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WD - Easystore 10TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive

BoomerD

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Damn, I paid almost that much for a 2tb Samsung external almost 5 years ago to use for my Dish Hopper. (2 tb is the max size per Dish. Not sure if a larger one could be made to work or not.)
 
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VirtualLarry

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If you have a NAS (or several), you really can't beat this deal right now, on 10TB (WD Red, sometimes white-label) drives. If you're worried about the fact that the warranty is void, when you shuck them, then at this price, just buy a spare. Over 4 drives (with one spare drive too, so 5 altogether), it's still cheaper than paying "full retail" (even with meager discounts) on internal WD Red 10TB ($300+) 3.5" HDDs at Newegg.

Edit: Also good (*I think, not personally tested), that these would make a good "external drive" for PS4. (Don't know about XBox One, MS is sometimes particular that peripherals be "Certified" by them.)
 

VirtualLarry

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Yes, when BestBuy puts those drives (the 10TB and 8TB EasyStore) on sale, you really need to "jump on them", because those sales don't last long (or they sell out). Sometimes BestBuy also discounts them on ebay. Watch for that too.

Sometimes also, WD's online store, and their ebay store, puts refurb desktop externals on sale for cheap, sometimes with purchase of multiples. I got a bunch of 4TB external MyBook Desktop HDDs, for around $54 ea. shipped, a few months back, before that avenue was well-known. Now they sell out quick, when they have them.
 
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bigi

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Got 2 8TB ones not long ago. I got them out and use in my NAS.
 

bigi

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^ I believe those were white label reds with voltage "mod"

No changes needed for QNAP NAS as it takes those w/out the mod.
 
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BenJeremy

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Don't know about XBox One, MS is sometimes particular that peripherals be "Certified" by them.
I have a 4TB WD External that I use with my XBONE and it works fine. I've got like 190 games installed, and I still have over half the space, so a 10TB might be a bit of overkill.
 

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back on with the promo code
15-HOUR SALE

ALMOST GONE!
WD Elements 10TB USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive WDBWLG0100HBK-NESN Black
$159.99 After Promo Code: NEFPBQ36
 

KentState

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So far I'm at 6 of these (4x8TB and 2x10TB) in RAID 10 in my server. Works just as well as the Seagate and HGST NAS drives which tend to cost $180 for the 6TB versions.
 

VirtualLarry

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I've got 4x8TB WD Red (I think, Red label), from WD EasyStore 8TB desktop externals that I shucked some time ago (last year, some time?).

I'm copying stuff off of the RAID-5, and it's going at ... 16-17MB/sec? WTF? What happened to my gigabit LAN. Is it the drives? Is it the QNAP NAS (*ARM dual-core CPU)? It used to run at 100MB/sec when I first got it set up. Maybe I've damaged the HDDs by bumping the NAS.

I read somewhere in the meantime that these 6/8/10TB WD Red drives, were in fact, SMR. Which might explain a few things. :(

Edit: My slow RAID-5 of 4x8TB and 4x10TB WD Red drives, appears to be a combination of several factors. I had enabled SMB signing, SMB encryption, "Full" SMB logging, and a few other things. Plus, my 1GbE LAN gets cut down on my main PC to around 200-300Mbit/sec when I'm mining on the CPU, so there's that too. Once I fixed all of those factors, now I'm back to copying from NAS to NAS @ 95-111MB/sec.

IOW, these drives are A-OK!
 
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SamirD

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So for those of you interested in what's inside, check out this great article I ran across when researching:
https://www.servethehome.com/wd-wd100emaz-easystore-10tb-external-backup-drive-review/

Also, while not officially in any of the WD documentation, these drives WILL work with windows xp by using a utility from WD to format it. I forgot the exact name but can post the name and link if anyone is interested.

These drives transfer between 70-90MB/s writing and 130+MB/s reading in my h2testw testing on a win 7 hp 8760w laptop. The tests were run on 2TB fat32 formatting partitions so ymmv.

For the price, these are great backup drives, but I wouldn't expect them to live up to the Red or Red Pro or enterprise drives from HGST, et al.
 

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