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WD 4 TB NAS Internal Hard Drive - Red (Retail Version) £95.99 at Amazon
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WD 4 TB NAS Internal Hard Drive - Red (Retail Version) £95.99 at Amazon

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Posted 22nd Aug

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Had one of these on backorder at about £104 for weeks, but then got a camel notification that the 4tb retail version was only £95.99. Lowest price ever for the retail version according to the camels.

Cancelled the backorder and got the retail version.
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kelv1n22/08/2019 23:29

If you are just looking for a HDD and want reassurance then these are …If you are just looking for a HDD and want reassurance then these are fine. But, if you are willing to look past the label, then be aware all you are paying for is a badge that says "NAS" ready. Take a tip from the pros - the internals are the same as all other WD drive, in fact, you will often find the same drives hidden WD's USB drives, and they sell them for 30-40% less - Search for "shucking WD drives", then order yourself some 6TB WD USB Drives, for just £10 more.. and get an extra 33% capacity!



All WD drives are not the same at all so that’s bull. Spec differences are easily viewed online. Shucking is cheaper and great if you don’t want any sort of warranty.
£23.99/TB .. seems expensive

managed to get some 10TB Reds for under £167 on Amazon Prime Day (hoping they'll do a similar offer on Black Friday in November)

edit: this was via a deal on MyBook Duo 20TB drives for £333.99. Worth setting a price alert on Camel.
Edited by: "kowalski" 23rd Aug
AzeemB23/08/2019 09:29

WD would be setup for data accuracy , and Suveillance drives like WD …WD would be setup for data accuracy , and Suveillance drives like WD purple are not. I think that means if something is being recorded WD red would preserve every pixel, while purple might have a pixel the wrong colour or something but it stores the frame.


Not quite. Any hard drive that fails to record a pixel is a failing hard drive.

The differences between the models are in the way they structure the ram cache and the way writes are prioritised over reads, plus some differences in the ways that error recovery operates. A surveillance drive has firmware that performs best when you stream multiple single stream writes to it and do very little reading at all, and just like a Nas drive it will terminate error recovery sooner so it can get back to its normal workload and ignore the bad sector.

A normal desktop drive is tuned to perform better under a typical random I/o pattern such as you'll generate if you're using a pc, a couple of apps and a web browser. It will also keep retrying longer when a bad sector is found because it understands that data integrity is more important than responsiveness here.

Nas drives take the performance profile of the desktop drive (random I/o) and the limited time error recovery of the surveillance drives and roll them into one unit. This is because a Nas controller will take responsibility for protecting individual data blocks and the drive doesn't have to try as hard to recover. Then, being WD, they stick 20% on the price and paint it red.
Edited by: "MrMatt991" 23rd Aug
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Same here but ended up buying from WD for £102 with student discount. Good price.
Excellent drive, I've been using the 3TB for over 3+ years with no issues
Neostar22/08/2019 17:46

Excellent drive, I've been using the 3TB for over 3+ years with no issues …Excellent drive, I've been using the 3TB for over 3+ years with no issues


I have one of these, but had an empty slot in the NAS.
One is just failing on my NAS on RAID1. Not sure if it's the WD 4TB drive that's 2 years and 11 months old. It's going to be a pain to swap a new drive in. Thanks OP.
Perfect timing thank you
Ahh ordered. I can now fill my fourth slot on my NAS.
£23.99/TB .. seems expensive

managed to get some 10TB Reds for under £167 on Amazon Prime Day (hoping they'll do a similar offer on Black Friday in November)

edit: this was via a deal on MyBook Duo 20TB drives for £333.99. Worth setting a price alert on Camel.
Edited by: "kowalski" 23rd Aug
Would this be suitable for 24x7 cctv recording or better to get a surveillance drive?
neversay22/08/2019 18:12

One is just failing on my NAS on RAID1. Not sure if it's the WD 4TB drive …One is just failing on my NAS on RAID1. Not sure if it's the WD 4TB drive that's 2 years and 11 months old. It's going to be a pain to swap a new drive in. Thanks OP.


Consider switching to unraid. Replacing drives is a piece of cake!
Vomit22/08/2019 22:00

Consider switching to unraid. Replacing drives is a piece of cake!


I'm just putting the 2nd one in as a backup...not done it before, but think the QNap will ask what I want to do with it.
Good drives, i just replaced a load of 4TB for 6TB when amazon had them on for £160. Average lifetime is 5.6 years always on and continuous use.
If you are just looking for a HDD and want reassurance then these are fine.

