WD Elements Desktop Hard Drive 8TB $203.17 | 10TB $301.80 + Delivery (Free with Prime) @ Amazon US via AU

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Edit 10/11: 10TB now $301.80 up from $295.03

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  • +2 votes

    Anyone able to link to an AU power adaptor for less than $90?

    • +23 votes

      message WD support for a free one

    • +11 votes

      Pretty sure WD will send you an Australian one if you contact them politely

      • +9 votes

        Dunno why you guys are getting downvoted. That's exactly how to do it.

        Register your WD drive on their site and jump on the text chat support. Let them know you purchased it from Amazon and it didn't include an AU power adapter, they'll Fedex the amount you need for free.

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          cos they are lacking the knowledge to use google or to check other threads on ozbargain .=.

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            @sushimaster: Make sure to specifically say you want an Australian one not a universal one if you don't want it to be upside down.

            I mean upside down referring to the orientation of the actual powerpack.

      • +4 votes

        Yup that's what I did. Bought two 10TBs in the last deal(250 each?), registered both on support site using their serial numbers and then sent a support request for two AU power supplies. Received them in the mail a few days later.

    • +11 votes

      WD sent one out after you register the product and notify them the power supply you need is for Australia, a FedEx box will show up soon with the power supply you need. Excellent customer support WD

      • +5 votes

        I find it easier to strip ethernet cable, wrap one end around each pin and then poke the other end into a power point

    • +1 vote

      Assuming you can't be bothered talking to support to get one, they're 110v/240v supplies you can get a pin adapter for a couple of $ definitely not worth paying $90.

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      If you have any of the popular xiaomi power boards, you can plug in the US adapter just fine :)

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        Sorry for the dumb question. Are you saying I can plug all my us power plugs into this, and just have 1 adaptor for the powerboats to the wall? Any power board you would recommend over the others?

        • +1 vote

          https://www.ozbargain.com.au/product/xiaomi-mi-power-strip

          It's a power board with an Australian* plug on the cable, and sockets that take US, EU, or AU appliances. (US/EU only 2-pin, but AU 3-pin).

          * Technically it's not an AU plug, but a Chinese one that is so close in specifications that it works fine in Australian sockets. Note that the pins are not insulated, which may be hazardous in certain situations (e.g. young kids).

  • +2 votes

    Anyone know what type of drive is in it?

    • +46 votes

      A hard one.

      • +1 vote

        From my research, all consumer Western Digital drives are good PMR drives (ie no shingling). All external Seagate drives now, and many Barracuda internal drives, are shingled rubbish. To be sure of getting PMR with Seagate, you need to fork out for an Ironwolf drive.

        If you only intend to backup data to a drive once, SMR shingled drives are fine. But if you want to repurpose the drive later and overwrite the old data, your re-write speeds will apparently average ~ 10MB/sec. It would take days to fill an 8 TB hard disk at that speed (as a comparison, a PMR drive would average around 90 MB/s average sustained write speeds to fill a entire disks (speeds would be slower, like ~ 50MB/s), when copying lots of small files like Jpegs or Mp3s.

    • -5 votes

      I'm fairly sure WD have only ever made SMR 10tb drives.
      The 8tb one on the other hand may or may not be SMR.

      • +5 votes

        My understanding is that the 8s and 10s are PMR - at least that’s what /r/datahoarder thinks.

    • +2 votes

      It's a bit luck of the draw. I've bought four 8TBs (two lots of two) over the past few months, the most recent two about a month ago.

      The first two were old stock, containing drives which appear to be based on the HGST DC H320, slowed down to to 5400rpm. Build date on the drives was about 12 months ago. These are air-filled.

      The second two were new stock, containing drives which appear to be based on the HGST DC H510, again slowed down to 5400rpm. Build date a couple of month ago. These are helium-filled and support the latest SATA standard, which means some tricks are needed to get them to spin up if you're using an older PSU.

      In the past there's been a wide variety of other drives reported, including a couple of varieties based on the WD Red.

      Further complicating things is no one is sure if these drives are literally re-badged drives slowed down to 5400rpm, or if they're just based off the same platforms but somehow different, or if they're perhaps drives which failed some part of testing / QC and hence weren't suitable to be sold as a H320/H510/Red/etc.

