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Amazon has for Prime Members: 12TB WD Elements External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drive (WDBWLG0120HBK-NESN) for $197.99. Shipping is free.

Note: In stock on February 13, 2021.

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Product Features:
  • 2-year manufacturer's limited warranty
  • USB 3.0 interface
  • 4.7 out of 5 star rating in over 2,560 customer reviews on Amazon.
  • Includes AC power adapter and USB Micro B-to-USB 3.0 Type A cable.
  • Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 technology
  • Housing: Plastic
  • Inner Drive: 3.5"

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Extremely popular drives for shucking, and this is a pretty decent price if are running tight on space can't hold out a few months for another crazy sale. $16.5/TB is the best I have spotted in *weeks and this one of the most reliable drives to shuck.

They were last $175 on Black Friday, and I bought two then. They're good drives. I ended up with two different white labels models, the slighter better EMFZ and the other was EDAZ. I did get "+3.3V pin" power issue, solved in about 60 seconds with tiny piece of black vinyl tape. Except this if you are shucking.

The EMFZ is actually a 14TB drive firmware-locked to 12. It got about 215MB/s speeds, the EDAZ was only 191MB/s. Both are helium-filled CMR drives that WD sells for a lot more money bare box with red label.

If you can hold out a few months you can probably snag some at $175 price. According to price trackers, they tend to have had a ~$175 sale about once a quarter.

*There is also another deal for a slightly cheaper Seagate 12TB going for $190 on today's NewEgg Shell Shocker list. Meaning that sale runs until midnight PST, I think. No idea how long the Amazon's price will last, and I have no experience with Seagate drives to recommend it (or not), so caveat emptor.

Slickeals post for the Seagate offer is here:
https://slickdeals.net/f/14793088-seagate-expansion-desktop-hard-drive-12tb-hdd-external-hard-drive-usb-2-0-3-0-black-steb12000400-free-shipping-189-99

WD deal is on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X4V2M3B In stock on February 13, 2021.
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It wouldn't be because of "bad sectors" This is a standard practice across industries to use the same components (in this case platters) for greater volume leverage (reduced cost and inventory SKUs). Then, to still provide various pricing tiers to capture maximum $$ from the market they provide different price point products via firmware locks. It's called "product segmentation" in marketing.

For hard drives you can imagine the same raw materials are required and the technology already exists, so if you can offer the same product "gimped" at lower price points you increase the number of customers at lower price points, while still absorbing margin from those willing to pay the higher price points for extra TB.
Black Friday (Month) is really the best time to buy drives. But yes, hard drives have crept up slightly in pricing over the past 2 years.

I bought two 12 TB Easystores from Bestbuy for $180 each in November 2019.
Can the firmware be updated to open the extra 2 TB?

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Thanks for the detailed post OP!
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2 extra TB and $7 less would be on par with the 14tb fire deal lol. But that hasn't come about since, Nov?
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Yeah HD prices have been up a bit since end of 2020. I should have bought back then.
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Black Friday (Month) is really the best time to buy drives. But yes, hard drives have crept up slightly in pricing over the past 2 years.

I bought two 12 TB Easystores from Bestbuy for $180 each in November 2019.
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Bought the 10TB in Nov for 150 but my data hording has been getting out of hand and my 32TB is just not cutting it. I have 5TB of family photos/videos that are mirrored 3x. I normally stick to only Red drives because out of the 15 I have had in the last 10 years only 2 have started to degrade and I was warned very early on both with stablebit scanner so I can replace them.
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Can the firmware be updated to open the extra 2 TB?
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Can you use this to add storage space for an Xbox series X?
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Are these white label or red etc? Any clues?
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Can someone explain the 3.3V pin issue in more detail? Is it something to worry about?
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Quote from jonsnow84 :
Can someone explain the 3.3V pin issue in more detail? Is it something to worry about?
There is a pin on the drive that you have to cover or your computer wont be able to recognize it, its a simple fix with electrical tape and once you do it it wont have to worry about it since the cable connector will keep it in place. Its more of a major annoyance if you have hot swap drive bays and the tape gets left behind in the caddy and if you forget it could make the next drive inserted not spin up. But most people don't use hot swap bays.
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Can the firmware be updated to open the extra 2 TB?

If they were smart about it, they would have also blown some efuses to make the transition one way.
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Quote from keithdawson :
As the poster stated in the description, these are the same physical drives that WD sells individually with a red label
Internal use they're identical but the software doesn't work on these amazon brand WD drives vs Bestbuys.
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