ReStor has announced the opening of India's first facility for the test and repair of hard disk drives and solid-state drives with the launch of a ISO-9001:2008 certified lab in Gurgaon.
Started as a unit of dStor Technologies Pvt Ltd, the facility incorporates a completely sterile clean room type environment with electro-static discharge (ESD) safe set-up, a combination of indigenously developed testing bays/ racks and imported diagnostics jigs, backed by a trained technical team.
ReStor is targeting both end-users and corporates, in addition to OEMs, as prospective customers for its facility.
The company said that according to estimates by analysts at CyberMedia Research, there are approximately 68 million currently active installed drives in the country and their average active life is about five years. Other estimates say that about 80,000 drives fail every month in the country, while their warranty is still active.
At the moment, most in-warranty faulty drives are exported out of the country by manufacturers for repair, while out-of-warranty drives are largely junked. This puts a heavy eco-burden on a rapidly growing sub-segment of electronics hardware, not to mention being time consuming and expensive.
The ReStor hard disk and solid-state drive recertification/ refurbishment initiative aims to help the green cause by facilitating reduction of e-waste, provide more consumer choice with an economically priced segment, and enable warranty/ AMC service providers to cut down their support cost.
Emphasising the opportunity that the facility will offer to OEMs and/ or AMC providers in India, Sharad Srivastava, the founder-Director of dStor Technologies said, "Locally available refurbishment/ recertification facility will enable storage manufacturers to considerably reduce the buffer inventory required in India to service their customers and bring down the cost of warranty support."