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Are these shuckable? Any idea what's inside?
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Best deal for shuckable is best buy 8tb wd usually for $150 with the wd red inside.
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Multiples of 3TB seem to have poor reliability across most vendors, including WD.
Google for "backblaze report" to see.
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Good enough for my console digital games. In for one
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$10 more you can get the 5tb portable seagate if you are just looking for usb storage at Staples or less if you have rewards coming thursday.. Tempted to wait for 8tb myself though..
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Multiples of 3TB seem to have poor reliability across most vendors, including WD.
Google for "backblaze report" to see.
So I found the latest Backblaze report and they actually said, "The failure rates for both of the 6 TB models, Seagate and WDC, have decreased over the years while the number of drives has stayed fairly consistent from year to year."

The average annual failure rate for their WD 6TB was only 2.06% for 2017, then 5.49% for in 2016 and it was 6.05% for 2015. So over the last 3 years they have experienced improved reliability in them.

Thanks for telling us about those reports. I really had no idea that Backblaze did that which is so cool!
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The only problem I have found with the Element vs the My Book is that the Element doesn't come with encryption software. Doesn't come with any. I thought I would just use the software from another of my WD drives but no go. The WD software recognizes what type of drive it is and won't give you the option to encrypt.
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So I found the latest Backblaze report and they actually said, "The failure rates for both of the 6 TB models, Seagate and WDC, have decreased over the years while the number of drives has stayed fairly consistent from year to year."

The average annual failure rate for their WD 6TB was only 2.06% for 2017, then 5.49% for in 2016 and it was 6.05% for 2015. So over the last 3 years they have experienced improved reliability in them.

Thanks for telling us about those reports. I really had no idea that Backblaze did that which is so cool!
I consider any more than 1% failures not worth my time, effort, and price. Let others alpha-test and take their chances.
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The only problem I have found with the Element vs the My Book is that the Element doesn't come with encryption software. Doesn't come with any. I thought I would just use the software from another of my WD drives but no go. The WD software recognizes what type of drive it is and won't give you the option to encrypt.
I have a 3TB WD Elements that I use VeraCrypt with. It's 100% free open source software. No need to use the WD software. I would trust VeraCrypt over WD for encryption anyway.
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I consider any more than 1% failures not worth my time, effort, and price. Let others alpha-test and take their chances.
Well one way to look at it is 2% has double the failure rate of 1%. The other way is to say it's a 98% vs. 99% success rate. I guess you have to decide if you're a glass half empty or full kinda person. For me, since I also have a cloud backup, a 2% risk is ok.
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I consider any more than 1% failures not worth my time, effort, and price. Let others alpha-test and take their chances.
did you put a price sticker on yourself? lol
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Was $100 just a few weeks ago..
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I consider any more than 1% failures not worth my time, effort, and price. Let others alpha-test and take their chances.
For large capacity, affordable external drives, what drive do you expect to have a <1% failure rate?
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