Used SSD

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  1. jbsmithmac macrumors regular

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    Is it "safer" to buy a used SSD from eBay than a HDD because of it not having internal moving parts?

    Are there any concerns with buying a used SSD?
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Flash memory has a certain number of write cycles it can handle before it can't be written to anymore. My concern buying a used SSD would be that someone put a LOT of use on the drive and was just trying to sell it before it died.

    How much of a discount are you getting on the used drive?
     
  3. jbsmithmac thread starter macrumors regular

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    I was just searching around...nothing targeted actually. But it looks like I could save $40 or so by going used.
     
  4. robvas macrumors 68020

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    I've bought a few used ones without any issues.

    Intel 80GB X-25M
    Intel 160GB 320
    Corsair Force GT 120GB
    Kingston SSDnow V 64GB
     
  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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    It depends on what SSD and how much use. I often reuse an older SSD from another computer in a new one and I've never had a failure.
     
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  7. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000

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    I wouldn't touch it with a 10 ft. pole. There's always the issue with reliability, sometimes more so with SSDs then HDDs.
     
  8. richnyc macrumors regular

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    I'd stay away from the first generation products. Would be very selective with which brand/controller I'd buy and probably wouldn't look at anything older than 12-18 months anyway.
     
  9. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    A few months ago I bought a new 256GB Crucial M4 on sale for $165 and a new 256GB Samsung 830 for $162. You can save a decent amount of money just shopping around for good deals.
     

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