Western Digital MyCloud Refurbished. To Buy or Not to Buy?


#1

Western Digital is selling it’s NAS MyCloud units refurbished at a very very reasonably price. Buying a NAS enclosure has been on my to do list for a long time and I really want one. They’re basically 45% off in price with a 6 month limited warranty.

Does anyone has any experience with refurbished devices?? Is it a strict no go? Is it just going to fail after 7 months? Or is it just recycling of technology where full price can’t be charged?

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#2

So is it just an enclosure or does it include hard drive?


#3

They include the harddrive. See link :slight_smile:

https://www.wdc.com/en-ie/products/wd-recertified/my-book-new.html


#4

As a “full use” NAS I personally prefer Synology or QNAP. But if you need only file storage with internal (home) and external (internet) access - WD MyCloud is good option. For quality - just check how much replacement disks are (WD cloud usually needs to use WD disks only) - if price with potential replacement is still OK for you - buy it.

Edit: I checked it price is OK - the only problem is - this is one drive NAS - I would never use it as important data storage without good backup.


#5

It was just going to use it to backup my computer and store files on it and to access it remotely. I believe you can use any HD but you need to flash it with an image?


#6

Depends how important data you have. One disk solution is risky. For drives - it depends on model but someWD enclosures are picky. Check WD forums.


#7

I’m mainly concerned with the ‘refurbished’ component Vs the single drive. Single drive be grand. But I don’t often buy refurbished. Does this mean it’s a used drive that will break sooner??


#8

Personally I draw the line between factory refurbished or third-party refurbished.

If WD refurbished their own devices, you know it should be to spec. If some guy in a basement somewhere refurbished it, it can go either way. Not saying some guys in basements won’t do an even better job than the original manufacturer, but as a general guideline I’d stick to devices refurbished by the manufacturer themselves…


#9

I agree with Helios about factory refurbished - but final decision is on you. You can get perfect drive or lemon, on other side factory refurbished units are usually better tested than “standard” production units.


#10

See if you can find a good deal on a Synology…a much better NAS.


#11

That’s what I was suggesting from the beginning - Synology or QNAP - but price is different and they sell them without HDD.


#12

I would be vary about refurbished HD with very limited warranty :3

In my experience, drives have a tendency to die pretty easily and even right now I’m in the middle of some recovery process that very much may not end up being a successful one : (


#13

I know you’ve asked about WD but I highly recommend checking out Synology DiskStation DS216j. Synology.com products are considered one of the best and easiest to setup and use. I personally went with their nas after testing a bunch of products from other manufacturers. Hope this helps :slight_smile:


#14

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#15

Do not forget that Synology NAS are without drives - so you have to pay extra.


#16

Possible to throw a ssd at it?


#17

Yes you can do it. If you have enough money …


#18

Tbh budget is part of the issue. So the western digital ones are affordable to me currently. I could buy a new 2tb or 3tb one for €150 or a refurbished 6tb for €125.

While I hear the Synology being better it’s out of my current budget heh.

I’d love the higher capacity western digital one, but not if refurbished items are voted a strict no go by you lovely tech people. It is refurbished and sold by western digital themselves.


#19

That one is on the American Amazon so I’d pay a lot of VAT to get it shipped to Europe, and I can only imagine the European one is more expensive because of our VAT and other associated costs as well.


#20

I would not call it “no-go” - check the price of new one against refurb one + potential HDD replacement - if it still OK - I would buy refurbished one.