Are Brand Name Hard Drives Worth It?

Seen 2tb hard drives from around $40 on eBay. It is worth spending more on a brand-name one?

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  • +2

    Don't ever buy used hard drives.

    • What if you find and old one that has Bitcoin on it?

      • Guaranteed you wouldn't know what it looked like a just format it as soon as it's installed.

  • +1

    Avoid.
    You get what you pay for.

  • +5

    The majority of those are fake drives. Think 16mb USB 2 stick stuck in an enclosure and formatted to say it's 2tb. Looks good until you try and copy anything on to it. That's if you get one of the ones that doesn't have a virus or ransomeware or similar on it.

  • +1

    This thread made my day

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  • It is worth spending more on a brand-name one?

    Depends if you 'value' your data or not.

  • Whats your data worth?

  • Seen 2tb hard drives from around $40 on eBay.

    Saids it all really.

    It is worth spending more on a brand-name one?

    Yes.

  • I'm a little confused…
    What sort of HDD are you looking at for $40?

    You can go to Officeworks and grab a 2tb external USB 2.5" for $49 if your store has stock (clearance).

    I'm a little lost here…?

    • I think the OP is referring to solid state drives, as opposed to hard drives.

      On Wish.com and eBay you'll see 2TB USB external solid state drives for very low prices (usually around the $40 mark, like OP indicated). They're obviously fake:

      https://i.imgur.com/DqUrvNf.png
      https://i.imgur.com/CqGVGL6.png

      • Had a feeling that might be the cast, but wasn't sure. Hadn't stated that…

        As others has said - OP, don't buy!
        If spinning, then just grab a special from OW or a reseller when the next round comes around.

  • Those other brands will fail faster and can't be used as much. If you are happy to backup often or only rarely use the drive then ok. You also have to buy from someone with a good rating to avoid some of the problems mentioned.

  • yes, end thread.

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  • 2tb hard drives from around $40

    Disclaimer: May contain 2-3 large metal nuts inside the casing.