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I RMA'd my ocz vertex 450 512gb SSD and ocz sent me a refurbished ocz vector 512gb ssd . will this refurbished ocz vector 512gb ssd last me the same amount of time as a new ocz vector 512gb ssd would ? and how do they refurbish solid state drives ?
    
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I think refurbished items would last longer because they have gone over them with a fine toothed comb. For an SSD im assuming they would de solder the bad chips and replace them and or reprogram any chip that may have gone bad.
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Originally Posted by equlizer34 View Post

I think refurbished items would last longer...

And yet the warranties are dramatically shorter.
     
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I think it depends on the drive. I'm sure some fully functioning units have been returned or a user did a super PEBKAC and they easily pass basic tests.

Other ones may have component replacement but I wouldn't imagine they amazingly test every aspect of the drive other than the standard functionality ones after fix.

It's possible that some other aspect of the drive caused a failure of one component, the drive might work with the component replaced but the culprit might not have been fully addressed.
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I got a refurb SSD that had the SATA and Power connectors broken off of it. You could see where Crucial had taken apart the drive and re-connected new connection headers to the PCB because the plastic color was a tiny bit different.

The repair work looked like it was well done, and that M4 continues to run just fine to this day.

Another thing that can happen is that a drive can be a statistical freak and have an unacceptable number of NAND cells go bad all at once. NAND failure is probably the rarest cause of SSD death, but if it IS the reason it died, the company can save the chassis and controller and just re-stock the NAND
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I think most of the time refurbished parts are fine, the companies like OCZ in this case make sure the part is good the second time around. Besides, you can't really expect them to give you a new one after all this time...even iPhones aren't new when you bring it in for service wink.gif
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"refurbished" in the industry can mean just about anything. It could have just been a returned open box item, or a RMA'd SSD that a user couldn't get unlocked... that almost happened to me. Could have been a damaged box or it could have bad components that need replacing. Most manufacturers offer a shorter warranty on refurbs, but I've never had issues buying refurbished anything before.
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"refurbished" in the industry can mean just about anything. It could have just been a returned open box item, or a RMA'd SSD that a user couldn't get unlocked... that almost happened to me. Could have been a damaged box or it could have bad components that need replacing. Most manufacturers offer a shorter warranty on refurbs, but I've never had issues buying refurbished anything before.
I don't think the ssd they sent me was a open box because there is scratches on it
    
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Like I said it could be anything... from a nub not being able to get it out of a locked state to broken connectors or bad chips.
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