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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 3993 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    FreeNAS & Plex

    Posted
    ThatDude

    I usually don't like writing reviews cos there are always pseudo techies somewhere telling people what to do and what to do. Funny enough, 90 percent of them leave reviews that either ruin a product's rating or ruin other people takes or experiences with them. Fortunately, I'm a high IT Systems Admin with a dozen of years experience under my belt, so I move through these chuff deemed helpful reviews. I bought 8 of these drive for my FreeNAS build and they have been perfect so far. Shucking them was very easy and I can honestly say the cases or enclosures are all perfectly intact with not even a single scratch on them. All I used was a simple flat head screw driver, some patience and a sprinkle of common sense. There's no need to force these puppies open. Took less than a minute to open each enclosure. I kept all the internals, closed it back up and boxed for potential warranty purposes. See below for photos. In terms of whether you'd find Red NAS 256mb drives in these, that possible as well. I got 8 of them; 2 and then 6 from two different locations. All Reds! The secret is in the serial numbers. Hopefully you can pick that up from my photos as well. These work very well and have been working for me for almost 6 months now. They start off slightly noisy, but as you start to fill them up they really do quiet down. I have 8 in my case and I hear my low rpm fans before I hear these puppies. I am running all eight drives off of a P20 IT Mode flashed IBM ServeRAID M1015 card. Average read speed for all eight drives at full throttle is around 800mb/s and works superbly in FreeNAS 9.3+ in raid z configuration. The total raw storage of 58TB (not 64) is used to house my Plex library. I keep my OS and Plex Jail on separate raided SSDs for performance and redundancy purposes. My FreeNAS OS runs on two raided 60GB Corsair Force GTs and the Plex Jail runs off of two raided 180GB Intel SSDs. The OS runs pretty fast and Plex does all its work without having to access the Red drives for nothing but library updates and video playback. My server motherboard houses three Intel Pro 1000 gigabit NICs, but I added another Intel quad i350 NIC with LACP enabled for a more balance network access of the drives. I even added a HDHomerun Quattro for Live TV and DVR option to my Plex server thanks to the tons of space these drives provide. My Plex library is almost 22TB large and comprises of over 3000 movies in 1080P or better, tons of collected TV Drama, Anime and Sitcoms. Friends and family here and abroad stream videos off it and these drives handles them all flawlessly. Multiple users usually streaming at a time as well. They are great and haven't broken a sweat. Only issues I had was some data corruption when my server lost power during a rainstorm while data was being written to the drives. A quick zpool scrub was all I needed to fix that. They are flawless, trust me. I need to buy 2 more when they get back on sale. I guess I could only add 2 photos max. LOL

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Shucks, Design and the Crapshoot

    Posted
    AryAry
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    So here's the deal. You've probably been told that these drives contain the infamous WD Reds. You heard right. I love 'em! I fan-cool mine though and use them in a docking station. Lately, WD has been slapping white-label stickers on these things. However, on the white labels, it still is the 256mb cache and the specs seem to be the same. Different label, same Red Drive. Some people have said these are retail-Reds vs non-retail-Reds. My personal observation: there is a 42.8% chance of getting the familiar Red drive. The red-Reds I've gotten were dated early 2017. The white label-Reds I got were dated Sep & Aug 2017. There's no way to tell on the box without opening. So like I said, it's a guessing game. But since they're all Reds....its a moot point, right? Now, onto the internals. I opened it up (it was laying flat on the table, like a book). I was disappointed to see the drives of all the WDs I purchased were sloping/sagging. The side of the drive that runs along the ac and usb 3.0 ports were fine (flat, flushed). But across the other side, (where the WD symbol/light on the case is), you could see it sloping downward - sagging from the weight of the drive. Sure there are rubber spacers to help keep it centered, but they aren't very effective. Now if you flipped the external hdd over onto the other side, it wouldn't sag because there are these half-circle slots that kept the drive in place. So one side is safe to lay the drive down on, but laying on the other side will cause the internal drive to sag and probably isn't too good for the connectors and circuit board inside. While this shouldn't make a big deal because the drive is supposed to operate vertically, how about when you are putting it in a desk drawer or storing in a safe? If you lay it flat like a book, you could be unknowingly damaging the connector (the part that connects the internal drive to the USB 3.0 and ac power card). That's just not cool in my mind. So IF you have to lay your drive FLAT, this is the safest position to do so; lay it on its side so that the USB 3.0 port is *farthest away* (higher) from the table/surface. It will remain perfectly flat. Aside from that minor annoying design, I'd recommend this either as a shucking project or as a fantastic $/GB price option.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    8TB Red Drives. Woot! Runs Hot :(

