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Older drive with smaller cache, 64MB. Newer drive (FAX Model) has 256MB Cache.
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Older drive with smaller cache, 64MB. Newer drive (FRX Model) has 256MB Cache.
The newer FAX is likely SMR and hence the 256MB cacche.
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The newer FAX is likely SMR and hence the 256MB cacche.
Could be. But the FAX model has considerably faster right speed 180MB Vs 150 MB per second.
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Could be. But the FAX model has considerably faster right speed 180MB Vs 150 MB per second.
I wouldn't necessarily trust vendor published performance specs. I made the decision to purchase the tried and true FRX model during Amazon's storage sale a few weeks ago. WD still sells both models for the same price. I don't see WD doing this for any other reason other than cost cutting - switching to SMR platters but needing to increase cache to maintain write performance. Other drives at this capacity with 256MB cache are mostly if not all SMR drives. Unfortunately I haven't come across any published performance benchmarks for the FAX model to confirm if it's indeed SMR.
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good enuf for my nas? one drive went out, i like having a backup
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Any tips on how to give a go at buying/building my first NAS? Like, if I bought this, what what I put it in? I'm not as dumb as this question sounds, but not an IT professional.
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I actually ordered one of these instead of the newer smr drives, its fast. That extra cache does nothing really for normal use...
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Bought 4 last time around. Excellent drives. Much quieter than the old Toshiba (Hitachi) drives I was using.

All late Jan 2020 stock and the newer 68N32N0 models which IIRC use 3 platters instead of 4 - more reliable with fewer reports of failures.
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Looking to setup a NAS for small business.
Suggestion on an enclosure for this?
Should I buy a couple so it can be a RAID setup?
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Looking to setup a NAS for small business.
Suggestion on an enclosure for this?
Should I buy a couple so it can be a RAID setup?
You should probably do some research before buying anything. You are asking very basic questions.
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good enuf for my nas? one drive went out, i like having a backup
yes - of course...

what nas are you running?
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Anyone using one of these in a normal desktop pc either as a homegrown NAS or otherwise? Bought one at one point due to the SD effect and never built the NAS I planned to. Have an old PC I could use as NAS, or I could just throw it in my desktop gaming pc for storage. Thoughts?
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Any tips on how to give a go at buying/building my first NAS? Like, if I bought this, what what I put it in? I'm not as dumb as this question sounds, but not an IT professional.
look into UnRaid - it's pretty simple to setup - even though it's based on Linux... i've been running it for almost 10 years now. And it is rock solid, great support, has lots of plug-ins (dockers), and even runs virtual machines so if you already have a machine, this can add utility to that.
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Anyone using one of these in a normal desktop pc either as a homegrown NAS or otherwise? Bought one at one point due to the SD effect and never built the NAS I planned to. Have an old PC I could use as NAS, or I could just throw it in my desktop gaming pc for storage. Thoughts?
see my comment right above this
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