WD Blue 2TB 64MB Cache Hard Drive SATA 6Gb/s 5400rpm - OEM - £52.79 @ Novatech
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WD Blue 2TB 64MB Cache Hard Drive SATA 6Gb/s 5400rpm - OEM - £52.79 @ Novatech

£52.79£55.244%Novatech Deals
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Found 15th MarEdited by:"AMasters007"
I know this deal won't be for everyone but I thought this was a pretty good deal, recently it looks like mechanical drives are coming down in price.

Improve PC PerformancePair a larger capacity drive with an SSD to give your desktop a performance and storage boost. The SSD maximises speed of data access, while the WD Blue drive stores up to 6 TB of movies, games, files, applications and more.


Future-Proof Your StorageWith better technology comes bigger storage needs. Cameras that record ultra-high definition video at 4K resolution and 30 frames per second require a ton of storage. Handling all that media is a snap with our 6 TB drive, capable of storing up to 281.25 hours of 4K video.


Upgrade and Backup with EaseWD hard drives come with free access to WD Acronis True Image. Our downloadable software quickly copies all your existing data to your new drive – without reinstalling your operating system. Backup and restore functions make it easy to save and retrieve your personal data.



EDIT: Just found Amazon have almost price matched, I know a lot of people prefer Amazon (myself included)

amazon.co.uk/Blu…S2S



EDIT: The price has fallen again, now more than a whole pound cheaper
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Picard1237 h, 39 m ago

5400 RPM for a full size HDD is just too slow.


It runs cooler, uses less power and is fine for streaming 4K video off of. What exactly is it ‘too slow’ for? No-one is running giant databases and multiple VMs off this thing..,
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Have some heat, thanks for sharing - this seems to be a good price currently!
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Seems a very decent price; thanks for sharing @AMasters007
Great for a back-up drive. Thanks
5400 RPM for a full size HDD is just too slow.
Picard1237 h, 39 m ago

5400 RPM for a full size HDD is just too slow.


It runs cooler, uses less power and is fine for streaming 4K video off of. What exactly is it ‘too slow’ for? No-one is running giant databases and multiple VMs off this thing..,
Picard12310 h, 34 m ago

5400 RPM for a full size HDD is just too slow.


7200RPM drives are too slow, as are 10k and 15k ones. SSD or bust for IOPS!

Seriously though I'd rather go for 5400RPM. It's a HDD, it'll be slow anyway, but I can try and mitigate the other downsides (power, heat and vibrations).
Edited by: "CampGareth" 16th Mar
CampGareth1 m ago

7200RPM drives are too slow, as are 10k and 15k ones. SSD or bust for IOPS!


Without a doubt, but you can't get any 2TB SSDs for an economical price anywhere.
Picard1235 m ago

Without a doubt, but you can't get any 2TB SSDs for an economical price …Without a doubt, but you can't get any 2TB SSDs for an economical price anywhere.


But there is a happy medium between a 5400rpm 2TB hard disk and a 2TB SSD surely? Who in the consumer space needs 2TB of ultra-low latency high-speed storage? Most people are running 128/256GB SSD for OS, programs and a few games+ mechanical storage.
Picard1237 m ago

Without a doubt, but you can't get any 2TB SSDs for an economical price …Without a doubt, but you can't get any 2TB SSDs for an economical price anywhere.


I'm not sure what you're doing where you want 2TB of fast storage, but could you use an SSD as a caching drive? That's what I was doing at enterprise level. 6 * 4TB drives, 1 * 120GB SSD per machine. Reads were fast because data ended up distributed over many spindles, writes were fast because although they were destined for HDDs they were written to a 10GB partition on the SSD first, one partition per HDD.

Admittedly it absolutely burnt through SSDs, one would fail every 3 months but it did saturate 10gig easily enough.
Some Windows versions offer storage spaces and tiered storage which enable an SSD as a write-through cache. For your purpose you'd privilege a high endurance SSD such as an Optane 280 as the top tier, with HDDs or cheaper SSDs below.

This deal is great price for a generally reliable drive (WD20EZRZ) from a reputable supplier. The drive is suitable for desktop use, not for large NAS and not for enterprise. I have 4 of these in RAID10 (mirror/stripe) and they perform great, also 3 sets of 4 of the smaller 1TB variant WD10EZRZ. All 16 drives have been fine.

It doesn't have TLER, so a RAID array could hang up if there's a bad block. For consumer RAID, you just wait, so that's ok.
Also, these drives don't have WD's RAFF, which copes better with the shocks and vibrations that can transmit through drive cages in a big array. And it isn't as tolerant of sustained high temp. running as more expensive drives.

Why would you pay a lot more for that if your use case doesn't need it?

TL;DR - good desktop drive. If you need 2TB for games etc., it's a great price.
Edited by: "Hootwo" 16th Mar
plewis0014 m ago

But there is a happy medium between a 5400rpm 2TB hard disk and a 2TB SSD …But there is a happy medium between a 5400rpm 2TB hard disk and a 2TB SSD surely? Who in the consumer space needs 2TB of ultra-low latency high-speed storage? Most people are running 128/256GB SSD for OS, programs and a few games+ mechanical storage.


There's always a happy medium. It's just that mine wouldn't involve a slow 5400rpm drive like this.
Hello all,

Ive bought a 1080P CCTV kit that I want 24/7 recording and need a HDD. Would this be a good purchase or can somebody tell me why not please?

Thanks
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kris870114 h, 43 m ago

Hello all,Ive bought a 1080P CCTV kit that I want 24/7 recording and need …Hello all,Ive bought a 1080P CCTV kit that I want 24/7 recording and need a HDD. Would this be a good purchase or can somebody tell me why not please?Thanks


Hi I personally would not recommend this drive for 24/7 CCTV as it is not really designed for continuous writing to the disk. If you are after a drive designed for surveillance I would recommend either a WD Purple:

novatech.co.uk/pro…tml

Or a Seagate SkyHawk:

novatech.co.uk/pro…tml

These drives come highly recommended and both have very good warranties, hope this helps
AMasters00710 h, 12 m ago

Hi I personally would not recommend this drive for 24/7 CCTV as it is not …Hi I personally would not recommend this drive for 24/7 CCTV as it is not really designed for continuous writing to the disk. If you are after a drive designed for surveillance I would recommend either a WD Purple:https://www.novatech.co.uk/products/wd-purple-2tb-64mb-cache-hard-disk-drive-sata-6gbs-oem/wd20purz.htmlOr a Seagate SkyHawk:https://www.novatech.co.uk/products/seagate-skyhawk-2tb-surveillance-hard-drive-3-5-inch-sata-iii-6gbs-5900rpm-64mb-cache/st2000vx008.htmlThese drives come highly recommended and both have very good warranties, hope this helps


I really appreciate you help thank you AMasters007
Edited by: "kris8701" 21st Mar
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