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BH has the 8TB Elements Drives on sale for $125 after coupon (applied at checkout).

Most of these drives are the WD Ultrastar He10 EMAZ Helium drives and can be easily shucked used in Synology or Qnap NAS. That's what I'm doing with mine.

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I'm going to wait for 12tb drives since I think most all of those are still helium.
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Ugh, I wish they'd just switch over to USB-C already. I realize the drive itself is the speed limitation and type-C won't do anything in that regard, but it'd be nice to just start moving over.

I'm sure it costs them an extra 4 cents or something, and they probably have a billion of these boards in a warehouse.

According to the WD blog [westerndigital.com]:
  • Squeezing tracks closer together means more data tracks per disk = more data per HDD.
  • Thinner disks = more disks (5 disks are now 8 disks) = more data per HDD.
  • Thinner disks require less power to spin.
  • Helium creates less drag, requiring less power to spin the disks.
  • Less drag = less noise. (Helium drives are less annoying to listen to!)
  • Sealed drives keep helium in and keep contaminants out.
Helium drives run cooler than drives enclosed with air. I returned my Elements 8TB (EDAZ) a few weeks back, purchased from Best Buy because it overheated while running SMART tests and a long format and stopped in the middle. SMART measured the temperature at 60C.

I suppose you *could* get a fancy drive, but these 'white-label' WD drives are driving me away from external WD drives.

I got an external Seagate 16TB (EXOS) drive recently. It completed a long format and is running the long SMART test now. Looks like these are the new go-to external / shuck-able drives to get.
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I bought 2 of these back in 2017 from Best Buy for $130 each and one is about to die on me - makes some hideous noises and won't boot some times. Buying another to replace it because it's the best cost/value I've found so far.
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I updated the OP with the drive info. Most of these drives are the WD Ultrastar He10 EMAZ Helium drives. You can easily shuck them and use it in most NAS.

The one I shucked 10 days ago was air filled and runs about 6C hotter. I'm not the only one:


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Looks like you can only buy max of 2.
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The 8TB "My Book" series is (or should be) helium and I think a little better than these. Waiting for those to hit this price or better Smilie

Or preferably the 8TB Black model as it is 7200 inside.

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Helium drives run cooler than drives enclosed with air. I returned my Elements 8TB (EDAZ) a few weeks back, purchased from Best Buy because it overheated while running SMART tests and a long format and stopped in the middle. SMART measured the temperature at 60C.

I suppose you *could* get a fancy drive, but these 'white-label' WD drives are driving me away from external WD drives.

I got an external Seagate 16TB (EXOS) drive recently. It completed a long format and is running the long SMART test now. Looks like these are the new go-to external / shuck-able drives to get.

Seagate can get tricky these days since they have been taking the shingled road toward cheaper drives. At work, we recently bought into a number of Seagate external options (Seagate Expansion Desktop 8TB) and wound up returning all of them as most of them had issues staying online when you transfer a large amount of data to them. Transfer single files here and there and they were fine. Grab 50GB of files and transfer it over and about a minute into it the drives would stop responding and you had to cycle power to them to get them back.Terrible drives.
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How is this compared to:

WD 8TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBWLG0080HBK-NESN $144.99
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D5V2...f=aa_pcomp
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What is the disk RPM/speed of these devices??
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What is the disk RPM/speed of these devices??
Probably 5400
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Probably 5400
Can't quite make that assumption these days with WD drives "classed" as 5400rpm but actually running at 7200rpm unfortunately.

I recently bought 5 of these and all were EDAZ drives. They got up to around 60c during the long smart test and badblocks run, but that is likely largely due to the enclosures non existent air flow.
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Helium drives run cooler than drives enclosed with air. I returned my Elements 8TB (EDAZ) a few weeks back, purchased from Best Buy because it overheated while running SMART tests and a long format and stopped in the middle. SMART measured the temperature at 60C.
Overheated before you shucked it? I'm asking because the OEM enclosures are hot (literally) garbage and I definitely would not do a long format or long test while it is in the enclosure. That's part of why failure rates for external drives tend to be high.

I use one of the shucked 8TB drives (I'm pretty sure EDAZ) inside my very well ventilated PC and it runs on the cool side of optimal (running too cold increases failure rates as well). The drive is in the "basement" of my case towards the PSU but still stays plenty cool with what airflow it gets.
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Easiest shuck ever. https://youtu.be/QApvLyorr3g
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Wow this is a deal 🙃
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This drives been holding steady at $140 for over 18 months. It's dropped to $120 a few times but haven't seen it for a while at that price.
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Overheated before you shucked it? I'm asking because the OEM enclosures are hot (literally) garbage and I definitely would not do a long format or long test while it is in the enclosure. That's part of why failure rates for external drives tend to be high.

I use one of the shucked 8TB drives (I'm pretty sure EDAZ) inside my very well ventilated PC and it runs on the cool side of optimal (running too cold increases failure rates as well). The drive is in the "basement" of my case towards the PSU but still stays plenty cool with what airflow it gets.
I have the EDAZ from an Easystore. It ran hot, 60 Celsius or so when I ran WD Data Lifeguard before I shucked it. After I shucked and put it in my server it is running at 35 Celsius or so. My previously shucked EMAZ and EFAX are running around 35 Celsius as well.
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