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Old Mar 8, 2013, 05:55 PM   #1
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Is having a hard drive shipped to my house a bad idea?

Is it a bad idea to buy an internal drive for my MP from a site like Amazon and have it shipped to my house. By bad idea, I mean potential for damage from shipping, not obvious damage, damage that could cause problems later?
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Old Mar 8, 2013, 06:01 PM   #2
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I've done it without any problems. I'd say they're generally packed pretty well to avoid any possible damage.
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Old Mar 8, 2013, 06:11 PM   #3
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People do that all the time.
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Old Mar 8, 2013, 06:13 PM   #4
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I ordered an Iomega enclosed drive from Amazon about 1-1/2 years ago and it was was packaged rather ---loosely--, tried it out & it made terrible noises so I returned it without difficulty. I then ordered a bare WD Green HDD and also a separate enclosure from Amazon and they were both packaged much better. I guess it just depends. Amazon's return policy is excellent though.
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Old Mar 8, 2013, 06:14 PM   #5
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If you buy it from a store, it would have been shipped to a store anyway.
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Old Mar 8, 2013, 06:27 PM   #6
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If you buy it from a store, it would have been shipped to a store anyway.
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Old Mar 8, 2013, 06:31 PM   #7
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I usually have mine teleported directly into my computer if I'm too busy to build my own....
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Amazon has had some heinous complaints using Lazership. They deliver "last mile"- meaning creepy guys in un/poorly marked vehicles, packages left on busy sidewalks, no notices, drivers locked out of buildings that UPS/FedEx have access to...
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Old Mar 8, 2013, 09:19 PM   #10
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Whether it gets shipped to a store or gets shipped to your house doesn't matter.
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Old Mar 8, 2013, 09:24 PM   #11
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And, the heads are parked in there home position, they can not damage the platters.
Shipping is shipping, many/most are from Asia, how do you think they get to US/Europe.
I find this an odd question.
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Old Mar 8, 2013, 10:32 PM   #12
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Any place but Newegg. A good half the drives I've ever gotten from them arrive DOA.
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Old Mar 8, 2013, 10:35 PM   #13
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I find this an odd question.

Odd? its weird. Why wouldn't you have it shipped to your house? I've had dozens shipped to mine.

A better question is why have it shipped anywhere that is not convenient?
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Is it a bad idea to buy an internal drive for my MP from a site like Amazon and have it shipped to my house. By bad idea, I mean potential for damage from shipping, not obvious damage, damage that could cause problems later?
Buy it from NewEgg. I order my HDDs from there and so far, none come damaged from shipping. Very well packed.
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Any place but Newegg. A good half the drives I've ever gotten from them arrive DOA.
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Buy it from NewEgg. I order my HDDs from there and so far, none come damaged from shipping. Very well packed.
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Opinions and experiences will vary. But my experience with NewEgg has always been pleasant and great.
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Opinions and experiences will vary. But my experience with NewEgg has always been pleasant and great.
Can't say I agree or not, i just find it hilarious, one says absolutely not, the other definitely does.
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I ordered my current MBP online, you should be fine.
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You shouldn't have a problem. I've ordered many hard drives from Amazon and Newegg and never had a problem.
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Just read the review sections on hard drives on Newegg. The most common complaint is drive DOA.
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Just read the review sections on hard drives on Newegg. The most common complaint is drive DOA.
You'll probably get the same everywhere.
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Old Mar 9, 2013, 12:47 PM   #22
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You'll probably get the same everywhere.
Newegg is notoriously bad. I've gotten drives from many different places, never as many DOA as from them. It's pretty much a 50/50 gamble with Newegg. They have great customer service, but still a pain.
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Is it a bad idea to buy an internal drive for my MP from a site like Amazon and have it shipped to my house. By bad idea, I mean potential for damage from shipping, not obvious damage, damage that could cause problems later?
There are two general classes of drives you can buy. Those in "retail" boxes and OEM "bare" drives wrapped in a antistatic sleeve.

If it is a retail box drive then it is probably OK no matter who you get it shipped from. The shipper should put in some redundant padding so the internal box doesn't widely bang around, but the retail boxes are usually pretty well designed to protect the drive.

If it is a drive in a antistatic sleeve/bag then how the vendor packages the drive is an issue. Amazon and OWC typically use quality boxes and stuff enough packing padding ( air bags , corn packing peanuts , whatever bio-friendly material on their short list) and ship them off. Some other folks don't do as good of a job.

OEM drives are usually shipped to stores ( at least stores that sell alot of them) in a bigger box with better padding for the drives. It is only when they are "repacked" into smaller lots for shipping that gets removed. Your local BubbaGump small volume PC parts store might be getting them newegg and it is no different.
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Old Mar 9, 2013, 02:57 PM   #24
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Any place but Newegg. A good half the drives I've ever gotten from them arrive DOA.
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Buy it from NewEgg. I order my HDDs from there and so far, none come damaged from shipping. Very well packed.
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Can't say I agree or not, i just find it hilarious, one says absolutely not, the other definitely does.
I think we can all agree never to have our drives shipped to Jester's house.
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