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Link: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...p_usb.html

I know we're all waiting for those 14TB drives to hit $200 again like they did back in December... but until then, here's the best deal on a 16TB to date! 16TB is just about the largest size consumer drive you can find and I believe this just came out too.

For the last several hours/days, the status of this drive has been "In stock July 1st", but I just checked and it's fully in stock now Smilie

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Link to deal
: B&H Photo [bhphotovideo.com]
Size: 16TB
Type: External, USB 3
Manufacture: Seagate
Shuckable: Yes
Site: B&H Photo
Shipping: Free
The boring description: Preformatted for systems running Windows 7 and later, the 16TB Expansion Desktop External Hard Drive from Seagate is automatically recognized by Windows, requires no additional software to install, and nothing to configure. Files such as photos, videos, music, and documents can be easily transferred to this drive via drag-and-drop, and fast data transfers are ensured using micro-USB 3.0 connectivity, which is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 1. This external hard drive features a 16TB storage capacity, is also compatible with USB 2.0, and includes a 4' USB 3.0 cable and a power adapter.

Also to save some of you time so you don't have to scroll for answers:
1. Is this shuckable? Yes! If you don't know, shuckable just means taking the hard drive out of the external case. Here's a video if it helps: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RQv9raiPQg
2. Will shucking void the warranty? It shouldn't! Dont' take my word and do your own research, but from what I've read many times it doesn't void warranty. Here's an article on it: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/11/601582169/warranty-void-if-removed-as-it-turns-out-feds-say-those-warnings-are-illegal​ [npr.org]
3. How much of the 16TB do I actually get? 14.9TB will be available. I know, sucks but that's the nature of hard drives. For future reference, here's a HDD calculator: http://www.endmemo.com/data/diskcapacity.php
4. Will this work with Mac? Yes! You'll probably need to reformat it. Super easy, here's Apple's article on doing it (disk utility): https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208496
5. Will this work with X/Y/Z (Xbox, SmartTV, etc)? Most likely, sometimes you gotta re-format it and/or put the files in certain folders. Otherwise some devices cap out at certain sizes (8TB, 10TB, etc)... but it's rare.
6. omg LOL how much porn can this fit #ilovetiktok? A lot! But it'll probably only fit a quarter of what's out there of your mom.
7. Seagate/Western Digital/Blahblah company sucks, don't buy! it's always the same story, different year. Every manufacture has had hiccups, luckily the chance of a drive failing is slim. I've only had 1 or 2 fail out of the 100+ I've purchased.

Hopefully I saved a few pages of comments, and hope this deal stays live for everyone to take!

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr...l/overview

EDIT: Also want to add a #8 to my list above...
8. This deal is only $/GB, you can get a smaller drive for cheaper, etc? Generally speaking, the highest size drives available should be excluded from this "$/GB" equation, simply because you will always pay a premium for the biggest available drive... They will never be cheaper than other drives, it's been like this for 20 years. Back when the 8TB was the max size drive, it had a horrible $/GB... once 10TB came out 8TB became cheaper. Just like how the 14TB is still so expensive, I'm sure 14TB will get cheaper then it's typical $280 price now (and I'm guessing we'll see more $200 deals).
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Last Edited by pug_ster June 25, 2020 at 08:40 AM
According to Seagate, they don't make SMR drives more than 8tb.

https://www.seagate.com/internal-...-smr-list/

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About a week ago on WD site. It required a plex pass coupon so I couldn't do it since I don't use Plex.
Are you talking about the 10% off plex "perk?" Because that is the same discount anyone can get by signing up for WD's email list. plex hasn't done a proper WD coupon in some time, although i looked a few months ago and they had nothing. Not sure this is an improvement.
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Your #2 point is wrong. It is illegal to deny warranty if "void if removed" sticker is removed. However, shucking clearly damages the enclosure therefore it does void warranty. It's like opening up hair dryer and using the inside components on something else and when the part dies, claiming warranty on that part.
In the US they still have to honor warranty even if you opened. I sent in a shucked drive without the external enclosure and they honored their 1yr warranty. This is why the void if removed is disappearing from US items. It's irrelevant
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No. Google SMR drive list or Seagate SMR list to see which ones are crappy.
Need to know what drive is inside to google if it is smr or conventional
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are these drives inside were class below desktop and NAS?
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Yup! I learned the hard way, 4 out of 5 failures and all were SeaFail drives
And I thought Worst Buy was a stroke of genius. You people continue to amaze.
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Repped purely for the FAQ.

The price per GB is a bit steep, but I think this is about as large as the spinners come (I don't follow the industry that closely), so prices are always a premium for the largest single drives like this one.
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So many joke comments, but please only buy this if the form factor appeals to you and you don't care about losing data.

This is a multi-platter drive, which doesn't take an engineering or mathematical degree to illustrate potential failure rates.

Just imagine yourself requiring individual steering for both sides of a car and then imagine your car is actually a stretch limousine. This is still a tenth of the coordination required compared to the controller on this drive.

The only way you're recovering anything off of this is if you format to strict GPT with a rolling backup of the end table and you partition better than Moses.
Do they make 16tb single platter drives.
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Recent posted deals:
Seagate 8tb for $120 = $15/tb
Seagate 10tb for $165 = $16.50/tb
WD 14tb for $210 = $15/tb
2 of your examples are extremely smaller drives. Like multiple generations older. When people buy the biggest drives available, physical space for disks is a premium.
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I got WD 8TB for $124 back in December... Not an equal comparison but depending on your setup with multiple bays this deal doesn't seem so great.

So I got 16TB for $250
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So many joke comments, but please only buy this if the form factor appeals to you and you don't care about losing data.

This is a multi-platter drive, which doesn't take an engineering or mathematical degree to illustrate potential failure rates.

Just imagine yourself requiring individual steering for both sides of a car and then imagine your car is actually a stretch limousine. This is still a tenth of the coordination required compared to the controller on this drive.

The only way you're recovering anything off of this is if you format to strict GPT with a rolling backup of the end table and you partition better than Moses.
I agree about not making jokes in the comment section, because they are not funny and not helpful. If it's their Beer Virus period temporary gig, they need re-planning.

With that said, which high capacity hard drive is not multi-platter? They all are. And, don't even think about data recovery. Before you start putting data on any hard drive, ask yourself, "Can you afford to lose these data?" If the answer is, "No", then put the same data on two different hard drives. Therefore you'll have two copies of the same data. If you can afford to lose these data, like 90% of all my data is not worth a second copy, I only have one copy of those data.
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How does this post have any upvotes lol this is NOT a deal whatsoever, not even close.
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Thanks for the q and a. I read just for the giggles.
Where is this "Q&A" people are talking about? I don't see anything like that.
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$19.69 per terabyte? No.
What is the going rate per terabyte
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Yup! I learned the hard way, 4 out of 5 failures and all were SeaFail drives
Odd, all my failures have been WD, including a 10TB about a month ago.
I have 90% Seagate drives. The rest on my main array are WD.
I won't buy any more WD until quality improves.
I have 216 TB in my main array.

I don't know about this new drive, personally I will wait and see. Seems too expensive right now as well.
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2 of your examples are extremely smaller drives. Like multiple generations older. When people buy the biggest drives available, physical space for disks is a premium.
That does not make this a slick deal.
It just means for early adopters this may be a "better" price but hardly slick.
Like getting a $150K automobile for $148K. Slick for rich idiots perhaps.
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