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Western Digtal My Book 4TB Desktop Hard Drive (Recertified) £60.99 Delivered @ Western Digital
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Western Digtal My Book 4TB Desktop Hard Drive (Recertified) £60.99 Delivered @ Western Digital

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Posted 9th Dec 2019

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Western Digtal My Book 4TB Desktop Hard Drive

• Auto backup with included WD Backup software and Time Machine compatibility
• Password protection with hardware encryption
• Reimagined design
• Easy to use
• Trusted storage built with WD reliability
• Up to 8TB capacity
• USB 3.0 port; USB 2.0 compatible
• 2-year limited warranty

Complete Backup
My Book desktop storage comes equipped with WD Backup software and Apple Time Machine compatibility to help make sure your photos, videos, music and documents don't get lost. You can set it to run automatically to your schedule. Just pick the time and frequency to back up important files from your system.

My Book desktop storage also works great with Acronis® True Image™ WD Edition software to schedule complete system backups.

With the power of WD Backup, Apple Time Machine compatibility and Acronis True Image WD Edition software, you've got a complete backup routine to help recover data in the event of a computer virus, computer failure, or if you accidentally press "delete".
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ahenners10/12/2019 00:54

Or maybe it suits someone's needs perfectly. I bought a 4TB WD recertified …Or maybe it suits someone's needs perfectly. I bought a 4TB WD recertified for £47 last year for home server data backup. Been running 24/7 for over a year and still going strong. Cheap, large and perfect for its purpose.


Hope you have that backup in a second location too
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Recertified recently has been used more than refurbished. One reason it has become more popular among retailers is because the term "recertified" gives the buyer the comfort of knowing a thorough inspection process has been completed. Keep in mind what you might feel is a thorough inspection can be totally different from what the manufacturer might feel is a thorough inspection. Each manufacturer has its own standards of recertification. Also it is a plus to know that many recertified products are still covered under the manufacturer's warranty, depending on how old the item is. Even if the product is not covered under a manufacturer warranty the seller often offers a 30 to 60 day warranty.
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Amazing if people are paying £60 for a used 4TB spinning disk drive 😄

Maybe they think "recertified" means "high tech". Like a regular drive with a PhD 😄
muppetrider09/12/2019 23:40

Amazing if people are paying £60 for a used 4TB spinning disk drive …Amazing if people are paying £60 for a used 4TB spinning disk drive 😄Maybe they think "recertified" means "high tech". Like a regular drive with a PhD 😄


Well my experience is mixed. I got one of these last year, the first one wouldn’t write more than a few hundred MB before it “disconnected”. In their defence, they replaced it, it took a while as it had to go to Poland to be checked before they sent another, but this ones been fine. Would I buy another? Probably, after all, any storage drive can fail, that’s why I use cloud + a couple of HDD + DVD’s at the in-lawsto store anything important such as family photos.
Edited by: "frakison" 10th Dec 2019
muppetrider09/12/2019 23:40

Amazing if people are paying £60 for a used 4TB spinning disk drive …Amazing if people are paying £60 for a used 4TB spinning disk drive 😄Maybe they think "recertified" means "high tech". Like a regular drive with a PhD 😄


Or maybe it suits someone's needs perfectly. I bought a 4TB WD recertified for £47 last year for home server data backup. Been running 24/7 for over a year and still going strong. Cheap, large and perfect for its purpose.
ahenners10/12/2019 00:54

Or maybe it suits someone's needs perfectly. I bought a 4TB WD recertified …Or maybe it suits someone's needs perfectly. I bought a 4TB WD recertified for £47 last year for home server data backup. Been running 24/7 for over a year and still going strong. Cheap, large and perfect for its purpose.


Hope you have that backup in a second location too
I got one couple of years ago and it’s gone after an year.. it’s out of warranty and lost all data... I have decided to stay away from WD. I am using Seagate from 6 years and never had any problem
Alex_H10/12/2019 02:31

Hope you have that backup in a second location too


Of course, important data backed up to cloud
ahenners10/12/2019 00:54

Or maybe it suits someone's needs perfectly. I bought a 4TB WD recertified …Or maybe it suits someone's needs perfectly. I bought a 4TB WD recertified for £47 last year for home server data backup. Been running 24/7 for over a year and still going strong. Cheap, large and perfect for its purpose.


