where should I buy a new hard drive? store or web?

  theDarkness 13:27 11 Sep 2005

Needing a new hard drive (click.. click! :O) , so browsed around the net for some info. Alot of websites state that I should never buy one on mail order/internet, as sending a small package like a h'drive through the post can easily cause damage to the device. I know where they are coming from, I've worked at Royal Mail! ...and that instead I should always buy from a high street store as they are distributed much safer and more carefully via large capacity lorries etc. Is this just people getting paranoid? The only store close to me is PC World, which sells the same drives at a much higher price.

Currently looking at a western digital 320Gig for £100, but is it worth taking the so called risk of sending it through the 'ol post?! lol :)
click here

  theDarkness 19:55 11 Sep 2005

main prob I have is that there isnt a very wide range available in PC World here, so I guess Im pretty stuck.

Its just that all that shaking through the post may cause it to fail sooner after a little bit of use, rather than any real physical breaks that could occur and be noticable as the drive is thrown around the mail sorting offices and then posted through my letterbox. Its the shaking thats surely the worst kind since theres no real proof of how the device failed, sooner rather than later, since all hds eventually fail anyway.

Ive heard that the guarantee of modern hard drives has now reduced to 1 yr rather than 2 or 3 in some brands, since theyre becoming faster, and so in theory wear out much sooner?

  Diodorus Siculus 20:04 11 Sep 2005

If you look on PCWorld site, you can often get the webprice and choose to collect at store.

Simply find what you, choose it and when the time to purchase it comes, choose the collect at store option.

  theDarkness 20:21 11 Sep 2005

thanks ppl- yeah I think if I bought a hard-drive on the net I'll try and make sure its courier delivery.

Checking Novatech now, seem pretty decent. I usually just use dabs or overclockers for pc hardware, dont really know that many good sites.

That 320Gb for £105 on overclockers (first post, first item on website link) still seems pretty good inc vat, but that £57 maxtor isnt bad either.. have to decide

Thanks everyone :)

  Strawballs 20:24 11 Sep 2005

I swear by novatech but I live close enough to visit if I have any problems which I must add I never have

  theDarkness 01:47 17 Sep 2005

just got my new drive from overclockers- 300gig ide for £90. its working so far with xp on it :O

Ive split the drive into 2 parts, might make it easier to defragment (take less than 24hrs)...

checking out novatech, might use them in the future, look pretty good, thanks

  Diodorus Siculus 08:31 17 Sep 2005

Sharpamatt - was that on a flyer? Can't find it on the web :-(

  spuds 10:56 17 Sep 2005

I have three 'local' Aldi stores, and the one I visited yesterday gave no mention of the hard-drive offer listed from 22/09/05.

The local store had plenty of other computer equipment available from past offers. They usually give further price reductions to clear stock, so someone may get a bargain shortly.

Would mention that the last time Aldi sold hard-drives, I think someone wrote in the forum about manufacturers warranty problems. Aldi were not 'authorised' to sell them, and all claims and customer service were directed back to Aldi.

  RobCharles1981 11:13 17 Sep 2005

Another good Website I recomend is click here they are really good as I have orderd stuff from them.

  theDarkness 11:53 18 Sep 2005

My hard drive from Overclockers was sent in a huge box, completely filled so that the drive was padded and unmovable, floating in the center. You couldve kicked the box around all day (you know what delivery staff are like- mine was probably used in some sort of lunchbreak 5-a-side) and the drive would be fine >:)

  theDarkness 11:55 18 Sep 2005

using the new western digi drive with xp on it right now.. working so far :O

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