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Western Digital Ultrastar DC HC550 18TB 7200RPM Data Centre HDD $597.27 + Delivery ($0 w/ Prime) @ Amazon US via AU

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CMR, Helium, 5 year warranty: https://www.westerndigital.com/products/data-center-platform...

A$33.18 per GB. Said to be noisy, but I do not have first-hand experience.

Just checked, it's A$1000+ in AU stores (e.g. mwave, scorptec, centrecom, etc.).

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  • +5 votes

    I think shucking an 18TB Elements is better value than this. Likely the only noticeable difference is it's probably 5400 RPM instead of 7200, and has a shorter manufacturer's warranty (but Amazon would accept warranty returns for around 5 years anyway).

    • +2 votes

      Pretty sure it's the exact same drive if you check the model numbers of the shucked drives

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        Maybe, but WD uses a different firmware in externals that purportedly locks them to 5400 RPM (according to the label). There's evidence at least some drives labelled 5400 RPM are actually spinning at 7200, but nothing for certain - or for this new drive.

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    Data Centre HDD

    that's a good one. As TAB corp found out on Melbourne Cup w/e, mechanical drives and the sonic boom from data centre fire suppressants don't mix, no matter how much onsite redundancy you have. Apparently the SSDs were fine.

    But good for home I suppose. But as mentioned, the 5400 drives are probably better value for your NAS.

    • +8 votes

      Appreciate your comment but if there were a 18tb SSD for $597 that would be quite a deal, for those of us with fire suppression systems at least.

      • +1 vote

        LOL, yeah, what a weird comment, right?

  • +1 vote

    Did anyone have a WD storage last for more than 3 years ..I have had nothing but bad experience with this brand only with spindles, will never try it with ssd. Did I get unlucky or did anyone else also have problems with it ? They are probably the cheapest of well known brands but I have never had any joy with WD external or internal storage..As an edit ..not meant on you OP.. thank you for posting a deal.. but I have had so many bad experiences with WD I will never buy their product so my post is out of curosity.. though I will still avoid WD

    • +1 vote

      For a NAS have 1yr 10tb shucked (WD elements) ones and 8+yr red 2TB ones (never had a hiccup running 24x7)

      I've had friends have issues with external HDD going RAW, but I suspect that they either leave them plugged in 24x7, unplug them without selecting Eject in Windows.or had power failures. But mostly they're recoverable.

      I never trust ext HDD, as there's too much that can go.wrong.

    • +2 votes

      I've had 9 various WD disks (1TB, 1.5TB, 3TB, 4TB) - mostly green and blue editions. Oldest one is 10 years old. Except for one that died (one of the newest actually) — and even then i was able to recover data from it using the ddrescue — they are still working fine…

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        Wow .. thanks guys.. I am like the free computer repairer for my family..every single hdd failure I have encountered over the last 5 years have been WD spindles.. I have lost a good amount of data on a WD element when 1 tb was an eye popping price. ..though like everything else I suppose it varies..thanks for replying

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        Me too - its funny that the 1tb first Gen Greens are just beasts and keep working.
        At work we use drives like note paper and these things just get passed around - on and off cradles all the time - yet still going. 9/10+ years.

    • +1 vote

      My 4x4tb WD Red Pros are ticking along nicely. About 6.5 years old now and with over 40000 hours and every monthly report shows they are still "healthy"

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        Red and purple ..if anyone buys them and has complaints then obviously the brand has issues I have only used blue and have had nothing but issues as opposed to comparatively priced brands

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        Were they even called Pro back then? I thought they were just Red

        • +1 vote

          If I remember correctly Red were 5400rpm and 3yr warranty while Red Pro were 7200rpm and 5 yr warranty.

    • +3 votes

      Anedoctally, I have had decent luck with WD drives, mostly 2TB(Green, Black), 8TB(Red, 'White') drives, had 1 WD Black fail, out of a history of about 20 drives over 10+ years, some decomissioned healthy after being superseded.

      At work, I have a fleet of ~80 Seagate 4TBs, identical model, have 4 failed over 4 years

      Which is not to say one is more reliable than the other, i personally don't think theres a huge difference between manufacturers (I've recently picked up some Segate Exos drives after a long run of WD)

      The best source of data is probably backblaze, where the long term trend seems to be about a 1% failure on their higher capacity drives

      https://www.backblaze.com/blog/backblaze-hard-drive-stats-fo...

      Also of interest, and relevant to your experience, the drives with 'enormous' faullure rates are drives that they dont have many of, because when you dont have many drives, a few failes result in a massive percentage, before it can average out

      So yeah, i'd say its down to luck

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        That is a very good reply.. yes I reckon thats what it boils down to no company produces crap products knowingly and hopes to survive..I must have had bad luck with the cheaper drives on WD line up but many or most others going by the posts have had good experiences.. so to each their own nonetheless for the 18TB disk thats a heck of a deal.. thanks OP..I wont buy it but I am sure you helped quite a few people out

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    Here is the Western Digital alternative:
    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/612624?page=1