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.
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.
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