- Nov 13, 2006
I've bought 4 of these so far, last one just a week ago and everyone has had a new red drive in it.
It's showing as "only available for shipping" for me, if it's the same for you, may as well order one now.
The ones in store for $180-200 are a different model and SKU.sometimes if you're lucky and don't get a d-bag CSR you can get them to honor the website price in store since they're required to price match. their first excuse is always that their website and stores are separate from each other thus meaning they have to price match their own site.
the one reason i want to go in store is that i know all their 8TB drives are WD reds and not white labels.
I think some of the confusion might be coming from the fact that previously (and probably still now), the industry naming of "white label" meant the hard drives were refurbished drives, sometimes with their SMART data wiped and with their original factory label removed and replaced with a generic white label. For example, something like this drive. The "white label" in these WD easystore drives refers to the fact that they have a factory label that is all white, rather than red accented that you'd find with the normal WD Red drives, despite being basically the same physical drive (aside from usually the white label ones, the EMAZ ones, have different firmware that uses that 3.3V feature).Do you suppose it's legal to sell a refurb drive as new? Answer that and you'll know if it's 'refurb' or not.
I thought you knew there were 2 different models. I figured from your post you were going to try and price match the $180 model with the $129 price of the online one.
How reliable are these drives? Just as reliable as the REDs? I am building a NAS soon and need about 6x8TB drives.