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So, I'm still dragging my feet on going to SSD, but just about there. Then I noticed that my local MC has a bunch of their 60GB $100 special (SandForce 1222) open box for $80.

So, is there really any problem with open box (user returned, I'm guessing) SSD? They do have a 30 day return option.

Thinking for the price I might do two of them (non-raid) if that's a good option. (love to hear thoughts on that as well).

I'll be moving my OS from a 640GB WD Black RAID 0 array. Have one SSD for OS & Photoshop and the second for games, etc. Then make the WD's into storage with my 1.5tb Green.

Thanks for any thoughts.
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post #2 of 33
Well.

The price is pretty good for an SSD, but an open box from MC isn't good idea IMO.
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Most people return them because they didn't work in their antique system/laptop.I am willing to bet they are as good as new as long as mc tested them.
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Perfectly fine, my buddy recently bought 3 and they all work perfectly. Ignorant people probably return them when they see it's a 2.5 inch.
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i bought the 2 MicroCenter SSD's(Open Box) I have installed in my pc and they work just fine,even more so after I flashed them.
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Is there a warranty, or is it just the 30 day return policy ?
If it´s the second, and you were to get it, just make sure to run all the error/tests you can inside your 30 day period.
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Think of Open Box deals as nothing more than a cost savings. I buy almost exclusively Open Box, Dented Box, Refurbished, etc. A majority of consumers have no idea what they're buying when they buy technology, so there's simply a ton of returned merchandise. I've been doing this forever and I've yet to be burned.
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Most people return them because they didn't work in their antique system/laptop.I am willing to bet they are as good as new as long as mc tested them.
This is kinda what I was thinking. Not to be too mean about it, but I'm sure 65%+ of MC's customers don't really have much building experience. Let alone fine tuning / troubleshooting.

Quote:
Originally Posted by saint19 View Post
Well.

The price is pretty good for an SSD, but an open box from MC isn't good idea IMO.
Just curious why you think it's not? Not disagreeing with you, just curious. I know I wouldn't buy an open box hard drive because I don't know what's happened to it physically or a motherboard (same reason), but SSDs are hard to kill, right?

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Originally Posted by Tom1121 View Post
Perfectly fine, my buddy recently bought 3 and they all work perfectly. Ignorant people probably return them when they see it's a 2.5 inch.
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Originally Posted by AMOCO View Post
i bought the 2 MicroCenter SSD's(Open Box) I have installed in my pc and they work just fine,even more so after I flashed them.
Thanks for both of these first hand experiences. What did you flash them with?
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[B]Just curious why you think it's not? Not disagreeing with you, just curious. I know I wouldn't buy an open box hard drive because I don't know what's happened to it physically or a motherboard (same reason), but SSDs are hard to kill, right?
Well that's true. The SSD are pretty difficult to kill, i'm just saying that in the remote possibility that you have a problem after the 30 days return, you could lost $80.

Plus, I had a bad experience with an open box mobo, but I think that you can be more lucky with those SSD.
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[B]

This is kinda what I was thinking. Not to be too mean about it, but I'm sure 65%+ of MC's customers don't really have much building experience. Let alone fine tuning / troubleshooting.

Just curious why you think it's not? Not disagreeing with you, just curious. I know I wouldn't buy an open box hard drive because I don't know what's happened to it physically or a motherboard (same reason), but SSDs are hard to kill, right?

Thanks for both of these first hand experiences. What did you flash them with?
With this here:
http://www.overclock.net/ssd/954307-...-firmware.html
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