They appear to be charging people to keep their own hard drives if they fail, as a data protection measure. They're not charging much, but im perplexed.
Totally unrelatedly, i think i remember putting together a system on their site for under £700 with an optical audio connection, DVI, HDMI and a 3 year warranty. I looked at a few other things, then i couldnt find it again. Maybe i imagined it.
Of course you do. And the manufacturer is more than happy for you to keep it
But if you want it replaced under warranty you'll find that whatever it is, vacuum cleaner, dishwasher, microwave, computer and hard drive, they'll want the old one back in exchange, for a variety of reasons
For most things this doesn't matter a toss. Who wants to keep a failed dishwasher control panel. But a hard drive is a bit different. It's got all your info and codes on it
So you have a choice. Get the new one replaced under warranty by the maker and rely on their security systems to destroy your data, or arrange for a new drive to be installed at cost and retain the old one
Or avail yourself of this option from Dell
Hard drives don't fail all that often. But it does happen