Originally Posted by eea123
The original seller I found wasn't specific so I'll assume from a used network enviro. for him.
If that is the case and he was "giving" them away... I might consider it but then maybe only in a RAID setup where I could have TWO drives with identical DATA so I could have a backup if one failed.
As the UTV is largely "set it and forget it"... not sure I'd want to trust my recordings to something with unknown miles. Maybe if you upgraded your own PC drive (from say 120/200GB to 500GB) and you'd been able to run diagnostics and you've got a history on it (clean/dirty/hot/cold/dusty conditions)... then you might feel better on it.
Yet, even in "good" conditions a drive can fail at any time. My cousin's Dell with a WD drive just gave up the ghost with no warning. Now granted her business's "workshop office" was rather dusty by which I mean it took us like 10 minutes using a full fledged Air Compressor and narrow tip Air Gun to clean all the fine dust and webs from the nooks and crannies. So I'm suspecting heat might have gotten that one...
You might want to treat yourself and see what pricewatch/ebay has in the way of new 160GB+ IDE drives with full warranties. I remember when my 160GB Seagate failed (I transferred it from a Sony UTV to a Tivo... Seagate honored their 5 year warranty and I had a new 160GB in just a few days... I think the replacement is good for another year still... It's back in another of my UTVs I think...)