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Western Digital My Cloud Pro PR4100 NAS from $320 (.edu email required)

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Other threads have highlighted WD's good deal on drives. For those in the market for a NAS, these are the best deals I've seen anywhere on the PR4100 4-bay NAS:

0TB (diskless) $319
8TB (NAS+4x2TB WD Red drives) $511
16TB $703
24TB $895
32TB $1,055
(add tax in most states + $5.99 shipping)

Create a student account here:
https://www.wdc.com/bin/studentPurchasePlanLogin

Once logged in, you should see the "student price" underneath the regular price

https://www.wdc.com/products/netw...00NBK-NESN
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Downvote for dupe.
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Downvote for dupe.
Provide a link if you're going to say that. Other threads only reference the deal on the drives.
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Friends don't let friends buy Western Digital MyCloud

https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/...-exploits/

https://blog.exploitee.rs/2017/ha...d_mycloud/
Interesting, thanks for that. I'll be keeping mine open only to local LAN clients.

The alternative in my case would be to build a system based around freenas, but I couldn't price out anything comparable within 25% of the price, so it becomes a question if that extra amount is worth it to avoid being locked-in to WD feature set.
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Interesting, thanks for that. I'll be keeping mine open only to local LAN clients.

The alternative in my case would be to build a system based around freenas, but I couldn't price out anything comparable within 25% of the price, so it becomes a question if that extra amount is worth it to avoid being locked-in to WD feature set.
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I considered that, but for the price you only get dual-core instead of quad core processor and no hardware decoding for Plex, which is one of my main use cases. FWIW I also have a Synology box I'm using strictly for photos. WD seems like a good choice for media
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I considered that, but for the price you only get dual-core instead of quad core processor and no hardware decoding for Plex, which is one of my main use cases. FWIW I also have a Synology box I'm using strictly for photos. WD seems like a good choice for media
If you're looking to store media, use something simple with existing parts like a JBOD or a snapraid setup. If you want to splurge, check out one of the new Ryzen based offerings from QNAP

But yes Synology is a better choice as long as it makes sense financially
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almost the same price for qnap ts-451 which is much better with more features
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I considered that, but for the price you only get dual-core instead of quad core processor and no hardware decoding for Plex, which is one of my main use cases. FWIW I also have a Synology box I'm using strictly for photos. WD seems like a good choice for media
DS916+ has 4k quad core hw transcoding

The DS416play will also do what you want just fine with overhead, but is dual core.

Both a little more expensive, but the added value is definitely there and worth paying for.

WD is a terrible choice all around. I would never buy one considering how terribly things were coded for it. Go look at the exploits, some of these are so egregious that they can't be forgiven. I would never store anything on a WD Mycloud device that I didn't intend to lose or be stolen or accessed without permission.

Just my .02
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All good points. I still think this becomes a SD, particularly for anyone looking for larger storage solutions. 4x 6TB WD red drives go for around $200 each. Even with the education discount, that's $153/ea. The NAS effectively "costs" less than $300 for a decently performing RAID. QNAP and Synology cost at least $100+ more. I couldn't price out a system build in that ballpark
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Sounds like the general gist is that this is a decent deal for an entry-level home user but a bad idea for anything that you may want to rely on for business use based on how exploitable MyCloud is.
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DS916+ has 4k quad core hw transcoding

The DS416play will also do what you want just fine with overhead, but is dual core.

Both a little more expensive, but the added value is definitely there and worth paying for.

WD is a terrible choice all around. I would never buy one considering how terribly things were coded for it. Go look at the exploits, some of these are so egregious that they can't be forgiven. I would never store anything on a WD Mycloud device that I didn't intend to lose or be stolen or accessed without permission.

Just my .02
What HD would you recommend that does not have egregious exploits available?
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What HD would you recommend that does not have egregious exploits available?
I think he's referring to their NAS device, MyCloud in general, not their hard disk drives.
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It's a pretty good deal for the 32TB. I'm assuming these are 8TB reds. Comes out to $264 per drive, which is below market price if purchased individually. You also get a NAS in the package.
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