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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 5813 reviews

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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    8TB Red Drives. Woot! Runs Hot :(

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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 with 1 review

    FreeNAS & Plex

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    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Set up, Speed
    Cons mentioned:
    Noise, Power, Redundancy

    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 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Won't hibernate on Synology's Linux based NAS.

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    Not a good choice if you have a Synology NAS that you want to backup once a day. I bought it with the expectation that I would use the "Hibernation" function to spin up/down the WD drive, rather then let it needlessly run 24/7. With Snology's Hyper Backup program, the process is easy to set up. However, WD does NOT provide any tools or configuration tips to manage the easystore with a NAS running a Linux OS. Instead, I'm using a Cable Matters USB HDD/SSD drive adapter attached and configured on the NAS. A 6TB WD Red HDD is installed and works GREAT. The drive spins down after 20 minutes of no activity, then spins up when the scheduled Hyper Backup kicks off. The backups are saved flawlessly every day. Now, I will say that the easystore does work fine for those backups IF and ONLY IF the drive is formatted for Linux and left spinning 24/7. Unfortunately, for me, that just won't do. A single USB drive that is constantly running outside of a raid, seems foolish to me and makes the easystore a bad choice for my NAS's data protection needs. See the attached photo of the Cable Matters USB adapter with a WD Red drive. This is my working solution for my backups of the NAS.

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    I don't know what I'd do without it.

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    Owned for 11 months when reviewed.

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    I've had no problems with this storage drive. this is my second "easystore" and I'm ready for a second larger one. Nice having all my movies at a cords reach!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    This is my second one!

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    This is my second 8TB Easy Store. I have 0 complaints. Cheap, quiet and they help me increase my media collection. Best bargain around.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Shuck

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    Bought 6 to shuck for a RAID10 for $180 each. Bought a 7th one for $160 on Black Friday to add as hot spare. The drive inside retails for $250 at the moment.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Tons of space for the price

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    I got this on sale, and I use it to store all my old school games

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 1 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Bought new drive, received used one.

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

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    Packaging and everything looked fine. Opened up Speccy to check the SMART values, saw that the drive had been powered on 510 times and was on for 107.4 days. Let's put that in perspective. If the average computer is on for 8 hours a day, that is nearly a year of use. This was supposed to be a new drive.

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Hard Drive

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    So far the WD Hard Drive is working out great for all my Gam8ng Storage needs

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    GREAT FOR TIVO UPGRADES

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    Brought 2 of these WD 8TD RED drives for the price of 1 to use to upgrade my Tivo BOLT+ and Roamio Pro. I went from 475HD hours to over 1200HD hours.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Hot, Loud, and Fast. It may be a 7200 rpm drive.

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    Pros mentioned:
    Backup, Speed

    I got this drive because I needed a bigger and faster drive to do backups but it might get shucked for a NAS in the future. So shuckers may want to take note. This drive is purchased and tested in February 2021. Some say that the WD80EDAZ inside this enclosure is actually spinning at 7200 rpm, which it might be since the sequential performance of this drive closely matches that of my Seagate Barracuda 7200 rpm. https://www.reddit.com/r/DataHoarder/comments/ikk0rv/psa_multiple_wd_5400rpm_drives_are_actually/ On one hand this is WD and their screwed up, misleading marketing (See: SMR drives sold as CMR drives). The other comments complaining that the drives run hot and loud are warranted. This drive is air "filled" instead of helium filled like the old ones which adds to the heat this generates. 59 C under heavy load in a 21 C ambient is HOT. It also gets even louder once the head starts moving. On the other hand, I can live with its compromises for a drive that only needs to run around once a week. The 200 MBps sequential dramatically increased the speed of my backups. But the high temperatures this generates is still a concern. 60 C is usually the maximum operating temperature for mechanical hard drives so if you plan to run this under extended periods of time like in a NAS, it may need active cooling. If you're keeping this drive in its enclosure, keep it vertical so it can passively exhaust its heat through the top vents.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Unbranded Drives

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    Purchased 2 online through Memorial Day sale 2019. Received 2/2 WD80EMAZ-00WJTA0, which are helium filled (see pic for helium level in the SMART output). The drive inside is luck of the draw. There are lots of threads about these drives if you look around the net.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Fast storage drive, but beware heat and noise

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Pros mentioned:
    Speed
    Cons mentioned:
    Noise

    The new WD easystore 8TB version changed the case front and drive inside. 7.27 TB actual usable space. Made in Thailand. The box it came in was not shrink wrapped. The old, discontinued 8TB version contained a helium filled drive, while these new ones are air filled WD80EDAZ-11TA3A0. The new drive runs hot and loud. Older helium 8TB easystore idles around mid-30C and mid-40C under load. This new version reaches 59C under heavy use. Even though it reports itself as a 5400rpm drive, it might actually be 7200rpm, which explains the heat and loudness. Benchmarks via USB 3.0: 205 MB/s sequential read and 206 MB/s sequential write when empty. Great speeds for a hard drive, but worried about longevity due to excess heat.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Bought it to use with my PS4 PRO

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    Owned for 5 months when reviewed.

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    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Speed

    works the way I thought it would and the way it's supposed to. Load times are pretty quick (depending on the game) and it makes almost no noise (not that I can tell since I wear a headset, although compared to my PS4 it might as well make no noise. I've got 65 games downloaded and still have a little more than 5 TB left. It's easy to use, just plug in the power supply then connect it to your PS4 via USB, format as extended storage and you're ready to go. (Controller is for size reference)

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Shucks, Design and the Crapshoot

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    Pros mentioned:
    Price
    Cons mentioned:
    Power

    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 1 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Failed , Dead on Arrival

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    When i plugged in, nothing showed up. For Easystore 8TB Drive only shows 465.75GB Unallocated in Disk Management !!! I checked with different computers , still the same. CrystalDiskInfo showed "Caution" in Health Status.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    the best HDD External

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    Pros mentioned:
    Price, Speed

    very good hard drive, quality, speed and price. I recommend it 100%. I have used WD for over 15 years

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    It's big and a good value (on sale)

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    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

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    Pros mentioned:
    Backup, Price

    I bought this at an attractive sale price. I'm happily using the drive with an iMac for Time Machine backup and media storage. Performance is good, but not as high as some more expensive drives from other manufacturers. The Blackmagic 1 GB Disk Speed Test shows numbers around 110 MB/s write and 180 MB/s read speed (photo attached). The has a nice looking glossy finish that adores fingerprints. It seems well-made and well-ventilated. It seems to go on sale often, so it could be worth waiting for a good price.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 1 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Not what I thought it would be

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    Got these on sale in Nov 2017, expecting these to have the WD Red drives in them. Bought 4 of them and had nothing but problems with them. Opened them up and they did not have the red drives in them. I was pretty disappointed. 600+$ down the drain. Tried using as is with the enclosure and had a ton of issues with my OS X computer. I will probably return the 2 that I didn't open yet and try to recoup some money from this.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Two Years No Problems

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    Owned for more than 2 years when reviewed.

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    Pros mentioned:
    Speed

    This review is for the WD - Easystore 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Black Had this unit going 24-7 for two years without any issues at all. Fast and reliable. I may even take the protective film that doesn’t cover cooling vents off the gloss black some day.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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