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Posted 21st Jan

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Seems a decent price for 8TB. According to reviews "White label drive but it's actually a WD Red just with a different label "


  • equipped with WD Backup software for Windows and Apple Time Machine compatibility for Mac
  • Works with acronis true image WD edition software to schedule full system backups
  • Password protection with built-in 256-bit AES hardware encryption with WD Security software, just set your own personalised password to help keep your content private and safe
  • Millions of people around the world trust their data to My Book desktop storage; designed to meet WD’s demanding requirements for durability, shock tolerance and long-term reliability, we back up (pun intended!) the trusted My Book desktop storage with a 3-year limited warranty
  • The My Book desktop hard drive can back up your photos, videos, music and documents
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16.25 per TB ... ok ..but not the best
I saw 14.25 per tb for 14Tb but thats gone now ...
3 yrs wty on these vs 2yrs on Elements ...
Edited by: "GwanGy" 21st Jan
If it goes to £120 i will have 2.
Waiting for 10tb+ at this kinda price per tb
Helium filled white label red drives inside My Book 8TB and larger for extra reliability.
cheekster21/01/2020 10:58

Helium filled white label red drives inside My Book 8TB and larger for …Helium filled white label red drives inside My Book 8TB and larger for extra reliability.


Would this make it a good drive to schuck and use in an always on home media server?
DFA197721/01/2020 11:33

Would this make it a good drive to schuck and use in an always on home …Would this make it a good drive to schuck and use in an always on home media server?


Perhaps someone with experience of shucking one of these WD My Book drives can comment on how easy or difficult that task is.

Drive wise, yes they should be ideal for use in a media server.
cheekster21/01/2020 10:58

Helium filled white label red drives inside My Book 8TB and larger for …Helium filled white label red drives inside My Book 8TB and larger for extra reliability.


Not WD reds anymore I'm afraid, you can look it up I had a 10tb late last year and returned it it was noisey as hell and when I checked the drive with a program you can get it wasn't a red. You can also google it it seems that WD caught into people getting these and taking the hdd out to use in nas drives or servers. Also anyone buying to do that be aware that there is a issue with powering the drives you either have to use a jumper on the Pins or use a molex to sata cable which is not very safe.
Darn! I shall keep an eye on the WD 24TB (2 x 12TB Red drives inside) My Book Duo in that case as the drives inside those are user serviceable (WD even provides info on how to safely remove the drives).

@polly69 - what is the name of the software you used btw to detect what drive was inside your WD My Book?

Thanks.
Edited by: "cheekster" 21st Jan
polly6921/01/2020 11:35

Not WD reds anymore I'm afraid, you can look it up I had a 10tb late last …Not WD reds anymore I'm afraid, you can look it up I had a 10tb late last year and returned it it was noisey as hell and when I checked the drive with a program you can get it wasn't a red. You can also google it it seems that WD caught into people getting these and taking the hdd out to use in nas drives or servers. Also anyone buying to do that be aware that there is a issue with powering the drives you either have to use a jumper on the Pins or use a molex to sata cable which is not very safe.


Thanks for that - are they still putting white label reds in the 12TB WD external drives?
polly6921/01/2020 11:35

Also anyone buying to do that be aware that there is a issue with powering …Also anyone buying to do that be aware that there is a issue with powering the drives you either have to use a jumper on the Pins or use a molex to sata cable which is not very safe.


'safe', bit of an over exaggeration How is using a piece of kapton to disable a 3.3v pin on the drive is unsafe? Which was not even needed on my 12TB white drives.
I bought a couple of these in November when they were £112.99. I believe they are relabelled red drives (from memory EZAZ). I have fitted them in a Synology DS918+ and no need to do the third pin mod.
Shucking is easy. I found something on YouTube, but basically it was a question of jamming four or five guitar pics in the underside of the unit and then pushing off the casing from the bottom (actually pushing the unit from the bottom away from you so the casing slides off towards you). Having opened the casing I used a No 10 torque screwdriver to unmount the drive but you may be able to get away without doing that and just prising the drive out and using a pair of pliers.
My first experience of shucking and it all went surprisingly well!
Edited by: "Turbotim" 22nd Jan
I've never needed to cover the 3.3V pin for my WD Whites (to put into various Synology NAS). They have always worked just fine.

Not sure if there's much noticable difference between Reds and Whites, but if offered the option I would stick with Reds (eg. 20TB/24TB Duos)
powerbrick21/01/2020 13:32

'safe', bit of an over exaggeration How is using a piece of …'safe', bit of an over exaggeration How is using a piece of kapton to disable a 3.3v pin on the drive is unsafe? Which was not even needed on my 12TB white drives.



I think he was probably referring to Molex>SATA power converter cables, which have something of a reputation for being unreliable at best and in a worst case scenario actually catching fire. Hence the saying "Molex to SATA, lose all your data."

You can also get SATA>SATA extenders which omit the fifth wire, I've not heard of similar issues with these.
Has anyone bought from this current offer and schucked? I'm confused by previous replies - are they definitely not white labelled red drives - need a cheap solution for my media server that will run 24/7.
39765502-evyoB.jpgBack up in price today - now at £156.17
DFA197724/01/2020 17:44

Has anyone bought from this current offer and schucked? I'm confused by …Has anyone bought from this current offer and schucked? I'm confused by previous replies - are they definitely not white labelled red drives - need a cheap solution for my media server that will run 24/7.


Bottom line is that the vast majority of mybook drives reported are white label reds (or as near to a red as you can get). There is a thread on Reddit if you are serious that lists serial number ranges to help you check.

If you are going to shuck, then the most important thing is to check that your device does not provide 3.3v to pin 3 of the sata power connector or the drive will not spin up. Various ways of preventing/removing the 3.3v if your device does provide it (or for the brave, use a tool to change the setting in the drive) - but thats another subject - google is your friend.

Either way - you still get a WD drive - and little chance of any warranty once you shucked it.

David
Edited by: "BestGear" 26th Jan
BestGear26/01/2020 09:45

Bottom line is that the vast majority of mybook drives reported are white …Bottom line is that the vast majority of mybook drives reported are white label reds (or as near to a red as you can get). There is a thread on Redit if you are serious that lists serial number ranges to help you check.If you are going to shuck, then the most important thing is to check that your device does not provide 3.3v to pin 3 of the sata power connector or the drive will not spin up. Various ways of preventing/removing the 3.3v if your device does provide it (or for the brave, use a tool to change the setting in the drive) - but thats another subject - google is your friend.Either way - you still get a WD drive - and little chance of any warranty once you shucked it.David


Thanks a million for your reply - I've seen the 3.3v trick online so that doesn't bother me - not worried about warranty either as I back up everything anyway on other drives and its a chance I'm willing to take.
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