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WD 6TB Elements Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - £80.99 delivered @ Amazon
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WD 6TB Elements Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - £80.99 delivered @ Amazon

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  • High capacity in a simple and compact design
  • Improve your PC performance
  • USB 3.0 ready; USB 2.0 compatible
  • WD quality and reliability

EASY, ADD-ON storage
Reliable, high-capacity storage for ultrafast data transfers.

High Capacity in a Compact Design
The compact design offers up to 10 TB capacity, making WD Elements desktop storage the ideal solution for easy, add-on storage of all your important photos, music, videos and files.

Improve PC Performance
When your internal hard drive is almost full your PC slows down. Don't delete files. Free up space on your internal hard drive by transferring files to your WD Elements desktop storage and get your computer moving again.

Plug-and-Play Simplicity
Works right out of the box with Windows PC. Just plug into the USB port to instantly add storage.

Box Contains
1 x WD Elements Desktop
USB cable
Quick install guide

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Excellent price per TB but it's worth noting that they may have switched to SMR drives for 6TB and below now (source), which have terrible write speeds.
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What a bargain heat added mate
Excellent price per TB but it's worth noting that they may have switched to SMR drives for 6TB and below now (source), which have terrible write speeds.
sxowsubtzv09/02/2020 00:14

Excellent price per TB but it's worth noting that they may have switched …Excellent price per TB but it's worth noting that they may have switched to SMR drives for 6TB and below now (source), which have terrible write speeds.


I have seen nothing officially confirming this. Nonetheless, SMR only manifests itself under stress conditions, so unless a test like that is ran, there won't be much difference.
Edited by: "merb0786" 9th Feb
merb078609/02/2020 00:43

I have seen nothing officially confirming this. Nonetheless, SMR only …I have seen nothing officially confirming this. Nonetheless, SMR only manifests itself under stress conditions, so unless a test like that is ran, there won't be much difference.


They officially confirmed that they began making SMR drives almost a year ago. I doubt they will specify in the description if a particular capacity is SMR or not since it may change over time. It is absolutely not something that will only manifest itself under a stress test, for example if you were using a bittorrent application (very common) with a lot of random writes the performance would be abysmal compared to a non SMR drive.
Which is better

Seagate 6 TB Expansion USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (STEB6000403)
for £88,72

or this one?
Georgedeals09/02/2020 01:42

Which is betterSeagate 6 TB Expansion USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive …Which is betterSeagate 6 TB Expansion USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (STEB6000403)for £88,72or this one?



The Seagate has a slightly faster data transfer rate looking at amazon of 210 MB per second compared to the 175MB with the WD. I doubt this would make any real world difference and would save yourself £8 and get the WD, I've just picked one up as it's a good price for 6TB.
Edited by: "tomc191" 9th Feb
Georgedeals09/02/2020 01:42

Which is betterSeagate 6 TB Expansion USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive …Which is betterSeagate 6 TB Expansion USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (STEB6000403)for £88,72or this one?


Easily this. Seagate are generally less reliable, especially on the lower end drives they put in externals, and also tend to be noiser than WD drives.
sxowsubtzv09/02/2020 01:17

They officially confirmed that they began making SMR drives almost a year …They officially confirmed that they began making SMR drives almost a year ago. I doubt they will specify in the description if a particular capacity is SMR or not since it may change over time. It is absolutely not something that will only manifest itself under a stress test, for example if you were using a bittorrent application (very common) with a lot of random writes the performance would be abysmal compared to a non SMR drive.



If this is a SMR drive you are shucking it, and you are not using it in a raid configuration and are using it as a media server, then there should be no problem
sxowsubtzv09/02/2020 03:45

Easily this. Seagate are generally less reliable, especially on the lower …Easily this. Seagate are generally less reliable, especially on the lower end drives they put in externals, and also tend to be noiser than WD drives.


Thanks
tomc19109/02/2020 03:21

The Seagate has a slightly faster data transfer rate looking at amazon of …The Seagate has a slightly faster data transfer rate looking at amazon of 210 MB per second compared to the 175MB with the WD. I doubt this would make any real world difference and would save yourself £8 and get the WD, I've just picked one up as it's a good price for 6TB.


Thanks
If you have macs and PCs, can this only be used for one or the other., or both please?
pinksparks09/02/2020 07:45

If you have macs and PCs, can this only be used for one or the other., or …If you have macs and PCs, can this only be used for one or the other., or both please?


I'm not sure how these drives are formatted but if needed you can change it to exFAT and it should work seamlessly between Windows and Mac.
Thank you!
merb078609/02/2020 00:43

I have seen nothing officially confirming this. Nonetheless, SMR only …I have seen nothing officially confirming this. Nonetheless, SMR only manifests itself under stress conditions, so unless a test like that is ran, there won't be much difference.


What's SMR?
GB9909/02/2020 10:51

What's SMR?


In simple terms, its where tracks of data are narrower than a write head - so when you write one track the adjacent track would be destroyed... so the adjacent track/data needs to be rewritten at the same time as writing the new data... meaning every simple write operation could potentially be a read then bigger write operation.

Very useful for increasing storage density and HDD capacity - not great for performance.

