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Old 10-06-2012, 03:41 PM   #1
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Default What to do with "old" hard drives

I'm sitting here staring at a stack of four Seagate 400GB (7200.10) hard drives that just... I have no use for right now, but given that 1.5TB drives are down to $70 now, these feel pretty low in value but also are entirely not useless to...someone. But with the cost to ship them it's getting difficult to really convince a person they want something like this.

What are you guys doing with old drives like this?
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:30 PM   #2
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Giving them to my sisters. It costs more to put them in a NAS and raid them to make a backup device but it ensures they don't loose the pictures of the little ones because they stored it on their crappy laptops.
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:22 PM   #3
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I just sent two packages of old HDDs to friends. One will use them to help less fortunate seniors in a local computer club, and the other will upgrade a friend who's not rolling in dough.
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:57 PM   #4
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i'd stick current images of my drives on them and put them somewhere secure.
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:18 PM   #5
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Get an external dock and use them as giant flash drives. Rotate them for backups so you have multiple versions of folders and files.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:17 PM   #6
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Well if you don't already have a fileserver but you have the parts lying around for them that'd be one use for them. I have my server setup with a 3Ware 9550 controller currently running five 500GB drives in a RAID 5 array. Sure I plan on upgrading them sometime in the near future but the performance from them is just fine.
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Old 10-07-2012, 08:36 AM   #7
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In my case I've got an unraid server with 6x1TB drives in it right now so I do have the storage space I'm looking for (plus CrashPlan Unlimited). I suppose I could keep certain backups on these...
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:16 PM   #8
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I would either sell or give away.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:47 PM   #9
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Give them to me.
I only got 250gb of space
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