How reliable are recertified and toshiba hard disks?

January 2, 2018 at 03:09:21
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Dear friends,

In my place recertified and refurbished western digital and seagate hard disks are available. These hard disks possess around 1-2 years of warranty depending on volume size but their prices are significantly lower than their original counterparts (seagate barracuda or western digital blue/black). How reliable and durable are these hard disks compared to their original equivalents?

Also there are toshiba hard disks with similar warranty periods and prices considerably lower than both seagate and western digital hard disks? How reliable and durable are toshiba hard disks compared to western digital and seagate hard disks?

Many years back I used a 80 GB western digital black hard disk which lasted closely to 5 years and then later used a 160 GB seagate barracuda hard disk which lasted for around 3 years and 8 months. Never used a recertified/refurbished and toshiba hard disk before. It would be great if anyone having or not having any kind of experience or expertise with such hard disks would share their views and thoughts here.

Thanks in advance.


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#1
January 2, 2018 at 03:29:47
Hi Tantrik, I would not touch with a Barge Pole.It is false economy and I doubt the makers are involved.

New hdd's are not expensive and should give much reliable service.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#2
January 2, 2018 at 05:34:31
I'm not sure what they can be "refurbish" on used HDD beside erasing the data on it.
If they are server type HDD's (10.000 rpm) it could be interesting since they are pricey as new drives.
Used in RAID1 or 10 (disk protection) even better.

But if normal commercial drives (low end)... drop it.

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#3
January 2, 2018 at 12:13:41
Refurbed HDDs are a gamble regardless of the brand or vendor. Once you get it you can test it with CrystalDiskInfo or similar software to check how many hours it's been used.

I took a chance on a refurbed 500GB WDC Green HDD several years ago from newegg. It was ridiculously cheap, like $15-20. I checked it with CrystalDiskInfo & it had zero hours on it, so I can only guess it was purchased then returned because it was a "slow" green HDD. I'm using it for backups & have never had any problems with it.


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#4
January 2, 2018 at 21:37:51
I would not touch a refurbished hard drive.
I have had hard drives work perfectly for over 9 or 10 years without a problem.
I have had Seagate hard drives fail on me and others, typically they have come with factory built computers. I have not had a Western Digital Drive fail on me on any machine I built. Before I used WD drives I used to use Maxim hard drives but that was before they were bought out by Seagate.
Back in the mid 1990's my brother warned me against Seagate, he said they made good enterprise level drives but their consumer line was not consistently reliable and he had failures back then.
I have no experience with Toshiba hard drives.
Buy new, just look around for good pricing.. In US & i believe Canada, look at newegg.com for drives and Microcenter is good if you have one near you.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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