What to do with "old" hard drives

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Tegeril, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. Tegeril

    Tegeril Platinum Member

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    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?
     
  2. BrightCandle

    BrightCandle Diamond Member

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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.
     
  3. corkyg

    corkyg Elite Member<br>Super Moderator <br>Peripherals
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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.
     
  4. PottedMeat

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    i'd stick current images of my drives on them and put them somewhere secure.
     
  5. DaveSimmons

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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.
     
  6. nsafreak

    nsafreak Diamond Member

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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.
     
  7. Tegeril

    Tegeril Platinum Member

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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...
     
  8. aaksheytalwar

    aaksheytalwar Diamond Member

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    I would either sell or give away.
     
  9. T_Yamamoto

    T_Yamamoto Lifer

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    Give them to me.
    I only got 250gb of space
     
  10. Durvelle27

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    i'll take one :)