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Newegg HD: Absolutely Barebones
Posted by: sscutchen
Date: December 21, 2005 10:46PM
I just received a new WD 320GB SATA drive from Newegg. I was surprized to find the bare drive packed in the shipping box in nothing more than the static bag. No box. No nothing.

The biggest deal was no SATA cable. Luckily I had one. And the power cables needed. So the new HD is happily G5Bracket'ed into my G5 PM and is currently being filled.

But still, this was a seriously barebones drive deal. Something to keep in mind when you're ordering.





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Re: Newegg HD: Absolutely Barebones
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: December 21, 2005 11:24PM
Yup, that's how they do it.



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Re: Newegg HD: Absolutely Barebones
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: December 21, 2005 11:36PM
There should have been a few inches of insulation in that box, too.

Was there?

Just about every discounter ships the bare drive in an anti-static bag, but surrounded by 3-4 inches of dense gray packing material.

One reason that they can sell the drives so cheaply is the OEM/bare packaging.
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Re: Newegg HD: Absolutely Barebones
Posted by: sscutchen
Date: December 21, 2005 11:40PM
T'was packed in peanuts.





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Re: Newegg HD: Absolutely Barebones
Posted by: h'
Date: December 21, 2005 11:53PM
This is fun. Were the peanuts packed in anything?



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Re: Newegg HD: Absolutely Barebones
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: December 22, 2005 12:01AM
> T'was packed in peanuts.

Thanks. 'Guess I'm not buying a hard drive from those guys.
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Re: Newegg HD: Absolutely Barebones
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: December 22, 2005 12:27AM
Every drive I've gotten from them has been bare (meaning no cables), packed as described, and has arrived in good shape. If it's not a retail packaged drive, that's normal.



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Re: Newegg HD: Absolutely Barebones
Posted by: modelamac
Date: December 22, 2005 06:51AM
You should only buy a barebones drive if you are replacing an internal drive, or one going into an existing external case. You don't need to duplicate the existing connectors in this case.
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Re: Newegg HD: Absolutely Barebones
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: December 22, 2005 07:55AM
modelmac is right.

newegg makes it clear whether you're getting an "OEM drive" or a "Retail drive" in the ad copy.

The latter comes with a cable, screws, manual, etc.

This also applies to newegg's optical drives, too.

If you were to order (if you could) another/new/replacement HD from Apple, it would be a bare drive as well.



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Re: Newegg HD: Absolutely Barebones
Posted by: sscutchen
Date: December 22, 2005 09:25AM
I haven't looked, but is there a cheap cable kit that would give you a power cable and SATA cable for a few bucks?





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Re: Newegg HD: Absolutely Barebones
Posted by: Harry in MI
Date: December 22, 2005 10:07AM
For Mac users a "retail" drive doesn't include much you would use, some Windblows only software on a CD, another (kinda short) IDE cable to throw in the pile, and some screws. Newegg has all the Serial cables and power adapters for low prices too.

If you buy a serial cable you can usually get a straight or angled connector on the ends, some applications really need/benifit one or the other so check you installation before ordering.
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Re: Newegg HD: Absolutely Barebones
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: December 22, 2005 05:45PM
So was the product labeled OEM or Retail?

They typically wrap the drive in something - bubble wrap is very common. Then they put that in a box of peanuts, or those plastic bags filled with air.

I don't think I've ever seen an OEM drive come with a foam brick around it.

Newegg is usually very specific about what they describe. People who shop with them often know things like "OEM" means the drive only. And really that's not just with NE. If you've ever seen how OEM drives are often shipped, you wouldn't be expecting a box or even foam bricks.




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Re: Newegg HD: Absolutely Barebones
Posted by: Bimwad
Date: December 22, 2005 06:47PM
Clubmac used to ship OEM drives in foam bricks.
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Re: Newegg HD: Absolutely Barebones
Posted by: rexrzer
Date: December 22, 2005 07:45PM
When I bought an OEM Maxtor SATA HDrive for my G5, from ZipZoomFly, back in 2/2004, it came in a proper HDrive foam box inside a new anti-static bag. Even when I've purchased used SCSI HDrives on eBay, they've always, without exception, come in some kind of HDrive-specific packing box. I'm going to pass on buying an OEM HDrive from NewEgg.com if they pack a bare drive in packing peanuts, and expect it to survive the rough treatment that can happen shipping Ground.

That's just plain stupidity, and very poor business IMO.

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Re: Newegg HD: Absolutely Barebones
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: December 23, 2005 11:55AM
Well, I know a lot of people and businesses who buy from NE. Combined they have probably purchased hundreds of OEM drives from NE with issue.

The way I've seen them packed protects about as well as the foam blocks. What the original poster has said so far, sounds abnormal.




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