Well it was news to me and I did not see any mention of it here.
As I have not bought a drive from NE in well over a year I was not aware of this "new" packaging.
Oh well, no harm no foul.
I received several drives packed that way in the past. I have 2 more coming today or tomorrow - They do that FedEx/USPS delivery.
But their old packaging was always good enough for me.
In fact, if you believe these numbers, you can ship a running hard drive and probably have no problem, either.
That depends on whether we're talking about the running hard drive, or the non-running. If the running, yes, obviously, great care should be taken or you could exceed the running G-limit as you describe.BIG IF... IF the HDD is packed as well as their test device (and has similar weight). You seem to be ignoring the fact that how well it is packed is the variable that is being discussed.
The key with packing HDDs is that every corner and edge (and side) of the HDD needs to be protected from impact with the shipping box or other contents of the box. Any exposed corner or edge is a problem waiting to happen. If the HDD is the only thing in the box and a corner is exposed (and the drive can move in the box, or the corner is against the box), then you can imagine that it is possible to have an impact equivalent to dropping a bare HDD onto a thin piece of cardboard sitting on concrete from a height of 1 to 2 meters. If there are any other metal objects in the box with the HDD (or other HDDs) and they are able to move around, then it is possible to have an impact equivalent to dropping a bare HDD onto metal from a height of about half the size of the box.
The main point is that for non-running drives the G-limit is so far up there that it borders on superstition to even think it is a factor in whether your hard drive is going to have problems once you receive it.
Yes, I agree. But will there be no visible evidence of 1000G passing through the corner? That is where I think people get lost, thinking their drive can be damaged in shipping (i.e. taking 300G+) and having no visual sign of it.False.
As I have already explained, it is not difficult to get shocks in excess of 1000 gees when metal impacts metal, or somewhere around that with metal on concrete.
I think that NewEgg-bashing seems to be the new "hot thing" around here. Does any other retailer do better in their packaging? Amazon? Tiger Direct? MicroCenter? Joe's Hard Drives and Bait and Tackle Shop?
Here is a serious question:
What kind of damage do you think happens when NewEgg ships a hard drive the 'traditional' way? Describe it. Explain it. Keep in mind the heads are parked and can not move across the platters. The platters are designed to spin at 5900RPM and are going 0.
I can't imagine there is any damage at all.
Some Seagate drives list a 300G shock limit. WD spec sheets show between 250G to 350G. From what I can tell at http://physics.info/frames/ that is in the range of 247G being equal to a test firing of a monkey on a rocket sled into a brick wall. Do you have any evidence that UPS or Fedex strapped your hard drive to a rocket and fires it into a brick wall?
Even a mere 70 to 100G is shown as the impact force of the Princess Diana crash. In other words, drive a car at high speed into a cement pillar. Does FedEx do that?
If typical Newegg shipping had any effect on the likely failure of a hard drive, don't you think the manufacturers would have found a way to void the warranty already for such a common activity?
Who is going to beta-test this new packaging? Not me!
I just bought a WD Black 1TB from Newegg for $72.98 & it works like a charm! Came with the new packaging & it's pretty sweet. Comes with this solid think bubble-wrap envelope with a prefect cardboard box that's meant for a HD. Newegg got smart & stepped-up.