Refurbished Hard Drives

Written by Nicole Madison
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Some individuals are extremely leery of purchasing refurbished hard drives. They worry they will receive sub-standard drives that don't even make it through the initial warranty period. While it is possible to find poor-quality refurbished hard drives, if you do a little research before making your purchase, you have a great chance of finding quality refurbished hard drives.

Purchasing Refurbished Hard Drives

Many people think refurbished hard drives are drives that have been returned because of malfunction or defect. While this is true in some cases, there are many other reasons why hard drives are refurbished. Some hard drives are refurbished after they have been returned to the store by a customer who simply changed his mind. Others may have been used as a display item before being refurbished.

Refurbished hard drives, in fact, can function just as well as brand new hard drives. Refurbished hard drives have been tested for problems, and if problems were found, repaired to meet the original manufacturer specifications. The refurbishment process varies depending on the hard drive manufacturer, so it is best to ask the store you are planning to purchase a hard drive from any questions you may have concerning this process.

Warranties on refurbished hard drives vary as well, depending on the store that is selling the drives. Be sure to ask a store representative any questions you may have about the store's warranty policy before you purchase a refurbished hard drive. Many warranties on refurbished hard drives range from 30 to 90 days in length. Most defects and problems on refurbished hard drives are likely to be noticeable in the first few weeks of use, well within the average warranty period. If you choose to purchase a refurbished hard drive, install it immediately to allow enough time to thoroughly test it while it is still within the warranty period. If you notice any problems, return it immediately.

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