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Costco Members: 8TB Seagate Backup Plus Hub Desktop Hard Drive EXPIRED

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Costco Wholesale has for its Members: 8TB Seagate Backup Plus Hub Desktop Hard Drive (STEL8000401) on sale for $119.99. Shipping is free. Thanks Petra

Note, non-Costco Members may pay an additional surcharge fee. Includes a 2-Month Membership to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan with purchase.
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starts on 10/28 to 11/22 - free shipping or in-store for costco members
Item 8888881 Model STEL8000401

$15 per TB

Features:
Two Integrated High-speed USB 3.0 ports
Formatted for Windows Computers Out of the Box
Works with Windows and Mac Computers without Reformatting
Schedule an Automatic Backup Plan with Included Seagate Backup Software
Includes 2-month Membership to Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan

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A regular hard drive has it's data arranged like floor tiles, neat rows. If you update something, you just replace a tile to represent the update.

An SMR drive is for archive. It's data is arranged like roof tiles, they overlap so they can fit more data (or tiles) in the same physical space. If you update something, or in this analogy, replace a roof tile, you have to disturb it's neighbors. So this means there can be constant writing and rewriting if you use the hard drive for normal everyday usage. This will wear out the hard drive.

An SMR drive is meant to be for long term storage for data that doesn't need to be constantly updated. For example, a backup image of your system hard drive the day you got everything you need installed, photos, movies, basically, whatever can benefit from a 'read only' situation. It's also suggested to move data from an archive drive to a live, non smr hard drive, if you plan to manipulate it, like for editing, to preserve drive life. it would be annoying to catastrophic to lose 8tb of data.
Not good for a boot or nas drive if you plant to shuck it..

Not a great drive for any thing other than archive uses.. many writes to the drive is bad.. many reads not so bad...

There was a deal at staples for the same type of external case with a 10tb conventional HD for $165 after coupons that was the best deal on this style of drive about a month ago.. It might come back in a week or two..
This is a SMR drive fwiw...

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How do you know about this deal? flyer or in-store display? Is the 5tb also on sale?
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This is advertised in the mailer that they send out to members.

I did not see anything for the 5tb portable hard drive.
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What drive is in this?
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Portable 8 TB without external power supply drives are still expensive I guess. I will wait for Thanksgiving
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How do you know about this deal? flyer or in-store display? Is the 5tb also on sale?
Flyer just came yesterday. No 5tb deal.
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Flyer just came yesterday. No 5tb deal.
Thanks. I've been waiting for the 5tb to drop (BF maybe), but that 8tb is a great deal. I need to find my flyer.
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This is a SMR drive fwiw...
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Portable 8 TB without external power supply drives are still expensive I guess. I will wait for Thanksgiving
Lol what are you talking about?
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I remember reading about plastic cases to store hard drives no longer in use. I can't recall if it was hobby lobby or Michael's. Can anyone chime in?
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This is a SMR drive fwiw...
what is that. is that a bad thing
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what is that. is that a bad thing
Not good for a boot or nas drive if you plant to shuck it..

Not a great drive for any thing other than archive uses.. many writes to the drive is bad.. many reads not so bad...

There was a deal at staples for the same type of external case with a 10tb conventional HD for $165 after coupons that was the best deal on this style of drive about a month ago.. It might come back in a week or two..
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