But, if you are willing to look past the label, then be aware all you are paying for is a badge that says "NAS" ready. Take a tip from the pros - the internals are the same as all other WD drive, in fact, you will often find the same drives hidden WD's USB drives, and they sell them for 30-40% less - Search for "shucking WD drives", then order yourself some 6TB WD USB Drives, for just £10 more.. and get an extra 33% capacity!
Edited by: "kelv1n" 22nd Aug
I have a pair of 3TB since 2014 and still 0 issues!
kelv1n22/08/2019 23:29

If you are just looking for a HDD and want reassurance then these are …If you are just looking for a HDD and want reassurance then these are fine. But, if you are willing to look past the label, then be aware all you are paying for is a badge that says "NAS" ready. Take a tip from the pros - the internals are the same as all other WD drive, in fact, you will often find the same drives hidden WD's USB drives, and they sell them for 30-40% less - Search for "shucking WD drives", then order yourself some 6TB WD USB Drives, for just £10 more.. and get an extra 33% capacity!



All WD drives are not the same at all so that’s bull. Spec differences are easily viewed online. Shucking is cheaper and great if you don’t want any sort of warranty.
What is this? Can I take the hard drive out of my Asus laptop and put this 1 in?
iz12345678923/08/2019 01:09

What is this? Can I take the hard drive out of my Asus laptop and put this …What is this? Can I take the hard drive out of my Asus laptop and put this 1 in?


Of course you can, just a bit of a modification to the laptop, not sure if you are joking, if you are not then clearly you should not be messing lol
Vomit22/08/2019 22:00

Consider switching to unraid. Replacing drives is a piece of cake!


Thanks @vomit. Do you mean switch off raid, plug in the new drive, then turn raid back on?
iz12345678923/08/2019 01:09

What is this? Can I take the hard drive out of my Asus laptop and put this …What is this? Can I take the hard drive out of my Asus laptop and put this 1 in?


Laptop drives are generally 2.5". This shows as 3.5" in the pic. So no.....
jesusgsdev22/08/2019 23:38

I have a pair of 3TB since 2014 and still 0 issues!


Same here a pair for just over 5 years.
neversay23/08/2019 06:32

Thanks @vomit. Do you mean switch off raid, plug in the new drive, then …Thanks @vomit. Do you mean switch off raid, plug in the new drive, then turn raid back on?


No I really don't unraid is a home server OS that makes arrays very simple.
Vomit23/08/2019 07:37

No I really don't unraid is a home server OS that makes arrays very …No I really don't unraid is a home server OS that makes arrays very simple.


Ah! Thanks
A general reminder to double check the model number against Synology's list, if buying for one of their NAS'

I only post as I was looking last night and ended up buying a Seagate IronWolf (ST4000VN008) as it was on the list

synology.com/en-…/hd
Edited by: "TheDean" 23rd Aug
MacPhisto22/08/2019 21:41

Would this be suitable for 24x7 cctv recording or better to get a …Would this be suitable for 24x7 cctv recording or better to get a surveillance drive?



WD would be setup for data accuracy , and Suveillance drives like WD purple are not. I think that means if something is being recorded WD red would preserve every pixel, while purple might have a pixel the wrong colour or something but it stores the frame.
AzeemB23/08/2019 09:29

WD would be setup for data accuracy , and Suveillance drives like WD …WD would be setup for data accuracy , and Suveillance drives like WD purple are not. I think that means if something is being recorded WD red would preserve every pixel, while purple might have a pixel the wrong colour or something but it stores the frame.


Not quite. Any hard drive that fails to record a pixel is a failing hard drive.

The differences between the models are in the way they structure the ram cache and the way writes are prioritised over reads, plus some differences in the ways that error recovery operates. A surveillance drive has firmware that performs best when you stream multiple single stream writes to it and do very little reading at all, and just like a Nas drive it will terminate error recovery sooner so it can get back to its normal workload and ignore the bad sector.

A normal desktop drive is tuned to perform better under a typical random I/o pattern such as you'll generate if you're using a pc, a couple of apps and a web browser. It will also keep retrying longer when a bad sector is found because it understands that data integrity is more important than responsiveness here.

Nas drives take the performance profile of the desktop drive (random I/o) and the limited time error recovery of the surveillance drives and roll them into one unit. This is because a Nas controller will take responsibility for protecting individual data blocks and the drive doesn't have to try as hard to recover. Then, being WD, they stick 20% on the price and paint it red.
Edited by: "MrMatt991" 23rd Aug
khirsah23/08/2019 00:07

All WD drives are not the same at all so that’s bull. Spec differences are …All WD drives are not the same at all so that’s bull. Spec differences are easily viewed online. Shucking is cheaper and great if you don’t want any sort of warranty.


