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The last dozen HDD I've gotten from Amazon were all individually packaged in small plain brown boxes that had HDD suspension pieces on each end of the drive, securing the drive. Those small boxes were in larger boxes that had the airpack.

Sweet... but were these OEM drives with no retail boxes that Amazon packaged themselves? Or were they retail in their retail boxes which had the suspension already inside the retail box, independent of Amazon's shipping practices? I saw a hard drive in a retail box like that once at Best Buy, but I've never seen or heard of anyone shipping an OEM drive like that. If they ship OEM drives this way I'm definitely buying my drives from Amazon from now on! If they charge me an extra $5 of $10 over Newegg's price, it'll be bloody worth it for the peace of mind! biggrinsmiley.gif
Edited by Drahadis - 9/5/13 at 10:13am
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Sweet... but were these OEM drives with no retail boxes that Amazon packaged themselves? Or were they retail in their retail boxes which had the suspension already inside the retail box, independent of Amazon's shipping practices? I saw a hard drive in a retail box like that once at Best Buy, but I've never seen or heard of anyone shipping an OEM drive like that. If they ship OEM drives this way I'm definitely buying my drives from Amazon from now on! If they charge me an extra $5 of $10 over Newegg's price, it'll be bloody worth it for the peace of mind! biggrinsmiley.gif

The drives were OEM packed in brown boxes, they were not retail. Now in all honesty, the were WD Reds and Blacks (mostly reds) so I cant say how any others may ship nor can I say that they would come the same way today. Just explaining my most recent purchases (last 18 months or so). Based on my experience I can say I would not hesitate to order them in the future. Just make sure they are sold and shipped by Amazon. YMMV but I've not had a bad experience yet.
    
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Sweet... I'll try it. They're cheaper than Newegg anyway. biggrin.gif Also, that two day shipping is pretty neat.

BTW, is this what you're talking about?



My only concern is that box is a little small and the smaller a box is, the more the contents take a beating.. A lot of people just think about how well an item is packed, but the size of a box has a lot to do with how much it moves around when being handled and moved by equipment. The smaller a box is, the more it gets tossed around during the shipping process. Bigger boxes tend to get knocked around less, which is why the box it self takes more damage than a small box... because they're sheer size and often being weighed down by extra packing material, makes them more resistant to being moved and their cardboard skin takes a beating from the stress put on them to force them to move. But as a result, the contents of a large box are less likely to be subjected to stressful movement, sudden drops, or thrown around by hand.

I ordered a big tower one time, and the huge box it came in was really badly scraped up and the corners dented, part of it was crushed, and there was even a rip in the side of the box. I asked if the truck carrying it went off a cliff. Fortunately, Silverstone packed it with adequate foam and it didn't get a single nick or dent. But I've also gotten very small boxes delivered with a lot of surface marks from being thrown around by hand but no dents, rips, or mashed in areas, and the contents were completely destroyed and smashed (dishes).... because the box was very light and easy to toss around by hand.

Packing is an art form... and I'm getting the point beaten into my skull more and more every year, that few people understand this.

It doesn't make a lot of sense to most people cause they think its wasteful, but the more delicate and breakable an item is, the larger the box it should be put in.
Edited by Drahadis - 9/5/13 at 9:14pm
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That's some slim packing right there. Reasonably adequate providing it won't be subjected to any long drops but I'd prefer that no part of the drive was near the outside surface of the packaging.
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That looks like it. The actual shipping box may have been a tad larger in some cases but that looks about right. Compared to other OEM drives I have received from other retailers, that is GREAT packaging.
    
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