    Posted
    loopery
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    I bought a few of these 8TB externals. It's common knowledge now that these externals have 8TB Western Digital Red drives inside of them. It's the reason why I went with Western Digital, and specifically not Seagate (with their shingle technology). They are very easy to "shuck," allowing you to run them internally using SATA. However, the reason for the 4-star rating is that most consumers will not shuck them, and they do run hot inside of their casing. Temperatures exceed 45c at idle, and do reach 50c with use. Given they are WD Red drives, I'm confident they will survive those temperatures within the warranty period (2 years), but it's been tested and proven that hard drives do not do so well in terms of longevity with temperatures in excess of 40c. If you do shuck them, they run very cool; and you don't even have to install them internally. Just popping off the outer casing, and running a small fan on top keeps temperatures within 32-36c. I personally have 140mm fans blowing on top of mine still running on USB. My internal 8TB actually runs hotter due to less ventilation in my computer. Just keep in mind that if you shuck them and break the case, it will void the warranty. So outweigh the pros and cons before, and do your research on "proper shucking" :) Overall very satisfied with these 8TB Red NAS 256MB Cache drives.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect TiVo upgrade

    Posted
    TdKjs3S3Eu
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    I purchased this on sale at a steal of a price to upgrade the 1 TB drive in our TiVo Roamio OTA because these have a WD Red drives inside. In doing so I voided two warranties at once, but totally worth it! Once I tested that the WD drive was functioning properly, I shucked the drive by using a set of spludgers designed for opening electronics, there are 3 clips on each side once you have something in those spots to keep the clips from engaging, the drive slides out very easily, I can't even tell I opened it. Take the 1 screw out of the back of the TiVo, pop the lid, remove the 4 screws that hold the drive in, then the 4 screws that hold the rails on. Replace the drive, power up the TiVo and wait for it to get to the setup screen. This takes about 5 to 10 minutes because the TiVo is formatting the drive during the startup process, I didn't time it so it may be longer, maybe shorter, be patient. Shut the TiVo down, take the drive back out, connect it to your computer via the USB circuit board that came out of the drive case, then use MSFRTools 3.2 or later to expand the drive so the TiVo sees all 8 TB, this is called "blessing" the drive. Reinstall the new drive, button up the TiVo case, complete the setup on the TiVo and you are done! Total time if you don't mess up, about 45 minutes until the TiVo is back up and running. Extremely easy and cheap way to get 8x the space on your TiVo. You will loose all recordings and OnePasses doing this, I had none because I was anticipating this upgrade so we did not schedule anything to record. If you want to keep your recordings, you can either copy the recordings to your PC or another TiVo or clone the drive. You are limited to a 4 TB drive when cloning as this is the largest drive the cloning utility can handle but you don't lose any recordings or OnePasses you have setup. I did the clone method on our first TiVo. The clone process takes a bit longer and will require that the drives be connected to a PC and that you have a boot drive for the utility. Takes about 2 hours, but totally worth it as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice size, nice price

    Posted
    TimTrudeau
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    I'm a digital hoarder and can never have enough hard drive space. I’ll fill this up pretty quickly, but 8TB is a lot of space for most people, and it's nice to be able to add more capacity when the opportunity arises. Currently on "sale" for half price makes for a nice deal for the size being offered. The drive runs quite hot when you task it over longer periods, and it's moderately noisy, but I've seen and heard worse. Speeds are decent enough, but this will vary depending on what you're trying to do with it, which is typical of any drive. I don't hear the periodic clicking sound other reviewers have mentioned, and hard drives are NOT supposed to do that, so if you get one that does this, I'd return it, and others, as many times as needed until you get one that doesn't do this. The fact that some people are being told this sound is "normal" is laughable, although I suppose that depends on what your definition of normal is...I can only guess so that many of these drives were produced that had this defect, that it's considered the norm for its production; hence, it's "normal". Would I trust a hot running drive that makes clicking noises on a regular basis as my primary drive ...Absolutely Not!...And, only the future will tell if stands the test of time. But, I've had good success for the most part with WD drives in the past, and if you're just looking for a backup drive and/or extra storage space for relatively non-essential data such as games & movies, it's hard to find a size/price package that would be a better deal than this at this time. I do suggest making an effort to get some air moving in and around this drive however to help keep the temp down some.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great drive from WD as always

