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 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 most varieties of both AMD and Intel processors if they are aren't more than a few years old. However, in particular we buy the following models most often:
2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors
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.
What If I Have A Different Brand HBA than Emulex or Qlogic?
Don’t fret! Emulex and Qlogic are definitely the primary Fibre channel HBA manufacturers. However, HP, IBM, and SUN/Oracle often use those cards and put their own label on the card. That brand label can actually increase the value of the card beyond its MFG part number since it guarantees that the card works in server-specific applications.
What Kinds of Networking Equipment Do You Buy?
In general, we focus primarily on switches, routers, and HBAs. While technically we would be happy to provide a quote on any types of networking equipment, in practice certain types are less viable than others. Firewalls for example can be a hassle in terms of licensing.
What If I Have Too Much Networking Equipment to Ship?
If you have pallets worth of networking equipment to ship, we realize that logistically this would make shipping a hassle.
We would be happy to come to you and provide on-site managed logistics. We'll help you decommission your hardware, package, load, and ship all of your hardware so that you don't have to worry about the heavy lifting.
How Do I Know What My Networking Gear Is Worth?
As with any IT, the value is primarily based upon age.
Another significant factor with networking equipment is the speed of data transfer.
With switches, the number of ports is also determinative of value.
For a complete valuation, feel free to submit your HBA cards, switches, firewalls, routers, or other networking equipment below and we'll get back to you with a quote.
What’s the Benefit of Using You Instead of eBay?
The most obvious benefit is that you can save time and money on shipping, packing materials, fees, and time. Especially if you have more than a few laptops or tablets, it will take time to list each and every one of them and find buyers. If you have to ship them one at a time, that process gets to be quite a hassle. By selling your laptops and/or tablets to Exit, you don't have to worry about any of that. We'll send you shipping materials, take care of the shipping labels, and pay you all at once for all of your material.
Why Sell Computers to You?
We understand that when you sell your computers online, you want to get the best deal in the most convenient way possible. We strive to provide a service that does just that. You don't have to worry about pricing, fees, or finding buyers like on ecommerce sites. All you have to do is provide a list of what you've got and you'll get a fast purchase offer. We also make shipping effortless and provide all of the materials and labels. Additionally, we're R2 certified so you don't have to worry about your data security, and we can take any of your recyclable materials along with the material you're looking to sell.
How do I know my data is safe?
For starters, we are R2 certified. This means that all of our processes are 3rd party audited to ensure that we meet certain data security and environmental standards. We've also been in business for over two decades as a family owned company, and we have never had a single situation with a data leak or any client have issues regarding their data security. If government institutions and fortune 500 companies can trust us with their data, you can too.
What if I’m not sure what IT equipment I have?
Don't worry, we can help you figure out what IT equipment you have. It's extremely with large lots as in data centers to have inaccurate hardware maps anyways.
If you take a picture of the equipment labels, barcodes, model numbers, etc., or even just a picture of the equipment itself, we can easily determine what you're working with.
With servers, brand names of the server chassis are less important than the actual components in the systems themselves.
You may need to open up your systems and figure out how homogenous the systems are.
For example, with storage systems, how many of them have the same number of drives?
Does every server have the same amount of RAM?
In that case you can just send us the specs for one or two and we can generalize to the whole lot.
From there we'll provide you with a purchase offer.
In the worst-case scenario, we can always take the equipment in on consignment and determine what you've got at our facilities, but this shouldn't be necessary.
What if I have a lot of computers?
Not to worry, we actually specialize in bulk/ wholesale transactions.
Depending on the situation, we can handle the logistics a few ways.
If you have thousands of computers and work stations spread across different locations, we'll need to coordinate with your IT department.
We want to make sure we help you minimize labor costs. We can handle the majority of the heavy lifting while we rely on your IT staff to direct us and ensure we're complying with all of the necessary policies.
For single location jobs that aren't so complex, we can simply come in and take care of everything for you.
Selling computers in bulk doesn't have to be a hassle with Exit, so just drop in a spreadsheet or give a ring and we'll get the process started.
How can I figure out what memory I’ve got?
For windows systems, just right click the windows icon in the bottom left and then task manager. Click "more details", then the "performance" tab, and then "memory." You should see the speed, form factor, and types of memory you've got.
With servers, you can always simply pull the memory and then look at the model number labeled on the module.
If there is no label, you can use control panel --> system and security --> "view amount of RAM and processor speed" within Windows Server 2016 (should work on 2012 as well) to find the specs on the live system.
We can also just help you determine your hardware's specs if you send us some pictures.
Will you buy my one computer?
Sorry, but we only deal in wholesale.
If you have a single computer to sell, your best bet is probably just to list it online or trade it in to someone like Best Buy or Amazon.
Best of luck!
Do you buy mining rigs?
It depends on the specific setup.
Things like antminers, we typically are not interested in purchasing, but mining rigs that are primarily composed of GPUs that haven't been overclocked too hard are certainly of interest.
If you aren't sure, feel free to fill out a quote form with your mining rig's card specs and we'll get back to you soon.
What if I’ve overclocked my GPUs?
Depending on how far you pushed the hardware, they may be undesirable for remarketing.
If you know specifically how your graphics cards were run or you can run comprehensive testing on them we can give you a definite answer.
We would also be happy to ship them in on consignment if you aren't sure and we can make a determination at that point to either ship them back to you or pay you for them.
What Kinds of Dell Servers Will You Buy?
The most common servers we purchase are the 14th and 13th generation Dell Poweredge servers, such as the Dell Poweredge R740 or the Dell Poweredge R730.
