Experience with second hand HDD

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

  1. DrDoug macrumors member

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    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
    http://store.apple.com/uk/product/TX538ZM/A?afid=p228|GBUK&cid=AOS-EMEA-SHOPIP-GoogleBase-UK

    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.

    D
     
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    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

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