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john dabrowski Nov 02, 2008, 01:05pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I recently ordered a 500gb recertified seagate hard drive. I haven't received it yet, but when I do I was planning on using it as my main hard drive. I was going to partition it and run XP/Ubuntu on it. I've heard a lot of horror stories about recertified hdd but I haven't heard anything good about them. Is there anything that I can do to insure that my hdd will last longer, and also is the any good software out there to download to thoroughly check for bad sectors when I receive the drive. Thanks a lot.


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mothow Nov 02, 2008, 02:22pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Are recertified hard drives worth buying?
From woot? Ive had a few refurb HD's and they were fine.Shoot i had a 120gb sata (seagate) that i used for 3 years and now its in my friends PC working fine

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john dabrowski Nov 02, 2008, 02:48pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Are recertified hard drives worth buying?
yeah bought it last night. I know people have a tendency to speak out more when something goes bad, than when something works fine. Is there a proper way to "break-in" a hard drive.

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mothow Nov 02, 2008, 03:01pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Are recertified hard drives worth buying?
Not that i know of .Just keep it cool

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Richard Cuthbertson Nov 03, 2008, 09:34am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Are recertified hard drives worth buying?
Hi,

In my experience re-certified drives are not good value.
Usually these re-certified drives are second user media which an existing client has sued and has returned it for some kind of failure, i.e SMART issues, lots of bad sectors or clicking or noisy which usually are indicative of HSA failure.
The re-certified media in some instances actually may start life of as 1Tb, 750GB or a 500Gb capacity but during the process the manufacture will disable certain heads, thus reducing the drive down to a smaller capacity, thus disabling a failed head from the HSA, in some instances the media is factory formatted again to hide the defects.
The cost differential is negligible from new, so given a choice also request new, this also applies for manufacture warranty replacements, always request a new hard drive, it will pay you in the long run as you will have a more reliable drive.


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