For a more complete list, see below:
- Dell 14th Generation Servers
- Dell PowerEdge T440
- Dell PowerEdge T640
- Dell PowerEdge R440
- Dell PowerEdge R540
- Dell PowerEdge R640
- Dell PowerEdge R740
- Dell PowerEdge R740XD
- Dell PowerEdge R840
- Dell PowerEdge R940
- Dell PowerEdge FC640
- Dell PowerEdge M640
- Dell PowerEdge C6420
- Dell 13th Generation Servers
- Dell PowerEdge T330 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge T430 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge T630 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge R230 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge R330 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge R430 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge R530 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge R630 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge R730 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge R730XD Servers
- Dell PowerEdge R830 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge R930 Servers
- DellPowerEdge FC830 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge FC630 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge FC430 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge M630 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge M830 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge C6320
- Dell PowerEdge C4130
- Dell 12th Generation Servers
- Dell PowerEdge R220 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge R320 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge R420 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge R520 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge R620 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge R720 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge R720XD Servers
- Dell PowerEdge R820 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge R920 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge T320 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge T420 Servers
- Dell PowerEdge T620 Servers
Do You Also Buy Dell Storage Arrays?
We do buy Dell Storage Systems, Including but not limited to:
- Dell Storage SC9000
- Dell Storage SC4020
- Dell Storage SC7020
- Dell Storage SC5020
- Dell Storage SCv2000
- Dell Storage SCv3000
- Dell Storage SC7020F
- Dell Storage SC5020F
- Dell Storage PS6610
- Dell PowerEdge FD332
What Kinds of HP Servers Do You Buy?
We Primarily purchase HP Proliant Gen 10s, Gen 9s, and Gen 8s. We also buy Apollo servers, Integrity servers, and HPE storage systems such as 3PAR BladeSystems, and gateway systems. For a more complete list, see below:
Proliant Gen 10s
ProLiant ML350 Gen10,
ProLiant DL360 Gen10,
ProLiant DL380 Gen10,
ProLiant DL560 Gen10,
ProLiant BL460c Gen10,
ProLiant DL580 Gen10,
ProLiant BL460c Gen10
Proliant Gen 9s
ProLiant BL660c Gen9,
ProLiant BL460c Gen9-cg,
ProLiant DL380 Gen9-cg,
ProLiant ML10 Gen9,
ProLiant ML30 Gen9,
ProLiant ML110 Gen9,
ProLiant ML150 Gen9,
ProLiant DL20 Gen9,
ProLiant DL60 Gen9,
ProLiant DL80 Gen9,
ProLiant DL120 Gen9,
ProLiant DL160 Gen9,
ProLiant DL180 Gen9,
ProLiant ML350 Gen9,
ProLiant DL360 Gen9,
ProLiant DL560 Gen9,
ProLiant DL380 Gen9,
ProLiant XL260a Gen9 Server,
ProLiant XL230a Gen9 Server,
ProLiant XL250a Gen9 Server,
ProLiant DL580 Gen9
Proliant Gen 8s
ProLiant ML310e Gen8 v2,
ProLiant ML350e Gen8,
ProLiant ML350p Gen8,
ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2,
ProLiant DL360e Gen8,
ProLiant DL380e Gen8,
ProLiant DL360p Gen8,
ProLiant DL380p Gen8,
ProLiant DL560 Gen8,
ProLiant DL580 Gen8,
ProLiant DL385p Gen8
What If the Drives Were All Pulled?
Typically when we're valuating a lot of systems or a single system, the hard drives or solid state drives provide the majority of the value. Second-hand buyers have the most demand for systems that are already loaded and ready to use, so we may find it difficult to recover value from storage systems without any drives in them.
Can You Erase Drives While They’re Still In the Racks?
We realize that many of our clients have strict policies about any data leaving the data centers. For this reason, we will provide on site drive erasure, and our software is customized to make the process scalable and as far as we know the fastest in the industry. If for whatever reason you need your drives shredded, the majority of the systems' value will be lost, but we can provide that service as well.
What If I Need to Clear Out Infrastructure As Well?
If you are decommissioning infrastructure along with your arrays/ storage systems, we are fully equipped to assist with that process as well. Whether you've got a few HVACs or a massive liquid cooling set-up, we've got you covered.
What is the oldest generation of Proliants you buy?
The short answer would be that anything older than generation 8 Proliants is probably not something we would make an offer on. Even Generation 8 Proliants would be decided case by case. In terms of the deciding factors, servers' components are what determine most of their value, so a large quantity of servers with fully loaded top of the line components may still be something we could help you with.
What info do you need for my servers quote?
If you already have an updated inventory list with server specs on it that would be ideal. Alternatively, if you can send us a picture of a tag from every model of server you have along with the quantity and a general idea of the components inside, that will be sufficient for a reasonable estimate. If you know the model numbers and can provide details on the components for every server, we can provide a very precise quote for your HP servers.
What kinds of Supermicro equipment do you purchase?
We buy all of the following equipment and many more not listed:
- Twin Servers
- Blade Servers
- Ultra Servers
- Fat Node Servers
- Multi-node Servers
What are my Supermicro servers worth?
The resale value of supermicro servers is primarily based upon the residual value of three primary components: drives, RAM, and CPUs. The following is a full list of components and what determines their contribution to the value of your supermicro servers. Besides that:
- Brand new, refurbished, used, etc.
- Total Storage Density
- 5 TB, 10TB, 25TB, 50TB, etc
- Total RAM
- 256 GB, 1TB, 1.5TB, etc
- Type of RAM
- DDR3, DDR
- Number of CPUs
- 1, 2, 4, 8, etc
- Type of CPUs
- Intel® Xeon® E7-8880 v3, Intel® Xeon® E3-1585 v5, etc