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2-Pack of 4TB Western Digital Red 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit EXPIRED

LeBlaaanc 55 June 14, 2014 at 11:09 PM in 3.5" Hard Drives (7) More B&H Photo Video Deals
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Promoted 06-15-2014 at 11:43 PM View Original Post
B&H Photo Video.com has 2-Pack of 4TB Western Digital Red 3.5" SATA III Internal Hard Drive Retail Kit (WD40EFRX) on sale for $299.95. Shipping is free. Thanks LeBlaaanc

Note, you will be receiving 2x 4TB WD Red Drive Retail Kit.

Price Research: Our research indicates that this 4TB Western Digital Red 3.5" Hard Drive Retail Kit (WD40EFRX) is $25 lower (for 1 Unit 4TB WD Drive) (14% savings) than the next best available price from a reputable merchant with prices ranging from $175. - Discombobulated

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Edited June 15, 2014 at 05:31 PM by widgit
B&H Photo Video [bhphotovideo.com] has WD 4TB Network HDD Retail Kit (2-Pack, WD40EFRX, Red Drives) for $319.95 - now $299.95. Shipping is Free.

Not quite as slick as this deal but it was slick enough for me to bite (and as a bonus it's from a more reputable source).

First deal post so go easy. wave

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#3
Thanks for the first post OP!

For anyone else who is always trying to remember what all of the different colors of WD Drives mean, here's an answer courtesy of a user named Haravick, in a post on tomshardware.
[tomshardware.com]"I've used all varieties of WD drive now so I thought I'd give some of my experience, as this topic comes up in quite a few searches on this subject.

WD Blue
These are your baseline drives; typical power consumption, solid performance, good price. If none of the specific features of the other types stand out then these are the ones you want, they're ideal as capacity drives for a desktop for example.

WD Green
These are all about saving energy; they're not actually all that slow in practice for things like streaming, but for more random read/write they lag behind a bit, again not by all that much. The main benefit is that they save power and wear by spinning down when they can, this means they're basically best for things like backup drives which are only in use periodically (e.g - once an hour), if they're made to spin up too often then you obliterate any potential savings you could make, at which point you've got a slightly slower Blue.

WD Black
These are pure performance drives, all about speed. Their top speed for streaming isn't that much further ahead than a blue drive, but the main difference comes from it being generally more responsive. Basically if all you want is speed, but you can't afford an SSD with the capacity you need, then WD Blacks are for you. A good value gaming system can do well with an affordable SSD for OS and a few other bits and pieces you can fit, with a WD Black as your main drive for your games, for example by moving your Steam folder onto it, giving you good all round performance and capacity.
They also now have generous warranties (5 years), they're basically WD Red+, if you can take advantage of the extra performance that is.

WD Red
I think of these as a hybrid between Greens and Blacks; their power consumption is really good, but unlike the Green which is designed to save power between uses, the Reds are designed to just spin constantly for continual use/availability. They're quiet, responsive, and have good speeds, but most importantly they have an extended (3 year) warranty.
You could use them as system drives and they'd perform just fine, but you probably wouldn't be getting the most of their cost; they're ideal for often used NAS devices, I also like them for RAID setups, particular RAID-5 and RAID-6 since a bunch of them doesn't use tons of power, but they're responsive enough to handle the distributed blocks of data, parity writes etc.


So to summarise:
WD Black = Speed/high end use, extended warranty.
WD Blue = General use.
WD Green = Energy saving for backups or other less frequent use.
WD Red = Some energy saving, continual use, extended warranty, ideal for RAID.

Not to say that you can't use them for different things, ultimately they're still all HDDs with good streaming speed etc. and they're close enough that for general use I doubt you'd notice the difference. But basically if you don't need the extra features of the Red and Black then you're wasting money, and you're probably wasting a Green if you don't let it spin down. The prices can vary rapidly though, so sometimes it's worth waiting a while to see if you can a Black or Red at a reduced price (I got some a little while ago for a NAS at only about £5 extra per drive over Greens!)."
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Thanks puddskimmer for the overview.

If you are wondering the difference between Green vs. Red from a technical standpoint check out this post [freenas.org] as well.

I personally chose Reds so I (probably) don't have to go through the wdidle routine and the extra year warranty.
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Quote from LeBlaaanc View Post :
B&H Photo Video [bhphotovideo.com] has WD 4TB Network HDD Retail Kit (2-Pack, WD40EFRX, Red Drives) for $319.95. Shipping is Free.

