OneStepAhead said: Let's see... a used hard drive that has already failed. Let's use it to store our important data.
Uhhh... NO. More commonly, refurbished drives are those pulled from warranty return PCs that failed for some other reason, or a commercial customer tossed out all their PCs because they're old, underpowered, or the customer changed over to a completely different system provider. OTOH how they're tested is another matter.
Backblaze is migrating from 2TB HGST drives to 8TB (mostly seagate) drives for density reasons. The old 2TB drives are perfectly healthy and there has been no increase in failure rates as the drives have aged. Its just that the operational cost of one 8TB drive is so much less than four 2TB drives that it is cheaper to replace them. These may even be pulls from backblaze, but that's just speculation.
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