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WD Elements External Hard Drive - 6 TB, Black for £89.99 delivered @ Currys PC World
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WD Elements External Hard Drive - 6 TB, Black for £89.99 delivered @ Currys PC World

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WD Elements External Hard Drive - 6 TB, Black for £89.99 delivered @ Currys PC World
Posted 15th Jul 2020Edited by:"idontflycathay"

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Top features:
- 6 TB of storage space to store more files
- USB connectivity for fast data transfer
- Windows and Mac compatible for versatility

Simple to store more
The WD Elements External Hard Drive has a huge 6 TB of storage space, which allows you to save vast amounts of data, whether it's music, video or photos.

USB connectivity
Featuring USB 3.0 connectivity, data transfer is ultra-fast and you can copy your files across with the minimum of fuss. Backwards compatible, the Elements HD can also be used with USB 2.0 ports, so no matter where you use your hard drive, you'll be able to access your information with ease.

Windows and Mac
Compatible with Windows 8 through to XP, this WD Elements Hard Drive can also be re-formatted for Mac use, making it a versatile and convenient storage medium regardless of your preferred operating system.

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Please note these drive are not suitable for shucking and putting into RAIDs or NASes as these drives are Shingled magnetic recording (SMR) drives.
Edited by: "Abdo.Thabeth" 15th Jul
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Hot !.
The right capacity and price for me !.
Thank you @idontflycathay.
Please note these drive are not suitable for shucking and putting into RAIDs or NASes as these drives are Shingled magnetic recording (SMR) drives.
Edited by: "Abdo.Thabeth" 15th Jul
Abdo.Thabeth15/07/2020 07:07

Please note these drive are not suitable for shucking and putting into …Please note these drive are not suitable for shucking and putting into RAIDs or NASes as these drives are SMR.


What does " shaking my rat" mean in this instance?
Typey115/07/2020 07:17

What does " shaking my rat" mean in this instance?


What you and your rat do in the privicy of your own abode is up to the both of you.
Abdo.Thabeth15/07/2020 07:07

Please note these drive are not suitable for shucking and putting into …Please note these drive are not suitable for shucking and putting into RAIDs or NASes as these drives are Shingled magnetic recording (SMR) drives.


I get your point, but for day-to-day home use they work fine in RAID and are great for storing media and at this price they're a serious contender. Yes, slower write times because they're shingled but this wouldn't be an issue for many people.

I've got the 6TB Seagate shingled drives (ripped out of Seagate Backup Plus when it was £77.07 on Amazon) in my NAS and it works a dream. I use ZFS with a pair of small SSDs as a ZIL/L2ARC and I get blistering read and write speed which maxes out the gigabit LAN and more space than I know what to do with! I've got a third drive which I keep off site and backup periodically.

Buy 3! Though if you can wait the Seagate drives might go cheaper again.
I want it for a PS4. Do you run it off USB or Mains?
Abdo.Thabeth15/07/2020 07:07

Please note these drive are not suitable for shucking and putting into …Please note these drive are not suitable for shucking and putting into RAIDs or NASes as these drives are Shingled magnetic recording (SMR) drives.


What does his mean? im a beginner, was thinking of shucking to replace pc hard drive. thanks
Jimbo12315/07/2020 10:24

What does his mean? im a beginner, was thinking of shucking to replace pc …What does his mean? im a beginner, was thinking of shucking to replace pc hard drive. thanks


The magnetic tracks are overlapped, a bit like shingled roofing tiles. This means when the drive receives a write request it has to first read the overlapped data before rewriting both tracks. This means that write speed can be slower especially for small files.

Many people (me included) think these aren't good drives for your boot disk but are fine for bulk storage. If you're OS is on a SSD then this is a great second drive, otherwise I'd look for a non-SMR drive.

Oh - and shucking invalidates your warranty!
Edited by: "davidsaver123" 15th Jul
davidsaver12315/07/2020 10:50

The magnetic tracks are overlapped, a bit like shingled roofing tiles. …The magnetic tracks are overlapped, a bit like shingled roofing tiles. This means when the drive receives a write request it has to first read the overlapped data before rewriting both tracks. This means that write speed can be slower especially for small files. Many people (me included) think these aren't good drives for your boot disk but are fine for bulk storage. If you're OS is on a SSD then this is a great second drive, otherwise I'd look for a non-SMR drive.Oh - and shucking invalidates your warranty!


Thank you very much, that is enormously helpful. I've been doing some further reading and it seems like they are sneakily putting SMR drives in most external storage. I have 2 internal hard drives and an SSD, the hard drives are getting quite old, 3 TB in total. Looking for a single 6 TB. Would I be right in thinking that an SMR drive would not have any compatibility issues with software or backup, disk management et cetera. Cheers
Abdo.Thabeth15/07/2020 07:07

Please note these drive are not suitable for shucking and putting into …Please note these drive are not suitable for shucking and putting into RAIDs or NASes as these drives are Shingled magnetic recording (SMR) drives.


Proof please.

