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What is the difference between Retail Box and Bare Drive?

I am looking to buy a new hard drive and found I can get a bare drive for a good deal less than the same retail box.

Is there a big difference in the two and what is it?

1 Answer

  • Karz
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    The bare drive in just the sealed anti-static bag is exactly the same as the one in the retail box. The bare drive is cheaper because there is no packaging cost and are actually sold to system builders in BULK and priced in lots of a thousand. The bare drives that go out in the market are usually excess stocks of distributors or from system builders. Rather than sit in inventory, they tend to unload excess stocks to improve cash flow.

    Check the warranty. The retail box version tend to have a longer on-site warranty. However, manufacturer/factory warranty is usually the same for both.

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