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3TB HGST Ultrastar 7K4000 3.5" Enterprise Hard Drive HUS724030ALE641 (0F17731) *RFB* $43AC

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YES, these are pulls from server farms that likely have around 15,000-20,000 hours of use.
NO, they are NOT consumer returned refurbished drives.
NO, these are NOT "Deathstars". That was over 20 years ago, and two companies ago.
YES, they are enterprise level drives that are rated for years of constant use.
YES, there is a risk with buying a used drive.
YES, there is a risk with buying a NEW drive, especially if it's a consumer level drive.
YES, there is a serious (probably around 5-10%, based on the feedback these threads have gotten here) chance that you will receive a bad drive and will have to return it.
YES, you will want to check the SMART data and probably do a full disk test on it before using it. If you don't know what that means, check out the various threads here about these drives. CrystalDiskInfo is one popular FREE program for reading SMART into. Hard Disk Sentinel is one of the better known drive testing programs.
YES, if the SMART DATA or the tests show errors, you're likely better off returning it to be safe.
YES, that is the risk when you get such an outstanding deal on an outstanding drive.

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There's a reason they dump these refurbs after 2-3 years. Not sure if it makes sense if you can get a new drive for $75, seems like half the usage is out of them already, and they got the good half. Not a rip off, but not sure it's worth the hassle either.
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someone at some datacenter is a genius for finding people to give them money for drives with thousands if not tens of thousands of hours on them

unless you are running them in a big raid setup, not worth the risk
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I agreed with one of the feedback I read.
"Risk of DOA
- Risk of Short Life Span."
I got one with "Reallocated Sectors Count" yellow warning ID 05.
So, get what you pay for.
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I'm using 2 of these drives, ordered from previous deals, both are amazingly fast (up to 190MB/s with sata 3 connector) and well performing. 40$ is nothing to worry about, and I only store movies/games download from pirates bay, really love these drives, will wait to see price drop to 37$ ( like monoprice last deal) to get more.
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Recently picked up a few. All were around 20k hours of use and mid 20's for starts/stops. Efficient way to set up a raid for quick non-critical network storage (isos, software, etc).
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There's a reason they dump these refurbs after 2-3 years. Not sure if it makes sense if you can get a new drive for $75, seems like half the usage is out of them already, and they got the good half. Not a rip off, but not sure it's worth the hassle either.
I don't think they would have paid $75 for these 3 years ago.
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I bought 4 last time and all were under 8,000 hours usage. Tossed into a synology and has been working well thus far. Time will tell like many of the comments here mention.
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What's enterprise mean?
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Dood - Just use the word REFURB in the title.

Not sure if *RFB* was used to intentionally dupe some unsuspecting people or just trying to make the post look fancy or a lame attempt at marketing tactics to make your post seem more appealing.

What ever it is, all REFURB posts should be clearly labeled as such!
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As others mentioned, it really is the luck of the draw. I ordered one a few months ago and got really lucky. The drive was used for 96 hours with a restart count of only 2.
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Id be interested in adding one to a PS4 in an enclosure. But what does enterprise mean in this case?
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What's enterprise mean?
Designed for business use, not home use. That ranges anywhere from 'Literally exactly the same a s a home unit' to 'built to survive 10x longer'. They are typically much more expensive drives because the term enterprise carries a premium on the assumed premise it will be better.
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do people not understand that these drives have not only been spinning for at least a year, but in a server that may have likely been a VPS or media unit, constantly reading and writing to the platters

it would be one thing if these drives were hundreds of dollars of savings

but they are not even $40 savings

you are risking a whole lot of wasting time some day when they don't power on or read back your data for $40

black friday is less than 30 days away, wait
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