expired WD 8TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive - WDBWLG0080HBK $215.97 + Shipping (Free with Prime) @ Amazon US via Amazon AU

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Trying to start 2019 by backing up of all my drives and this is a decent price for my needs of lots of drives.

Don't forget cashback currently at 6% Shopback brings it to $203 or 5% Cashrewards to $205. Will come with US plugs I'd expect. First post.

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    Can this be shucked?

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    What's the difference between this and the My Book series?

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    seems strange that amazon 'au' sells with us plugs. also pretty weak that wd don't have interchangeable plugs like seagate.

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    I'm seeing reviews that these are slower and louder than the 10TB. Don't know how much that is to do with the actual drive inside (white/red/blue) and how much is just the drives made by WD at that capacity. But damn, that price per TB! I thought I was doing well when I got a 10 for $360 in a sale the other week.

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      Ozbargain Bureau of Investigation (OBI) here,

      Now if I understand you correctly you bought 10 hard drives and paid $360 for each one, or was it you bought 10 HDD's for a total of $360?
      Now if it's the former I'm gonna have to take you in to see Scotty and neil, oh and I'll be reliving you of your Ozbargain badge and gun.

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      You can regularly get 10tb Seagate Backup Plus Desk Hub for about $210AUD.

      Match from Amazon AU, immediately ring and pricebeat at your local Officeworks.

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    $25/GB, tempting, but 8TB is becoming small now. Is it good to RAID these?

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    what is everyone storing to need so much capacity? Crazy

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      1400 and counting Movies
      13000 TV show episodes and counting

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        What??,, running Netflix franchise:)

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        The impending shutdown of Ultraviolet makes you a wise man!

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          Just the ability to be able to watch anything i want at whatever time rather searching and finding out that netflix, amazon video, stan or whatever else doesn't have it and being disappointed and not being able to watch something.

          Plex + Sonarr + Radarr = No bullshit experience
          (Sonarr and Radarr are programs that Auto downloads future TV show episodes and Movies automatically once setup correctly)

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        Similar story here, ~2700 movies + 185 TV shows (fills a total of ~16TB)

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        with internet speeds these days, you can just download them again

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          I want to watch something NOW not in 5, 10, 20+ minutes depending on the size you want to download.

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      My gaming drive is nearing 7TB..overkill i know but that is with zero recording and all the main games and maybe then some but still not all my games I would like to have ready that would maybe take another 12TB more.

      If I started recording highlights and all my gameplay I would use 8TB of storage easily within a few weeks or a month.

      Two whole days was low 1TB and a few hours maybe 4 was like ~1000gb.

      If I edited and maybe reduced the quality of the footage then maybe it could extend to a year's worth of gaming highlights and proper raw footage for some games like long strategy games.

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        You install games on a 5400rpm drive? the load times must suck.

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          They do but honestly the savings can be worth it especially since I'm not first on load times atm I just want space.

          Sometimes can't justify the 6 to 8x premium for just a few seconds of gameplay.

          For Windows boot up it is very nice but otherwise I'll survive. I live a slow paced life anyways when it comes to my computer no rush most of the time I am just relaxing or sleeping or day dreaming.

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      Our entire digital media collection.
      Movies in the highest quality obtainable, FLAC music, all photos in RAW, Steam collection etc.

      The cardinal rule when shopping for hard drives you can never have to much storage!

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      Linux ISOs 😉

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      plex, go get it :p

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      If you're downloading 4K Blu-Rays they average around 55GB a movie. Some go up to 90GB each! Westworld is closer to 300GB for the first season! You can download encoded rips but sometimes the quality isn't as good. So you can see if you're doing that even 14TB isn't quite enough… I've got about 14TB of 4K stuff already.

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        55GB is way too high for a single bluray and definitely not the average, where are you getting these from? You're doing something wrong if you're wasting 50-90GB on a single movie.

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          You obviously have no idea about 4K Blu-Rays! Like I said you can get encodes with smaller sizes but for action scenes the bitrate is important to avoid pixelation and blur. Rarely do you see a full 4K movie file under 40GB. Are you thinking of normal 1080p Blu-Rays which are around 30GB max?

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            @Monstalova: Well I have plenty of 4k blu rays and none are above 20gb, you're wasting space my man sad to be the one who has to let you know

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              @s1Lence: I test and encode movies myself so I can easily spot the differences. Like I said with action movies it's noticeable in bitrate with pixelation because they drop it by about half with the higher quality encodes available. I have a top of the range flagship Sony TV. Maybe you can't tell with your setup but I want the best and that's what it takes sometimes. Not saying all my movies are full size but the ones that need it are. Have you have even compared them side by side from a full size to encoded… My collection would be about 1/3 full size 1/3 high encode (20GB) 1/3 smaller encode (5-10GB).

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          That is 100% the norm, see here for an example of 4K Blu Ray sizes and their bit rate and time for comparison - https://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=277330

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            @snuke: ah, are you guys doing things legally? if you are torrenting you can get the same quality for a much smaller size

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              @s1Lence: Smaller sizes sure, but not the same quality if you have the right equipment. Big difference in some movies

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                @RambunctiousRog: the difference between a well encoded ~20gb and ~60gb 4k bluray may be a few % at best while the difference in size is hundreds of %, most good rips are so high in quality that you can't even notice any difference unless you study the images, and even then you'll have a hard time spotting any differences

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    How much is it on the Amazon US site?
    Was hoping to use the Audible credit $25 credit.

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    What our people doing for the AUS plugs? Just buying a US -> AU converter or is there a special cable I'm not aware of?

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    Could you pricematch this at officeworks?

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    Thanks for posting this deal. Needed 2 new hdds to replace as a backup and storage drive.

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    At that price its tempting to replace my 3x 2TB and 1x 1.5TB (but use them to archive the most important files incase of failure, since they are currently un backed up, but th WD elements been running strong for 5 to 10 years)

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    thanks
    one of my microserver nas drives started throwing errors last week
    good timing

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    Thanks, etchomojay. I hope it will take one of my spare AU plugs okay.

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    Do purchases from Amazon AU incur the credit card international fee?

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    Thanks OP.. Needed an additional backup for NAS.

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    Damn, gone are the days where I would foolishly buy teeny little 4TB internal HDDs, from now on I will buy this sort of drive and shuck it. Thanks for opening my eyes!

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    Are these any good for an nvr setup? Are they 5400 or 7200 rpm?

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    How does this compare to the Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8TB for MAC? Both are going for the same price, can't decide between them.

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    Price has gone up to $219 now. Still a great deal!

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    Thanks OP, I received it this morning.

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    Mine is a WD80EMAZ made in September 2018, it looks quite different from WD80EZAZ

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      I got the same - WD white label, air based not helium. Apparently it's a slowed-down Ultrastar DC HC300, which is very similar to WD Red.

      This is it.

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        Interesting. Mine arrived today so will shuck over weekend if I have time and see what's inside. Doubtless the same. Not sure why I care but I wish they were helium.

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      I go the same WD80EMAZ, made Oct 2018.
      Just shucked it, and put into my Synology replacing a 2TB drive.

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    Anyone got suggestions on stress testing drive before active use?
    Getting broken open this weekend and put in HP microserver running windows home server, so needs to be windows suitable.

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      Do you have HD Tune? It can do surface scan if you have time, or just do a quick read scan.

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