Western Digital Red 4TB *NAS* Drive - £119.98 @ Amazon
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Western Digital Red 4TB *NAS* Drive - £119.98 @ Amazon

£119.98
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Found 15th Jul 2014Made hot 16th Jul 2014
To get the 119.98 price, click "Frustration Free" packaging.

EDIT: Price has now dropped to 119.98 for standard packaging as well. Take your pick.

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I would be careful with that option, many reports stating that the drives are packaged in a jiffy envelope and damaged in transit. read some of the reviews and comments left by customers, just to be safe and at the cost of a few more pounds, go for normal packaging.

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Masquerade

just to be safe and at the cost of a few more pounds, go for normal … just to be safe and at the cost of a few more pounds, go for normal packaging.



Well the good news is that the price of the standard packaging has been reduced overnight to match the frustration-free option. Nothing like a bit of consumer choice.

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or this for a ton ?

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Edited by: "subliminalaura" 16th Jul 2014

expensive day on hotdeals today for me - thanks for the heads up

Got the CCC alert last night and dived in.

Amazon are price matching CCL

cclonline.com/pro…67/

Masquerade

I would be careful with that option, many reports stating that the drives … I would be careful with that option, many reports stating that the drives are packaged in a jiffy envelope and damaged in transit. read some of the reviews and comments left by customers, just to be safe and at the cost of a few more pounds, go for normal packaging.



Agree completely. Frustration-free packaging should never be offered as an option for hard disks. I have sent several HDs back over the years to Amazon that had been sent in jiffy bags - there's no point in installing these. I like the way ebuyer pack their hard disks - in masive foam blocks enclosed in a large outer box. Many people seem to have complained to Amazon about the way they pack their HDs but I guess they have too much business to take notice.

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subliminalaura

^ Thisor this for a ton … ^ Thisor this for a ton ?http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-281-SE



Would definitely go for this over the Seagate.

If you don't need it for a NAS, get a WD Green for a tenner less from Amazon.

Still don't trust 4tb drives personally (or rather, the firmware of devices they go in) but a good price though.
Edited by: "jaydeeuk1" 16th Jul 2014

wild_quinine

Would definitely go for this over the Seagate. If you don't need it for a … Would definitely go for this over the Seagate. If you don't need it for a NAS, get a WD Green for a tenner less from Amazon.



Agreed, the WD Reds are better, if you need the NAS versions of the drives, that is.

I have 4 in my HP Microserver for the last 6 months and I'm very happy with them. Quiet, cool and no problem with throughput...I have them in a Raid-Z array.

Great for a NAS drive or if you're short on space or sata ports, but I'm with jaydeeuk1 - I'd much rather get 2x 2TB 7200rpm drives but each to their own I suppose.

Seen some bad reports about the 4TB WD Red, I'll stick with my 16x 3TBs for now.
Edited by: "wonkothesane" 16th Jul 2014

Vipex1

Great for a NAS drive or if you're short on space or sata ports, but I'm … Great for a NAS drive or if you're short on space or sata ports, but I'm with jaydeeuk1 - I'd much rather get 2x 2TB 7200rpm drives but each to their own I suppose.



Each to their own indeed. I'd love to see one of the manufacturers make a really slow RPM disk, like 3600RPM or something. Really cool, really quiet, really low power. That's the kind of drive I want to stick 4 of in my Microserver. With striped array you'll still get good throughput, so performance for a home network should be fine for most people. Same for my desktop. I have a SSD for the stuff that need to be fast, so the hard drive doesn't need to be. It's time for hard drives to start focussing on what they're good at, mass storage, and accepting that mass storage doesn't have to be fast.

Green > Red for microserver or home NAS.

Unless you have 20+ people living at your home all accessing the server regularly...

Kenshin

Green Red for microserver or home NAS.Unless you have 20+ people living … Green > Red for microserver or home NAS.Unless you have 20+ people living at your home all accessing the server regularly...


What makes the free better?
I'm looking to switch to Green or Red for the boot drive for WHS2011 as it's always on so don't need a fast 7200rpm drive that I can hear every time the damn thing is accessed.

ilbozo

Agreed, the WD Reds are better, if you need the NAS versions of the … Agreed, the WD Reds are better, if you need the NAS versions of the drives, that is.I have 4 in my HP Microserver for the last 6 months and I'm very happy with them. Quiet, cool and no problem with throughput...I have them in a Raid-Z array.


Do u think a Red would be ok as a WHS2011 boot drive? I already have 3 Reds for data but booting off a Samsung F2 which is quite audible when accessed (due to 7200rpm I'm told). Some say to boot off USB (or SSD) but that's not practical for WHS and anyway boot speed is irrelevant for a 24-7 server.

Ordered frustration free yesterday. Now attempted to cancel and order standard packaging.

Not sure why the orders are taking longer than next day, but I'm having to reject the delivery of the frustration free.

Or just keep both.....

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Now out of stock in both packaging types. Still available for order - 22nd July is the back order date for the standard packaging.

JoeSpur

Do u think a Red would be ok as a WHS2011 boot drive? I already have 3 … Do u think a Red would be ok as a WHS2011 boot drive? I already have 3 Reds for data but booting off a Samsung F2 which is quite audible when accessed (due to 7200rpm I'm told). Some say to boot off USB (or SSD) but that's not practical for WHS and anyway boot speed is irrelevant for a 24-7 server.



I run WHS2011 off an ssd with 8 2TB drives and it works fine. Only issue is the size needed for the OS but larger ssds are cheaper now or you can add a file to the install to get it to ignore this

Edited by: "Crill" 16th Jul 2014

Brightling

Agree completely. Frustration-free packaging should never be offered as … Agree completely. Frustration-free packaging should never be offered as an option for hard disks. I have sent several HDs back over the years to Amazon that had been sent in jiffy bags - there's no point in installing these. I like the way ebuyer pack their hard disks - in masive foam blocks enclosed in a large outer box. Many people seem to have complained to Amazon about the way they pack their HDs but I guess they have too much business to take notice.



I never trusted the Frustration Free packaging. I always choose the Painless packaging, or the Pest Free box.

PurplePerson

Each to their own indeed. I'd love to see one of the manufacturers make a … Each to their own indeed. I'd love to see one of the manufacturers make a really slow RPM disk, like 3600RPM or something. Really cool, really quiet, really low power. That's the kind of drive I want to stick 4 of in my Microserver. With striped array you'll still get good throughput, so performance for a home network should be fine for most people. Same for my desktop. I have a SSD for the stuff that need to be fast, so the hard drive doesn't need to be. It's time for hard drives to start focussing on what they're good at, mass storage, and accepting that mass storage doesn't have to be fast.



It would be better if the price of SSD was as cheap per GB

FFP and standard packaging difference.

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa153/RickyBMW/IMG_0907_zpse3a980bd.jpg

Ricky302

FFP and standard packaging difference.



Do they both come up as full warranty on WD's website or do they say Out of Region?

In answer to my own question, the FFP is a normal UK one.

Back down to £119.98 again, but waiting stock.

To ask a silly Q, what makes this drive better for NAS'es over a "normal" hard drive?

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applegrass

To ask a silly Q, what makes this drive better for NAS'es over a "normal" … To ask a silly Q, what makes this drive better for NAS'es over a "normal" hard drive?



Well, these days there isn't really such a thing as a 'normal' hard drive. Their closest competition is probably the Green drives. Compared to them, the Red drives are designed to run cool, so that they're suitable to be stacked next to lots of other drives or as part of a rack. They're not as quiet as the green drives. They are designed to be run 24x7, and they have a decent warranty.
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