Hard drives from eBay?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jbsmithmac, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. jbsmithmac macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2011
    Any reason not to get a HD off eBay? I'm looking for a couple of 1TB or larger sata's to go in my g4 file server.
  2. The-Pro macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2010
    depends if they are used or not.
    I would not recommend buying used HDD's. This is because the person selling it might say it works perfect but in reality it could be a drive which failed or is about to fail, which is why they are being sold. The person cannot offer proof that the HDD is in mint condition and working perfectly.
    If it says its New, and in its box etc. Then you should look at who's selling it. The more reviews and the better the ratings are the more safe it is to purchase it. If its a new HDD which was taken out of a box for the picture or something then it should be ok, but the problem with HDD's is that if they are dropped the can break quite easily.
    So yeh, I would say only buy if they are classified as new and sealed in the box. I purchased two SSD's over large resellers on ebay, they are perfect, but then with SSD's there is less risk of them being broken!
  3. ricardoflamingo macrumors member

    Aug 12, 2011
    I bought used ones off ebay. They worked fine for 1 day. Never again. If it is not sealed in a box don't waste your $,
  4. jbsmithmac thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2011
    Thanks for the feedback...I didn't think about the fact they could be working fine, but about dead.
  5. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I Stopped Using Ebay

    A while back...Long boring story, but with HDD's buy new. I know that prices are high at the moment (has a lot to do with the floods in Thailand) so if you can hold off a while, maybe wait until the new year.

    If not Google around....Still bargains to be had if you persist.
  6. doktordoris macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2009
    hard drives, like sandwiches, toilet roll, and band-aids should not be bought pre used.
  7. stroked Suspended


    May 3, 2010
    I have had good luck with used HDDs, from ebay, and once from the MR Marketplace. Ebay is a buyers market. If it doesn't work, you will get your money back.
  8. joshaarons macrumors newbie


    Jul 13, 2011
    Boston Area
    i've seen some great deals at Best Buy and at Costco lately. I have been buying external drives in cases, and taking the drives out. I got a 2.5, 320gb external drive in case (seagate) for $69.00 plus tax.

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