What can I use to ship a hard drive in ?

April 5, 2011 at 08:31:54
Specs: Windows Vista
I need to ship a hard drive, what can I use to ship it in ? And where can I find it ?

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#1
April 5, 2011 at 08:33:37
They normally come in boxes with foam-rubber inserts. I'd try your local computer store to see if they have any spare ones.

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#2
April 5, 2011 at 08:38:09
Aren,t you supposed to use an anti static bag to ship hard drives in ?

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#3
April 5, 2011 at 08:47:10
If in the U.S.A. you can get a box at the post office for free. Send it priority for one flat rate.

If this a warranty item they usually want it shipped in the original box .


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#4
April 5, 2011 at 09:04:08
If you're sending it to get it repaired under it's warranty.....
- you must use the drive brand's own diagnostics utility to generate an error code so that the drive can qualify for the RMA (Return of Merchandise Authorization) procedure / requirements on the web site for the brand.
- it must be shipped in something that meets or exceeds the shipping packaging requirements stated on the hard drive brand manufacturer's web site. E.g. I believe Seagate requires at least 1" of flexible foam packing between the drive and the outsides of the box you ship it in

- you often also have the option of the hard drive manufacturer sending a replacement drive to you first, then you send your original drive back to them in the same packaging within a stated short time period. E.g.Seagate offers that option for Seagate (or Maxtor) hard drives.
In that case you must provide credit card info to them online, and
- if they find your drive is truly defective, you pay only for the shipping to you, which is more expensive because it's fast, and it's up to you how much you pay to have the original drive shipped back - the more you pay the faster it's shipped.
- if they find there is nothing actually wrong with the drive itself, you will be paying for the replacement drive as well as the shipping from and to them.


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#5
April 5, 2011 at 09:34:56
True, they normally come in anti-static bags too (so you might want to also get one of those. But that's not essential for protection in transit. They tend to pack all electronics in anti-static bags so that you don't ahve to be quite so careful when handling them.

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#6
April 5, 2011 at 11:46:46
Thanks for your help, I found a anti stacic bag at a computer store. We are sending the drive to a lab to see if they can extract the information. Thanks , Thomas

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#7
April 5, 2011 at 12:31:16
Put the HDD in an anti-static bag, wrap it a few time in bubble wrap, put it in a box, then spend way too much to retrieve your data.

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#8
April 5, 2011 at 13:34:47
Thanks for your reply, I know iit,s going to be expensive to retrieve the info but its very inportant business info. I don,t know what else to do. Thanks for your help. Thomas.

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#9
April 5, 2011 at 13:37:07
Actually you need a static shield bag. The pink ones are not shielded. The metal looking dark grey ones are shields.

If you don't have one simple tin foil over some plain paper would do. Paper is anti static and the foil is a shield.

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