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Picked up one of the these to pair with some left over parts for an additional Win 7 workstation. Runs fast (scored a 5.9 on Windows performance index). Obviously not a great choice for storage intensive applicatons, but 160GB is plenty for many types of users and this is about as inexpensive as you can get a decent performing SATA drive.

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suited my needs, ty OP

Always beware of refurbished drives. There's a reason they were returned. Often due to failures by the original users.

TY for the warning, Tim. You are right and I'm only giving green b/c it came at the right time. Maybe I should remove that green...?

FWIW, I would normally avoid refurbished HDD's, but needed a cheap drive for a budget system where reliability is not important.

For any people who are building something more substantial, but still on a budget, Newegg has 500gb Samsung HDD's for $50, so that would be a better choice. For people who don't need space or reliability, and are willing to deal with a failure, this seems okay.

I bought some 80GB IDE WD drives from Newegg REFURB for $20 some months ago. No problems yet. Out of the five drives I purchased, three had no bad sectors, and two had up to 15 bad sectors. WDDLG scan came up clean.

You are going to trust a refurbished hard drive to hold potrentially valuable or precious data, just because you save $20. Refurbished = broken + maybe fixed = tragedy.



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