Yeh because at the price you paid that's actually acceptable for a recertified product. This price per TB for recertified? No.
Edited by: "kwesleyb" 10th Dec 2019
muppetrider09/12/2019 23:40

Amazing if people are paying £60 for a used 4TB spinning disk drive …Amazing if people are paying £60 for a used 4TB spinning disk drive 😄Maybe they think "recertified" means "high tech". Like a regular drive with a PhD 😄


I've had WD HDs for years and never been a problem. On their website it says

"WD Recertified drives have the same quality you would expect from all WD products.
- Tested and determined to meet WD's stringent quality standards
- Returned to like-new condition
- 6 month limited warranty
- WD recertified products may consist of customer return units and may be repaired. Recertified products may have minor cosmetic blemishes that do not impact their performance."
omendata09/12/2019 22:58

Recertified recently has been used more than refurbished. One reason it …Recertified recently has been used more than refurbished. One reason it has become more popular among retailers is because the term "recertified" gives the buyer the comfort of knowing a thorough inspection process has been completed. Keep in mind what you might feel is a thorough inspection can be totally different from what the manufacturer might feel is a thorough inspection. Each manufacturer has its own standards of recertification. Also it is a plus to know that many recertified products are still covered under the manufacturer's warranty, depending on how old the item is. Even if the product is not covered under a manufacturer warranty the seller often offers a 30 to 60 day warranty.


Recertified and Refurbished are the same thing in terms of 2nd hand - but now resold, but they are not the same. It is not new terminology nor is it used more now than it has been in the past. In fact it is specific terminology for hard drives to mean the hard drive has been used prior, gone back to a stage of manufacturing and been checked, processed and cleaned with bad sectors and other errors removed or fixed. Recertifcation applies to certain products and Refurbished to others. Please be aware Refurbished and Recertified are different and separate, and that Recertified is NOT the new buzzword for Refurbished.
deleted8125810/12/2019 00:00

Well my experience is mixed. I got one of these last year, the first one …Well my experience is mixed. I got one of these last year, the first one wouldn’t write more than a few hundred MB before it “disconnected”. In their defence, they replaced it, it took a while as it had to go to Poland to be checked before they sent another, but this ones been fine. Would I buy another? Probably, after all, any storage drive can fail, that’s why I use cloud + a couple of HDD + DVD’s at the in-lawsto store anything important such as family photos.


Did they expect you to pay the £20 return postage to Poland as they did me, when my daughter bought a faulty one?
Totally against The Consumer Rights Act 2015 but eventually WD sent me a returns label although not before Paypal had already refunded me.
Until this I had bought a few recertified drives, only one had a dodgy USB cable which didn't bother me.
Until they update their policies to adhere to UK law I wouldn't purchase another.
alchemist188310/12/2019 16:41

Recertified and Refurbished are the same thing in terms of 2nd hand - but …Recertified and Refurbished are the same thing in terms of 2nd hand - but now resold, but they are not the same. It is not new terminology nor is it used more now than it has been in the past. In fact it is specific terminology for hard drives to mean the hard drive has been used prior, gone back to a stage of manufacturing and been checked, processed and cleaned with bad sectors and other errors removed or fixed. Recertifcation applies to certain products and Refurbished to others. Please be aware Refurbished and Recertified are different and separate, and that Recertified is NOT the new buzzword for Refurbished.


Hard drives with bad sectors removed are dodgy as - if there are bad sectors it means the platter has a fault whether its dust ingress or a micro fracture lol I know, I used to do data recovery and repair on hard drives.
My comment was a cut and paste from a tech website!
Thorough inspection lol do you know what that means?

It certainly doesnt mean opening up the drive and using magneto microscopy to check the disk or examine the head actuator etc it merely means they use special software interfaced with the controller chip n the board to do low level stuff = have a look at the daughterboard on your hdu - ever wonder what that strange block with the 4 pins is for next to the sata connectors or master slave connectors?

You can do it yourself if you have the right cable and software!

But yeah in general they mean the same thing to customers but it depends on the manufacturer!
And again sometimes it doesnt mean the same thing.
Refurbished usually doesnt come iwht warranty whereas recertified does!
Recertified means the item has been used whereas refurbished might not even have been used at ll it might mean the box was damaged or there was no insturction manual so yeah in that case they are different but as I said it depends on the manufacturer!

