- I strongly suspect that is the case as well, but the question I have is how would you "bin" hard drives like a manufacturer might with CPUs. I don't have the technical knowledge to answer that myself.
Well, I don't know. But, hard disks are complicated enough that it would not surprise me if there was a 50' long machine in the factory that made this determination, and out come reds on one side and whites on the other.
- OK - consider yourself un-jinxed.
- One thing to potentially consider ... I would think that if you find yourself with a bad drive, but still within the exchange / return period, you just head back to BB and get a new HDD, right? But if outside of that window, you have to deal with an RMA / likely receive a refurb as a replacement (not sure if that bothers you) and that window is 15 - 45 days depending on whether you are subject to standard or BB Elite Member policy.
Well, here is a thought, considering these drives were $30 off (and I saved another $10.63 in tax), you could make an argument that it might be worth considering paying the $20 for 2-years geek squad protection. This overlaps the 2-years you get from the mfg., so you would never have to worry about sending them back, just swap it at best buy. I am going to think about this.... $140 for that on all 7 drives, might be slightly cheaper for "Elite"... Still less than the $284 I saved with the sale ($984 compared to list price).
But, at the very least yeah, get the testing done within the normal return period. Sounds like the mortality rate beyond that will be low.
Also, depending what is (was) on the drive, unless it was part of a RAID array and unintelligible, I am not going to send a drive back. I am going to smash it with a hammer and just buy another one. You never what someone might do with a presumably faulty hard drive that still has perfectly readable data on it...