Find a reliable storage solution for large files with this WD easystore external desktop hard drive. The USB 3.0 interface and backward-compatibility with USB 2.0 offer broad connectivity, while the automatic backup solution reduces the risk of data loss. This WD easystore external desktop hard drive features a 8TB capacity to provide ample space for videos and photos.
USB 3.0 interface
Offers easy-to-use connection to devices. Backward-compatible with USB 2.0 for simple connection to your computer.
Easy-to-use auto backup
Comes with the WD Discovery™ backup software that lets you set hourly, daily, or monthly backup schedules and makes it easy to back up high-capacity files to your drive. Compatible with Apple Time Machine (requires reformatting).
Get More Out of WD Discovery™
Included WD Discovery™ software makes it easy to back up your photos, videos, and documents to the easystore™ desktop storage.
Compatible with Mac and PC
For use with your existing computers.
8TB storage capacity
Provides ample space for storing documents, photos, music and more.
This WD easystore™ desktop drive comes with a two-year warranty.
The desktop storage features a USB cable and AC adapter to work with most systems.
WD Discovery™ software
Allows you to manage your easystore™ HDD and expands its capabilities.
WD easystore 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive
WD Discovery software
Hard Drive Capacity
Storage Drive Type
USB 2.0, USB 3.0
easystore 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive
Hard Drive Capacity
Storage Drive Type
Internal Or External
External Hard Drive Type
USB 2.0, USB 3.0
Minimum System Requirements
macOS, Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 operating systems; reformatting required for macOS
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 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
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.
A:AnswerThere 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.
A:AnswerWestern 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.
A:AnswerIt'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.