    Posted
    THORV2
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    Always used Western Digital drives since my first PC still have those decade plus drives and they run never recieved a DOA or bad product from them neither so cannot testify to customer support or RMAs. The drive sustains 150+mbps R/W speeds via USB 3.0 It appears no reds now but took a gamble for $140 can't beat the deal for 8TBs anyways. The drive is a white drive SATA / 256mb cache WD80EMAZ Which is now made by aquired company via WD and this white drive has protection if you shuck or remove it. It will not play due to a so called feature in the drive. But boils down to the PSU sending 3volts down 4th wire and makes the drive unreadable via bio's, system monitor software, and disk management. To overcome this you need a simple cheap adapter --- 8inch SATA 15pin Female to Molex 4pin Male Power Adapter (90 Degree) <---- simple highlight that right click and search google Do not buy the cheapo kind that has a molded form "Sealing the Wires" these are known to combust My rig now servers as a 24.7 media server pushing 2to3 streams throughout the house without a issue, 24.7 content digester if you know what I mean, 24.7 encoder via handbrake and endless historical library to HEVC 265, and of course 24.7 workstation and whatever else need be THOR =MY RIG SPECS: Rosewill THOR V2 Full Tower Case Intel Skylake Unlocked 4ghz 1151 socket - OC'd @ 4.6 on stock air cooling. Tested and destroyed water cooling temps on 3 units. Water cooling was 8 to 15C hotter idle/load Cooler Master Hyper 212X 2x120mm fans EVGA SuperNova G2 750W PSU EVGA Z170 FTW Motherboard EVGA GeForce GTX 960 FTW GAMING ACX 2.0+ with Backplate - 2GB's 2x8GB Gskill DDR4 3200mhz memory 120GB V300 Kingston SSD 2x1TB WD Black dual processors [1&5TB dives 150+mbps] 1x5TB WD Black 128mb caches 2x8TB WD Reds [50/50mbps] buy pros for sure 1x8TB WD White {shucked} 256mb cache ViewSonic 27" 144hz DP (1) ASUS 24" 1080p HDMI (2) GSKILL KM780 RGB Mech Keyboard {sux} GSKILL MX780 Gaming Mouse {sux} I do have other brands of drives with my old WD drives decade old and the others are newer and have 2 failing as I type this literally still 0 WD failures/DOAs

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great device for the price!

    Posted
    alb123
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    Let's face it, we're all collecting more and more data each day. Music. Photos. Documents. Etc... It adds up fast and your good day will turn bad really fast in the event of a hard drive failure. It's happened to me a few times in the last 20+ years. Why not back up all of those important documents, photos or songs? I don't use it myself, but this WD HDD comes with free backup software that knows when something is new or changed and backs up according to a pre-set schedule. This way it's not trying to backup everything every single time the backup software runs. It's incredibly easy to setup, so don't be worried if "back ups" are new to you. The WD Software is very basic and easy to use - for me it's too basic, but that's me. Oh, being USB 3.0 also means it's going to be a lot faster at transferring data than your old 1TB External HDD that you purchased in 2008. I'm a serious data horder with a computer rack of equipment in my house you wouldn't believe. My main system is RAID (a type of backup for lack of a better explanation in this review), but I still prefer to keep external backups as well. After this purchase, I now own 6 of these 8TB HDDs. Normally, the price is $20-$30 higher on Amazon. This was a GREAT deal from Best Buy. Oh, if you think you don't NEED 8TB of storage, think again. You might not need it 'today', but you will need it at some point and if you do a breakdown of the price per Gigabyte of this 8TB HDD and other 6TB & 4TB HDDs you'll see you're getting more bang for your buck. Finally, if you have multiple computers you can setup a network share (it's a lot easier than it sounds with Windows) and use this 8TB HDD to backup your home desktop PC and even the kids laptops without moving the HDD back and forth between computers. This isn't the fastest way to do things, but it is possible if you're on a budget.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fairly reasonable price for fair amount of storage

