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How reliable are recertified/refurbished and toshiba hard disks?

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Dear friends,

In my place recertified and refurbished western digital and seagate hard disks are available. These hard disks possess around 1-2 years of warranty depending on volume size but their prices are significantly lower than their original counterparts (seagate barracuda or western digital blue/black). How reliable and durable are these hard disks compared to their original equivalents?

Also there are toshiba hard disks with similar warranty periods and prices considerably lower than both seagate and western digital hard disks? How reliable and durable are toshiba hard disks compared to western digital and seagate hard disks?

Many years back I used a 80 GB western digital black hard disk which lasted closely to 5 years and then later used a 160 GB seagate barracuda hard disk which lasted for around 3 years and 8 months. Never used a recertified/refurbished and toshiba hard disk before. It would be great if anyone having or not having any kind of experience or expertise with such hard disks would share their views and thoughts here.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. I would not recommend a recertified disk. You don't know what the real run-time hours on that drive is. Since it is a mechanical device it does actually wear out. Not worth it IMO.
    Reply to kanewolf
  2. Best answer
    " but their prices are significantly lower than..."

    Unless it is under 50% of new, and only if you want to use it as a secondary drive, and only if you are maintaining actual backups....
    Don't.

    " recertified and refurbished"
    By who? The actual manufacturer? Maybe
    By Ralph, the guy selling it? No.
    Reply to USAFRet
  3. Thanks everyone for their suggestion. Highly appreciate it.
    Reply to kapalik
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