everyone elses point as well, since I lost my main HD and lost significant amounts of stuff, including family photos from.my phone when my SD card died, I cannot emphasise regular backups done twice. keep one drive outside your home in case the backups aren't available due to something that happened at your house.
this would be the minimum level of backup , if you skimp on this, I promise you will only ever make this mistake once!.
I would say always factor the cost of a backup solution when you buy a PC and consider part of your PC ecosystem.

as for recertified, depends on your appetite for risk and budget.

In my case since all my family photos and videos are on my NAS, I would be more than devastated should i incur any loss.

I learnt the hard way. please do not skimp on backups.

also kids.. don't do drugs...
Edited by: "polarbaba" 10th Jun 2017
Any idea which drive this is? Helium? Shingled recording?

And obviously you always need two: one for the backup.
Stimpington

To.. to what should I be backing up?



So what in you opinion is a viable backup solution!? Floppies? Or do you suggest that we back up to clouds? What do you think the servers that the cloud uses back up onto?
Sorry ALV426. I misread your post. I thought you were saying that hard drives were not a backup solution.
I ordered two, the discount is per order not per drive.
I ordered two, the discount is per order not per drive.
Heat added
Thank you Darkroom bought 2 of them, need to upgrade my 4TB's but this means no more kids for me as when the wife sees the bill she will kick the life out of my balls, so thx

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STRBramley

What's inside this? Is it the red and drive?


I was reading reports of people ordering multiple items and getting green or blue
I wouldn't risk it with a recertified HDD. I would go for a brand new drive with less storage if that was my budget.

I have worked in IT for nearly 30 years. Buying things like this aint a good idea if its your main storage. But if you are using this as a backup of something that exists elsewhere then, I guess its ok.
DingoDirk

Buying a "recertified" hard drive for use with valuable data is not a … Buying a "recertified" hard drive for use with valuable data is not a sensible buying decision let alone a hot deal.




This guy knows what he's talking about.
polarbaba

just to reiterate everyone elses point as well, since I lost my main HD … just to reiterate everyone elses point as well, since I lost my main HD and lost significant amounts of stuff, including family photos from.my phone when my SD card died, I cannot emphasise regular backups done twice. keep one drive outside your home in case the backups aren't available due to something that happened at your house.this would be the minimum level of backup , if you skimp on this, I promise you will only ever make this mistake once!.I would say always factor the cost of a backup solution when you buy a PC and consider part of your PC ecosystem. as for recertified, depends on your appetite for risk and budget. In my case since all my family photos and videos are on my NAS, I would be more than devastated should i incur any loss. I learnt the hard way. please do not skimp on backups.also kids.. don't do drugs...



additionally I would add that turning on the option to auto sync photos on your phone to the cloud is also a must.
I know that this then means that big bad Google, Apple or Microsoft can look at my photos but they're welcome to analyze the hell out of them.
This is a good buy, and can be PART of your backup strategy (as it is for me). The greatest data losses are probably due to people not realising after the “event” (failure) that the last backup was six months ago, the older you get time seems to move faster so this is more likely. Far better to spend £100 on this than not to backup, if you can afford buy two and replicate your backup, yes the price is that good.
I have a recertified 4tb drive which I've been using as a NAS for 8 months. It's quiet and hasn't failed.
One thing to bear in mind is the indexing software can cripple the read / write speeds leading to buffering when streaming large video files. This can be managed of you're comfortable using ssh and openmediavault can be installed with a little leg work.

Ultimately, you're getting a lot of storage for the money from a respected brand, the cloud features are just a bonus.
Edited by: "gorillaparfait" 11th Jun 2017
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