    Posted
    VipersHardware
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    This is my fifth 8TB Western Digital External and i must say i love it, granted it is not as flexible as my three 8TB Seagate externals with their dual USB hubs and build in wifi but then again the WD is also less expensive and from my past experiences, more reliable. I would rate performance fair to good, you can stream up to 10GB video without any lag or issues and most files copy in a reasonable rate of time. With that said, i would not recommend it for trying to play larger 4k video content as there seems to be a bit of lag, and even on a powerful system after 18 to 20 minutes in the audio can sometimes get off set from the video but i believe this to be more of a USB bus constraint than a drive output issue. Otherwise there is no reason to not buy as many of these as you need for back up and even extra storage space (just remember to set power settings to "power down drives that are not in use after 10 to 20 minutes) as this will keep them cooler and thus increase life expectancy. So let that drive power down if you aren't using it. Also great for off site backups. As a final though i compare this $159 8TB to my two 24TB NAS Boxes (which cost well over $1,200 EACH and i am reminded of what a great deal these 8TB & 10TB WD external drives are, so pick one or more up today and please enjoy and find me on Youtube at MiloHajek for more tech tips and other updates on all kinds of tech.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    hi quality drives for a bargain when on sale

    Posted
    BLinux
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    as far as external USB 3.0 hard drives go, this is about what you would expect as far as features go. what makes these drives special is what's actually on the inside. as of the time of this review, the 8TB version actually has a Western Digital Red NAS helium drive! these are usually much more expensive if you were to just buy the bare drive. although the higher quality build of the WD Red NAS drives is over kill for a USB 3.0 external hard drive, it's good to know that the insides are of higher build quality than your average external hard drive and with helium filled means it should run cooler too. although, on the topic of temperature, the enclosure provides zero active cooling, so if you left this drive on for several days, it does get very hot. that said, NAS drives should be able to withstand the heat as they are meant to be run in storage arrays full of hot hard drives. but, if you're conservative, I would not leave this thing powered on for several days at a time, at least not in it's USB 3.0 enclosure. but it's not a problem if you just want to hook it up for a few hours to run a backup or something like that. wait for the sales, and this becomes a WD Red/NAS gem in a el cheapo USB HDD disguise.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Noisey, Intellipark 8 seconds

    Posted
    john
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    According to WD, The 8TB or greater are noisy during seeks. And yes they are annoyingly noisy. They also have Intellipark on and set to 8s, it can not be changed (even with their older tools). This causes the heads to park all the time and causes the load/unload cycle to spike in normal operation. This will cause the drive to fail early as it only has a limited load/unload cycle limit, and also poor performance as you need to wait for the disk to spin-up constantly. WD recommendation to me was to buy one of their other drives, this is only meant for occasional storage on an operating systems / applications that do not read or write to the drive often. WD does not disclose the park feature anywhere except via technical support email system. They took 12 days to respond via their technical support email system, this coupled with Best Buys extremely short return policy of 14 days, makes these non-returnable for me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Worth the price for the size, but slow transfer

    Posted
    jonah6291
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    Out of the box, I formatted the drive to NTFS and set it up using the included backup software. I am using this drive to back up a 3TB and a 1TB internal HDD, and then my 256GB SSD Windows drive. I have a very nice/fast gaming PC with 6 USB 3.0 ports. Given the specs of my drives and this backup drive, I calculated that it should take less than 3 hours to backup ~4TB. Well the process was VERY slow. I tried several USB ports, and landed on one of them directly on the mobo so there was no question that I should be getting the best connection. It took about 30 hours for the full transfer. I backed up each drive individually with no difference in speed. I backed up the biggest drive over night (~2.5TB of mostly movies/shows), and when I woke up, the drive was very hot. I don't think overheating is an underlying issue with this drive, but something is clearly struggling in the transfer process. I tested my ports/speeds by transfering ~80GB of music to a USB 3.0 120GB flash drive and it only took a few minutes. Given that the warranty is decent on this drive and it isn't storing any critical information, I will play around with it and make sure that there is no issue on my end. I will update this review if I discover the issue or need to end up returning/exchanging this drive, I have a suspicion that the WD backup software might be the bottleneck so my next step is to format all that hard work and try the transfer again with no software, and then again with a trusted program after I do some research.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great drive with one caveat!

