Beware when buying Hard Disk Drives

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Beware if you think that you are buying a new hard disk drive (as I was) but what you actually get is a cleverly antistatic sealed drive which is 5 years old (according to the date printed on the drive label) and tests as well used. I found that out by using a free program called "CrystalDisk" - I downloaded the standalone version without adverts. Connect the disk to your system and run the software (the drive doesn't need the disk to be formatted etc. - just leave it as you got it) Look for  the "Power On Hours" which is displayed in the top right hand corner of the report page. This should be low (possibly only reflecting factory soak testing e.g. 72 hours maximum). In the case of the "new" drive I purchased on eBay the figure I got was almost 33,000 hours use! Needless to say it went back with a scan of the software report being sent to the seller for a full refund using eBay managed returns - which costs the buyer nothing if the item is not as described. The seller claimed it was a "supply problem". You have been warned! Check your drive before you start using it - don't get caught!
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