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Posting hard disk drives for recovery – Royal Mail makes changes (again!)

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Postage for HDDs to CDR.

Royal Mail Post Box in wall IvyAt CDR we took a rather dim view in April 2013 of the Royal Mail’s changes to their pricing structure, as did quite a few others. Claimed to be as, “easy as 1-2-3,” the changes made including classifying parcels on their size as well as weight. The changes made in April included making most parcels with a depth of 8cm or more a ‘medium parcel’, regardless of its weight. We found that the cost of posting items like hard disk drives, which are relatively light but need plenty of protective packaging, more than doubled. Ensuring that parcels did not have a depth of more than 8cm meant getting a ruler out. Most standard HDD packaging is about 9cm in depth.

Ahead of Christmas 2013 the Royal Mail back pedalled frantically and changed their policy again. For the official press release see: Royal Mail makes changes to its Small Parcels range.  For comment and more practical advice on an eBay sellers’ forum see the following Tamebay thread.

Now there are ‘wide’ and ‘deep’ small parcels! Yes, more confusion, but at least this is a positive change. Customers should now be able to send a reasonable sized package ensuring that their HDD is well protected. We recommend that you always send your parcel on a ‘Signed For’ service. Alternatively if you do not want to risk the post our courier at all, then you are welcome bring in your failed HDD, SSD, memory stick or RAID/server to our South Manchester location. A free whilst-you-wait diagnostic test can be preformed on most occasions and we shall be able to give you a fixed price quotation there and then.

If you would like to visit in person please contact us on 0161 408 4857, or email info@manchesterdatarecovery.co.uk