8TB WD easystore - $149.99

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    I think that's an early Black Friday deal (should be live/in-stock on 11/23). People noticed that the SKU is different from the $180 drives, and are afraid that these may contain non-reds. Still an excellent deal, but I'm not getting excited until somebody confirms what's inside. I don't think WD makes non-red 8TB drives, so who knows.
     
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    My best guess is that the "BB" at the end of the model code, means that these are a Black Friday-only SKU, only for BestBuy. (Although, BestBuy advertised the prior drives as "Only available at BestBuy" for the EasyStore units, so who knows.)

    Were these cheaper models ever in-stock? Did anyone get one yet?

    Does WD make SMR drives at all? Wonder if it could be an SMR white-label Blue drive.
     
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    I don't think anyone got theirs yet; it was online-only.

    I don't think WD makes SMR drives, only Seagate. Still have a couple of weeks until the deal goes live so we should be able to find out well before then.
     
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    I was thinking we missed it, but it looks like maybe it's not actually even started yet?
     
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    If these are the same as I was reading in the SD thread, they had shifted to using non-red labeled reds in them. Also something about a different connection point but I only skimmed the recent post.
     
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    Well, my second two drives arrived (now yesterday), and I shucked them (Red 8TB model, labeled), and put them into my NAS. Interestingly, I noticed that the first pair, which I had in a Lenovo IX2-DL NAS unit, which is SATAII (3Gbit/sec), which, when placed into my QNAP NAS, shows "Current Speed: 3Gbit/sec" "Maximum Speed: 6Gbit/sec", for those two drives, and 6/6 Gbit/sec for the two new drives. So, it seems the first SATAII NAS put a DCO (drive configuration overlay) onto it, to switch it to 3Gbit/sec (SATAII). So, the QNAP isn't smart enough to fix that issue on it's own, it looks like I have to load the drive(s) onto a Linux PC host, and play with the DCO options. Well, if I really cared. The 112MB/sec of the Gigabit LAN connection is going to be the primary bottleneck, I think, so I don't really care that much that two of the drives are stuck in 300MB/sec max SATAII mode.
     
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    Ordered a couple logi & ST items from the recent sale that I have to pick up at the store, will check if they still have any in stock as they or OOS online.
     
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    Nice. My two drives shipped and now in transit, should get them soon. Two questions about RED drives, since I'm not going to be using them in RAID/NAS, does anybody know 1) how can I turn off head parking and 2) how do I disable TLER?
     
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    Can anyone tell me if the newer ones still have 256MB cache?
     
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    Got mine in store last week. White label, made in Taiwan, 256MB.
     
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    I haven't seen any from Taiwan. Is it Taiwan or Thailand?
     
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    I am guessing Thailand.
     
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    Not sure about the poster but the ones I bought earlier were all Thailand and all had the 256.
     
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    $150.,...so very tempting to snag a couple more.
     
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    $199.00 now.
     
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    At what price-point would you be willing to buy more of these? I snagged 4 so far, all NESN units, all with Red label, 8TB, 5400RPM, 256MB cache. Have filled a QNAP 4-bay NAS with them. Wondering if I should get any more.
     
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    got 4 before, had a $10 reward cert and picked up 2 more.
     
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    I clearly should have bought this, but by the time I saw the deal my $210 Seagate had already shipped.
     
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    I'm regretting not getting one more when they were back at $150 (deal just expired - back at $200 now). I have two of the 8TB Reds in my HTPC, along with one 6TB Red; one more 8TB could replace the 6TB.

    I probably wouldn't jump on any more unless they're <$160.
     
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    Received a NESN box today ----> says it's "Made in Thailand" DCM:MGBJRCK :)