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Seller lies: drive is a poor refurb. PCB questionable, but mechanism functional
on December 29, 2014
Bottom line up front: the seller lied and rather than a new drive for your XBox360, you're paying for a used one which was poorly refurbed at some point. That's ok-ish because you don't need the circuit board anyway--you've done your homework and you're going to pull it out and replace with the one from your old failed drive...right? (Disregard my comments if you're doing a software flash and expect plug and play reliability. In that case, steer clear. Your drive might be OK, but my solder joints were bad.)
That said, I hate being lied to. Seller is intentionally misleading--this condition is no accident. Drive is sold as new with anti-tamper stickers on the case. It's specifically targeted at home Xbox repair, where buyers will open it up. Upon opening the case (making it non-returnable I'm sure), there's dust inside the drive. Worse, the PCB was apparently soldered by my 9-year old or a monkey on meth (not necessarily mutually exclusive). See photos of the globs of solder & burned wires.
Thankfully, I didn't need that ratty PCB anyway, though clean wires would have been nice. Mechanically, the drive seems to be sound and has worked for the past few hours as my kids play their games on DVD. However, I paid for new, not poorly refurbed. Again, I hate being lied to.