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Western Digital [wdc.com] has Promo pricing on the 8TB external drive at $230. Apply unique promo from Plex Pass Perks [plex.tv] if you are a subscriber for additional 20% off = $184
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This a record low price on this spacious external drive! Perfect for PC, MAC, PS4, and XB1 storage.

Code is valid for 20% off anything from WDC.com store wide.

There is also a 15% code for HDHomeRun products with Plex Pass Perks.
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I'm guessing these likely aren't great for NAS rigs and probably come with a short warranty? 3 years it would seem. I wonder what model HDD they stuff inside.
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I'm guessing these likely aren't great for NAS rigs and probably come with a short warranty? 3 years it would seem. I wonder what model HDD they stuff inside.
Could pick up the Duo drives https://www.wdc.com/products/exte...20JCH-NESN, which house Red drives if you want something for a NAS.
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If you're a Plex Pass member, sign into your account and go here: https://www.plex.tv/plex-pass-perks/

There is a unique code for 20% off everything at the WD store. HDD prices are meh, but SSDs are priced close to retail. I picked up a WD Blue 500GB for $120 before tax.
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Wish they had the 8TBs available in anything else. Everything I looked up, 6TB was max right now. I signed up to be alerted when more are in stock but I'm guessing I won't hear back.

Anyone have experience with wd.com and their out of stock tendencies?
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At least it's WD and not Seagate.
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Did a little searching around, there are some indications that these are more in line with an as yet unreleased 5,400RPM WD Blue drive. That being said, the price is so cheap, picking up a few of these would easily cover the cost of a spare and/or a caching SSD to keep things running quickly in a NAS.
64 TB for under $1.5k anyone?
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I'm guessing these likely aren't great for NAS rigs and probably come with a short warranty? 3 years it would seem. I wonder what model HDD they stuff inside.
If you want fast response in an NAS you want to be running RAID 5 or 10. If you're looking for archive and retrieval or media streaming, this will work fine. If you're planning on using it a s networked drive from a router, make sure your router can handle a drive this large. If you're going to share it through a server or desktop PC, think about what else is running on that machine.
I use a 6TB model similar to this for my media server. I frequently have 3 streams running simultaneously, one or two of them also doing conversion and don't have any problems. I have gigabit up and down over fiber and these can be running inside and outside my home network.
This would not be a good solution if you're runiing a CAD or similar I/O intensive operation.
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these are red drives right? as previously heard that 8tb drives are all reds?
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I'm guessing these likely aren't great for NAS rigs and probably come with a short warranty? 3 years it would seem. I wonder what model HDD they stuff inside.
We're talking about an 8 TB drive for as little as $184 in 2017. The standard warranty is 2 years. To me this means "Great for media streaming". If you're looking for backup for a decade, you need to pay for a drive that will spin for 10 years and not lose data. Think $400+. If you're worried about losing your investment, get a 3rd party warranty from Square Trade or some similar company.
If you're clever, you can use something like this to mirror a drive or drives in your PC using either RAID or any of the sync apps.
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If you want fast response in an NAS you want to be running RAID 5 or 10. If you're looking for archive and retrieval or media streaming, this will work fine. If you're planning on using it a s networked drive from a router, make sure your router can handle a drive this large. If you're going to share it through a server or desktop PC, think about what else is running on that machine.

It would be for streaming media both to my LAN and the WAN via Plex. I'm shooting for a QNAP i7 box to hold 8 HDD and be able to stream 3-4 1080p files simultaneously without transcoding being an issue. Probably will just go with RAID 5; I don't want to lose anything but if something happened it's not like it would shut down my million dollar company.
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Bought one. Worth paying $5 to Plex for the $46 discount. Tax brought it to $202, boo, but I've been looking out for a high capacity drive for my WSE media and backup server, and this is a good deal. My important data will be duplicated, and Citi MC brings warranty to 5 years. Thanks OP!
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piece of crap hard drive! I own 4 of these using for plex, and within 6-8 months, they broke down! I would stay away and get the seagate instead
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piece of crap hard drive! I own 4 of these using for plex, and within 6-8 months, they broke down! I would stay away and get the seagate instead
I have 3 in a mediasonic enclosure, humming great after a year Smilie

Boo at $15 tax in CA
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I have 3 in a mediasonic enclosure, humming great after a year Smilie

Boo at $15 tax in CA
Which enclose are you using? Would you recommend it?
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