WD 16TB My Book Duo External Hard Drive £424.60 @ Amazon UK with FREE Delivery
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WD 16TB My Book Duo External Hard Drive £424.60 @ Amazon UK with FREE Delivery

£424.60
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Found 10th FebMade hot 10th Feb
I don't think I've personally seen this any cheaper. Hope it helps someone. Comes with 2 x 8TB WD RED Drives

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Looks like a good way to get some cheap 8TB Reds.

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K1LLER_HORNET

Looks like a good way to get some cheap 8TB Reds.



​That's what I was thinking

bargain!

There's reds in them beds...

Are these the hardware encrypted drives as one of the Amazon reviewers mentions though?

gabesdad

Are these the hardware encrypted drives as one of the Amazon reviewers … Are these the hardware encrypted drives as one of the Amazon reviewers mentions though?



If you use them in the enclosure, yes. If you take them out first, no.

Is this suitable to run Plex?

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SpartanDavie

Is this suitable to run Plex?

id like to know that too

Got this a few months back for what I remember was a few quid cheaper, but still a great price. Removed the drives to use elsewhere.

One thing to note if you're intending on using this as is: There is a lot of discussion around the encryption on the unit and what happens if the actual case fails but the drives are ok. Seems you will also lose access to any data because there doesn't seem to be a way to retrieve the encrypted data without the actual case. You cant just pop the drives into a PC, so best to have a back up of whatever is on them. Not too sure if dropping the drive into a new case (same model case) would help.

Edited by: "topss" 10th Feb

I hate companies using this tactic of encrypted hard drives to stop you just strip it down after the warranty expires

I got 6 enclosures (12 drives) when WD briefly had them in stock stacking multiple codes to get me £377

hotukdeals.com/dea…709

Can't fault amazon's service and WD so rarely have these in stock

Sold 5 of the empty enclosures for £30-40 on eBay

Hi can i take out the 2 8tb reds and drop them in my 4 bay qnap then put the 2 x 3tb reds i have spare from that into this ??

thanks

16TB oO

I'm interested to know. Are these drives useless outside their enclosure?

Nth

I'm interested to know. Are these drives useless outside their enclosure?



They will work like any other drive if removed from the enclosure (would need a format etc). But if you have stored data on them prior to removal, you wont be able to access the data because it's encrypted.

dannykerner1990

I hate companies using this tactic of encrypted hard drives to stop you … I hate companies using this tactic of encrypted hard drives to stop you just strip it down after the warranty expires



I imagine it's a security countermeasure rather than something designed to frustrate users.

plewis00

I imagine it's a security countermeasure rather than something designed … I imagine it's a security countermeasure rather than something designed to frustrate users.


If they're gpt formatted internally (which they must be to be recognised as over 2 terrabytes) then they'll be in Linux format (because the Nas program will be running Linux) then maybe they'll be running an encrypted version of a Linux format) On top of that, they may be mirrored OR striped, if the latter then that may be specific to the hard disk controllers on the NAS box. So even without intentional encryption, then recovery to the data will be a real pain in the ar*e and I for one would never contemplate using this NAS!
The only good thing about this NAS seems to be the hard drives are easy to remove to use in something else!
Edited by: "jasee" 10th Feb

(sigh) ordered.

Here's the reasoning i had to use to convince myself. I'll sell my warranty replacement recertified 5TB NASWare drives along with a warranty replacement 8TB Archive SMR drive and replace them with these nice new 8TB drives.

Plus I'll have the enclosure to hook up to my networked media server which can hold a couple of spare (questionable health) drives I've got. Make use of them as a mirrored RAID networked backup.
Actually it'll probably end up hooked to the xbox.
Edited by: "FireOnAWire" 10th Feb

scooter

Hi can i take out the 2 8tb reds and drop them in my 4 bay qnap then put … Hi can i take out the 2 8tb reds and drop them in my 4 bay qnap then put the 2 x 3tb reds i have spare from that into this ??thanks


Do i do this or don`t i hmm

scooter

Do i do this or don`t i hmm



You can do that. I'll be taking the drives out and using smaller Seagate drives inside it

Ordered, thanks

K1LLER_HORNET

You can do that. I'll be taking the drives out and using smaller Seagate … You can do that. I'll be taking the drives out and using smaller Seagate drives inside it


you made a good argument , Ordered, thanks

Great price.

The only difference between the Reds in these and standalone Reds is that these come with a 2-year warranty, rather than the 3-years you'd get from buying the drives separately (and in the more advanced enclosures).

support.wdc.com/war…=en
Edited by: "charlie12" 10th Feb

Are there any iterations of the WD Reds over the years?
If I buy this, would the revisions be older than the ones bought direct from WD?

Can some explain to me.. What these colours mean... Red drives green blue etc... I have no idea??

Quick question, genuinely interested rather than being sarcastic, why would someone need 16TB?

And, if it's of an industry where data storage is that important, wouldn't they want to be spending more money on a far more secure solution?
Edited by: "steevio_uk" 10th Feb

SpartanDavie

Is this suitable to run Plex?


It's a hard drive, It doesn't run anything.
You can store your video files on it then plug it into a computer that runs Plex if that's what you mean.

