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Re-use hard disk unused for long time

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Hi Experts,
We have used the SATA harddisk to store CCTV footage and once these hard disks are full, we keep it in the store room for at least six-months. Previously, the customer will destroy these hard disk, but recently, they are asking us if it is OK to re-use the hard disks after six-months.

I am afraid after six-months time, the mechanical parts of the hard disk no long stick together or some other facts will affect the hard disk to run properly. (Because if the hard disk is spoil, we need to exchange it within one hour which is confident for us to guarantee it for new hard disks)

Does anyone knows the possible issues to use those hard disk unused for long time?

Thank you very much.

Ray
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As long as the drives are stored correctly then you should be fine.  When I say correctly, I mean in a cupboard, sealed in their static bags with the little bag of silica gell to absorb moisture.
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Hi Jakethecatuk,
It looks quite positive to me, but is it OK for me to insert the old hard disk into the disk raid mixed with new disks?

Thank you.

Ray
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You should be ok - but to be sure, you could attach the disk you want to use to your PC via a USB SATA connector to make sure it spins up ok.

You could also double check with the manufacturer of the CCTV recorder.
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