Its all buzzspeak anyway you take your chance with either!
Edited by: "omendata" 10th Dec 2019
Bought one of these 2 years ago for £50 for ps4. Never had a problem (despite a lot of accidental unplugging)-but I don't think I'd trust it for my pc.
Bought two of these for our (small) office as part of a new system. Installing tech told us we needed to set up WD account in order to verify our access rights to the drives. Fair enough, we thought, admiring their verification process.
All went belly-up on two occasions when (a) we lost our ISP when swapping over contracts, and (b) when WD website was down, asxeach event meant we could not verify our access. Now have a Buffalo NAS for main drive and relegated the WD drives to a backup only role.
liamf1210/12/2019 16:42

Did they expect you to pay the £20 return postage to Poland as they did …Did they expect you to pay the £20 return postage to Poland as they did me, when my daughter bought a faulty one?Totally against The Consumer Rights Act 2015 but eventually WD sent me a returns label although not before Paypal had already refunded me.Until this I had bought a few recertified drives, only one had a dodgy USB cable which didn't bother me.Until they update their policies to adhere to UK law I wouldn't purchase another.


They did pay the p&p, maybe because I reported it within 30days?
Anybody know what drives are inside these?
I wonder if they broke the vacuum
omendata10/12/2019 16:56

Hard drives with bad sectors removed are dodgy as - if there are bad …Hard drives with bad sectors removed are dodgy as - if there are bad sectors it means the platter has a fault whether its dust ingress or a micro fracture lol I know, I used to do data recovery and repair on hard drives.My comment was a cut and paste from a tech website!Thorough inspection lol do you know what that means?It certainly doesnt mean opening up the drive and using magneto microscopy to check the disk or examine the head actuator etc it merely means they use special software interfaced with the controller chip n the board to do low level stuff = have a look at the daughterboard on your hdu - ever wonder what that strange block with the 4 pins is for next to the sata connectors or master slave connectors?You can do it yourself if you have the right cable and software!But yeah in general they mean the same thing to customers but it depends on the manufacturer!And again sometimes it doesnt mean the same thing.Refurbished usually doesnt come iwht warranty whereas recertified does!Recertified means the item has been used whereas refurbished might not even have been used at ll it might mean the box was damaged or there was no insturction manual so yeah in that case they are different but as I said it depends on the manufacturer!Its all buzzspeak anyway you take your chance with either!


This is from their website re: recertified products. So products must be of high standard and quality checked, it's also direct from manufacturer so you are sure what you are getting. Never had a problem with buying recertified from WD.

"WD Recertified
- WD Recertified drives have the same quality you would expect from all WD products.
- Tested and determined to meet WD's stringent quality standards
- Returned to like-new condition
- 6 month limited warranty."
frakison:

They did pay the p&p, maybe because I reported it within 30days?

So did I. There was a button to press to create a returns label but it did diddly squat. I then found terms & conditions were different for recertified than for new.
africanspeed10/12/2019 19:59

This is from their website re: recertified products. So products must be …This is from their website re: recertified products. So products must be of high standard and quality checked, it's also direct from manufacturer so you are sure what you are getting. Never had a problem with buying recertified from WD."WD Recertified- WD Recertified drives have the same quality you would expect from all WD products.- Tested and determined to meet WD's stringent quality standards- Returned to like-new condition- 6 month limited warranty."


Yeah WD are good its Seagate you want to avoid.
We had loads of problems with the infamous firmware bug on the Barracuda 7200.10 drives.
Everyone will have different experiences a i said you may have got a drve that just had a msising manual and was never used.

The thing to do is fire up a S.M.A.R.T. tester like Acronis Drive Monitor and check and see how many hours the drive has been used for - reallocated sectors count, power up count etc etc etc - Usually these can be reset by the manufacturer when the drive is refurbished - if its recertified it may not be or it may not be at all if they havent really done anything with the drive but do a quick surface test then rebox it!

If you have the right cable and software you can login to the drives firmware and see if they have just blanked and remapped bad sectors - not a great refurb in that case!
Edited by: "omendata" 10th Dec 2019
In the past, the USB-SATA interface in WD drives has been very flaky. I saw one of the two I bought to strip melt within 5 minutes of use. I would guess that a lot of these drives are similar where the drive itself Is fine but the usb interface failed. There will be other failures I guess so it's always a risk. I've had 4 so far or which 3 are in use as a second backup drive pool and the other went in the bin when it failed after a few months.
Venkyy10/12/2019 08:00

I got one couple of years ago and it’s gone after an year.. it’s out of war …I got one couple of years ago and it’s gone after an year.. it’s out of warranty and lost all data... I have decided to stay away from WD. I am using Seagate from 6 years and never had any problem



It's funny - lots of people used to avoid Seagate drives for exactly the same reason!
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