How to sell your used hard drives?
To sell your used hard drives, you should ensure you fully delete your data, properly inventory and assess the condition of all your drives, find a buyer or seller platform, properly package up your hard drives, then complete your sale. We made a handy guide: how to sell your used hard drives with even more information. Or, the easiest option is just to fill out a quote form right here and we'll take care of everything.
Where to sell your used hard drives?
Common places to sell your hard drives include eBay, direct to seller, Amazon (used), reddit.com/r/hardwareswap, or ITAD company like us, Exit Technologies. If you're here, you're already at the right place to make selling your equipment easy and maximizing your value.
Why you should sell your old hard drives?
The best reason to sell your old hard drives is extra cash. Reducing failure risk of older drives and increasing performance with newer drives are a couple others. In our guide, how to sell your used hard drives, we cover this a little more in depth.
What kind of hard drives do you [Exit Technologies] buy?
Desktop 500GB+, Laptop 250GB+, Server 300GB+, SATA, SAS, PCI-E, NVMe, SSD, & HDD. If you're not sure if what you have is something we would buy, then just contact us on our chat below and we'd be glad to help. Here's a guide on the different storage types, should you need a refresher.
What’s the minimum quantity of hard drives you [Exit Technologies] buy?
About $1,000 worth, or about 100 500GB Laptop drives, but you can combine it with memory or processors to hit the minimum.
What’s the difference between “hard drives” and “storage”?
Storage is the type (tree), and hard drives are the kind (Maple). Storage can be solid state drives, flash drives, RAID arrays, etc, they are all considered 'storage' as they all serve the purpose of holding data. Hard drives, describe a certain type of storage, namely data residing on spinning palladium disks read by a mechanical arm. We have a more in depth article comparing HHDs, SSD, and storage systems for more information.
What’s the difference between a “hard drive” and “SSD”?
Hard Disk Drives store data on solid platters that spin, SSDs are lighter with no moving parts and store data on chips. SSDs are also generally more reliable due to no moving parts, are significantly faster than HDDs, but have an increased purchase cost.
How to sell your used RAM?
The best way to sell your used RAM will largely depend on what quantity you're trying to sell. For bulk quantities, an IT asset disposition company like us will be your best bet.
If you have large quantities of RAM to sell, contact us or fill out a form below to get a quick cash offer.
For consumer quantities, eBay and reddit.com/r/hardwareswap are good options. Check sold listings on eBay to get a good idea for what your memory is going for. Make sure you ship the memory in tightly sealed memory trays and pack the boxes snugly. We've written a handy best place to sell RAM guide to help with this.
What’s your [Exit Technologies] purchasing minimum for used IT?
About $1,000 worth or any combination of used IT including used ram, used hard drives HHDs, used SSDs, used processors or CPUs, used memory or ram, used servers, used computers, used networking, or similar used IT equipment you have to liquidate.
If you're not sure if what you have qualifies, just contact us below to let us know what you have and we'll be glad to help out!
What speed of DDR4 should I buy?
For gamers, 3000 MHz is more than sufficient, with anything above that being almost surely overkill.
For servers, compatibility limits your options anyways, but speed's impact varies wildly depending on the use case. Consult your manufacturer or read through our guide on what speed of DDR4 to get.
What is DDR3 VS DDR4 RAM?
DDR3 is the past generation of RAM, with DDR4 being the most recent. DDR4 reaches faster clock speeds, is more expensive, operates at lower voltages, has higher latency, and 288 pins to the 240 pins of DDR4.
How to Sell CPUs
To sell your used CPUs, look for an ITAD company if you have a bulk quantity (more than a few processors). Otherwise, you can use reddit.com/r/hardware swap, eBay, Amazon Trade-In, or sell locally using Facebook groups or Craigslist.
Make sure you've got good pictures and accurate part information before you listing them online.
For a more in-depth explanation, we wrote a guide on why and how to sell cpus.
Where to Sell CPUs
Depending on your quantity, the condition of the CPUs, and the kind of processors you have, the ideal buyer will vary. For scrap processors that are old and damaged, a precious metals reclamation company or recycler is going to be your best bet.
For a bulk quantity of working processors that are 5 years or newer, an IT Asset Disposition Company will help you liquidate them wholesale. If you only have a few or less processors, eBay, reddit.com/r/hardwareswap, Amazon Trade-in, or local options will bring a higher return.
To learn more you can read our cpu selling guide. If you do have a few or more CPUs, you can fill out a quote right at the bottom of this page and we'll provide you a free valuation.
How can I protect my IT equipment in transit?
Standard packing materials is simply not sufficient to protect your IT assets during the shipping process. We are happy to provide shipping materials for your IT assets and shipping insurance free of charge.
