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Western Digital 6TB WD Red NAS Internal Hard Drive HDD (SMR WD60EFAX) $165.51 Delivered @ Amazon US via AU


Available in capacities ranging from 2-6TB with support for up to 8 bays
5400RPM performance class
NASware firmware for compatibility
NAS systems with daily workloads associated with personal and home office environments and idle time available to perform necessary background operations
Supports up to 180 TB/yr Workload Rate* | * Workload Rate is defined as the amount of user data transferred to or from the hard drive. Workload Rate is annualized (TB transferred ✕ (8760 / recorded power-on hours))
3-year limited warranty

Cheapest price ever according to the 3 wise camels.

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  • +26

    There is no price low enough for an SMR drive

    • what are they used for anyway

      • +1

        Cloud data storage, servers etc (low grade)

    • +5

      Yeah, I prefer ASMR drives.


    • are they any good as a storage drive in a PC?

    • +5

      Well they aren't produced here.

      • +1

        Air freight*. I mean stock that comes from Amazon will normally go by air. I’d like to think that bulk shipments of aus stock come by sea?

        It’s pretty obvious we don’t produce hard drives here.

        Hard drives that come packaged individually are going to have much less protection than a proper bulk hard drive shipment, which I believe is 20 or so.

        Recently there was a thread going around where even Amazon AU was shipping hard drives loose in mostly empty boxes, with hardly any filler.

  • I bought 2 of those Red 6TB from Amazon 2 years ago. $273. From memory it was shipped with bubble wrap. Haven't had problem.

  • +2

    I believe that none of the Red Pluses or Red Pros are SMR, so if that's important best to stick to those variants

  • +7
    • +3

      Thanks. I'll gladly pay the extra $13 for this CMR version

      • same just pulled the trigger and got two to replace my 4tb ones

      • Im not hdd savy so whats diffrence between them mean?

        • +2

          Previously, jaymzrsa has said:

          SMR get very slow on large writes. Anything that you are writing a lot of data too can become painful. Reads are OK but your writes will be potentially slammed under large workloads. So if it was me, I wouldn't put these into a NAS.

          Furthermore, skillet has said:

          [SMR is] perfectly fine for a Archival grade / read-many drive.

          • @S2: Thank you for explanation. So how to tell which is smr and which is cmr? I know one on this thread has smr in name but the link that shole doesnt say anywhere?

            • +3

              @MrMedoMan: For external drives, you gotta do your own research and see what other people who have shucked them say is inside.
              Rule of thumb for WD drives are anything 8TB to 16TB are CMR (as WD don't produce SMR drives in those capacities)
              Rule of thumb for Seagate is anything 10TB to 16TB are CMR (as Seagate don't produce SMR drives in those capacities)

              For internal drives, the manufacturers lists the drive type on the spec sheet.

    • Thank you. Bought 2 for my new NAS RAID setup

  • Can I use in my desktop for music (flac) storage and listening? If not, would type of drive would be appropriate?

    • yes should work fine for that

    • It will be perfectly fine if you use it in single drive mode (ie non-raid ). This is how I store my media collection.

  • Arn't SMR drives specifically bad for RAID/ZFS setups.

    Why would they market this as a NAS drive if so?

    • +1

      Marketing dept done it.

    • +1

      Correct. I read that originally WD were not discloseing this and got caught out.

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