You may wonder if it's safe to buy used Western Digital hard drives. For some reason people are worried about their reputation.

If the drive is under warranty, you have nothing to worry about. Here is a snipet on a forum post on WD Community that should ease your worries:

“To clarify, warranties are based on the device's serial number. We don't care who owns it.”

By Bill_S, Community Manager

The post is dated but it still rings true today. If the drive is under warranty, even if you buy it second hand, the drive is eligible to be refurbished or replaced. If the WD used drive is not under warranty, use your best discretion as to whether you want to buy it.

Update:

Their warranty page is pretty awesome. The easiest portal to check statuses and issue returns that I've ever seen.

Western Digital Warranty Example

That's it. It's safe to buy used Western Digital hard drives. If you see something you like, go for it. Here's the best selling internal hard drives on Amazon if you're in the market for a new hard drive instead of used.

Update: I personally have bought nearly all of my hard drives new as they relatively cheap now. They aren't always as in 2011 when a Tsunami hit Thailand, the flooding crippled hard drive suppliers, mainly the Western Digital factory. The prices skyrocketed. I also remembered when the 10K RPM ice pack cooled WD Raptors came out, they we're bloody expensive as well.

How do you usually buy your hard drives and in what condition?

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