WD - easystore® 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Black

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Keep data safe on this Western Digital hard drive. Its automatic backup software ensures your files are saved in case you forget, and its USB 3.0 interface allows transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps. This Western Digital hard drive has an 8TB capacity to store your entire library.

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Overview

What's Included


  • WD easystore® 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive
  • USB cable
  • AC adapter
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2714 out of 2798)

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Features


8TB storage capacity

Provides plenty of storage space for storing documents, photos, music and more.

USB 3.0 interface

Offers an easy-to-use connection to devices. Backward compatible with USB 2.0 for simple connection to your computer.

Data transfer rates up to 5 Gbps with USB 3.0

Enable a rapid response when updating files.

Automatic backup

WD Backup software works quietly in the background to help preserve your data using minimal PC resources. Select automatic, continuous or scheduled backup option to instantly back up your files.

WD Drive Utilities

Allows you to configure, manage, and diagnose your drive.

Compatible with PC and Mac

For flexible installation options.*

*Reformatting required for Mac OS


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars with 2793 reviews

97%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    8TB Red Drives. Woot! Runs Hot :(

    Posted
    loopery
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    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

    Get this if you want to build a NAS!

    Posted
    ashmeister
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Step 1 - Buy this drive Step 2 - Take the WD Red drive out. Step 3 - Put it in your NAS. Step 4 - Profit. Literally.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Confirmed to have WD Reds and 256 MB Cache

    Posted
    dsc888
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I bought these based on may reports that theses actually contain NAS Red drives. and DriveDX on my iMac confirms this. The Made in Thailand ones are the preferred one as they contain 256MB Cache vs the Made in China ones that come with 128 MB. This really makes little no difference with occasional small file transfers but will improve transfer times if you are moving a lot of files at once. These drives do make a slight "click" sound every 5-6 seconds and that's been confirmed to be normal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Noisey, Intellipark 8 seconds

    Posted
    john
    • My Best Buy® Member

    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great value in backup

    Posted
    ZachSmith
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I have used WD drives for several years. I have purchased many of them over the last few years. This drive is a great value since the drive inside is a WD Red drive so this drive is built with reliability. WD Red has features such as NAS compatibility, increased reliability and more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Shucks, Design and the Crapshoot

    Posted
    AryAry
    • My Best Buy® Member

    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great as a external hard drive for PS4

    Posted
    ChrisC
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I purchased this hard drive for an external drive for my PS4. It works great! The games transferred over to the hard drive without any issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What more can you want?!

    Posted
    ATrueHaloFan
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I bought this for use on my Xbox One to store all my games on. I don't think I'll ever be able to fill this thing up! 8,000GB worth of storage. I highly advise buying this, it's a steal!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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