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obsidianchrysalis
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Thu May-09-19 07:25 PM

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"Made the mistake of buying a refurbished hard drive. SMH"


  

          

I found a great deal on a Western Digital 2GB external hard drive about two months ago and pulled the trigger. The only issue was the drive was factory refurbished and not new.

I was skittish about buying a refurbished hard drive. The hard drive was factory refurbished so at the least it was refurbished with the best possible service. (or so I like to think)

The drive was a backup of my work-related files. I also keep my files backed up in the cloud but in the event, a file was accidentally deleted a copy would be available.

It worked fine for the first two months and then I noticed the drive's partition magically vanished.

I restored the partition but of course, all of the data was lost because the partition can only be set if the drive is formatted.

I tried to run Recuva to restore the files but that was Hail Mary which didn't work out.

I know that even fresh drives fail at times so this event could just be a coincidence but I plan on never buying refurbished memory related components again.

Thankfully, I have my cloud files so I at least have that as a backup.

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isn't a new HD cheap AF anyway?
May 09th 2019
1
True.
May 09th 2019
3
yeah man. it's like tires. some things you don't want to spend less on
May 09th 2019
2
that's a typo right? "2GB"
Jun 27th 2019
4
Ha!
Jun 28th 2019
5
      LOLLLLL
Jun 28th 2019
6
Huh?
Jun 30th 2019
7
they're still not thaaat cheap
Jul 01st 2019
8
Lawd don't ever ever ever buy a used hard drive
Aug 06th 2019
9
Definitely not like buying my used Dell laptop
Aug 07th 2019
10

will_5198
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Thu May-09-19 08:52 PM

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1. "isn't a new HD cheap AF anyway?"
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I guess I agree with what you're saying

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obsidianchrysalis
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Thu May-09-19 11:17 PM

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3. "True."
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The hard drive new was like $70 and the refurbished one was $40 so it was almost half off.

But like RJCC typed, it would have been worth it to spend the extra $30.

Lesson definitely learned.

  

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Rjcc
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Thu May-09-19 09:12 PM

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2. "yeah man. it's like tires. some things you don't want to spend less on"
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and like will said, storage is wild cheap now.

www.engadgethd.com - the other stuff i'm looking at

  

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PG
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Thu Jun-27-19 03:08 PM

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4. "that's a typo right? "2GB""
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had to check the date on my time machine.. felt like mid to late 90s for a second there.

  

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obsidianchrysalis
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Fri Jun-28-19 09:47 PM

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5. "Ha!"
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Yeah, I forgot to mention the drive was a Zip drive. I had a bunch of AVI's and Real Player media files on it. LOL

Yeah, it was a 2TB drive. The factory new drive that I bought is working out well now. Lesson learned.

  

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Rjcc
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6. "LOLLLLL"
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yeah I figured it was 2tb and just moved on. but wow.

www.engadgethd.com - the other stuff i'm looking at

  

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SSDs (SATA/M2) are cheap AF.

HOW SWAY?!

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Rjcc
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8. "they're still not thaaat cheap"
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www.engadgethd.com - the other stuff i'm looking at

  

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jaboonday
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Tue Aug-06-19 12:34 PM

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9. "Lawd don't ever ever ever buy a used hard drive"
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Never ever ever ever. It's like buying a used set of tires. Hard drives are constantly in use, and they wear down over time due to the fact they have moving mechanical parts inside.

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obsidianchrysalis
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Wed Aug-07-19 06:21 PM

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10. "Definitely not like buying my used Dell laptop"
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Bought that thing about eight years ago and was working really well before I retired it. Got a new laptop which had a faster CPU but that laptop got me through a bunch of projects.

  

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