WD Reds are rebadged Greens with some extra features and changes in the controller.
MacPhisto22/08/2019 21:41

Would this be suitable for 24x7 cctv recording or better to get a …Would this be suitable for 24x7 cctv recording or better to get a surveillance drive?



Yes. I have three of these drives in a NAS, recording feeds from 2 CCTV camers at 1080p no problem at all.
khirsah23/08/2019 00:07

All WD drives are not the same at all so that’s bull. Spec differences are …All WD drives are not the same at all so that’s bull. Spec differences are easily viewed online. Shucking is cheaper and great if you don’t want any sort of warranty.


Do your research - if you strip the encasing from the USB drive, you will often find a WD Red inside it!

Also, as I said, if you want reassurance, then buy this, but your effectively paying for the warranty.
khirsah23/08/2019 00:07

All WD drives are not the same at all so that’s bull. Spec differences are …All WD drives are not the same at all so that’s bull. Spec differences are easily viewed online. Shucking is cheaper and great if you don’t want any sort of warranty.


I've shucked two WD My Book Duos for the 8tb reds inside and got three years warranty when registering them on the site
ttttd23/08/2019 10:58

WD Reds are rebadged Greens with some extra features and changes in the …WD Reds are rebadged Greens with some extra features and changes in the controller.


Lol, changes such as a different circuit board, different head actuators and different spindle motors? Just because the rpms are the same does not make them the same drive.
FrattonPark23/08/2019 13:12

I've shucked two WD My Book Duos for the 8tb reds inside and got three …I've shucked two WD My Book Duos for the 8tb reds inside and got three years warranty when registering them on the site


Yeah this happens. I've done it with Seagate drives too. A lot of the 2.5" drives have usb controllers embedded but the desktop drives are still generic parts. You can't guarantee they will be reds though they might be blue desktop drives or whatever.
MrMatt99123/08/2019 13:16

Lol, changes such as a different circuit board, different head actuators …Lol, changes such as a different circuit board, different head actuators and different spindle motors? Just because the rpms are the same does not make them the same drive.


Changes such as head parking and RAID controller compatibility. Unless they changed them further in the last couple of years which they may well have done.
ttttd23/08/2019 13:27

Changes such as head parking and RAID controller compatibility. Unless …Changes such as head parking and RAID controller compatibility. Unless they changed them further in the last couple of years which they may well have done.


The platters are the same and the metal casing might be the same. That's about it!
ttttd23/08/2019 10:58

WD Reds are rebadged Greens with some extra features and changes in the …WD Reds are rebadged Greens with some extra features and changes in the controller.


So not the same then....
MrMatt99123/08/2019 13:18

Yeah this happens. I've done it with Seagate drives too. A lot of the 2.5" …Yeah this happens. I've done it with Seagate drives too. A lot of the 2.5" drives have usb controllers embedded but the desktop drives are still generic parts. You can't guarantee they will be reds though they might be blue desktop drives or whatever.


The My Book Duos are guaranteed reds (see the top right icon on the bottom left of the box). Heck they even have a lid and a little lever to open and extract the drives. No attached screws, circuit boards etc that you get with the single drives. These are the best way of getting cheap WD reds (as long as you wait on sales)

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Edited by: "FrattonPark" 23rd Aug
FrattonPark23/08/2019 13:57

The My Book Duos are guaranteed reds (see the top right icon on the bottom …The My Book Duos are guaranteed reds (see the top right icon on the bottom left of the box). Heck they even have a lid and a little lever to open and extract the drives. No attached screws, circuit boards etc that you get with the single drives. These are the best way of getting cheap WD reds (as long as you wait on sales)[Image]


But then again you are not covered by the warranty once you remove them from the enclosure
Chikki23/08/2019 14:13

But then again you are not covered by the warranty once you remove them …But then again you are not covered by the warranty once you remove them from the enclosure


Well I've registered every one individually via their site and got three years on each. If one fails I have two choices stick them back in their enclosure and return them OR return them on their own and take the chance. The bottom line is they have a lid on the enclosure to easily take the drives out. They also allow you to individually register them with no issue. I don't see how there would be any issues with having to return one.
ttttd23/08/2019 14:15

I said they were rebadged. Not that they are same.


My comment was aimed towards the OP who said they are the same. He was getting confused between shucking and the different drive types sold by WD.
Edited by: "themanwithapc" 23rd Aug
Umm 4TB for £100 or My 10TB's for £153.49

think i will stick with the 10TB's

well overpriced for such a small hd
i can get 5TB 2.5" hd's for much cheaper

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Edited by: "Shonk" 23rd Aug
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