    Posted
    BulletMagnetEd
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    I bought three of these drives to do what many others have done; shuck them and use them in a NAS RAID array. Shucking isn't as easy as it looks on the YouTube videos, but it's doable. I managed to get it right by the third drive. Many, many people, including YouTube channel creators and magazines have noted that these external drives contain WD Reds! Well, imagine my surprise when I found that in two of the three external drives were WD drives with a plain white label, not Red. The white label drives, as long as the purchased drive is marked on the box as a "Product of Thailand", does have 256MB cache. Further, though these two drives aren't "Reds" per se, my new QNAP TS-451+ NAS has no problem working with them. As I write this, the NAS set up no problem and is building the RAID-5 array and should be done in a few hours. I do think these drives are worth it if you want to build a NAS and don't mind shucking them. Don't do what I did. Shucking them without snapping tabs inside the enclosure is easy once you know how. Take it slow, and don't try to pop the sides up. Once pressing on the two retention tabs with a solid object like a credit card, you just have to slide the wraparound cover off. The inside actually rides on rails inside the wraparound cover. I don't know anything about any of the software or throughput features of this drive because I never turned them on. They're worth it for an 8TB drive that costs way less than $200. If you get a WD Red, even better!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Large Storage at a Reasonable Price When on Sale

    Posted
    jsghost
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    Purchased the product when it went on sale. Definitely worth a buy for backups and saving files away from your computer. It comes formatted for Windows, but requires reformatting for MAC OS use. It went on sale for $129.99 the week before Black Friday, but I was unable to get it since it sold out. Luckily, it went on sale during the winter break sale for $139.99 and purchased right away. It comes with some Western Digital software in the hard drive. If you use hard drive software such as Crystal Disk Info, you can find the serial number and search the type of drive. It is true that these drives are red WD NAS drives. For the price it is worth it since the bare desktop drives cost more. I may consider purchasing another one when it goes on sale again since it is a large amount of space. It uses USB 3.0 and an AC adapter. It has vents on the top, bottom, and back for releasing heat. The only main issue with this external drive is the dissipation of heat. There isn't a fan, therefore, the drive can get pretty hot after long use. Just use hard drive software to monitor the heat. Also when laying down the hard drive, make sure the usb and power connections are in the direction away or top side (left) away from the surface it is laying on since the hard drive sits close to one side of the case and kind of hangs since one side of the drive seems to be only secured, which is the connection side.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice storage for the price

    Posted
    Customer1
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    I've only had this a short time so I can't comment on its longevity, but my initial assessment is that it's a good deal for the price. These contain 8TB Red drives which should have the ability to run 24x7, but I use this as an extra backup device with infrequent power on time (may be connected once a week). I can't stress enough how important it is that you always have multiple copies of your important data. Never make the mistake of thinking that it's safe on any single drive; you must have redundancy, and ideally the more the better. The speed is as expected with standard USB 3.0 connectivity but there's no fan in the enclosure so if you're copying large amounts of data to the drive, make sure that you do it in a cool room and ideally with good air flow. The USB 3.0 connecting cable is approximately 4' long, so you might consider getting an extension cable (I did) if you need the extra length to insure the drive is placed in a cool spot or just for safe placement. I'm only giving it 4 stars because WD Red drives carry a 3 year warranty, but this device only includes a 2 year warranty which seems a little short. WD even provides 3 years on their passport drives which get thrown in backpacks and briefcases, so I think they can do a little better here. Overall I'm happy with the features of this drive and I'm glad BB is offering it. Recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Deal for Massive Storage

    Posted
    RadlerKC
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    I've only had this HD a few weeks but so far, so good. I purchased it as a backup drive for my home theatre media server, which is an older Mac Mini but running the latest version OS. BTW, I'm anxious for Apple to update the Mini so I can replace my old one. I use it for storing all my music, iPhone tones, Podcasts, and a ton of movies and video. All that content is stored on two external HD's so I needed an even larger HD to back everything up. I'd been looking at NAS servers but the price was a bit prohibitive right now. Then I saw this HD on sale at BestBuy and leaped on it. The drive spends most of its time stored in a cabinet and is only periodically connected to do a Time Machine backup, then again put away. My only dig was it being formatted FAT32, thus the 4 stars. It wasn't a problem formatting it, just an annoyance that in this age, with the ever increasing popularity of Apple's ecosystem in both the consumer and enterprise market that WD doesn't readily offer drives in Apple's format. Hopefully, I won't need to once again buy an even larger backup HD for a year or so without drive makers offering much larger HD's at a reasonable price. I imagine I'll eventually have to end up buying a NAS so I can more readily swap out its drives as needed, but for now, this Western HD is doing the job.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Got this for my xbox one x

