Experience with second hand HDD

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by DrDoug, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. DrDoug macrumors member

    May 15, 2010
    Have been trying for ages to buy an FW800 enclosure for an external HDD.

    Have not found a cheap one, so was going to get a SATA dock.

    Have now found a second hand shop selling a FW800 enclosure, complete with a used 2TB drive.
    It is this, second hand for £85

    Not sure if I should buy it, bin the old HDD and fit a new HDD. Or is there some way to test the age/reliability of the old HDD?

    thoughts gratefully appreciated.

  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Finding the age is easy. Every drive has a date code printed on it. open it up and look. Reliabilty? There is no way to know. I'd say it is is working now that is a good sign. drives either fail early or last a long time and you know this one did not fail early. Figure on about five years of life on average but it varies wildly

    Buy a used drive only if the price is about 1/2 or less that of a new drive.
  3. DrDoug thread starter macrumors member

    May 15, 2010

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