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The WD Passport decided it wanted to die this week. Drive arm isn't stuck, controller may be the culprit. All data is gone so I'm investing in a raid setup to mitigate this issue. On top of researching smr and cmr now there is different gasses?!

Recent hd threads mentions "helium" frequently. I am assuming they are back filling these drives with a inert gas. I Have helium gas filed equipment at work and have a simple understanding of the usage of this gas, but I don't understand the reason for the premium of helium filled hard drives. Helium is so fast and small that it would diffuse through polymer gaskets over time with ease. Are internal 3.5" drives also helium filled and should I discount non helium drives?
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This drive gets hoooooot, be sure to get a fan to blow through the vent.
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Thanks, I picked up 2. Price is good enough for me. I combined with 5% cb via PayPal w/ Discover IT, so price came out to $180.49 before tax.
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Anyone know if these work with gaming systems and will be compatible with a PS5?
For games you aren't running, yes.

You'll be able to transfer games from your internal PS5 NVMe drive for local storage when you are not playing the game and don't want to have to reinstall / redownload it.

But for PLAYING PS5 games from, no. You'll need a compatible PCIE 4.0 NVMe drive.

This "may" work fine for storing and playing compatible PS4 games. It has close to a 200MB / second transfer rate, which is faster than the drives shipped in PS4s.

You can't play PS5 games from this due to that 200MB/s transfer rate. The internal PS5 NVMe drive as a 4-5GB/s transfer rate and games are designed to take advantage of that bandwidth.
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If you don't mind waiting for BF, the 14tb has been $200. Set a deal alert and wait it out IMHO.
Been tracking this category of HDD's for a while now...

In general for all these WD external HDD's we're talking maybe saving 10% for each Terabyte from their normal 'on sale' price. Basically, if you think you need it now, go for it, if not calculate your savings from the size of the drive you need and do like this poster is saying.
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Can these be set up to be accessed from your local network?
If you're looking for a WD solution with built-in networking, check out the My Cloud line of products. It can be simpler than trying to setup your own Network Attached Storage option, but everyone has their preferences.
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Also its tax free weekend makes deal even better
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Decent deal if you need it now. Best one I bought was 14tb for $200 with eBay 10% ebucks back to cover the tax.
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What's a good VPN and sites to use? I've been out of the loop but just recently started my own NAS.
I have no idea - I use my NAS units to store my own audio and video data.
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Thanks OP. Ordered. I had ordered the Elements drive from Amazon but returned it since the write speed after shucking was significantly lower than the EasyStore drive. Hope WD is not implementing drive slowdown in firmware for shucked drives.
I ordered the Amazon WD Elements drives as well. I shucked them and put them in my NAS, but never did a speed test. Now you've got me wondering.
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Thanks OP. Ordered. I had ordered the Elements drive from Amazon but returned it since the write speed after shucking was significantly lower than the EasyStore drive. Hope WD is not implementing drive slowdown in firmware for shucked drives.
I ordered the Amazon WD Elements drives as well. I shucked them and put them in my NAS, but never did a speed test. Now you've got me wondering.
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Decent deal if you need it now. Best one I bought was 14tb for $200 with eBay 10% ebucks back to cover the tax.
I originally wanted 16TB drives, but they never go on sale. Next best was 14TB, but someone on the forum said they have a terrible lifespan. So now I'm down to 12TB- just ordered a bunch of these. Thanks OP.
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Also its tax free weekend makes deal even better
I'm waiting for the 14TB but I was considering this 12TB when I remembered this is the "tax free weekend". That was before I did some googling and learned not to take it too literally. Glad I didn't run out shopping and risking my health and wasting gas for the "tax free weekend" gimmick. I'm not in one of those states that the tax free applies to the "computer" category so I didn't even bother to test order this 12TB
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Never heard of a "tax free weekend." Googled it and found my State is not participating. Figures!Frown
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Are these SMR?
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