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Opinions on refurbished hard drives?

gamagama69
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I've been running a 4tb refurb drive for the past 6 months without issue. It is a bit slow, but it's mostly used so I can have a lot of games accessible at once, and my most played are put on ssd. Should I worry about it dying prematurely?

 

I also want to buy a hard drive for my friend as a (belated) birthday gift. I was debating getting him a 3tb refurb drive instead of a similarly priced 2tb new drive. Should I keep him safe and get the new, or is there not enough risk for this to be an issue?

 

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17 minutes ago, gamagama69 said:

Should I worry about it dying prematurely?

Always worry about drives dying. There's really no way to determine when it will die, though statistically, refurb drives are older, so the likelihood goes up.

 

17 minutes ago, gamagama69 said:

I also want to buy a hard drive for my friend as a (belated) birthday gift. I was debating getting him a 3tb refurb drive instead of a similarly priced 2tb new drive.

This is just me, but I would never buy a refurb item as a gift unless that recipient had already signed off on the idea. Comes off as "cheap" to me.

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1 hour ago, AbydosOne said:

Always worry about drives dying. There's really no way to determine when it will die, though statistically, refurb drives are older, so the likelihood goes up.

 

This is just me, but I would never buy a refurb item as a gift unless that recipient had already signed off on the idea. Comes off as "cheap" to me.

That;s what I was thinking. I just didn't know if the danger was high enough to worry. Thanks

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