Cheap Hitachi 2TB Drives (Data Center Recycle) $30! Free Shipping!

knightcrusader

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Sounds like these are all from Backblaze.
They're not from Backblaze, the rep that frequents /r/DataHoarder said they destroy their drives when someone asked them about these coming from them.

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I also want to update, I finally went through and scanned the 20 drives I got from the $30 sale. I used HD Sentinel to test them all, and first just went through and checked their SMART stats. 18 of them were clean w/o reallocated sectors and very low start/stop times but about 3 years of online time, which is about what I expected for the good, used ones. The other 2 had a high number of re-allocated sectors but weren't dead, however the software has their estimated time to live at weeks so they're gonna go back.

Then I took the 18 good ones and ran read and write surface tests on each one. Took about 3 days since I can run 3 at a time at 8 hrs a piece in my SATA hotswap cage and run a set while I sleep and a set while I am at work. 16 of them passed with no extra bad sectors. One of the two others reallocated 1 bad sector, which I find acceptable. The other one reallocated 18 so the software put its health at 36% so I might send that one back with the other two.

So, 17 good drives - 16 perfect for $600. Total of 32TB. I think that's a pretty damn good deal.
 

nephri

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My feedback, I just ended to test 10 hdd with HDDScan
- No bad sectors for all hdd.
- smarts says around 20000 power on hours for each.
- disks was manufactured between february 2012 to may 2012.
- after tests surfaces (one in write mode and one in read mode), no bad blocks.
- They have few slower blocks but i think it's normal.
- The packaging was very good.
- After a surface test, hdd was hot (around 50° to 55°) in an ambiant zone of 25°

I used shipito for freight forwarding to france that cost me
- 115€ for shipping 10 hdds (it's heavy)
- 80€ for duties

For international buyers, it's maybe better to bought or package only 2 units or 4.
You will have smaller weight package that allow to use the "Air Mail Economy" that is cheaper and you have a chance to avoid duties.

So, for conclude, i'm happy with them, i bought 10 for a pool of 8 thinking i will have some fails.
It's good, because i have now 2 spares.

I will go maybe in few months with another pool of 8x 3Tb if i can found good offer.
 

Sleyk

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That's awesome GCM! I made an offer for 4 and seller kept countering me at $60. I will decline, because I see listings for 3TB drives for $50 often. At least that is a good price. Did you offer for more than 4? They might be more flexible with larger quantities?

Also, if anyone still needs or wants to grab a few more 2TB drives, Newegg is selling the 64MB 7K3000 Hitachi drives for $36.99 free shipping:

HGST/Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 HUA723020ALA641 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive-Newegg.com
 
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GCM

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That's awesome GCM! I made an offer for 4 and seller kept countering me at $60. I will decline, because I see listings for 3TB drives for $50 often. At least that is a good price. Did you offer for more than 4? They might be more flexible with larger quantities?

Also, if anyone still needs or wants to grab a few more 2TB drives, Newegg is selling the 64MB 7K3000 Hitachi drives for $36.99 free shipping:

HGST/Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 HUA723020ALA641 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive-Newegg.com
Yeah, quantity of 8.
 

Sleyk

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Ok, thanks, seems seller won't go below $60 for just 4. I saw a couple listings for close to $50 for 3TB drives, but they are coolspin Hitachi's. I think they are 5400rpm as opposed to the 3TB in this listing spinning at 7200rpm.
 

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I came across this today

Lot Of 10 Hitachi/ HGST 0F19455 H3U30006472S 3TB SATA 7200 RPM 6GBS Hard Drive

I offered $450 and got accepted - the shipping was low-ish ($45+tax shipped to Norway) and looks like 7K4000 3TB drives. No returns but that is not easy from Norway anyway, so I hope to get lucky... :)

Sorry that there was just one lot. I will try to ask if they have more.
I wonder what the import tax are for a lot of these? ;) Dansko Professional White Leather Clogs / Slip On Women's EUR 38/US 7.5-8
 

Sleyk

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Yay! Their back! Will update original link in original post! I was hoping they would get some more stock. Hooray!

Update: Link updated in original post. Grab em while thie hot my peeps! Excellent price for a enterprise 6Gbps 2TB drive! Just remember, they're USED drives, not manufacturer refurbished.

Also, ignore the 7K2000 drives for now. They still have them at $40 bucks. No need to grab those.
 
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Zack Hehmann

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I ended up snagging 5 myself. I received them 2 days ago via USPS. They were packed really well in black foam.

I already tested them with hdd sentinel. 1 drive was showing 14 relocated sectors @ 75% health. I ran the 3rd test on the list for the remaining 4 drives (write + read test) and all 4 passed.

With that being said all 4 drives should be good to go right?

Also those of you that had to send drives back, what did you say to the seller? Did you have to provide and proof the drive was bad? How long did it take to get a response? And what was the final result?

Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
 

nthu9280

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Bummer. Got the drives in today but all 5 of them were bad. Loud / screeching noise. Only one of them shows in lsscsi and even that failed the SMART long test. disappointed. Sent a message to the seller and awaiting reply.
 

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Ohh, lsscsi. Never knew about that. I used "dmesg | grep scsi". Cool utility.

I bought 4 from this batch. They came well packaged again. I am running badblocks on them now. SMART shows them barely used:

9 Power_On_Hours 0x0012 098 098 000 Old_age Always - 17337
9 Power_On_Hours 0x0012 098 098 000 Old_age Always - 18461
9 Power_On_Hours 0x0012 097 097 000 Old_age Always - 22333
9 Power_On_Hours 0x0012 097 097 000 Old_age Always - 26603

and no bad sectors or the like. They look a lot like the first batch.
 

Sleyk

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Hey guys, glad some of you snagged a few. From the looks of things so far, it seems like they will keep having these from time to time, which is good.

As for returns, I honestly just put in a return request through eBay. I don't bother to send sellers any messages anymore unless they specifically request it. It used to be, and still is in fact, for many sellers, that if you even initiated a return, this was a mark against the seller. However, after achieving a certain level/listing/selling point, it no longer is an issue. This is what I was told by a seller who shipped me some hard drives a few months ago. He said the whole return thing is no longer an issue anymore for them. I don't know what exactly they did to achieve this, but hey, if it allows me to quickly initiate returns without waiting, its all good for me.

But back to this seller. They actually allow free returns. No need to message the seller, unless you feel like you have a special case. They will create a label as soon as you open the request and you can pack up the misbehaving drives and ship 'em back. Free of charge. This is why I like this seller. No worries there.

My five came in nice packaging and black foam, with extra bubble wrap and air packs too. Drives are all from 2012, except one lonely bastard from 2011. They all work good so far. My hours range from 22,000 to 25,000. No errors seen with HDsentinel.