By itself this is just a storage device. Like a giant flash drive.

steevio_uk

Quick question, genuinely interested rather than being sarcastic, why … Quick question, genuinely interested rather than being sarcastic, why would someone need 16TB?And, if it's of an industry where data storage is that important, wouldn't they want to be spending more money on a far more secure solution?



1:1 Bluray Rips (30-50GB a disc)
FLAC Music Files
Family Photos

Basically anything digital from my life since I was 12 years old (some 24 years ago).

I think 11 x 8TB Drives able to take 3 failures with a cold spare on standby is pretty secure for home data.

Banned

in for 1, thanks

Tarek4u

Can some explain to me.. What these colours mean... Red drives green blue … Can some explain to me.. What these colours mean... Red drives green blue etc... I have no idea??


It's just a ploy by WD to sell more drives and give some a premium price, but no other manufacturer does this at this level

I think you probably get some sort of free cloud backup with this Nas which might actually be useful if the drives weren't so big, but funnily IIRC, according to users it doesn't actually work

Tarek4u

Can some explain to me.. What these colours mean... Red drives green blue … Can some explain to me.. What these colours mean... Red drives green blue etc... I have no idea??



Red are for always on NAS (5900rpm) with a 3 year warranty.

Red Pro are faster Red's (7200rpm) with a 5 year warranty.

Blue are for general desktop storage (5400rpm).

Green are more energy efficient drives for desktop storage with more aggressive head parking (5400rpm I believe).

Black are performance orientated desktop drives (7200rpm) with 5 year warranty.
Purple are tuned for surveillance systems that need to record multiple video streams simultaneously.

Yellow are raid orientated drives.

That's all I know off hand but I'm sure there's more colours

Looks like a Zippo lighter

K1LLER_HORNET

Red are for always on NAS (5900rpm) with a 3 year warranty. Red Pro are … Red are for always on NAS (5900rpm) with a 3 year warranty. Red Pro are faster Red's (7200rpm) with a 5 year warranty. Blue are for general desktop storage (5400rpm).Green are more energy efficient drives for desktop storage with more aggressive head parking (5400rpm I believe). Black are performance orientated desktop drives (7200rpm) with 5 year warranty. Purple are tuned for surveillance systems that need to record multiple video streams simultaneously. Yellow are raid orientated drives. That's all I know off hand but I'm sure there's more colours



Worth mentioning the RED's inside these are 2 year warranty ones.

Suspended

right ...can anyone explain me how (to what purpouse) are these used???

hero9989

It's a hard drive, It doesn't run anything. You can store your video … It's a hard drive, It doesn't run anything. You can store your video files on it then plug it into a computer that runs Plex if that's what you mean.By itself this is just a storage device. Like a giant flash drive.



Okay. I wanted this as the Plex server, so I wouldn't have to have a PC switched on to access the Plex database on iPad etc. I know some of these network hard drives are able to do that type of thing. Guess this isn't one of them then. Thanks

Hassann

​That's what I was thinking



I would think very hard and do your homework on this matter. There is hardware encryption on the drives that is accessed from the unit. One of the reviews suggests this cannot be disabled...

"1.0 out of 5 starsWhat Western Digital isn't telling you: Very bad design flaw that will threaten your data. AVOID THE WD MY BOOK DUO.
By A buyer on 29 July 2015
Size: 4 TBStyle: 2-Bay Verified Purchase
I bought this intending to use it in RAID 1 mode to get extra protection against a disk failure. It should be obvious to Western Digital that the provision of RAID 1 would mean that it would be bought by users wanting to make loss of data due to failure of a single disk less likely. (And yes, I know RAID 1 doesn't guarantee safety and that a further backup is advisable. That's not the point - the point is that anyone buying it to use in RAID 1 mode would clearly be expecting significantly more safety than would be provided by a standard external hard drive from some other manufacture without RAID 1. However, due to action taken by Western Digital, this is not the case, and it would be impossible for Western Digital not to know this.

The drives are hardware encrypted. You cannot turn this encryption off. There is a password option, but even if you do not use this, the drives are still always encrypted. The electronics that do the encryption are built into the enclosure. The encryption/decryption key is built into a chip in the enclosure. The user has no access to this key."

andrisan10

right ...can anyone explain me how (to what purpouse) are these used???


to store data on?

K1LLER_HORNET

(sigh) ordered. Here's the reasoning i had to use to convince myself. … (sigh) ordered. Here's the reasoning i had to use to convince myself. I'll sell my warranty replacement recertified 5TB NASWare drives along with a warranty replacement 8TB Archive SMR drive and replace them with these nice new 8TB drives.Plus I'll have the enclosure to hook up to my networked media server which can hold a couple of spare (questionable health) drives I've got. Make use of them as a mirrored RAID networked backup. Actually it'll probably end up hooked to the xbox.



I always monitor my hard drives with Hard Disk Sentinel Pro, maybe worth checking those drives that you have with it as well

jasee

I think you probably get some sort of free cloud backup with this Nas … I think you probably get some sort of free cloud backup with this Nas which might actually be useful if the drives weren't so big, but funnily IIRC, according to users it doesn't actually work



any idea what this is ??
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