If you are using an external drive purely for archiving data it probably doesn't matter too much.
If shucking for a desktop then I think the air-filled 6TB and below drives are better than the 8TB and above helium drives because the seek is much quieter. However there is a catch, the intellipower (to save energy) has to park the heads when slowing the spin (otherwise the head would hit the disk) which makes an annoying beep sound 8 seconds after a read/write ends. Fortunately it can be turned off using UltimateBoot Disk and the wdidle.exe command however then you lose the power saving benefit.
I'm looking for a 4 or 6TB hard drive to run PC games from. I'm pretty clueless as to what exactly I should be looking for though- I'm guessing the speeds on this wouldn't be suitable? I obviously understand that load times etc. are going to be longer than if I ran the games off of my little SSD unless I spend a fortune, but is anyone able to clue me up on what the minimum I should be looking for is? Thanks!
lpool2509/02/2020 12:08

I'm looking for a 4 or 6TB hard drive to run PC games from. I'm pretty …I'm looking for a 4 or 6TB hard drive to run PC games from. I'm pretty clueless as to what exactly I should be looking for though- I'm guessing the speeds on this wouldn't be suitable? I obviously understand that load times etc. are going to be longer than if I ran the games off of my little SSD unless I spend a fortune, but is anyone able to clue me up on what the minimum I should be looking for is? Thanks!


Best you can do is try - there are too many variables (eg is your whole windows system on the SSD? Regardless of where you install them, some games will use the "Application Data" folder for some storage like config, save games maybe even temp files - if you haven't moved this folder yourself then it will reside on the SSD and you may not experience bad slow downs except during cut scenes).

If you find a game that is unplayable you may be able to use timestamps to identify the file(s)/folder(s) and then just move and symbolic link them to a faster form of storage (SSD or ramdrive if you have lots of ram - remember that ramdrives lose data when they lose power so make sure you have some sort of strategy for persistent data if you go this route).

I wouldn't mention this but you say you are pretty clueless (!)... 4TB is quite a lot of games (most installs are still below 100GB or 0.1TB - you could probably double installation sizes with HD texture packs and mods), you may not need quite so much capacity - though these prices are hard to ignore... and in the old days the advice was always to buy as much as you could afford.
But if you only ever play a few games you might find a bargain SSD or Hybrid drive more suitable?

BTW - take care not to fill your SSD close to capacity - performance drops off pretty quickly and wear increases exponentially.

Keep some perspective also - we used to play games directly from CD and they were much slower than even SMR HDD!
Georgedeals09/02/2020 01:42

Which is betterSeagate 6 TB Expansion USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive …Which is betterSeagate 6 TB Expansion USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (STEB6000403)for £88,72or this one?


I would always go with WD over seagate as every seagate for reliability reasons.
AlKhwarizmi82009/02/2020 11:11

In simple terms, its where tracks of data are narrower than a write head - …In simple terms, its where tracks of data are narrower than a write head - so when you write one track the adjacent track would be destroyed... so the adjacent track/data needs to be rewritten at the same time as writing the new data... meaning every simple write operation could potentially be a read then bigger write operation.Very useful for increasing storage density and HDD capacity - not great for performance.If you are using an external drive purely for archiving data it probably doesn't matter too much.


Great, thanks
malhal09/02/2020 11:34

If shucking for a desktop then I think the air-filled 6TB and below drives …If shucking for a desktop then I think the air-filled 6TB and below drives are better than the 8TB and above helium drives because the seek is much quieter. However there is a catch, the intellipower (to save energy) has to park the heads when slowing the spin (otherwise the head would hit the disk) which makes an annoying beep sound 8 seconds after a read/write ends. Fortunately it can be turned off using UltimateBoot Disk and the wdidle.exe command however then you lose the power saving benefit.


I think it depends on your workload, I much prefer the noise profile of a 14TB White label to a 6TB Red. If you are constantly hammering the disk with random seeks then the helium drive is probably louder, but if you are using it as a media server then the helium drive is much quieter.
There's a good study on real world performance of Seagate Shingled drives (SMR) here
TL;DR small random writes takes a long time - Seagate 8TB SMR drives have a 25GB conventional section used as a cache for these. SMR technology is fine for long sequential writes. No idea what WD's technology is, but hopefully similar.

My WD 6TB Elements had a WD60EMAZ drive, which I believe is Shingled.
I'm preclearing it at the moment for an Unraid server that holds media.
Great deal deffo debating grabbing at this price!!!! Dispatched within 1 - 2 months thoe :/
Would this be any good used as a NAS, plugged into the USB port on my modem?
If your router has a USB socket that supports this, yes.
You'll have to configure your router to enable sharing, and then configure whatever machines are on your network to access shared folders.Windows devices see here. Expect this to take a few goes as Windows file sharing can be weird, especially with older Windows editions.
It's also possible for iOS (here) and Android if, say, you want to store videos on the shared hard drive and view on your phone over Wi-Fi.

If this *is* is a Shingled drive, it will work best with media files, and may take an age if used for general backups of random small files - I don't know.
Edited by: "Hootwo" 11th Feb
Hootwo11/02/2020 13:58

If your router has a USB socket that supports this, yes.You'll have to …If your router has a USB socket that supports this, yes.You'll have to configure your router to enable sharing, and then configure whatever machines are on your network to access shared folders.Windows devices see here. Expect this to take a few goes as Windows file sharing can be weird, especially with older Windows editions.It's also possible for iOS (here) and Android if, say, you want to store videos on the shared hard drive and view on your phone over Wi-Fi.If this *is* is a Shingled drive, it will work best with media files, and may take an age if used for general backups of random small files - I don't know.


Thanks! I have an old 1TB external drive, so might give it a go with that one first.
Sort of off topic but any good deals around on SSD external drives please?
want to bite, delivery time is putting me off a little tho. 1 - 3 months
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