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    just wondering if buying a refurbished PC a good idea or not. need a PC to keep photos (between phone and PC and external hard drive), currently using cloud storage (know-how). Forgot my upload speed is crap, still uploading from the PC to cloud at the moment (300gb), got a plan for 4 tb for 5 years for £80, but it's pretty rubbish, gonna write it off. So my question to you guys is, a PC (refurbished?) with 2tb storage, where to get 1? Hopefully under £300

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    Refurbished PC is good. I bought one sometime back and using for storing photos and other odd bits.

    You get them pretty much online like amazon, eBay and even Laptopsdirect does I believe.

    argos eBay do refurbs. got my lenovo 2 years ago and it's still running smoothly. just need to look for a good deal. they usually run an event every few months

    Dell can have some good deals in their outlet dept




    Edited by: "markvirgo" 10th Oct 2016

    Depends on the form factor and what's actually being refurbished. And whether you're talking about nearly new manufacturer refurbs (unwanted and fixed returns) or older machines.

    In terms of older machines if you're looking at a desktop then I wouldn't bother. There's not much on them you can refurbish so I'd just go for a second hand machine. A laptop may be worth it as the battery can get knackered over time so knowing that's in good condition is a big bonus.

    In terms of new machines if you're happy with cosmetic blemishes and potentially missing accessories then it can be a way to save a bit of money.

    Although if all you want to do is store stuff then you may want to look at a NAS instead. That's a dedicated machine that you can put your hard drives in which shares them to all the devices across your network.

    There is some decent priced refurbs on ebay here
    stores.ebay.co.uk/The…322

    not 2tb(500gb) tho, so you'd have to buy an extra HDD, but it would still be under your budget.
    Edited by: "athunder" 10th Oct 2016

    I think the term "refurbished" is a bit misleading when it comes to PCs. What can you refurbish ? anyone can clean a monitor and keyboard. Perhaps with a laptop they have cleaned the fluff out of the fans grill but I wouldn't bank on that.

    So I would advise just buying second hand and then "refurbishing" it yourself. It really really pays to find out how PCs are put together. You can save a lot of money and pain later, and it's not hard at all. Buying a use machine allows you to replace things like the HDD with a SSD drive or add more ram and get exactly the performance you want.

    Till recently the desktop I used was over ten years old, I had replaced everything inside and the case by this time but never spent more then £150 to get a major increase in performance each year.

    How about a cheap tablet? Linx or Chinese knock-off for up to £100. Expandable storage, fast and easy migration, simple to access and examine your albums. Plenty of software to edit your photographs. I purchased a 7 Inch Linx Tablet with Windows 8.1 which I've adjusted as a dedicated portable machine to show photographs and videos. Utilising the desktop to navigate and download the photographs and files, it easy to then review the photographs. With free software like VLC, and paint.net it's easy to edit or adjust your photos and videos on the go.

    If you require storage purchase a portable 500gb - 2tb hard drive as a backup or create your own with hybrid SSHD or SSD and caddy/enclosure.

    Edited by: "nemesiz" 10th Oct 2016

    dell optiplex line should get some ok deals 2nd hand

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    thanks for all the replies, may look into the Nas solution. the reason for asking the question is because my 8 years old has problem transferring data from my wife's iPhone 6 plus 128gb. Everytime I try, it says catastrophic error, but I have no problem transferring from my Nexus 6 (32gb). Have tried plugging in 2 devices through the 2 USB ports on the pc, trying to bypass the PC (iPhone to external hard drive direct) but still says catastrophic error, even if the file is only 10gb or less. So that's why need to get a "new" pc. Nas needs a working pc, am I correct, or can I just use the app provided by the company? (Seagate, WD etc)

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    8 years old pc, not my children

    astrapartytime

    thanks for all the replies, may look into the Nas solution. the reason … thanks for all the replies, may look into the Nas solution. the reason for asking the question is because my 8 years old has problem transferring data from my wife's iPhone 6 plus 128gb. Everytime I try, it says catastrophic error, but I have no problem transferring from my Nexus 6 (32gb). Have tried plugging in 2 devices through the 2 USB ports on the pc, trying to bypass the PC (iPhone to external hard drive direct) but still says catastrophic error, even if the file is only 10gb or less. So that's why need to get a "new" pc. Nas needs a working pc, am I correct, or can I just use the app provided by the company? (Seagate, WD etc)



    all you need to setup a nas is an eternet port to plug it into (router) and a device that can run a web browser, or if as you say use an app that supports the nas.
    Edited by: "ws007" 11th Oct 2016

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    ws007

    all you need to setup a nas is an eternet port to plug it into (router) … all you need to setup a nas is an eternet port to plug it into (router) and a device that can run a web browser, or if as you say use an app that supports the nas.



    ​thanks, will look into the Nas solution now
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