WD Black Friday sale, 8 and 10TB Red Plus CMR drives

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  1. tommage1

    tommage1 Well-Known Member

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    4 day sale I think, has already started. $150 for the 8TB, $190 for the 10TB. Good drives for Tivo upgrades, CMR and 5400RPM. While at the site I saw something about 10% off next purchase if you sign up for email specials. So if you do that in advance might be able to get 10% off the $150 8TB and/or the $190 10TB? I did not read the terms.

    Also seems the price is matched at Newegg and Amazon. Though would not get the extra 10% if that is possible when ordering direct from WD. Either way pretty cheap, almost as cheap as shucking an Easystore plus you'd end up with a retail drive with full 3 year warranty.
     
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    Never mind about the 10%, only good on non sale items. So could get the $150 or $190 deals at WD, Amazon or Newegg, still not bad.
     
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    It appears they ended the sale early, up to $242 at all 3 sites now.
     
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    Better to get the 14TB WD external drive from BB for $190 and shuck it.
     
  5. tommage1

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    Yeah, for those that are into that (like me, I got one). But some just want a bare drive, fully warranty etc. Plus those white labels, some have the issue with the 3.3V connection, some computers will not recognize without adapter or taping etc. I shucked my 14TB (have done 8.10,12 in the past), it ended up being a white label WD140EDFZ, R/N US7SAP140. Which corresponds to a WD Ultrastar HC530. Except they somehow toned it down to 5400RPM instead of normal 7200. I think some of the "white label" drives in Easystores might be drives that were a bit suspect in quality control tests so they slapped white label on them and put them in enclosures.

    Hmm, this is interesting. Looks like the current retail Red Plus 14TB is also an Ultrastar HC530 that was dropped to 5400RPM from 7200RPM. I did notice mine is noisier than a normal 5400RPM drive................. And the Red Pro seems to be an Ultrastar HC530 running at normal 7200RPM. All this according to R/N, all four models, the white label, the Red Plus, the Red Pro and the Ultrastar HC530 have the same R/N, US7SAP140.
     
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    Ok, not sure if this interests anyone but I had to continue. Looks like the 14TB Purple is also US7SAP140. So maybe most WD 14TB drives actually start with the HC530 Data Center drive. The Red Pro is an HC530 with NAS firmware. Purple is HC530 with AV firmware. Red Plus is HC530 with NAS firmware and lowered to 5400RPM. The white label is HC530 lowered to 5400RPM with who knows what firmware since came in an enclosure.

    WD does make another model 14TB drive, Ultrastar HC620. That is an SMR drive. Kind of seems to me they only have two models of 14TB drives, the HC530 and the HC620, one CMR, one SMR, all the other drives are just firmware and RPM lowered variations of the HC530. The R/N of the HC620 is almost the same, one letter different, US7SA M 140 instead of US7SA P 140. Anyone who knows more please let me know ;)
     

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