Brand new hard drive

A brand new hard drive with 0 hours use. It is either in its sealed packaging or has been briefly powered on to extract useful information like hard drive adaptives.

An almost new hard drive

A hard drive with a maximum of 3 days use. Such drive often comes from a brand new computer in which it was replaced by an SSD or another HDD model. The drive will be low level erased before shiping.

Used hard drive in perfect condition (surface was checked)

A used hard drive that was rigorously checked. Not only are S.M.A.R.T. values 100% OK, also a full surface check revealed no defective sectors. The drive was low level erased and is ready for shipping.

Working hard drive with S.M.A.R.T. values 100% OK

Such drive is working without problem. We guarantee that the S.M.A.R.T. values do not display any warning. However, we did not perform a full surface check, so that very rare bad sectors might be. Such drive can be considered a perfect donor for repairs.

Working hard drive with S.M.A.R.T. warnings

Such drive is still working well, but the S.M.A.R.T. values mentions one or more issues, like high rate of CRC errors, a few bad sectors, or high a spin retry count. The drive is still an appreciated parts donor for data recovery purposes, but can no longer be used to store files reliably.

Drive can initialize, but has serious problems

Such drive is a failing one. Although it can still inititialize and be detected with correct capacity, it does have serious issues, like many bad sectors or a dead head. Its parts should be used for a data recovery only in the case where you cannot find another donor in better condition. The drive description may tell you more about the nature of the problem that the drive suffers.

Drive cannot initialize and spins quietly

Such drive is a defective one, but that can still serve as donor for some parts. It spins without bad noise and doesn't click. Its behaviour can have several reasons, like weak heads, firmware issue, and so on.

Drive cannot initialize, spins, clicks

The hard drive spins but cannot initialize. The drive emits a clicking noise, suggesting one or more damaged heads.

Drive spins with scratching noise

Such drive spins but has most probably one or more heavily damaged heads, as one can hear them scratching the platters. Of course, such drive cannot initialize, but it can possibly still serve for parts other than the head stack assembly and the platters.

The drive is for parts …

Such drive is not working, but sometimes can provide parts in good condition at a fair price. For instance, it can have been a perfectly working hard drive, which already served as donor for the printed circuit board ; in such case it can still serve as donor for other parts like head stack assembly, preamplifier, a.s.o. Please refer to the hard drive description to learn more about the drive condition and history.

Only for Printed Circuit Board (PCB)

We cannot always send you the whole drive. One reason is the confidentiality of data. When a drive has many bad sectors or other issues, erasing its data would be a nightmare. But the circuit board may still works perfectly. For the drives flagged "onlyPCB" we will send only the printed circuit board.
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