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BH Photo Video [bhphotovideo.com] has 4TB WD Red SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS Hard Drive (WDBAVV0040HNC-WRSN) on sale for $89.99. Shipping is free.

Good for those who do not want to spend $150+ on 6TB or larger size NAS drives. CMR technology and is being renamed "WD Red Plus" to distinguish it from the current "WD Red" product, which uses SMR technology.

Similar price at Newegg [newegg.com].

This is also $5 cheaper than the previous FP deal of $94.99.
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TravisHardiman asked this question on 11-28-2020 at 09:52 PM
11-28-2020 at 09:57 PM
That's not the same drive. Generally SMR < CMR for the purpose you're buying this drive.

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Thanks for the explanation. I would be using these drives for mid/long-term storage like a NAS but in an regular enclosure connected via USB (don't have a NAS setup).
They'll work fine in that case. If the enclosure you have has raid, performance should be okay.
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Thanks for the explanation. I would be using these drives for mid/long-term storage like a NAS but in an regular enclosure connected via USB (don't have a NAS setup).
These will work like any other 5400 RPM drive, only they'll work better than some in multi-disk situations. Any drive can be used in RAID, but these have been tested and tweaked to work more optimally in RAID. As a standard drive, there isn't going to really be a difference between this and a WD Blue (CMR) for instance. In fact, I would be surprised if the wasn't the exact same drive as the WD Blue WD40EZRZ with slightly different firmware and a different sticker.

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This reminds me of back to the day of Green VS Red drives, where WD Green were the cheapest they sold, and Red were the 2nd most expensive on the Consumer market. Black drives being the only non-enterprise drives they sold at the time that were more expensive than Red. Blues at the time were closer to Blacks in spec, but they certainly didn't have the performance or cache. Purples were another 5400RPM with modified firmware.

Hardware wise, Greens and Reds were almost identical. In fact, there were some External Drive models that would randomly have either drive model in them when shucked. WD even treated them interchangeably.

The firmware was the biggest (only?) difference, and it wasn't so much that Red had super-magical firmware that somehow made it a better drive, it was that Greens had firmware that hampered performance and literally shortened their lifespan because the heads would park way too frequently. This was such a controversy when discovered, WD discontinued the Green line altogether.
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Thanks for the detailed response. It's very helpful. I use a 256 GB SSD for Windows and a few applications, and I have a 1 TB HDD that I save games on.

I want more space to save more games and also some gameplay that I want to record to use as video, so I wanted to get another HDD for that.

Would this [newegg.com]be a good choice in your opinion give what you've said about speeds? It's 5900 RPM.

This [amazon.com] page shows the full specs.
That drive is almost a decade old at this point, and Seagate doesn't even list it on their site. IE, warranty might be a concern. However, if i dneeded a 4TB drive right now, I'd chance it for $60. It likely won't perform as well as current drives with similar specs, but... 4TB for $60

WHen you get a new HDD, download Seatools and run Short Generic and Long Generic tests on it after full-format, and before putting any data on it. If it fails any test, send it back to the retailer as DOA/defective within their return period. NEVER trust that a drive works perfectly out-of-the-box just because you can format and dump data on it, or else you might be very sad a few months later.

EDIT: Looking in to some of the reviews, I suspect these are likely used drives. If going the Used Drive route, you are much better off buying a more stable/robust model for around the same price or less.

fleabay has some 4TB HGST drives for around $50 used, I would trust those infinitely more than used generic Seagate drives. Perform the same tests I mentioned above of course (and for every platter drive you buy, for that matter)
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That drive is almost a decade old at this point, and Seagate doesn't even list it on their site. IE, warranty might be a concern. However, if i dneeded a 4TB drive right now, I'd chance it for $60. It likely won't perform as well as current drives with similar specs, but... 4TB for $60

WHen you get a new HDD, download Seatools and run Short Generic and Long Generic tests on it after full-format, and before putting any data on it. If it fails any test, send it back to the retailer as DOA/defective within their return period. NEVER trust that a drive works perfectly out-of-the-box just because you can format and dump data on it, or else you might be very sad a few months later.

EDIT: Looking in to some of the reviews, I suspect these are likely used drives. If going the Used Drive route, you are much better off buying a more stable/robust model for around the same price or less.

fleabay has some 4TB HGST drives for around $50 used, I would trust those infinitely more than used generic Seagate drives. Perform the same tests I mentioned above of course (and for every platter drive you buy, for that matter)
I actually didn't realize it was used and would rather get one new. Would the one described in this listing be better in that case?
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any body know how I can use two of these drives for automatic parallel storage..can we make NAS like something DIY in cheaper
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any body know how I can use two of these drives for automatic parallel storage..can we make NAS like something DIY in cheaper
CMR or SMR technology dont matter much if you dont have good backups. Yes, these work very well with TrueNAS and OpenMediaVault on Raspberry Pi's. I use both NAS's built from scratch, no issues so far. Family of 4 write/read in and out daily with multiple FireTV sticks accessing them for videos and Plex....All the best with your DIY NAS builds.
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4TB drive in almost 2021? OK. And here I am practically throwing away my old 6TB drives on local listings.
True, but my NAS is only 4 bay and I have an old 1TB I've been looking to replace. If I put anything in larger than a 4TB, the rest of the space would be wasted. I could replace 2 drives, but I'm only at 50% utilization, even with the 1TB drive.
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What is the difference between the WDBAVV0040HNC-WRSN sold by B&H and the WD40EFRX sold by New Egg? Both are listed as 4TB WD Red Plus 3.5" 5400RPM SATA 6Gb/s NAS Internal Hard Drives.
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Dang I should have grabbed the 10TB Red Plus $189 deal the other day. I need that 'under $0.02 per GB' pricing!
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True, but my NAS is only 4 bay and I have an old 1TB I've been looking to replace. If I put anything in larger than a 4TB, the rest of the space would be wasted. I could replace 2 drives, but I'm only at 50% utilization, even with the 1TB drive.
Often it ends up being cheaper and more reliable to retire all the old drives, and just buy a couple larger drives.

Although the cheapest TB/$ ratio are the 12TB if I recall correctly, its usually wise to buy the largest drive you can afford within reason because my drives always become obsolete size wise long before they actually break. The 14TB drives I've seen selling quite often recently for $190. If you wanted smaller drives, I'd usually just get some used ones because there are people like me that sell perfectly reliable 6TB and 8TB drives just because they are too small.
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I know this is expired but what are these geared towards? Games? Movies? Pictures? All these colors get confusing after a while. TIA!
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any body know how I can use two of these drives for automatic parallel storage..can we make NAS like something DIY in cheaper
You can build a Nas using an old pc as a base. Just attach drives to internal ports and set them up as a raid. The Nas portion is just the software controlling access to the disks.

Download a copy of xigmanas/nas4free or freenas. Can run on a Bootable usb stick or even a CD.
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It matters more for data being frequently written than it does for data at rest, so yes. For a very short explanation of the differences, see here: https://blag.nullteilerfrei.de/20...-a-hdd-mr/
Hi. Thanks for all the explanations. It helped. I was wondering why would someone but these over the HGST enterprise SATA drives that are cheaper new on eBay today. I ended up buying them, but wondering if I should cancel those and buy these instead.
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Zero difference for basic purposes
Are these really 5400rpm or 5400 class?
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