Shipping OEM drives in styro, peanuts, bubble wrap, clam shells, etc. isn't uncommon for most e-tailers. The potential for damage is minimal as the heads are parked and unable to contact the platter surfaces. Unless there is a severe blow to the drive, they can withstand a lot of abuse in that configuration. Physical damage can occur once the drive is active and the read/write heads are in contact with the disk surface however...so that's when you do NOT want to bounce them around. Congrats to everyone installing their new drives! :up: Keep us up to date should anything unusual happen.