The last time I got a 6TB MyBook Elements it had a WD60EZRZ which is not SMR.
Nice price. Bought a couple of these last year for video storage. Only prob I have is that I can't leave the USB connection in permanently otherwise they don't fire up. Fine for storage and I just plug USB cable in when needed.
"I get your point, but for day-to-day home use they work fine in RAID and are great for storing media and at this price they're a serious contender. Yes, slower write times because they're shingled but this wouldn't be an issue for many people."

Yes and no.

Yes: slowish in day to day use is not a problem.

No: when you have a drive fail. If you put an SMR drive to replace the failed drive it may take an age to re-build the raid. It might take so long that the re-build process may fail (this will depend on your set-up). This is really BAD.

See SMR performance and re-build times

Also see WD knew about the problem and ZFS Issues

I hope this helps.
Edited by: "Abdo.Thabeth" 15th Jul
malhal15/07/2020 11:15

Proof please.The last time I got a 6TB MyBook Elements it had a WD60EZRZ …Proof please.The last time I got a 6TB MyBook Elements it had a WD60EZRZ which is not SMR.


It's only recently that WD have decided to shift their lower end consumer drives to SMR. Still a gamble when shucking them from the enclosures though.

I bought a 6TB WD Blue back in March just before they began to roll them out. I'd rather have a WD Blue CMR over a WD Red SMR for my NAS though.
malhal15/07/2020 11:15

Proof please.The last time I got a 6TB MyBook Elements it had a WD60EZRZ …Proof please.The last time I got a 6TB MyBook Elements it had a WD60EZRZ which is not SMR.



Older WD Elements were not SMR; WD changed Elements and MyBook below 8TB to SMR and did not tell anyone until people started to complain about problems.

When did WD make the change?
We don't know.

Are the drives in Currys SMR or CMR?
We don't know because we don't know how long they have been in the supply chain. It is not a risk I would take.

8TB and above are currently fine.

Links
WD Red SMR and rebuild times and performance.
WD knew about the problem and ZFS

I hope this helps.
Jimbo12315/07/2020 10:24

What does his mean? im a beginner, was thinking of shucking to replace pc …What does his mean? im a beginner, was thinking of shucking to replace pc hard drive. thanks



For your use case it should be fine.

The drive will be "fast" for small write but will perform poorly for larger writes and defraging. So it may take longer than you would like to copy your old data to the new drive.

This article give a good explanation of the issues and is worth reading the whole thing.

It may be that the drives in Currys have been around for so long that they are CMR drive; but I wouldn't buy one in the hope that it is CMR.

I hope this helps

Good luck.
Abdo.Thabeth15/07/2020 12:01

Older WD Elements were not SMR; WD changed Elements and MyBook below 8TB …Older WD Elements were not SMR; WD changed Elements and MyBook below 8TB to SMR and did not tell anyone until people started to complain about problems.When did WD make the change?We don't know.Are the drives in Currys SMR or CMR?We don't know because we don't know how long they have been in the supply chain. It is not a risk I would take.8TB and above are currently fine.LinksWD Red SMR and rebuild times and performance.WD knew about the problem and ZFSI hope this helps.


Those are some great links thanks I enjoyed reading them.

I meant does anyone have proof that Currys are selling the new version with the SMR WD60EZAZ disk rather than the non-SMR WD60EZRZ? I guess given the change happened over a year ago now it is more likely to be the SMR but if there is a chance that this is very old stock then it becomes a much better deal.
malhal15/07/2020 13:36

Those are some great links thanks I enjoyed reading them.I meant does …Those are some great links thanks I enjoyed reading them.I meant does anyone have proof that Currys are selling the new version with the SMR WD60EZAZ disk rather than the non-SMR WD60EZRZ? I guess given the change happened over a year ago now it is more likely to be the SMR but if there is a chance that this is very old stock then it becomes a much better deal.



Re: the links, I am glad you enjoyed them and hopefully found the information useful.

WD really played dirty changing the NAS drives when they knew there were issues and did not tell anyone. On NAS drives for crying out loud!

It is really nice when someone posts back that information good.

Cheers malhal
Looks like Amazon are now matching this price: amazon.co.uk/Wes…h=1
Abdo.Thabeth15/07/2020 12:01

Older WD Elements were not SMR; WD changed Elements and MyBook below 8TB …Older WD Elements were not SMR; WD changed Elements and MyBook below 8TB to SMR and did not tell anyone until people started to complain about problems.When did WD make the change?We don't know.Are the drives in Currys SMR or CMR?We don't know because we don't know how long they have been in the supply chain. It is not a risk I would take.8TB and above are currently fine.LinksWD Red SMR and rebuild times and performance.WD knew about the problem and ZFSI hope this helps.


Hi, is it true 8tb are definitely not SMR? Thanks
Bought one from Amazon thanks op

Hopefully will be okay for my software raid 1 setup with Microsoft Storage Spaces

Basically going to swap out the wd red 3tb for whatever is inside this external
Abdo.Thabeth15/07/2020 20:44

I can not find the link to declaration on WD site; but this reproduces the …I can not find the link to declaration on WD site; but this reproduces the text and table from WD.So everything 8TB and above are CMR.I hope this helps.P.S. Oops - link to WD site


Thank you, very grateful for the confirmation
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