How do you feel about Refurbish hard-drives?

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by DTN107, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. DTN107

    DTN107 [H]ardness Supreme

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    So I bought a 250gb Seagate 16mb cache SATA2 hard-drive last month. It arrived DOA which is no biggie. RMA it to newegg and get a new replacement. Well the replacement decided to die on me 2 days after newegg's 30 day replacement policy meaning I have to RMA it to seagate. So off goes my first Seagate RMA and after waiting two weeks I got a Refurbish hard-drive back. Quite disappointed but not surprise since I heard of Seagate, WD, and other companies doing the same.

    Just curious how others feel about refurbish hard-drives?

    I'm a bit sketchy about them but there is the 5 year warranty from Seagate to tidy me over. But I would hate for my family's computer to lose all their data again (perhaps they need some raid 5 ;)).
     
  2. Ockie

    Ockie *** Self Proclaimed Storage King ***

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    If it's a factory refurbished hard drive such as in your case, I would be perfectly fine with it. If it's a refurb being sold at a store, I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole.
     
  3. Menelmarar

    Menelmarar [H]ardness Supreme

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    No way.

    edit: reread, figured it was like one of the hot deal threads with refurbs. Refurb back from seagate direct after warranty, probably ok. I would still feel pretty miffed.
     
  4. Met-AL

    Met-AL [H]ardness Supreme

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    I completely agree with Ockie.
     
  5. houkouonchi

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    I also wouldn't be bitchy about a refurb strait from seagate from an RMA especially since I use it in a raid array. My main bitch with strait out buying refurb drives is they typically only come with a 30-90 day warranty which is unacceptable IMHO.
     
  6. axan

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    as long as they are factory refurbished I'm fine with that
     
  7. Hypernova

    Hypernova [H]ard|Gawd

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    How about running some scanners and see what's on them?:p
     
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    Probably crap loads of dirty pictures...
     
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  10. cvillelk

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    Good choice going with Seagate, you cant beat a 5 year warranty. RAID 5 is nice, but redundancy does not equal backup.

    Refurb or not, i always have at least one drive that is dedicated to backing up data to protect against faulty hardware or a family members mistake. If it dies reinstalling the OS can be a pain, but you don't want to loose your data. There are plenty of free applications out there to help you back up your data.
     
  11. Rogue71

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    be easier to just have a backup drive than worring about losing everything.250gb drives are not manistream so you can expect a refurb. most older drives are refurbed and not replaced. ive had 2 drives rma from both wd and seagate in the last 4 years (both pata 250 gb) hmm.... they seem to last 2-3 years from what i can tell. not sure why.
     
  12. StorageJoe

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    Just keep in mind what a refurb drive is. They don't "refurb" the drive, they just rewrite the servo data to the disk and slap a green label on it. Seagate claims that 95% of the RMAs they get back are no problem found.
     
  13. BecauseScience

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    Agree 100% I trust factory refurbs just as much as new.

    Besides, with the cost of storage most everything should be on a redundant raid (1,5,6,etc.) anyway.

    Irreplacable data should be backed up as well. Raid really only exists to minimize hassle and downtime when disks fail.
     
  14. urbanriot

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    Seagate (R) is the kiss of death and has huge notoriety amongst resellers, where R = failure within 5 months.

    This might be different in USA, but here in Canada, anyone I know who's ever repaired or resold PC's on a large scale is aware of this notoriety.
     
  15. JJ Johnson

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    Same here. A number of online shops sell refurbs, but with reduced warranties. I'd pass on them, as the savings generally aren't that great in comparison to brand new drives.