A good rule of thumb is to leave no wiggle room for any parts whatsoever. CPU and RAM trays should be taped together, servers should be packed in form fitting polyurethane foam, and GPUs should have custom foam boxes. For more information consult our IT packing instructions page.
How to Sell GPUs
To sell GPUs, first you must determine what your GPUs are currently worth. You can check sold listings on eBay to see what buyers are currently willing to pay. If you have a smaller quantity of cards, you can go to reddit.com/r/minerswap or reddit.com/r/hardware swap.
Be sure to thoroughly investigate users, and if you're selling using PayPal, always list the transaction as "goods and services," not friends and family. You can also sell through Amazon Trade-in or eBay, though returns are lower.
How to Sell Computers
In the modern data center, technology advances at breakneck speed. Because of such rapid advances, when and how to sell old computers, servers, CPUs becomes more and more complicated.
The good news is that for every data center that removes a server from active use to replace it with a newer model, there are hundreds of other businesses for whom that retired server might be a perfect fit.
In general here are some tips on how to sell your old computers:
- Selling in bulk is optimal
- Break retired hardware down to its base components to sell individually
- Use an e-waste recycler: recondition parts and extract the precious metals used (plus guarantee data destruction)
- Sell enterprise-grade switches, routers, firewalls, and management engines
Where to Sell Computers
All IT resources should be seen as a corporate asset, even when they are planned to be replaced with something bigger, faster, and newer. Selling used computers can offer a valuable revenue source, as long as the company chooses the most effective method for completing the transaction.
Where a company chooses to sell used computers is just as important.
A few selling options can include:
- Local buyers - Depending on the region and willingness to possibly sell to competitors, companies can reach out to supply chain and purchasing vendors directly. And no third party means the possibility of more profit.
- Online auctions - Using eBay or something similar, companies can set their price, break auctions down individually by product or type, and watch as bidders drive profits. This can be risky depending on market demand.
- Utilize trusted technology liquidators - Exit Technologies is an example of one of these firms, as we specialize in the sale and re-purposing of a wide range of IT resources.
What types of SSD will you buy?
We are interested in every type of SSD, including those new, used, and even damaged from servers, desktops and laptops.
What specific SSD brands are most valuable?
On the secondary market, the brand of the SSD is not typically as important as the density. Samsung, Intel, Dell, HPE, Seagate, etc. are all viable brands of SSD to sell. Regardless of whether you're selling NVMe or SATA SSDs we will help you get top dollar for your drives.
What types of servers will you buy?
As a rule of thumb we primarily only work with servers less than 5 years old. We buy essentially any form factor: rack, tower, and blade. We buy equipment regardless of if it's packed and ready to ship or still in the data center.
Specific models include:
HP Proliant Gen 8, Gen 9, Gen 10: DL320, DL360, DL380, DL385, DL580, DL585
Dell PowerEdge: R620, R720, R820, R920, R630, R730, R830, R930, R640, R740, R840, R940
IBM xSeries: x3250, x3550, x3650, X3850
Sun SunFire: V215, V245, V490, V890, T2000
Penguin Computing: Custom Servers
HP C7000 – BL Blade Servers BL260C, BL460C, BL480C
IBM® BladeCenter – HS20, HS21, HS22
Sun Blade 6000 – X6220, X6250, X6420, X64400
Dell PowerEdge M1000e, M600, M610, M710, 1855, 1955
HP 9000®, HP Integrity®
IBM AS/400, pSeries, iSeries
Sun Enterprise 10K, 12k, 15k, 20k, E25K
Quanta Servers, Opencompute servers
What specific server brands are most valuable?
For value, it's less about the brand of server than it is about the model number and the specs of the components. For example, a barebones Dell poweredge r740 without any components in the chassis is actually less valuable than an HPE dl380 proliant gen9.
What determines the value of my graphics card?
When you sell graphics card inventory to us, the value of your GPUS is determined by the following factors: Age, condition, packaging, number of cores, rendering capabilities, graphics memory density and memory type, and bandwidth.
What specific graphics card brands can I sell?
We’re interested in new and used graphics card inventory and GPUs of all types, including: Nvidia Graphics Cards, AMD Graphics Cards, MSI Graphics Cards, XFX Graphics Cards, PNY, Saphire, EVGA, and even cryptocurrency mining rigs.
Where to sell used IT equipment
Where to sell used IT equipment really depends on exactly how much IT equipment and what type of IT equipment.
When dealing with very small quantities of consumer items like single hard drives, 1 or 2 sticks of ram, used laptop, etc. then direct selling on sites like eBay, Reddit hardware swap, or Facebook marketplace will likely be your best option.
