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Last Edited by randomtw August 3, 2017 at 04:26 PM
Check the bottom box when you get the drive - if the model # is LGBJRCK, thats the 128MB cache version, there's a newer 256MB cache version with model #MGBJRCK OR #MGBJRCJ.

Check the box.
Made in China: most likely 128MB cahce
Made in Thailand: most likely 256MB cache


WD Easystore "unofficial" enclosure shucking/removal procedure: https://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=102709744&postcount=19


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Check your AMEX offers for $30 off $300 at Best Buy Applause - brings the price for 2 down to ~$145ea.

UPDATE - I can confirm they are REDS

CrystalDiskMark for the 256MB cache: http://imgur.com/7eqlHP6

Recommended Disk Check Procedure:

1. CrystalDiskMark to check status of the disk.
2. WD Data LifeGuard to do a full write (erase) to the disk.
3. Windows to do a full format
4. WD Data LifeGuard to do a long self test
5. Re-Verify data in Crystal Disk Info to make sure during all that nothing went bad.
Unofficial "shucking" procedure to remove bare WD red 8TB drive from enclosure. I assume no liability

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My disjointed thoughts on the HDD market:
* The typical BB customer doesn't have anywhere close to 8TB of stuff to store; people are still buying 16 and 32GB iPhones--the market has moved towards the cloud, and manufacturers are picking up on this fact. They use warranty length as a primary means of price-discrimination, and another trend is the use of unshuckable drives to control how their drives can be used.

* HDD prices have been sky-high for the last two years, especially on the high-capacity/high-performance side of the market.

* HDD manufacturers have been trying to sell these drives at close to MSRP, but they're finding it hard to sell an 8TB Red for $270 when many in the consumer NAS market remember the days of $150 for a 6TB red.

* I paid $150 for a white-label 6TB (rebadged 5700RPM Red) back in Q1 2016; prices shot up quickly after that due to production issues.

* The announcement of 8TB He drives didn't lower prices much as because they were released in the middle of the shortage (as an aside, remember the external WD drives with Hitachi He8 drives inside them?)

* Even 2.5in HDDs have suffered from stagnant prices and capacity--I bought a 2TB portable HDD for ~$75 back in Q4 2014. Prices are about the same right now, and 4TB drives are too thick to be used in laptops/consoles internally.

Basically, my thoughts are: consumers have been holding out against high HDD prices, WD decides to release a BB-exclusive drive in huge volumes as a way of moving all the extra inventory.
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Yeah Crystal Disk Info to check status of the disk.
WD Data LifeGuard to do a full write (erase) to the disk.
Windows to do a full format
WD Data LifeGuard to do a long self test
Re-Verify data in Crystal Disk Info to make sure during all that nothing went bad.
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Check the bottom box when you get the drive - if the model # is LGBJRCK, thats the 128MB cache version, there's a newer 256MB cache version with model #MGBJRCK
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Fingers crossed for Reds!

Edit: Ones I got from Best Buy were Reds! If you want to know before you shuck them, install CrystalDisk Info and it will give you the part #.
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oh are they not guaranteed reds anymore?
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Fingers crossed for Reds!
I haven't tracked it 100% from all the forums but these are usually reds and the 4tbs have been blue more than the 8tbs.
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I haven't tracked it 100% from all the forums but these are usually reds and the 4tbs have been blue more than the 8tbs.
This is what i believed as well, just wanted to make sure nothing changed in the last 2 months when I bought a bunch at 179.99 =( Might have to buy a second round at 159.99
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This is what i believed as well, just wanted to make sure nothing changed in the last 2 months when I bought a bunch at 179.99 =( Might have to buy a second round at 159.99
Great price. I usually see them as low as $180.
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Does this have a 8tb red inside? Or two 4tb reds?
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in for 4. insanely low price for a 8TB red. can't wait to load my TS-431P with these
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Does this have a 8tb red inside? Or two 4tb reds?
If its reds then even if 2 red or 1 red its a good deal. Just bought a 8 tb red for 300$ recently and new regretting it
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I've purchased 12 of these in the past 2 months, all were Reds. Now to try and get them to give me a refund on the difference from what I paid.
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Does this have a 8tb red inside? Or two 4tb reds?
Four 2TB drives . . . ok, I jest. One 8 TB drive . . . up to now just red drives. I believe they only make 8 TB drives in red and purple.
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I apologize for the ignorance, but where do you use the 8TB red drives for? NAS?
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