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 Post subject: An old hard drive
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:49 am 

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I was given some maxtor drives and was wondering if I should try to sell them whole or just take them apart. Do people still want these?


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 Post subject: Re: An old hard drive
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:01 pm 
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Ohh. Nice.
Drive whole... not a good idea.
The controllers are worth a bit (big board on the bottom) if you know they work. Otherwise they’re worth more as scrap.

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 Post subject: Re: An old hard drive
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:17 pm 
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Let me expand that a bit. I already caution users against selling used hard drives.
For me data was never the top issue. Anyone can download a fee drive blanket and run a 10-pass blank. Even better. In the process of testing the drive; since it’s already connected simply do a whole drive encryption when you’re done testing. Then format it. Bubye data forever.

Hard drives are Precision devices. One bad drop and the drive is dead. Forever.
You can pay to recover data after a head crash but the drive is permanently headed for scrap.

There is an exception to this all. Full height drives, they look like either two hard drives (3.5”) or two disc drives (5.25”) stacked on each other.
These have very little consolidation in components. So taking apart a working or partly working drive will yield many valuable components for resale. With these eBay is your friend. Or if you can find them The Hard Drive Exchange. A reputable, but hard to contact, private group of buyers.

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 Post subject: Re: An old hard drive
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:37 pm 

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Thank you. With the exception of this one, I have 3 more still in their plastic. Never been used. Whether they have been dropped or not. I have no idea. I will contemplate on it more I guess.


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 Post subject: Re: An old hard drive
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:37 am 
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My issue with selling hard drives is there is zero way to, as a seller, protect yourself.
They tend to not be valuable enough to go through the insurance hassles with shippers.
And even if everything went perfectly there’s no way to prove as much when a disingenuous buyer says it’s DOA. Leaving you out on the drive AND the money.

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