Western Digital My Book (Recertified) 6 TB £99.99 @ WDC
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Western Digital My Book (Recertified) 6 TB £99.99 @ WDC

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Edited by:"twix41"Found 30th Jul 2017
Excellent price for 6tb of external storage, works out at £17.50 per TB.
You can always extract the drive from the case and use it as an internal drive if you prefer.

Edit - Now reduced to £99.99
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jamgin

Where's Graham1979?Not a proper WD recertified deal until he's posted a … Where's Graham1979?Not a proper WD recertified deal until he's posted a warning...



Maybe his HDD failed.
iz123456789

Recertified? What's that?


Any drive that has found its way back to WD cos buyer didn't realise it had to be used with a power supply; was too big to fit in pocket, buyer hadn't received authority from partner to purchase; was too shiny / not shiny enough; or allegedly had a fault that WD couldn't confirm during its post-return testing.
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These contain WD Green's correct?
Recertified? What's that?
Protoype

These contain WD Green's correct?



Random choice from WD Green, WD Black, HGST or Hitachi drives. Definitively not WD Red.
iz123456789

Recertified? What's that?


Any drive that has found its way back to WD cos buyer didn't realise it had to be used with a power supply; was too big to fit in pocket, buyer hadn't received authority from partner to purchase; was too shiny / not shiny enough; or allegedly had a fault that WD couldn't confirm during its post-return testing.
anyone know a decent guide on how to open these without breaking them? found several on youtube but not for this model
Bought a couple at this price a few months ago, done me good so far. Heat
I was tempted to buy one of these wd my book years ago until I did some research and found that the drives will be encrypted which is great for security but if the box has a fault then you are screwed apparently as you cannot just buy another one and transfer to a new one plus as it is encrypted you cannot attach it to a computer as I mentioned earlier it is encrypted. obviously correct me if I am wrong.
mastermjr20041

I was tempted to buy one of these wd my book years ago until I did some … I was tempted to buy one of these wd my book years ago until I did some research and found that the drives will be encrypted which is great for security but if the box has a fault then you are screwed apparently as you cannot just buy another one and transfer to a new one plus as it is encrypted you cannot attach it to a computer as I mentioned earlier it is encrypted. obviously correct me if I am wrong.


Please accept notice of correction.
mastermjr200416 m ago

I was tempted to buy one of these wd my book years ago until I did some …I was tempted to buy one of these wd my book years ago until I did some research and found that the drives will be encrypted which is great for security but if the box has a fault then you are screwed apparently as you cannot just buy another one and transfer to a new one plus as it is encrypted you cannot attach it to a computer as I mentioned earlier it is encrypted. obviously correct me if I am wrong.

I don't think that's correct. A drive wouldn't come encrypted without an encryption key to decrypt it, otherwise it would be useless to the buyer.
AndyRoyd

Please accept notice of correction.


Saying correction and not correcting isn't correcting
Always have backup of your backups.
Does anyone know if these can be used with an Xbox One?
PhilK

Saying correction and not correcting isn't correcting


That's absolutely correct
PDCottrell

Does anyone know if these can be used with an Xbox One?



Yes why wouldn't they?
mastermjr20041

I was tempted to buy one of these wd my book years ago until I did some … I was tempted to buy one of these wd my book years ago until I did some research and found that the drives will be encrypted which is great for security but if the box has a fault then you are screwed apparently as you cannot just buy another one and transfer to a new one plus as it is encrypted you cannot attach it to a computer as I mentioned earlier it is encrypted. obviously correct me if I am wrong.


They are in a 'raw' form suitable for the USB caddy. Take it out and put it in your PC and it won't read it. And Vice Versa
zombrex1 m ago

Yes why wouldn't they?

I've never used an external drive with it so wasn't sure.
I apologize if I sound a bit stupid
Where's Graham1979?
Not a proper WD recertified deal until he's posted a warning...
afaik there is hardware encoding on the enclosure itself, so if there is a fault in that, then you cannot just place it in another drive and read the data off it. of course if you just remove the drive from the enclosure and use it internally instead then it will just be like a normal drive, you can format it and use it as usual. although, that may void any warranty that is on there if there is damage to the drive enclosure or if there are any stickers saying void if removed that are broken when you try and return it.
jamgin

Where's Graham1979?Not a proper WD recertified deal until he's posted a … Where's Graham1979?Not a proper WD recertified deal until he's posted a warning...



