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Western Digital Red 4TB 3.5" SATA NAS Hard Drive £84.99 free delivery with Student, Teacher & Seniors discount at Western Digital Store
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Western Digital Red 4TB 3.5" SATA NAS Hard Drive £84.99 free delivery with Student, Teacher & Seniors discount at Western Digital Store

£84.99£107.4921% Free P&P FreeWestern Digital Shop Deals
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Posted 29th MarEdited by:"s1ng"
Next best price I could find is £107.49 from Box.co.uk

See this link for the 15% Student, Teacher & Seniors discount.
hotukdeals.com/dea…134
If that doesn't work for you then the 10% discount for new newsletter subscribers brings the cost down to £89.99 which is still decent.

4TB seems to be the best price in the range
Both cache size versions available to order, the 256MB is SMR I believe.
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Never heard of seniors discount
will someone give me a code?
Wrong pic
£52.49 shuckable 4TB WD elements in the Amazon warehouse. General consensus seems to be that WD white labels are reds.

Only gotcha is that on some motherboards you have to block the 3.3v power pin on the HDD's SATA connector(with a tiny strip of tape), else it won't spin up or be recognised by the bios.
Edited by: "TehJumpingJawa" 29th Mar
TehJumpingJawa29/03/2020 11:03

£52.49 shuckable 4TB WD elements in the Amazon warehouse. General …£52.49 shuckable 4TB WD elements in the Amazon warehouse. General consensus seems to be that WD white labels are reds.Only gotcha is that on some motherboards you have to block the 3.3v power pin on the HDD's SATA connector(with a tiny strip of tape), else it won't spin up or be recognised by the bios.


Have you got a link for those ?
TehJumpingJawa29/03/2020 11:18

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B00JT8AJZ0/ref=mw_dp_olp?ie=UTF8&condition=all


Not sure I would go for that "used - acceptable" one based on the description but plenty of others perfectly acceptable ones there for less than £85
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Edited by: "hitman2411" 29th Mar
hitman241129/03/2020 11:23

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Edited to make it clearer on the Student, Teacher & Seniors discount
TehJumpingJawa29/03/2020 11:03

£52.49 shuckable 4TB WD elements in the Amazon warehouse. General …£52.49 shuckable 4TB WD elements in the Amazon warehouse. General consensus seems to be that WD white labels are reds.



Whites havent been reds for like a year have they? They used to be but then changed them to be lower rated drives.
Thanks. All works well.
will anyone give me the code?
I run 8 WDReds on a low usage 24/7 schedule in my NAS and over the last 3 years 5 have failed and had to be replaced under warranty (of which a further 2 have failed). These were from multiple batches.

Obviously my experience is just a single data point so can't be construed as being statistically significant but even so I won't be buying Reds again.
Edited by: "ScoobyStoo" 29th Mar
ScoobyStoo29/03/2020 18:41

I run 8 WDReds on a low usage 24/7 schedule in my NAS and over the last 3 …I run 8 WDReds on a low usage 24/7 schedule in my NAS and over the last 3 years 5 have failed and had to be replaced under warranty (of which a further 2 have failed). These were from multiple batches. Obviously my experience is just a single data point so can't be construed as being statistically significant but even so I won't be buying Reds again.


I was looking at the 6tb black 3.5” 7200rpm as a backup game drive but I’m now unsure

I guess the code could be used with that too? If I had a code
TehJumpingJawa29/03/2020 11:03

£52.49 shuckable 4TB WD elements in the Amazon warehouse. General …£52.49 shuckable 4TB WD elements in the Amazon warehouse. General consensus seems to be that WD white labels are reds.Only gotcha is that on some motherboards you have to block the 3.3v power pin on the HDD's SATA connector(with a tiny strip of tape), else it won't spin up or be recognised by the bios.


not motherboards, the issue is with ancient power supplies
ScoobyStoo29/03/2020 18:41

I run 8 WDReds on a low usage 24/7 schedule in my NAS and over the last 3 …I run 8 WDReds on a low usage 24/7 schedule in my NAS and over the last 3 years 5 have failed and had to be replaced under warranty (of which a further 2 have failed). These were from multiple batches. Obviously my experience is just a single data point so can't be construed as being statistically significant but even so I won't be buying Reds again.


That seems very strange to me, I've got 7 Reds in my server and they've all been running for more than 5 years now, not a single failure, i believe there's a blue which has been in there for almost as long without issue. A couple of my drives are on 24/7 but the ones that aren't serve media to a LOT of media players so they're always working pretty hard.
beasty5407/04/2020 13:35

That seems very strange to me, I've got 7 Reds in my server and they've …That seems very strange to me, I've got 7 Reds in my server and they've all been running for more than 5 years now, not a single failure, i believe there's a blue which has been in there for almost as long without issue. A couple of my drives are on 24/7 but the ones that aren't serve media to a LOT of media players so they're always working pretty hard.


Yeah, like I said, my experience is only a single data point, but it's been a ton of ballache so I'll try an alternative next time.
I have a fondness for WD, but my 5 shucked 3TB WD Red drives are starting to die at 3 years of light use in my Synology.

Disappointing, so I am trying the Toshiba NAS 4TB drives next, just to make a change, but they are noisy as hell, so that doesn't bode well so far!
What no discount for NHS? Boycott them
Has anyone received one of these yet - I ordered one on Mar 29 and my order still says 'In Process'?
petergerard14/04/2020 00:36

Has anyone received one of these yet - I ordered one on Mar 29 and my …Has anyone received one of these yet - I ordered one on Mar 29 and my order still says 'In Process'?


Yep, I ordered 2x WD40EFAX (256mb cache) also on 29th March, they called me up to confirm the order on Monday 30th, and delivered by UPS on Wednesday 1st April.
Thanks, I will phone them later today.
Bob_dvb07/04/2020 15:09

I have a fondness for WD, but my 5 shucked 3TB WD Red drives are starting …I have a fondness for WD, but my 5 shucked 3TB WD Red drives are starting to die at 3 years of light use in my Synology. Disappointing, so I am trying the Toshiba NAS 4TB drives next, just to make a change, but they are noisy as hell, so that doesn't bode well so far!


I know quality has been decreasing, im using 4 WD greens since 2013 on a Synology with only one failure a couple of years ago which was replaced with another green... On the other hand I've had a 4tb and a 2tb red fail within their warranty period which have been rma'd
Anyone know what the RMA policy is for shucked drives?
There’s a bit of controversy at the moment surrounding WD Reds being SMR, which means they could be less reliable than they would otherwise have been.
Yep the EFAX drives are just not cut out for raid, so not sure how WD can describe them as NAS drives. I'm just glad I've got a couple of the old style 4tb reds on the shelf ready for any future failures in my array.
This article by Synology is helpful, and check the Products Compatibility List
synology.com/en-…ves
YMMV
TehJumpingJawa29/03/2020 11:03

£52.49 shuckable 4TB WD elements in the Amazon warehouse. General …£52.49 shuckable 4TB WD elements in the Amazon warehouse. General consensus seems to be that WD white labels are reds.Only gotcha is that on some motherboards you have to block the 3.3v power pin on the HDD's SATA connector(with a tiny strip of tape), else it won't spin up or be recognised by the bios.


As far as I am aware WD changed that because everyone was shucking the drives. As far as I am aware External drives now use lower grade HDD's that are not RED's
Bob_dvb19/04/2020 18:59

Anyone know what the RMA policy is for shucked drives?


Not 100% sure if its still the same but it use to be as soon as you open the drive your warranty is void meaning no RMA
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