Should I be nervous of purchase?

  Dalglish2 17:52 23 Sep 08


I have just bought a 250Gb 7200 rpm IDE hard drive for £39.99 from Maplin (reduced from £69.99).
I have yet to tear open the pack as I may well return it unless I can be convinced it sounds like a good deal after all because ...
there is no manual or CD (I may need overlay software)
made in China
Hitachi but not sure it's the Hitachi we love and know.
Am I right to be wary?

  Pineman100 17:56 23 Sep 08

In my limited experience, hard drives don't come with a manual or a CD.

Maplin is a reliable name and I'd be extremely surprised if they were selling counterfeit goods. But if you're concerned that this isn't a genuine Hitachi product, why not give them a call for reassurance?

  Why wont it work 18:04 23 Sep 08

It sounds like you have an OEM hard drive. Most hard drives come in this format, just the drive and nothing else. You don't need a manual for the drive, as the jumper markers will be labelled on the actual drive itself and I have never heard of needing a CD for a hard drive. Windows has all the drivers and the manufacturers utlities are freely available on the internet should you need them.

  malgall 18:18 23 Sep 08

over the years i have found oem hard drives
are a good buy you do not get all the usual
extras but if you think how often do you use it

i have replaced many hard drives over the years and oem drives are a good deal
if you do need some of the programs to install drive try tha hitachi web site

  Eargasm 19:57 23 Sep 08

A 250gb Hitachi can be had from here for £28.79

click here(37681)Hitachi-250GB-Deskstar-IDE8MB-cache-7200rpm.aspx

Or a 400GB for £37.87 sounds like a better deal to me

click here(37411)Samsung-400GB-PATA-ATA100-7200rpm-8MB-cache.aspx

Both are currently out of stock, but it's usually only a couple of days, before new stock arrives,ihave been using their OEM drives for a while now and never had a problem.

  Dalglish2 21:25 23 Sep 08

Dear all,
Many thanks very reassuring

  woodchip 22:00 23 Sep 08

You will not have any problems with Maplins, and Returns

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