    Posted
    GeoJoe
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    Yea it totally works and I have over 30 games installed on it and its still not 30% full but if you leave your xbox in quick start mode (not power save mode) after a while something happens where the HD looses its connection to the xbox on start up and it will not see the HD and will tell you that you need to install the game again (don't do this or you do have to go through the whole installation again). If this happens I just power down my xbox and the HD and then power both on and it works again. It only does this once in a while so its not that big of a deal but it still is an issue. If you do start a install again and then power down, you still have to re-install the game so keep that in mind. I have also noticed that the HD will only work if it is plugged into the port that it started with, if you move it to another USB port on the xbox one x it will not see it (strange but perhaps its only my xbox one x that is doing that). 8TB IS Awesome though so I would recommend this for Xbox one X.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great HDD at a Great Price

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    thedvsmonkey
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    When I saw the price of this in the store and read the reviews others had left I knew this purchase was a no brainer! I bought it to use on my new iMac. I plan on doing a lot of video editing on the iMac and since that will now include 4k video I knew I needed to go big with an external HDD. This is indeed a Red drive hidden in the housing. I did have some issues getting both my old windows machine and my new iMac both recognizing the drive at the same time. A call to WD took care of that. The tech helped me get the drive visible on both machines so I could get all of my info off of the windows machine and then setup the drive to work on the new iMac. I will say that if you haven't accessed it for a bit that it's slow to start up again. It also makes a strange ticking noise. Took me awhile to figure out that the noise was coming from the drive. Don't lean it against a wall or you'll waste too much time trying to find the source of the drip behind the walls! It will take me quite awhile to fill this drive up since I already transferred all of my info from past computers to this one and I've barely touched the space.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good basic external hard drive USB3

    Posted
    BravoFiat
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    Best Buy proposes two models, without any obvious difference, except the price : WD - easystore® 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Black Model: WDBCKA0080HBK-NESN - SKU: 5792401 - $150 WD - Easystore 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Black Model: WDBCKA0080HBK-NEBB - SKU: 6110900 - $300 So I asked Western Digital, and they said : "the model number is just "WDBCKA0080HBK". Also, please be informed that "NESN and NEBB" are the sales and marketing codes which vary from country to country." It works fine with Windows 7 and Linux. The power adapter is compatible with 100V to 240V 50/60Hz Product of Thailand bare code : 7.18037.85612.4 The User Manual and the last version of the software (WD Drive Utilities for Windows, WD Backup) are available here : https://support.wdc.com/product.aspx?ID=137 http://products.wdc.com/library/UM/ENG/4779-705169.pdf

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worked well for me in our out of its shell

    Posted
    brijenjas
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    Competitively priced 8TB external drive when on sale. I tested it within the enclosure for a week to make sure it worked. Then shucked it and installed it in my NAS and has been running with no problems since. I mainly use it for MKV movie storage. I use a different PC for ripping my movies and then transfer them to this drive and I consistently get 160MBs transfer speed, I have a 10Gb network between the 2 PCs and the originating drive is SSD. I also have a Seagate 8TB in the NAS which was shucked from an external Seagate enclosure and it runs just a little slower. **Be aware of the 3.3 voltage pin (PWDIS) on this drive when it is shucked, it is a fairly easy fix if you have an older PC. https://www.google.com/search?q=sata+3.3+volt+pin&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8 ,,, or just do a search for 3.3 volt SATA pin

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    As expected from Western Digital

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    Wilson
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    I was fully aware that the capacity labeled 8TB is not what you're getting. Having said that, why don't manufactures such as WD, Seagate and so on be more up front in their descriptions. The markets, meaning the Consumers have tolerated this and manufactures have continued with this misleading practices. On the technical sides from materials used, manufacturing process and programming, I can expect some tolerance. 8TB to 7.2TB, that's a good chunk of disk space that I paid but not getting. This was why I rated a 4 out of 5 stars. Now, for my reasons for selecting the 8TB WD external hard drive: Product reviews, quality of the product, price and company's track records. I owned many external hard drives from Western Digital, Seagate, Acomdata and some off brand. The Western Digital and Seagate have been the most reliable. Data that I have lost due to hard drives dying on me was worth more than the units I stored them in. With the two above mentioned external hard drive, I have more confidence and faith that it will perform it's intended purposes with time proven reliability.

    I would recommend this to a friend