A little while ago I started the process of replacing my home storage, with @drobo units. Mainly in an effort to “go green”, well thats a lie, it was mainly to reduce my power bill.
One of the units came with a 2Tb hard drive, which the seller wasn’t sure about, “its faulty” he told me. I asked him to include it anyway, as it wasn’t costing me anything extra. When the Drobo arrived, I threw the drive into my sort out, fix at some point, box, you know the one… we’ve all got one. As I didn’t know its history I wasn’t about to put my data on it, not even in a redundant storage setup.
Rummaging through the box a few days ago, I came across the drive, and ran the serial number through the manufacturers RMA / Warranty portal.
It turns out that this model/family of drive, from this particular manufacturer, carries a lifetime replacement warranty. Just for taking the time to google for “XYZ hard drive RMA”, and entering a serial number, I have a new 2Tb SATA drive on its way to me.
Moral of the story: CHECK THE RMA / WARRANTY INFORMATION ON YOUR FAULTY HARDWARE. Not doing so is just throwing money away.