Questions & Answers
QuestionIs a WD Red drive inside this disk? I saw this in the comments of the other guest but I did not find it in the product description,
- Answer There are WD Red drives inside with NASware 3.0. Be sure you get the drive manufactured in Thailand not China. The Thailand drives have a 256mb cache and the China ones are allegedly only 128mb. I found this out from a YouTube video by JDM_WAAT published on 7/26/2017 titled "Western Digital Easystore 8TB (WD Red inside) unboxing and shucking. I verified the 256mb cache on my Thailand drive (WD80EFAX-68LPHN0). The video shows how to open the enclosure without breaking it and shuck the drive in great detail. A+ would shuck again.
QuestionI have a 931g passport that is full. I cannot access individual files ,pics and folders at my leisure. The only thing it does is backup and restore period, Does the new 8T allow you to browse thru files and folders you've backed up and pick & restore?
- Answer Whether or not you can access individual files and folders is not a function of any particular drive. It is a function of the software you are using to back up your files with.
QuestionWhat is the difference between the WD Easy-store 8TB and the WD My-book 8TB? Trying to figure out why the easy-store is more expensive. Thanks
- Answer The drives used. This one has a red NAS, while the other ones use, most likely, a WD blue. The easy-store is better for long-term storage.
QuestionIs the power adapter for this drive a power strip–friendly sideways brick like the recent My Book drives, or is it a long brick designed for vertical wall outlets that covers up 2 extra slots on a standard power strip if not installed on the end?
- Answer It is power-strip and outlet friendly (usable on top socket of the wall outlet without covering the bottom outlet).
QuestionI bough 2 drives because I read that they were red drives inside, when I took them out one of the drives is red and the other one isn't. what's going on?
- Answer Western Digital has been transitioning these drives to 'White' labeled drives. They seem to be functionally identical to reds, but were likely labelled differently so people could not re-sell the drives as reds. The only catch is that you may have a 3.3v pin problem that will prevent the drive from booting, but that can easily be solved with some tape. Poke around on www.reddit.com/r/datahoarder and you'll see what I mean.
QuestionIs it possible to use this (or similar external hard drives) to store and view movies, connected directly to a smart tv by the usb connection?
- Answer It's possible, but you'd likely need to make sure the drive is formatted with a file system your TV understands. Pretty much all of them support FAT-32. Windows arbitrarily doesn't give an option to use FAT-32 when formatting drives / partitions greater than 32GB capacity. Microsoft/Windows is really just trying to force their proprietary NTFS file system on you, even in situations where FAT-32 would work fine. The actual partition size limit of FAT-32 is 2TB (2,048 GB), which a third-party formatting utility can do just fine. So that means you'd still basically need to make multiple partitions to use all the capacity of your drive and have a file system that the TV can read. It's possible some TVs may be confused by that, but most would handle it fine. exFAT extends the established FAT file system to overcome some of its inherent limitations. For a drive with this capacity, exFAT is probably the best file system to use if you want to use the drive with your TV and other non-Windows devices. Among non-Windows devices, it has much better support than NTFS. You can make a single large 8TB partition formatted with the exFAT file system and it's very likely your TV will be able to use it. If your TV doesn't work with that, make a 2TB partition and format it with the FAT-32 file system.
- Answer as of this moment easystore is better because they use better quality hard drives. and yes, you can use it on any computer you wish.
QuestionCan You Bust The Drive out Of The Case and Mount Inside a PC with a SATA Cable and power from pc
- Answer you sure can youtube the drive for the instructions if your careful you can do it without busting the case
- Answer It's hard to measure pictures in hours, but exactly 8 times as much vs 1TB drive.
QuestionIs the WD-easystore 8tb USB 3.0 hard drive compatible with both the ps4 pro and the Xbox one x? if it is not compatible with both, which one is it singularly compatible with?
- Answer It is compatible with both. You’ll have to format with whichever console you are choosing to use it with. Just follow the on screen prompts when you plug it in.
QuestionCan this drive be plugged into a Net Gear R7000 router USB 3 port and receive storage and access from all wireless devices???
- Answer Got it to work with Net Gear Easy share and it is backing up PC's etc. As noted above the speed is down due to wifi , but will live with the speed to have this much storage. Thanks for all the replies
- Answer NEBB contains OEM WD 8tb harddrive. NESN contains a possible WD red label 8tb harddrive inside. The red model is best suited for NAS devises. The OEM white label drive is probably better optimized for general use.
Questionmy computer has usb2.0 only. what would I have to do if I wanted to use one of the faster usb3.0 or usb3.1 external WD easy-store 8tb hard drives ?
- Answer If your motherboard supports it, you could add a USB 3.0 PCI card if there is an available PCI expansion slot inside of your PC. This would allow you to use USB 3.0 speeds. Otherwise you will be limited to USB 2.0.
QuestionHow can I determine if this is the one with the red drive in it? The only reason I want to get it, is because I am going to put it in my tivo so it will be 8tb.
- Answer This is from Reddit post. All shucked WD drives share a common HGST part number reference: US7S***. I guess the difference remains a mystery between WD80EMAZ and WD80EZAZ. Given the part number match though I'd expect all of them to have the same characteristics. The earlier WD80EZZX (or WD80EFZX) is labelled as US7SAJ800 equating a Ultrastar He8-8 SATA. In short, looking at the Ultrastar P/N indicators: WD80EZZX (Full white label) = US7SAJ800 = Ultrastar He8-8 SATA (3.3v reset, source WDBBGB0080HBK) WD80EFZX (WD Red) = US7SAJ800 = Ultrastar He8-8 SATA (source WDBCKA0080HBK) WD80EFAX (WD Red) = US7SAL080 = Ultrastar He10-8 SATA (source WDBCKA0080HBK) WD80EMAZ (White label with metal strips) = US7SAL080 = Ultrastar He10-8 SATA (3.3v reset, source WDBCKA0080HBK) WD80EZAZ (White label with metal strips) = US7SAL080 = Ultrastar He10-8 SATA (3.3v reset, source WDBBGB0080HBK) WD80EZAZ seems to have been spotted most frequently in Europe and East Asia until now. I also ended up having a white label(WD80EMAZ). It seems the same drive with only 3.3v reset pin. No problem in my Synology DS1517+ I bought 2 of those both are while labeled. it seems WD got to know what people are doing so they started white labeling it so that people are not selling it. Inside the Synology, drive diagnosis is the same. both have the same firmware too
QuestionMy friend will buy one drive for me, then transfer warranty to Vietnam. Could I do that? Hope to get your feedback soon.
- Answer The manufacturer's warranty may not be valid if the item is taken outside of the United States.