New Price Drop - 8TB WD External Easystore USB3 (8TB WD Red Inside)

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  1. klank

    klank Killer of Killer NIC Threadz

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    CHECK THE BEST BUY WEBSITE FREQUENTLY AS THE DRIVE GOES ON SALE FREQUENTLY.

    There are two versions of the drive now. One appears to be exclusive to Best Buy. Both drives have the possibility of being a WD Red or a WD White.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/wd-easy...-3-0-hard-drive-black/5792401.p?skuId=5792401

    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/wd-eas...-3-0-hard-drive-black/6110900.p?skuId=6110900

    You can use CrystalDiskInfo to confirm before you crack them open.

    Things to look for when in the store:

    On the bottom of the box it will say where it was made. The preferred one is Thailand due to the larger cache.
    Made in China: most likely 128MB cahce
    Made in Thailand: most likely 256MB cache

    Another thing to look for is the serial # prefix. Below is a small list of confirmed serial #s that match up to a specific type of drive found inside these units.

    RED (WD80EFAX/WD80EFZX):

    7SGHD***
    7SGD2***
    7SGD4***
    7SGG3***
    7SGGH***
    7SGGP***
    7SGH9***
    7SGHJ***
    7SGHX***
    7SGLX***
    7SGL7***
    7SGJ1***
    7SGJN***
    7SGJR***
    7SGJV***
    7SGJP***
    7SGJT***
    7SGJY***
    7SGJZ***
    7SGKA***
    7SGKP***
    7SGLA***
    7SGLN***
    7SGLY***
    7SGLZ***
    7SGME***
    7SGMP***
    7SGMT***
    7SGN3***
    7SGN8***
    7SGND***
    7SGNJ***
    7SGNM***
    7SGNR***
    7SGNS***
    7SGNY***
    7SGN7***
    7SGPA***
    7SGPX***
    7SGR3***
    7SGR9***
    7SGT0***
    7SGT8***
    7SGTB***


    WHITE (WD80EMAZ): New

    7SGEP***
    7SGLO***
    7SGNV***
    7SGPZ***
    7SGR8***
    7SGRB***
    7SGRG***
    7SGRN***
    7SGRP***
    7SGRV***
    7SGSA***
    7SGSJ***
    7SGY6***
    7SH0M***
    7SGLS***
    7SGGN***
    7SGNX***
    7SGPV***
    7SGUL***
    7SH1A***
    7SGWE***
    7SGYU***

    More info on these drives can be found here:
     

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  2. WhoBeDaPlaya

    WhoBeDaPlaya 2[H]4U

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    They will be, WD doesn't have any other 8TB HDDs.
    And these are actually 5400rpm HGST Ultrastar He8 drives.
     
  3. deathhorse

    deathhorse [H]ard|Gawd

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    big markdown from 300 you think there just clearing old stock? 8tb would be sweet to have
     
  4. Toepunch

    Toepunch Limp Gawd

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    Wow, thats about half off.
     
  5. Emission

    Emission [H]ardness Supreme

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    Not bad at all considering the WD80EFZX's are ~$280 on PCPP.
     
  6. klank

    klank Killer of Killer NIC Threadz

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    These are easy to shuck as well. On my 4th one.

    https://imgur.com/a/EyJvD
    (I know the images show a 4TB model, but the shell is the same.)
     
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  7. aubsxc

    aubsxc [H]ard|Gawd

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    Do these drives come with the 3-year warranty you would get with the OEM or retail drive? Or would you need to send in the complete unit, including the case, to get warranty replacement?
     
  8. WhoBeDaPlaya

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    You need the case for warranty. But since these are essentially Hitachi drives, you'll probably never have to worry about reliability.
    My 32x Ultrastar He8s have been running 24/7 for quite a few months now without issues.
     
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  9. Trimlock

    Trimlock [H]ardForum Junkie

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    :confused:Holy shit, for that price I can scrap all my old green drives for less then I paid originally.
     
  10. nilepez

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    can't ya just stick it back in the case if there's a problem?
     
  11. WhoBeDaPlaya

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    That's what I meant (ie. you have to keep the shell around)
     
  12. Ducman69

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    My problem is that I usually end up damaging the case, invalidating the warranty.
     
  13. samila

    samila n00bie

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    They limit order to 3 drives and I needed 9. I put in 2 additional orders of 3 each to bring it up to 9 and they allow that. I'm planning on using drives to upgrade my current 8x4tb Freenas setup having one spare drive just in case.