Not quite as slick as this deal but it was slick enough for me to bite (and as a bonus it's from a more reputable source).

First deal post so go easy. wave

Thanks and good first post OP. I needed two and was waiting for a reasonable price.Got them.

Looks like price has gone down by $20.....new price is $299.95 for me with free shipping and no taxes....unless you included taxes
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8 TB for $300 shipped.. that's nice!!!
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8 GB for $300 shipped.. that's nice!!!
'97 called.. Smilie
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'97 called.. Smilie
Corrected.... and BTW in 97 4GB was $300+ 8GB would have been closer to $700

Thanks for pointing out my Letter error...

But really 8TB for $300 shipped is Sweet

Wish I have a spare $300 around.. I am gonna probably be cussing up a storm in Sept when I need another 4-8TB and the prices are no where near this.
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Ah! Thanks so much for replies, gotta get them to adjust the price of my order! I want to edit the title but I'm not sure how. Anyone know how?
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Ah! Thanks so much for replies, gotta get them to adjust the price of my order! I want to edit the title but I'm not sure how. Anyone know how?

hit edit and then go in advanced mode...
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Does anyone know what the Retail Kit gives over a non-Retail kit?
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Quote from LeBlaaanc View Post :
Ah! Thanks so much for replies, gotta get them to adjust the price of my order! I want to edit the title but I'm not sure how. Anyone know how?
I edited it for you Smilie But for future, as adnaanusa10 said, click Edit, then Go Advanced to change your title.
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Does anyone know what the Retail Kit gives over a non-Retail kit?
usually paper manual, screws, sata cable, and the cardboard box itself

the oem usually is just the drive in a plastic container.
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In for 2! Redundancy ftw. My gf saw and was all shake head
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Quote from puddskimmer View Post :
Thanks for the first post OP!

For anyone else who is always trying to remember what all of the different colors of WD Drives mean, here's an answer courtesy of a user named Haravick, in a post on tomshardware.
["http]"I've used all varieties of WD drive now so I thought I'd give some of my experience, as this topic comes up in quite a few searches on this subject.

WD Blue
These are your baseline drives; typical power consumption, solid performance, good price. If none of the specific features of the other types stand out then these are the ones you want, they're ideal as capacity drives for a desktop for example.

WD Green
These are all about saving energy; they're not actually all that slow in practice for things like streaming, but for more random read/write they lag behind a bit, again not by all that much. The main benefit is that they save power and wear by spinning down when they can, this means they're basically best for things like backup drives which are only in use periodically (e.g - once an hour), if they're made to spin up too often then you obliterate any potential savings you could make, at which point you've got a slightly slower Blue.

WD Black
These are pure performance drives, all about speed. Their top speed for streaming isn't that much further ahead than a blue drive, but the main difference comes from it being generally more responsive. Basically if all you want is speed, but you can't afford an SSD with the capacity you need, then WD Blacks are for you. A good value gaming system can do well with an affordable SSD for OS and a few other bits and pieces you can fit, with a WD Black as your main drive for your games, for example by moving your Steam folder onto it, giving you good all round performance and capacity.
They also now have generous warranties (5 years), they're basically WD Red+, if you can take advantage of the extra performance that is.

WD Red
I think of these as a hybrid between Greens and Blacks; their power consumption is really good, but unlike the Green which is designed to save power between uses, the Reds are designed to just spin constantly for continual use/availability. They're quiet, responsive, and have good speeds, but most importantly they have an extended (3 year) warranty.
You could use them as system drives and they'd perform just fine, but you probably wouldn't be getting the most of their cost; they're ideal for often used NAS devices, I also like them for RAID setups, particular RAID-5 and RAID-6 since a bunch of them doesn't use tons of power, but they're responsive enough to handle the distributed blocks of data, parity writes etc.


So to summarise:
WD Black = Speed/high end use, extended warranty.
WD Blue = General use.
WD Green = Energy saving for backups or other less frequent use.
WD Red = Some energy saving, continual use, extended warranty, ideal for RAID.

Not to say that you can't use them for different things, ultimately they're still all HDDs with good streaming speed etc. and they're close enough that for general use I doubt you'd notice the difference. But basically if you don't need the extra features of the Red and Black then you're wasting money, and you're probably wasting a Green if you don't let it spin down. The prices can vary rapidly though, so sometimes it's worth waiting a while to see if you can a Black or Red at a reduced price (I got some a little while ago for a NAS at only about £5 extra per drive over Greens!)."
Thanks again for the breakdowb
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