Maybe his HDD failed.
fishmaster

Maybe his HDD failed.


Or it could be a problem that they've fixed and your effectively still getting a new HDD. That's why I haven't got a problem buying these recertified HDD's.
Edited by: "RiverDragon8" 30th Jul 2017
I'll provide a warning against the unfathomably crap service of the WD store. It's run by "Digital River", a third party company. They kept my order (and my money) for about two months without shipping anything, and only responded to my emails with the same canned messages of "it's shipping soon!"

There's also zero order tracking so you don't know if your order has actually shipped or not.

Eventually they cancelled and refunded without warning.

The last two pages of this thread make for fun reading:
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Edited by: "ruffedgrouse" 30th Jul 2017
PDCottrell45 m ago

Does anyone know if these can be used with an Xbox One?

Any external hard drive over 256gb with usb 3.0 will work for saving games ect to xb1

I use a 5tb though for me even thats reaching capacity now but day one is great when you see you have 5tb of space.

From xbox.com

To use external storage with Xbox One games and apps, your hard drive must:

Hold 256 GB or moreConnect via USB 3.0

When you first connect, Xbox will prompt you to format your device. You can use it for Xbox games and apps, or for personal media such as pictures, music, and video. (Xbox will treat devices that don’t meet the above requirements as media storage.)
fishmaster

Maybe his HDD failed.


That's cos it's a Seagate
Isn't it cheaper per TB to get the 4TB model for £67??
dannyguk9153 m ago

Any external hard drive over 256gb with usb 3.0 will work for saving games …Any external hard drive over 256gb with usb 3.0 will work for saving games ect to xb1 I use a 5tb though for me even thats reaching capacity now but day one is great when you see you have 5tb of space.From xbox.comTo use external storage with Xbox One games and apps, your hard drive must:Hold 256 GB or moreConnect via USB 3.0When you first connect, Xbox will prompt you to format your device. You can use it for Xbox games and apps, or for personal media such as pictures, music, and video. (Xbox will treat devices that don’t meet the above requirements as media storage.)

Brilliant, thanks.
Think I might get one of these then as I own a lot of digital games and sick of deleting and reinstalling.
Sheza1

Isn't it cheaper per TB to get the 4TB model for £67??



But this is 6TB. You would need to get 3 x 2TB @ £195, 2 x 3TB @ £126, or 1 x 4TB and 1 x 2TB @ £133 to get 6TB any other way. So it would definitely make better sense to buy this, in a sort of clutter-free, Feng Shui sort of way.
PDCottrell2 h, 48 m ago

Does anyone know if these can be used with an Xbox One?



yes, that's what I have done from an earlier deal on here - currently @ 20% of capacity
These are easy to open, just have to pry open some plastic tabs along the edges of the casing. Couple of screws inside to remove the drive from the caddy and the LED light placement holder. Have done lots of these in the past and they can be used internally and on any console Xbox One, PS4 etc by just connecting the USB lead to your device.

Remember guys, recertified drives are always a gamble, even more so than new manufactured ones.

Over the past 22 years of selling computer hardware and hard drives I can honestly say that Western Digital drives are not only the best selling but also the ones with the lowest amount of returns. Seagate drives in my own experience have the highest rate of returns but are usually quite considerably cheaper.

If the data your plan on storing (Especialy 6TB's of it) is extremely valuable to you and you don't have it backed it up anywhere else on a 2nd drive or in 'the cloud' than I implore you to think again with regard to recert drives. I've seen hundreds of customers of mine over the years complain about dead hard drives and as the warranty for recert drives is usually only between 28 days to 6 months then it simply comes down to how much of a price your valuable data is to you.

I see these hard drive problems almost daily and it's only getting more regular due to single hard drives getting bigger and users therefore storing huge amounts of data in a single place/single drive. On my own personal computer I have always used multiple internal drives rather than store everything on one drive.

Just offering some advice to those that are considering this. Maybe price up multiple drives with a lower capicity and a longer warranty but as I say it depends on the value you place of your data. Good luck if you decide to go for it.!
Edited by: "mumjit" 30th Jul 2017
PDCottrell1 h, 23 m ago

Brilliant, thanks. Think I might get one of these then as I own a lot of …Brilliant, thanks. Think I might get one of these then as I own a lot of digital games and sick of deleting and reinstalling.