    Good find!
     
  14. klank

    klank Killer of Killer NIC Threadz

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    The price is back up to $199, still a decent price.
     
  15. mlcarson

    mlcarson Limp Gawd

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    Shows $249 for me at this point. That sale didn't last long.
     
  16. klank

    klank Killer of Killer NIC Threadz

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    Sure did. Wow that was fast.
     
  17. Edgar

    Edgar 2[H]4U

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    Dang. Would've bought 2
     
  18. chaikovski2002

    chaikovski2002 2[H]4U

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    DEAD DEAL! I wanted to grab a couple!
     
  19. WhoBeDaPlaya

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    Careful, don't have too many Helium HDDs around...

     
  20. Ducman69

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    That doesn't seem to be the same product on Amazon.

    WDBCKA0080HBK-NESN
    WDBBGB0080HBK-NESN

    And on Amazon, while it says the other is WD Red, the $191 one you linked just says "WD Quality drives" whatever that means.
     
  21. WhoBeDaPlaya

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    Same difference. They're mechanically the same 5400rpm Ultrastar He8, at most with slightly different firmware.
     
  22. Ducman69

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    You sure? Google search says its the WD80EZZX, or in other words the green/blue drives, not reds.
     
  23. WhoBeDaPlaya

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    I know, hence why I said that they're _mechanically_ the same ;)

    Compared the housings and PCBs of actual Ultrastar He8, white-label 8TB, and Red 8TB (own all three models, though a LOT more of the actual Ultrastar He8s - see sig).
    All exactly the same.
     
  24. Chance_P

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    Notice on Best buys website it says "only at bestbuy". That's because they change their skus slightly to get out of price matching items.

    The drives I posted on amazon do contain WD red's according to multiple online reviews. I guess I will find out when mine arrive.


    *edit: meant to quote your post further up
     
  25. Ducman69

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    The Amazon Reviews though are screwed up, because as usual they lump a thousand products under one purchasing link, so you never know which drive people are talking about.

    For example, in the product description even the smooth cover Duo advertises "WD Red Drives", whereas the sharp edge chassis my book specifically says "WD Quality Drives".

    Then in another thread I was reading people disassembling the Amazon WDBBGB0080HBK-NESN, and it didn't have red drives and same on NewEgg where they say its the WD80EZZX not the WD80EFZX 8TB drive.

    Reviews are also saying that on the Amazon one, its a royal PITA to attempt to open, and tab breakage is likely, whereas the BestBuy one people all say it comes apart super easy.
     
  26. WhoBeDaPlaya

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    ^ You can filter the Amazon reviews by specific model / SKU.
     
  27. Ducman69

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    Ah thanks, but the Amazon reviews are then saying the exact same thing, that its the WD80EZZX not the WD80EFZX drives from the OP Best Buy unit:

    0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
    Byallanleeon March 23, 2017
    Capacity: 8TB|Style: Single Drive|Verified Purchase
    Inside is WD80EZZX. 5400rpm Helium drive. From my performance benchmarks it looks like a PMR drive rather than SMR one (e.g. Seagate

    And further:
    So as I'm saying, I'm 99% sure the Amazon ones are not Reds, just the OP's Best Buy ones were Reds.
     
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  28. nightfly

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    Amazon item is now down to $187.04 I bit. We'll see what's inside when it gets here.
     
  29. nite0

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    Best Buy deal is live again!
     
  30. Ducman69

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    Just saw that, bought 4. :D
     
  31. Killa_2327

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    Thanks for that update, I bit!
     
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  33. WhoBeDaPlaya

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    Ducman69 : Hitachi does not have any SMR drives except for the Ha10 (not He10).
    Am not particularly fond of SMR.

    On that note, watch out if you're shucking Seagate 4TB portable externals.
    Around ~Dec 2016, they quietly switched from ST4000LM016 (PMR) to ST4000LM024 (SMR).
     
  34. merc68

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    In for one. Thanks
     
  35. brentsg

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    You guys make multiple accounts for 4? It limited me to 3.
     
  36. klank

    klank Killer of Killer NIC Threadz

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    I dunno about this time around but when I ordered I just made separate orders.
     
  37. Liquid_Static

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    2 orders
     
  38. brentsg

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    Ah cool, was afraid they'd cancel them.

    I just got an e-mail that the item is out of stock so expect it between May 18-22.
     
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  39. fore1337

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    got 1 from BBY, thx op!