If you're selling enterprise-grade IT equipment or large quantities of consumer product, you probably want to source an IT Asset Disposition company like us. Just fill out our get an offer form below with exactly how much of what you have, and we'll be in touch asap to give you a fair market cash price for your equipment.
If you'd like to learn more, check out this how-to guide on best places to sell used IT equipment here.
How Do I Know What My Hard Drives Are Worth?
By far the biggest factor in determining the value of a hard drive is its storage capacity. However, other factors that determine market value include:
- General condition (new or used)
- Connector (SATA, SAS)
What specific hard drive brands are most valuable?
We’re interested in new and used hard drives of all types, including those from servers, desktops and laptops. On the secondary market, Seagate and Western Digital tend to bring in the most consistent value. But no matter what brand of hard drive you’re looking to unload, from Toshiba to Hitachi and SanDisk, odds are we’ve worked with it before!
Are there restrictions to what processors you’ll buy-back?
Nope! At ExIT, we’re interested in purchasing old, used, and damaged servers in bulk your company might have in storage. Even those that are no longer active in your network. Get value back from that equipment that’s simply collecting dust!
What types of SSDs will you buy?
We are interested in every type of SSD, including those new, used, and even damaged ones taken from servers, desktops and laptops. We buy SSDs with density from as low as 100GB to several TBs. As long as there is sufficient quantity, we will purchase your used SSDs.
What determines the value of my memory?
When you sell memory inventory to us, the value of your hardware is determined by the following factors:
- Density (space in GB)
- DDR3/DDR4 Speed.
What specific processor types can I sell?
We buy nearly every variety of both AMD and Intel processors. Sell AMD Ryzen, Epyc, Opteron, Zen, and other AMD processors. We buy Intel Xeons, i-series, and scalable gen processors as well. Even if your CPUs are damaged, fill out a form and we should still be able to get you a good offer.
Which Supermicro Servers Do You Buy?
We buy Supermicro Ultra Servers, Supermicro WIO Servers, Supermicro BigTwin, Supermicro FatTwin, Supermicro 2U TwinPro, Supermicro 1U TwinPro, Supermicro 2U Twin2, Supermicro 2U Twin, Supermicro 1U Twin, Supermicro MP Servers, Supermicro GPU Solutions, Supermicro 2U Twin System Boards, and MP Servers System Boards
Which Types of CPUs do you Buy?
We purchase the following: Intel Xeon E3 V6, Xeon E5 V4s, Xeon E5 V3s, Xeon E5 V2s, Xeon E7- 4870, Xeon e7 8870, Intel xeon E7 V2, Intel Xeon E7 V3, Intel Xeon e7 V4, Intel Xeon scalable bronze 3104, Intel Xeon scalable bronze 3106, Intel Xeon Scalable Silver 4110, Intel Xeon scalable silver 4114,
Intel Xeon scalable silver 4116,
Intel Xeon scalable gold 5120,
Intel Xeon scalable gold 6142,
Intel Xeon scalable gold 6140,
Intel Xeon scalable gold 6152,
Intel Xeon scalable gold 6154,
Intel Xeon scalable platinum 8180,
Intel Xeon scalable platinum 8164,
Intel Xeon scalable platinum 8160,
Intel Xeon scalable platinum 8165,
What Kinds of Memory Do You Buy?
By brand, we buy Samsung, SK hynix, Micron, Dell, Corsair, Kingston, Samsung, G.Skill, and others not listed.
We buy memory made for Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, HPE, IBM, Lenovo, Supermicro, Quanta, and other systems
We buy All DIMM types: LRDIMM, RDIMM, SODIMM, and UDIMM
We buy DDR4-3200, DDR4-2933, DDR4-2666, DDR4-2400, DDR4-2133, DDR3-1866, DDR3-1600, DDR3-1333, and DDR3-1066
By Capacity, we buy 128GB, 64GB, 32GB, 16GB, 12GB, and 8GB DDR3 and DDR4, though only in bulk
Why Is Exit the Right Choice to Sell IT Equipment?
When it comes time to sell used IT equipment, you have many choices for IT equipment buyers. You could sell on eBay, reddit, craigslist, or to any number of IT recommerce companies and equipment liquidators. What makes Exit stand out is our commitment to the customer and integrity as a company. Our ratings across all of the broker platforms are stellar. We receive virtually no negative reviews on eBay, broker bin, or from our global contacts. We are family-owned for more than two decades and work diligently to ensure that anyone who sells used IT hardware to us is taken care of. We provide free shipping with insurance and custom packaging for any type of hardware. If there are any errors, we strive to right any wrongs. We are also R2 certified and industry leading in logistics, data security, and data erasure methodology.