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  • Small or medium business NAS systems in a 24x7 environment
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Amazon [amazon.com] has 10TB WD Red Plus 3.5" 7200 RPM NAS CMR Internal Hard Drive for $159.99. Shipping is free.

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  • Available in capacities ranging from 1-14TB with support for up to 8 bays
  • Supports up to 180 TB/yr workload rate Workload Rate is defined as the amount of user data transferred to or from the hard drive. Workload Rate is annualized (TB transferred ✕ (8760 / recorded power-on hours)). Workload Rate will vary depending on your hardware and software components and configurations.
  • NASware firmware for compatibility
  • Small or medium business NAS systems in a 24x7 environment
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Anything WD Red is going to be a confusing mess until all of the old stock is flushed out of retail channels.

WD has numerous variations and revisions [westerndigital.com] of these drives, some of which were renamed and/or discontinued after the RPM drama [arstechnica.com] came to light a few years ago. The pictures on BestBuy's product page show a model of WD80EFAX, which was replaced by WD80EFBX two years ago. The WD80EFBX (256MB) was itself discontinued earlier this year and has since been superseded by the WD80EFZZ, which is the 128MB version you see on Amazon. Assuming BestBuy is actually shipping BX's (I wouldn't be surprised to hear reports of people receiving ZZ's), it means you are likely getting older stock which they are still in the process of offloading, same as the official WD store. A quick check of the manufacturing date on the drive's label should give you an indication.

Depending on your particular usage scenario and preferences, the newer version being sold by the likes of Amazon, BH, and NewEgg may actually be the better choice. That 7200 RPM comes at a cost of higher energy consumption, heat, and noise, which, for some, can be a big deal when you start throwing multiples of them into an array. As odd as it may seem, there's a reason people flipped out when the news broke that Reds were operating at faster than advertised speeds.





Better is subjective, especially when dealing with NAS drives. See above.
It used to be $126.00 and it's on sale for $159.00?

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It used to be $126.00 and it's on sale for $159.00?

Well ok. Count me in!
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Is going with Pro better than Plus for a Synology drive?
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It used to be $126.00 and it's on sale for $159.00?

Well ok. Count me in!
When was it $126?
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When was it $126?
Look at the listing above lol
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Look at the listing above lol
Ah. I'm pretty sure that's a typo. I've been looking at this drive for a bit, and at least in recent months, it's been $200+. And the history the OP describes doesn't talk about it ever going that low
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Ah. I'm pretty sure that's a typo. I've been looking at this drive for a bit, and at least in recent months, it's been $200+. And the history the OP describes doesn't talk about it ever going that low
I've had Western digital reds in my business server for probably 10 years now or at least close to it and they still run like new.
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I've had Western digital reds in my business server for probably 10 years now or at least close to it and they still run like new.
great anecdote. I've used several WD (Reds) and Seagate (Ironwolfs/Exos) in my home server and have had to replace at least one of each type over the past 5 years. Incidentally I have a WD Green in the same server doing well 15+ years later. I've learned to be brand agnostic, and make sure I have both good local + cloud backup.
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great anecdote. I've used several WD (Reds) and Seagate (Ironwolfs/Exos) in my home server and have had to replace at least one of each type over the past 5 years. Incidentally I have a WD Green in the same server doing well 15+ years later. I've learned to be brand agnostic, and make sure I have both good local + cloud backup.
so I'm guessing you either got unlucky, or you read and write quite a bit more to your server than I do, LOL.

When I bought them, I was in a local micro center looking for computer parts, and I saw them on sale for about 50% off. When I asked the manager of why they were so cheap, he said most people don't know what they are and they couldn't move them, heh. So I walked out of the store with two!
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Anyone have thoughts on this drive vs a NAS drive (same red plus - deal was posted on here the other day) for a Plex server that is currently running on a daily use desktop? Hard drive is full and need more space. Computer is running most of the time.
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The 12 TB is also $189 on Ebay sold by Newegg but without the $17 tax Amazon wants to add on.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/38399234...olid=10049
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Is CMR or SMR generally preferred for use in NAS?
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great anecdote. I've used several WD (Reds) and Seagate (Ironwolfs/Exos) in my home server and have had to replace at least one of each type over the past 5 years. Incidentally I have a WD Green in the same server doing well 15+ years later. I've learned to be brand agnostic, and make sure I have both good local + cloud backup.
Same. Unless there was some really reliable overall industry statistics collected about reliability, people just don't seem to get it that individual anecdotes are meaningless.

I'm in for 2 of the 12tbs for < $400. Was waiting on BF deals on bigger EXOs but these are going to be in a gaming + media machine that's not in a case specifically designed for quiet in my theater room. It's silent now with SSD's, but adding these and not being able to hear them and exos side by side in real life, I'm going to roll the dice and believe the word on the street that these are quieter and are at least still CMR.

edit: Also was waiting for them to be sold by Amazon and not a reseller or renewed or refreshed or remanufactured or regurgitated.
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