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October 26, 2017
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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.