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Buy SATA HDD without box?

In my region they seem to sell 2.5" SATA HDDs mainly unboxed. I am a little worried about this as surely a box should protect the HDD in transportation.

If I buy an HDD which is in its plastic foil but unboxed isn't there a higher chance that the mechanical parts will have become damaged in transportation or accidentally being knocked around?

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plastic film?

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Or "bubble pack"? I think those with bubble pack are just as protected as the ones in shaped foam boxes. If it's just plastic film and nothing for shock absorption, I'd be a bit worried too.

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HDD Packaging Example

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The HDDs are typically presented like this and are sometimes stored on top of each other, even in shop windows:
http://466138305141246681.weebly.com/

I live in a third world country and this is the norm. If I can find boxed it would be much better. I don't know why they are sold like this at all because surely if they are dropped or mishandled in transportation and storage they will damage.

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That's an anti-static bag

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and commonly called OEM packaging. Often, but not always, the cost is less as you don't get a pretty box and a few mounting screws such as with retail packaging. It should be fine when purchased in a store that way because the store should have received it with adequate protection. I've purchased several that way. If this is a concern to you, ask the folks at the place you do your shopping. Ask them also about their return policy.

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Here they pack them nicely for shipping.

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I've lost count of how many we've bought over the years. If you feel unsure about this, why not go to a store and pay a little more?

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Hdd

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A hdd is pretty tough if it's not spinning.

That does not mean you can't damage it but with normal handling there should not be a problem.

When the maker ships these to a merchant they may come 10 or 20 in a box with some bubble wrap.

When a merchant ships this to you it should come in a box with bubble wrap or a padded envelope.

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I wish that were the case here

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Here boxes and bubblewrap are not the norm. I am afraid the third world has different standards in many things. Marlboro red supplied for Africa will probably kill you ten times as fast but then who cares as it's only destination is for third world poor and ignorant people.

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Then you are selling yourself

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On single packed by the maker models. Shame.

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Hdd

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If your concerned about it I think what your looking for is a retail kit.
Comes in a box with a manual and cable and maybe some cloning software.
It's not a padded box just something to hold all the parts.

Where ever or what ever you buy check the return policy.
When you get the new hdd test it.
If it shows bad return it.

I've bought a few bare drives over the years and they worked fine.
I've a couple of them sitting on the shelf.
Not sure what I would ever do with them perhaps give them to goodwill or something.

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that brought back a memory

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When I lived in Crete and didn't have any American red pack Marlboros, I'd buy on local market. They definitely were different, stronger, and flavor a bit "off" to me. I think maybe the tobacco was from Turkey. The closest to that now in America would be the blue pack American Spirit, which has wild tobacco blended into it, and such is 8-10 times more nicotine in it. I tried one, gave the rest of pack to someone else, a chain smoker.

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Marlboro also sold in 1s in local kiosks

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OK to clear things up I haven't bought an HDD yet but will likely only buy a sealed and boxed one. I was just doing some window shopping yesterday.

As for cigarette quality it is the same as some of the electrical goods and manufacturing quality this side of the pond. Last Christmas I bought some heaters which mostly blew their element after two days. I'm afraid many rejected and junk products are sold to Africa which is also a recipient of nuclear and other waste.

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There's a brick in some sealed boxes.

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While you think that would be best, the number of bricks sold like that is astounding.

See the drive before you leave the shop.

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Here's a cig tip

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If they have that "all natural raw" barnyard taste to them, dip the open end (just the tip) in a bit of vanilla extract, let dry a couple days on a plate. It will smooth out the taste since the flavor is pulled through the entire cig and flavors the rest too. It stains, but bearable taste is what you're after.

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Extra tip

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My tip is if you want to give up smoking go for Marlboro supplied to Africa because you will hate it so much you will have to stop. The only one's I used to enjoy were Natural American Spirit rollups. If I go back to the UK I may start again...

I am actually installing W7 from a properly boxed hdd now. This has been my day of fun.

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HDD

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You should be worried. Un-boxed HDD can get damaged through shipment and handling. In my experience is once I brought an un-boxed HDD and 6 months later it got corrupted. I re-installed everything and it worked for an other month and died. All other HDD I brought where boxed. I suggest two things. 1) Get an external HDD to back up your data. 2) Order off the Internet a boxed HDD if they don't have boxed HDD in the store.

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Something is wrong in the supply chain

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Firstly, manufacturers should be supplying all HDDs boxed. Secondly, they should be monitoring the distributers and suppliers to guard the supply chain and ensure transparency.

Anyone can just get a reconditioned HDD, put a WD sticker on it, pack it up and sell it for new.

HDDs are the most important component of a computer yet so many people cut costs and take risks when purchasing. It isn't worth it.

Luckily I didn't buy those unboxed ones.

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No Box

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Should be no problem. They're tough enough to take handling. If thet didn't they wouldn't sell than that way. As long as they come in the anti-static bag, buy it that wat and save a little bit of money.

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Check for the Guarantee by the seller

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Always, try to buy the HDD from an authorized dealer. Check for the guarantee of the HDD. If the dealer is ready to give you a guarantee, its fine. Always remember, try to purchase a branded HDD. Make sure you are taking from a reliable dealer. Don't go behind the cheaper one, it will waste your money as well as time when it goes down.

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