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Posted 15th Jul

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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.

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And if you're on a budget, the Seacrate drives are even cheaper!
Good but the 6TB is a lot better value if you want WD
Also, is there a single hard drive on amazon that doesn’t have a pile of reviews saying it only lasted 2 weeks? Loving the great deals but it feels like reliability has really gone down the tube...
geekonthepc15/07/2019 20:29

Good but the 6TB is a lot better value if you want WD


8 and 10 TB have helium HDD inside (basically WD Reds) 6 and under have non-helium (basically WD Blues).
ElBuc15/07/2019 20:34

8 and 10 TB have helium HDD inside (basically WD Reds) 6 and under have …8 and 10 TB have helium HDD inside (basically WD Reds) 6 and under have non-helium (basically WD Blues).


Ahh ok, is that better for performance / reliability?
geekonthepc15/07/2019 20:31

Also, is there a single hard drive on amazon that doesn’t have a pile of r …Also, is there a single hard drive on amazon that doesn’t have a pile of reviews saying it only lasted 2 weeks? Loving the great deals but it feels like reliability has really gone down the tube...


Any HDD can fail right from the start so best to thrash it with a full surface scan at the start - WD Utilities includes this tool. WD also have 3 year warranty, so you just send it back and they send you a replacement.

Understand this and make sure you back up everything you value and you have nothing to worry about.
Anyone shucking these? I’m after a couple of Elements enclosures.
Whats' inside these red or white or something else?
It will be blues in these
same price as last black friday, expected more of a discount, maybe the 10TB is now the one to get
jg21315/07/2019 20:55

Whats' inside these red or white or something else?


Whites, Reds if you're very lucky. Whites are the same as Reds anyway.
momo090915/07/2019 21:00

It will be blues in these


You can't get WD Blue 8TBs. These will be whites.
italkapple15/07/2019 21:54

You can't get WD Blue 8TBs. These will be whites.


Apologies. I’m jumping from post to post and I thought I was posting on the 6tb wd deal that was also posted. Yes you are right, 8 and 10 don’t come in blue yet.
italkapple15/07/2019 21:53

Whites, Reds if you're very lucky. Whites are the same as Reds anyway.


Technically they aren’t the same and if shucking and using in your own nas id do some research as they don’t operate the same. I have read and looked into this quite a bit. White ones also tend to heat up a bit more, don’t have a sleep/stand any type feature that red nas ones have and I’ve read plenty more from guys are are testing them. But I still need to do more research if I’m honest
are these 'elements' drives better than the 'my books'? they seem to have better reviews on amazon?
momo090915/07/2019 22:11

Technically they aren’t the same and if shucking and using in your own nas …Technically they aren’t the same and if shucking and using in your own nas id do some research as they don’t operate the same. I have read and looked into this quite a bit. White ones also tend to heat up a bit more, don’t have a sleep/stand any type feature that red nas ones have and I’ve read plenty more from guys are are testing them. But I still need to do more research if I’m honest


These are just rebranded WD reds or HGST drives, which are fine for NAS's. Whites might heat up more, I did see some reports on that. the whites do have a stand by time which is a problem lol. Research 3.3v on wd white labels and you'll see what I mean. This doesn't need to be done on all devices, only desktops and cheap NAS's. These will be put in to my Synology in the next two days so time will tell. The vids I've seen and read online they will work fine.
nothingbutadam15/07/2019 22:18

are these 'elements' drives better than the 'my books'? they seem to have …are these 'elements' drives better than the 'my books'? they seem to have better reviews on amazon?


They are the same drives.
Sorry, many typos in my post, typing quickly. Lol. I meant they have stand by . Yes the pin issue but it seems that’s easily fixed if needed on your nas device. I have an 8 bay synology which is half populated right now. Have been hesitant with using shucked drives until I knew more about how close to the red ones they were. How much storage have you got so far?
momo090915/07/2019 22:26

Sorry, many typos in my post, typing quickly. Lol. I meant they have stand …Sorry, many typos in my post, typing quickly. Lol. I meant they have stand by . Yes the pin issue but it seems that’s easily fixed if needed on your nas device. I have an 8 bay synology which is half populated right now. Have been hesitant with using shucked drives until I knew more about how close to the red ones they were. How much storage have you got so far?


2x2TB Reds in my Syno. I just upgraded from a DS216j to a DS718+. My gen8 Microserver has again 2x2TB WD Reds. then I have way too many 4TB externals and a few 1TBs. Used for the xbox and Switch. my WD Reds are in a RAID1. So I would have 8TB usable.

I've only ever used Reds myself. However, 8TB is silly not to upgrade to this. My Reds still work, so I will sell them now after being 4 years old and never look back
Edited by: "italkapple" 15th Jul
overkill using Reds in a Synology software RAID
malhal15/07/2019 23:37

overkill using Reds in a Synology software RAID


Why is that?
WD MyBook Duo 20TB on offer today for around £333 (inside 2x 10TB Red). Another option to consider.
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momo090916/07/2019 05:24

Why is that?


