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6TB white label 128MB cache "Enterprise" NAS hard drives $159.99 +FS (GoHardDrive via eBay)

gilligan5000 193 103 May 24, 2016 at 12:03 PM in Hard Drives (6) More eBay Deals
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Last Edited by BostonGirl May 26, 2016 at 02:59 PM
I've been looking at these for a while to upgrade. Price has held steady at $189.99 on their website for the last 6 months or so (Note, this is for the 128MB cache version, not the cheaper 64MB cache version.

I've heard the speculation before that the 64MB version were Western Digital Reds...but they don't make a 128MB cache Red, just the Red Pro. Maybe someone can verify.

Comes with a one year warranty, which you will either need to use immediately or probably not at all (I've read about people with amazing, and terrible luck out of the box).

I still think its worth a roll of the dice to save this much over WD Red Pro retail, but admittedly most of their cost is for the excellent 5 year warranty...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-WL-6T...rmvSB=true
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link?
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Here's a link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-WL-6T...2368897974

Anybody know anything about these? Listing says NEW.
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1 year warranty. 5400 RPM (because it is "data center" drive).
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I bought 2 'white label' 5tb drives last year... So far they've worked great. I may pick up a couple of these as well.
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According to an Amazon review, these are rebranded Western Digital drives.
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You can get it from newegg as well, same vendor, same price:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...5AD42Z3000

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According to an Amazon review, these are rebranded Western Digital drives.
But which WD drives?
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Under the white label, they look exactly like WD Enterprise / Datacenter Drives.
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OK so what's the story with these... 159$ for 6tb is obviously a lot better then 140$ for the 4th hgst ones
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But which WD drives?
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I've heard the speculation before that the 64MB version were Western Digital Reds...but they don't make a 128MB cache Red, just the Red Pro. Maybe someone can verify.
I don't think these are Red Pros - Those run at 7200RPM, and It looks like the Red Pro WD6001FFWX drives weigh 750g vs the 650g of the WD60EFRX non-Pros. I guess an easy way to tell would to be benchmark these and see if they get 7200 or 5400RPM performance. My bet is that these really are White Label custom-built drives, either with extra cache, or gimped RPMs.
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OK so what's the story with these... 159$ for 6tb is obviously a lot better then 140$ for the 4th hgst ones
I've heard two equally plausible theories:
1. these are cheaper because they have 1/3 the warranty to save "system builders" cost. A company like "Dell" or whoever the hell is making PCs still will buy these with literally NO warranty to save money on build cost. GoHardDrive buy these at that same cost and then offers an "in house" warranty of one year (which they would be doing at the risk to their profit)
2. these are cheaper because they are "returns" or "refurbs" that just get their hours set back to 0 in SMART settings, and a new label slapped on them. WD then doesn't want to flood the market with "refurbs" making people think they fail and have to be refurbished in the first place.

although I'm still partial to theory one because I believe IF you do have an issue WD sends you a refurb, then fixes yours to send to the next guy...but again this is ALL speculation.

And, no idea why the mobile link is taking so long to show up...desktop is displaying fine.
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The picture definitely looks like a WD HDD. The specs seem like Seagate. They note a 1.2M MTBF. That's Seagate Enterprise. I just don't know what to think!
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Also, I've noticed that they don't list all of their drives as NEW. I bet the theories on some of these being refurbs are definitely true, but these 128mb cache ones definitely say new in the listing. Makes it even more tempting...
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