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Last Edited by shastada October 29, 2017 at 04:53 AM
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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 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


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

Link: https://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=102709744&postcount=19


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People need to stop spreading misinformation, otherwise it confuses people like this.

The EMAZ drives inside the 8TB easystores ARE RED NAS DRIVES with non-retail white labels.

I have many of them, I've tested them. They have TLER and all the other specs their Red-labeled brethren have. They are virtually identical in build and the only thing the white labeled drives have different is the 3.3V reset.

My theory is WD picked up on the fact people were buying these to shuck and sell the drives second hand (like on ebay) and now they have a way to easily identify the drives that came out of the enclosure vs. sold bare. They could always tell by the S/N (because they matched the easystore case's S/N) but the end-user wouldn't if they were sold one shucked, and the warranty situation is different between an easystore drive and a retail red so people might get pissed at WD for not honoring the Red warranty on a Red-labeled drive they bought from someone that shucked it and sold it to them.

I also believe it just so happened to be the EMAZ drive has the 3.3V reset line enabled which is fine with most current PSU's, but older PSU's that were built to spec and supply the voltage keeps the drive in permanent power reset so it never spins up. I suspect we'll see this feature added in the next retail Red version... we're just seeing it in the easystore drives now because they are selling through stock way faster. Why wouldn't they? I'm not paying $250 for a drive when I can get it out of an external with 2 minutes of work for $70 less. Those bare drives are gonna sit for a while.
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There's a trick to getting 100% guarantee that it's 256MB reds. Just look at the serial number.

256MB REDS S/N starts with: 7SGB...., 7SGD...., 7SGG...., and 7SGH....

256MB White Labels (Enterprise Connectors) S/N starts with: 7SGM...., 7SGN....

Happy Hunting!

PS: I got all mine for less than half what you guys are paying for now 😂😂😂
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You got a lemon.
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Cool. Wonder if it'll go down to $160 again
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Wonder if it'd still a red in there
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Wonder if it'd still a red in there
It's still a red NAS for the 8tbs
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Better than the 160 for the Seagate SMR drives.
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Better than the 160 for the Seagate SMR drives.
Yup Yup!
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Also on ebay for those that have ebay bucks. Slightly better cash back at 2% from eeeebbbaatees
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No, not unless you can find old stock. Current models ship with white label WD80EMAZ drives. Not saying these are necessarily bad, but product recognition won't be the same and your resale value will be lower if/when you want to upgrade.
People need to keep in mind that these white labels need to have the 3.3v pins disabled in order to spin up. Apparently that pin is used to send a "reset" command which puts them in a "reset" loop thus never spinning up.

Otherwise the same drive as REDs in terms of functionality.

Also, it appears WD started putting a white label on any drive destined for an enclosure or not sold retail. So those days of shucking cases and getting colored drives seems to be at an end.
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one of my reds from these external hard drives is pretty noisy when being read/written, also it clicks every 5 seconds when idle. Does any of you have this problem?
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one of my reds from these external hard drives is pretty noisy when being read/written, also it clicks every 5 seconds when idle. Does any of you have this problem?
You got a lemon.
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Damn is it too late to get reds from these?
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