WD Red have extra features only necessary for hardware RAID
malhal16/07/2019 10:56

WD Red have extra features only necessary for hardware RAID


Lol! You sound like the type of person who would be low RPM drives IE WD purples or equivalent, then wonder why you have performance issues. The reds and white labels are designed to be running 247. 256MB cache allows the speed and performance you’d expect from a NAS drive. Compare this to a WD Blue... there is a reason why some drives are “NAS” designed. But use any drive you wish, your data at the end of it
italkapple16/07/2019 14:00

Lol! You sound like the type of person who would be low RPM drives IE WD …Lol! You sound like the type of person who would be low RPM drives IE WD purples or equivalent, then wonder why you have performance issues. The reds and white labels are designed to be running 247. 256MB cache allows the speed and performance you’d expect from a NAS drive. Compare this to a WD Blue... there is a reason why some drives are “NAS” designed. But use any drive you wish, your data at the end of it


Lol all hard drives are designed to be spinning 24/7 it’s the spin down and up that wears one out. And home users won’t benefit at all from a larger cache. It’s easy to be brainwashed by WD’s nifty colour marketing.
malhal16/07/2019 14:08

Lol all hard drives are designed to be spinning 24/7 it’s the spin down a …Lol all hard drives are designed to be spinning 24/7 it’s the spin down and up that wears one out. And home users won’t benefit at all from a larger cache. It’s easy to be brainwashed by WD’s nifty colour marketing.


Lol. Learn about access, latency and seek tines. In a NAS you don’t want spin down. - PS I’m not solely a home user
Edited by: "italkapple" 16th Jul
I didn't open my new unit , 8TB (from Currys, not Amazon Prime Day deal), I used Diskinfo and found its hard disk model name: WD80EMAZ-00WJTA0

from which I googled an image on the internet, it is a White Label.

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Mine belongs to the Hitachi Ultrastar He10 Model Family (though I am not sure if disk is still really helium filled or replaced with air filled, seems to be rumour that from 2018, newer WD80EMAZ and red label WD80EFAX are air filled; but the disk information shows it is helium filled, value at 100%, platter is sealed, impossible that it will have a helium or air sensor, so this 100% value is questionable as to how it should be interpreted). I always believed that these ones, sold much cheaper and housed in external enclosures are rejects after rigorous high temperature burn-in tests for sale as OEM component, but still good enough as external storage (backup use). Though, of course, may still be good enough to shuck for home use, but, I would not risk it for use in a company for productive work.

With mine, which is still in its case, unopened. using:-

C:\tools\smartmontools>smartctl -i d:

smartctl 7.0 2018-12-30 r4883 [x86_64-w64-mingw32-win8.1] (sf-7.0-1)

Copyright (C) 2002-18, Bruce Allen, Christian Franke, smartmontools.org

=== START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===

Model Family:WDC HGST Ultrastar He10

Device Model:WDC WD80EMAZ-00WJTA0

.....

SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 16
Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds:
ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME FLAGS VALUE WORST THRESH FAIL RAW_VALUE
1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate PO-R-- 100 100 016 - 0
2 Throughput_Performance --S--- 100 100 054 - 0
3 Spin_Up_Time POS--- 150 150 024 - 439 (Average 439)
4 Start_Stop_Count -O--C- 100 100 000 - 29
5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct PO--CK 100 100 005 - 0
7 Seek_Error_Rate -O-R-- 100 100 067 - 0
8 Seek_Time_Performance --S--- 100 100 020 - 0
9 Power_On_Hours -O--C- 100 100 000 - 0
10 Spin_Retry_Count -O--C- 100 100 060 - 0
12 Power_Cycle_Count -O--CK 100 100 000 - 29
22 Helium_Level PO---K 100 100 025 - 100
192 Power-Off_Retract_Count -O--CK 100 100 000 - 29
........

============================================================================================

If you want to shuck it, then read about the 3.3v pin workaround.


With mine, it settles to 28 deg C when idling.
Following is photo that I found on the internet that matches with my device model name.

38088331-ut2y8.jpg
Edited by: "splender" 16th Jul
geekonthepc15/07/2019 20:29

Good but the 6TB is a lot better value if you want WD



If one actually knows , as I do by having both and I am just an ordinary guy on the PC, which model disk inside the 6TB versus the disks in the 8TB/10TB Elements, then one would be better informed and happy to pay the ~£15 extra net for the 8TB Elements based on the 6TB-disk price per TB (Amazon Prime Day (3-day) prices: Elements 6TB £83. 8TB £125.)
Edited by: "splender" 16th Jul
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