Safe to buy SSD from Amazon Warehouse?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by DaveTheRave, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. DaveTheRave macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2003
    They have some used for a decent price. Anyone have any experience with this, or a reason to avoid it? Thanks.
  2. Spinnetti macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2005
    SSD's wear out having a limited number of R/W cycles... I wouldn't do it.. .buy new or wait for lower prices that undoubtedly occur I'd say. I have one and a new top of the line imac, but 99% of the time it makes zero difference that I can really notice over the later 2009 machine I replaced. The tech upgrade treadmill is overrated
  3. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Sometimes the used in open box items taht were returned. And if was returned for for a reason, you might be getting someone elses problem.

    Also, some people sell used gear and mark it in a better condition than it is in.
  4. sahni130 macrumors 6502


    Jun 25, 2008
    Atlanta, Georgia, United States
    I bought a Samsung 830 SSD from (in my sig), it was and still is running great, absolutely no problems. Mine did come formatted for PC but that's a quick and simple fix via Disk Utility. The box was opened, but had all the books, etc. Plus, Amazon has a great customer service department, so there's really no reason to worry. You could write tens of gigabytes a day to most SSDs without degrading them. Go for it!
  5. locust76 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2009
    If you do the math, with wear-levelling algorithms built into the controllers and average usage, a typical SSD won't run into cell wear problems for a few decades.

    According to the above calculations, a 256GB SSD that's being written to (reading is no problem, just erase/write) at full speed every second of every day will last 430 days if the memory cells have a lifecycle of 100,000 writes. That stretches out to almost 12 years if the cells have a lifecycle of 1,000,000 writes.

    Seeing's how most people don't overwrite their entire hard drive once every six minutes all day long, I think your average SSD will be serviceable far longer than it's practical lifespan (because in 5 years 256 GB just ain't gonna cut it and the 1 TB models will probably cost 50 bucks at Wal Mart).

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