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:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2733 out of 2817)

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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 2812 reviews

98%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Shucks, Design and the Crapshoot

    Posted
    AryAry
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    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
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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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

    Great drive from WD as always

    Posted
    THORV2
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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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: 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

    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

    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

    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: 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



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