      • +4 votes

        32Tb's!!!
        Your porn collection must be growing at a lightning speed.

        • +4 votes

          32tb is only 1 homemade movie for him

        • +2 votes

          Only 640 hours worth of porn videos - assuming 4K UHD HDR.
          He'll need another 32TB soon. :)

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          Guys guys guys!!! Linux ISOs. Geez.

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          We are about to buy 4 10TB drives for our QNAP 4 bay NAS. In mirror setup we get just under 20TB of usable space (With full redundancy backup with the other 20TB in the mirror). Being a chicken at heart, I am looking at either WD Red 10TB or the Irinwolf 10TB units for reliability. Shame these do not come on at this price. Cost when factored in with what value you place on our historic data pushes me to NAS dedicated units for a NAS system.
          I do not really see 20TB as to big (actually needing to buy 40TB of NAS storage beacuse of the RAID setup selected), we will easily use 12TB of the 20 TB with what we already want to store on them (lifetime of photos and videos going back to the 1950's, plus the backups of our computers and phones).
          Temtping all the same, that is a really big cash saving on buying NAS drives

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        Um, so when you open these up, this it say RED, or whatever H320/H510 are, never heard of these before?

        I highly doubt though that WD will go to the trouble of testing and only using faulty ones for these, as the cost to do that would far outweigh the mass production method

        • +1 vote

          The label on the drives inside will say they’re a WD “White”. But White isn’t an actual drive type - it’s just a name WD slaps on the drives in their external enclosures, regardless of what those drives originally were (at least in recent times - I believe at some times in the past people have gotten actual Reds (labelled as such) in the enclosures).

          Getting a H320 or H510-based drive is actually a good thing vs a Red, at least in theory - they’re enterprise-grade drives, with higher duty cycles and better reliability.

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            @ironclad: but regardless WD set these to run at 5400rpm. but reds run at 5400rpm anyway? for storage drives would not think it would be a big deal given that rate limiting factor would be how good the usb speed connection is.

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              @Gallifr3y: Correct, Reds and all variants of White run at 5,400rpm. As do pretty much all consumer-grade HDDs nowadays. The benefit of getting a H310/H520-based White is just reliability (in theory).

              Assuming USB3 or better (and a decent PC / USB controller), the drive will be the bottleneck rather than the USB interface. But regardless, as a mass storage device for consumer use you’re unlikely to notice any practical difference from 5400rpm vs 7200rpm (somewhat different story if you were running an OS or apps or similar from the drive).

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      My last 2 were white label WDC_WD100EMAZ-00WJTA0 drives.

      Which I believe are 5400rpm, 256MB cache.

      Strangely they are labelled for "Internal Use", but sold as an external drive.

  • +11 votes

    May just wait for black friday not long now.

    • +1 vote

      That's what I'm waiting for, but I'm also keeping an eye on camelcamelcamel - I'll probably pull the trigger if they drop to $250 - need for for a new NAS I have.

  • +12 votes

    yeah not a discount / bargain sorry.. these are on my watch list and the usual price.. the last WS 10TB external I bought was around $250 AUD shipped from an Amazon sale earlier in the year.

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      Maybe black friday will see this price again

      • +2 votes

        triple camel has the price as 206 as the lowest it has been, maybe there will also be another cashback special, lets hope

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    Got the 10tb for $200 last time after CR. Tempted but will wait.

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    Bought two of the 10TB from newegg recently when they were on sale (not to AU), forwarded to shipito and even with shipito's exorbitant shipping costs and fees it ended up 17.83 AUD cheaper.

    572.23 AUD
    590.06 AUD

    I'll wait for black Friday because this is nowhere near as low as the 10TB should go.

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    Can these be shucked? As far as I can tell the Internet says yes, but thought I'd ask to be sure.

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    Hi Guys. Would there be any issue if I buy this, take the disk out and use it as internal in my PC? I built the PC last year. (if the time matters)

  • +2 votes

    8TB is now $10 cheaper according to the Camels. Won’t bother posting as a new deal, maybe change the price in the title OP.

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