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WD 8TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive - USB 3.0 $205.28 + Delivery (Free with Prime) @ Amazon US via AU

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Price dropped so thought this need new post. Thanks to pickme
Those who already bought for $222 can try luck with Amazon support to refund difference.

Fast data transfers
High-capacity add-on storage
Plug-and-play ready for Windows PCs
WD quality inside and out
2-year manufacturer's limited warranty

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  • +2 votes

    How's this thing comparing to a NAS?

    • +8 votes

      Not sure if you are confused?

      Two quite different products…

      What are you looking at achieving?

      There are NAS WD variants… this isn't one of those.

    • +3 votes

      I was going to use it for a similar purpose.

      I have an always-on dell optiplex 9020 micro that I use to run all my VMs (e.g HASS.io, OPNsense, Pi-Hole etc…) and wanted to plug this into that so that we have some network storage that is always available (without buying a seperate NAS).

      Would this drive mind being plugged into an always-on PC? It wouldn't be used much, just when the folks want to see some pictures/videos once in a while.

      • +2 votes

        Like all drives, if it's crucial, have a backup that's not plugged in.

        Otherwise, leaving it on, and plugged in, is probably better for it's longevity…. the on/off is the bigger issue… may wanna modify the sleep patterns though…. I personally prevented my NAS from going to sleep as the only drives I ever had bad sectors on happened to be on a NAS I had shutdown each night….

      • +1 vote

        I've had one plugged into my modem for the past year, I use it with Infuse to stream 4K movies to our Apple TV. It hasn't skipped a beat.

    • -1 vote

      Not as good as a mouse

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      These have White-Labelled HGST He10 (Enterprise grade drives) running at 5400rpm in them. So excellent for NAS's.

  • +1 vote

    I've just moved my Plex server to my old Raspberry Pi 3 so this has come at the right time at the right price

  • +2 votes

    Couple of dollars above historical best 👍

  • +1 vote

    Seems like they no longer have the 10TB variant on this listing :-(
    Hopefully it'll be back when Amazon US has stock again.

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    I must resisit, till the 10 TB come back…

  • +3 votes

    Cashback:

    • Cashrewards: 3.5%
    • ShopBack: 3.5%
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    Shouldn't have bought it yesterday for $222. They cannot price match already purchased item. See their reply below;

    I'm afraid to inform you that the option to price match the item is currently unavailable in amazon Australia, if we had an option to price match we'd have definitely loved to do that right away for you.

    We can't price match the items sold as we list the item price according to the price we get them and we work hard to make sure our prices are as competitive as possible and change our prices from time to time.

    Due to varying transactional laws and Australian excise rates, the prices do tend to differ. Our prices may also differ from other Amazon websites, depending on many other factors such as availability, demand and tax policies which are sometimes beyond out control.

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      I had them give me a $5 voucher for an item that was in-trasit while the price dropped. But they did use a similar pro forma

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          I basically said that the item i bought was still in transit and the now advertised item both had a quicker delivery estimate and $30 cheaper.

          They said they normally couldn't do anything but would apply a $5 account credit out of good will.

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    Anyone remember what drives are usually inside?

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    I find the 10tb run a tad cooler than the 8tb

  • -1 vote

    I've got three of these in my NAS. They're white labelled WD Reds.

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    Waiting on it's big brother to pop back up

  • +1 vote

    Bought 2. Building an unRaid server and those will be a great start.

    Based on my research, Seagate Ironwolf drives are popular but these WD drives have the ultimate cost advantage.

    Seagate Ironwolf = 7200rpm
    WD Red/White = 5400rpm

    If you're just storing lots of media (photos, videos, music), I don't see that you'll need more than 5400rpm.

    • +1 vote

      Correct. Unless you have 10Gb Ethernet wired cabling around home, you won't notice a difference between 7200 and 5400 RPM drives in a RAID.

      I bought my 3x8TB WD back in April for $219 each so $205 is just an OK price. I've shucked them and put them in my FreeNAS. Great drives for the price!

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        They haven't really dropped, and dollar is probably worse. I guess till SSD hits bigger sizes cheaper it'll keep these prices up, fair enough though….

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    how easy is it to pull these apart and use it in a NAS ?

    • +1 vote

      Takes less than 5min. Search YouTube, plenty of videos available.

    • +1 vote

      I pulled apart the 16tb one, knowing full well I'd bin the enclosure, never felt right…. Not designed to pull apart that's for sure.

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    Perfect.. time to order one

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    Price now $211.80 delivered (w/ Prime)

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    Just when I decide to get one price goes up to $211.80

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    Thanks Op.

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    Has anyone had theirs shipped yet?

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      My card just got charged this morning but it's not showing as shipped on Amazon yet.

      I ordered 2 days ago.

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    Mine shipped this morning