You wont regret it although i find myself finding it hard to choose a game now i wish the xbox had more ways to organize the games how you wanted. I paid £105 about a year ago for a new 5tb from amazon i dont know if id fork out the same for recertified hdd though, but saying that the extra TB would have come in handy now:/ Happy gaming!

Edit: just had a look my hdd is now £153 on amazon or £105 for 4tb must have been some recent hdd shortage that makes this a steal of a deal
Edited by: "dannyguk91" 30th Jul 2017
Good deal but once someone has posted one of the deals on the WD recertified site can we just stop posting every single different drive from there!
jyjyjy

Good deal but once someone has posted one of the deals on the WD … Good deal but once someone has posted one of the deals on the WD recertified site can we just stop posting every single different drive from there!



Careful! Talking common sense usually gets you banned on this site nowadays
jyjyjy

Good deal but once someone has posted one of the deals on the WD … Good deal but once someone has posted one of the deals on the WD recertified site can we just stop posting every single different drive from there!



But each deal is still different and it doesn't automatically follow that people will look for the other possible deals.

Besides, why should you really care?
PhilK4 h, 58 m ago

Saying correction and not correcting isn't correcting




Yes but 'notice of correction' is technically advance notification of forthcoming correction.

Not that I think he meant that.
mastermjr200415 h, 22 m ago

I was tempted to buy one of these wd my book years ago until I did some …I was tempted to buy one of these wd my book years ago until I did some research and found that the drives will be encrypted which is great for security but if the box has a fault then you are screwed apparently as you cannot just buy another one and transfer to a new one plus as it is encrypted you cannot attach it to a computer as I mentioned earlier it is encrypted. obviously correct me if I am wrong.




You're right. If you don't plan on pulling it apart for use of the HDD as an internal, you will be at (minor) risk of the encryption hardware - strapped to it - failing.
Edited by: "Stimpington" 30th Jul 2017
mrew424 h, 53 m ago

They are in a 'raw' form suitable for the USB caddy. Take it out and put …They are in a 'raw' form suitable for the USB caddy. Take it out and put it in your PC and it won't read it. And Vice Versa

You can get software to read drives in RAW format
HaraldBB

Random choice from WD Green, WD Black, HGST or Hitachi drives. … Random choice from WD Green, WD Black, HGST or Hitachi drives. Definitively not WD Red.



I thought WD Green had been discontinued a while back; and I'd be amazed if they put high performance Black drives inside. If it is a Black, it deserves a better life than being shackled inside that prison!
You'll find that if you open one of these re-certified drives the Western Digital 'green' overlay sticker will have been removed and replaced with a 'White' re-certification overlay which is a standard part of the re-certification process to prevent the drives from finding their way back into the hardware OEM market.31582015-OljHz.jpg
Edited by: "mumjit" 30th Jul 2017
Just to confirm, the caddys these things come in have hardware encryption built in? Is this linked to WD software?
If you format the entire drive in it's enclosure are you saying that any data will be lost should the enclosure itself fail (the HDD then won't work in another system as encrypted?)

Never heard of this ever, certainly as I've never seen a mention of hardware encryption being automatically used.

I'm assuming this is all linked to WD software and that if you just straight up format the drive there's no issue.
dezontk

Just to confirm, the caddys these things come in have hardware encryption … Just to confirm, the caddys these things come in have hardware encryption built in? Is this linked to WD software?If you format the entire drive in it's enclosure are you saying that any data will be lost should the enclosure itself fail (the HDD then won't work in another system as encrypted?) Never heard of this ever, certainly as I've never seen a mention of hardware encryption being automatically used.I'm assuming this is all linked to WD software and that if you just straight up format the drive there's no issue.



Yes the caddy has hardware encryption built in. The way to avoid this problem is to buy the Elements range which don't have it and is usually cheaper, the 6TB Elements can be had for £93 with the 20% discount new. They send you that code 1 week after making any purchase and can be shared with friends in return for them giving you back the code they get sent.

And yep if the caddy fails your data is lost, until you find another caddy somewhere. The encryption key is stored on the disk itself so you just need another caddy that can read it.
Edited by: "malhal" 30th Jul 2017
zebrum49 m ago

the 6TB Elements can be had for £93 with the 20% discount new


Pretty sure the largest Elements drive is 5TB, at least on my stock list. where can you source them for £93 btw?
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