Question I have 15 250GB HDD's, what should I do with them?

Jul 22, 2019
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My office is getting rid of a bunch of old HDD's that are all 250GB each. Specifically, these ones: https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16822148699.

I'm wondering if it is worth doing anything with them.

My first thought is external HDD's or putting a couple together in a RAID, but they are just so small...

For the same price for a 4 bay enclosure with only 1TB of storage, I could just buy a 4TB HDD. :/

Any other thoughts?
 

digitalgriffin

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Drives have a finite lifespan. If you were to use them, I would do a RAID 6 on a NAS, which on most systems would allow up to 8 data drives + 2 parity checks. So 8 * 250 = 2 TB. That isn't anything to sneeze at for something like a Steam game drive. Also run a SMART test on each drive and look for errors that indicate near end of life span. (Seagate's SeaTools to be precise: https://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/seatools/)

Problem is the RAID 6 enclosure for 10 drives is more expensive than the drives. So I agree with you. It likely isn't worth it, even as a DAS.
 
Jul 22, 2019
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Thank you both. I had a feeling that would be the answer. $10 a pop on Ebay sounds like it would be the best bet, but not really worth my time. :)
 

JLat51

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Post them on facebook, or other local buying guides where one doesn't have to have the hassle of shipping. 10$x15 is 150$ that you didn't have before. Or keep one or two incase you or a family member is in a bind and need a harddrive over the weekend as one failed.
 

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