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WD 20TB Elements Desktop External Hard Drive $486.56 Delivered @ Amazon Germany via AU

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~$24.33 per TB

Second post in my 10-year-long OzBargain membership. I've been monitoring this hard drive for a while. According to 3camel, this is very close to the all time low $475.42 (~23.78 per TB) in Nov 2022. I bought one myself. Hopefully you find this helpful, too.

Don't forget to use discounted Amazon gift cards for further savings!

About this item

  • The WD Elements desktop hard disk drive with USB 3.0 offers reliable, high capacity, add-on storage, fast data transfer rates, and universal connectivity with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices. The drive’s features up to 20TB capacity
  • IMPROVE PC PERFORMANCE When your internal drive is almost full, your PC slows down. Don’t delete files – free up space on your internal drive by transferring files to your WD Elements HDD desktop storage and get your computer moving again
  • STORE MORE OF WHAT's IMPORTANT. With capacities up to 20TB, the WD Elements desktop hard disk drive helps you store more photos, videos, music, and files
  • FAST TRANSFER RATES. When connected to a USB 3.0 port, the WD Elements desktop hard disk drive delivers fast data transfer rates
  • PLUG-AND-PLAY SIMPLICITY. The WD Elements Desktop Hard Drive works right out-of-the-box with Windows 10+ PCs – just plug into the USB port to instantly add storage..USB 3.0 AND USB 2.0 COMPATABILIY With this single drive, you get compatibility with the latest USB 3.0 devices and backwards-compatibility with USB 2.0 devices as well..WD QUALITY INSIDE AND OUT. We build the drive to our demanding requirements for durability, shock tolerance, and long-term reliability.
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closed Comments

  • +1

    What hdd is in these when shucked?

    • +2

      I am not shucking it so I don't know. I searched the Amazon reviews for you, and two people said it's WD180EDGZ. That said, the two reviews are from 2022 and they bought the 18TB variant, so make it what you will.

      • +1

        Also got an 18TB WD180EDGZ shucked in 2022. Don't know for the 20TB either, but one more confirmation for anyone here looking into 18TBs

      • TYVM for looking into it. I searched google and could only find the 18tb version shucks but couldn't find anything on the 20tb variant neither. Kinda strange that one lol

        • What do you guys do with this information?

          • +1

            @ActualActurary: To find out if it's cheaper to shuck a external drive and use it as a internal drive. Sometimes it works out cheaper to do it that way. HOWEVER, some drives may have a lower quality or reputation than one that can be bought normally.
            Like the seagate firecuda 8TB external gaming drive. It's actually a 8TB barracuda drive that spins at 5400rpm and not 7200rpm. There's nothing firecuda about it. To buy a 8TB barra is about $188. A 8TB firecuda is $300+.

      • +1

        My 3mo old shucked drives are WD200EDGZ-11BLDS0.

        • Is that a cmr drive?

          • @teddiebear: Yes it is CMR and very fast. I have the same model in the drives that arrived last week from DE

  • +2

    I recently purchased a 12tb one from office works for $299 and feel that it was quite good value - I don't know if I'd say 500 for this though..

    • +3

      Yeah, $299 for 12 TB (~24.92 per TB) is a good deal, if it meets your needs.

      20 TB is more for people with a need for a bigger drive. In my case, I already have a 8 TB and 10TB, and they are both full. Getting this 20 TB should hopefully provide ~18 months runway before I'll need to purchase a new drive again.

      • +3

        I thought your sentence would end with the 20TB is combined backup of the 8 and 10

        • Haha then how am I supposed to download the Internet with just 2 TB left?

          • +3

            @ijusthadsex: Download the internet….. ALL OF THE INTERNET!! lmao!!
            The ads alone will out-weigh the content. Upload to a satalite lol SPACE… HERE WE COME!

          • +1

            @ijusthadsex: finally a drive that will fit The Billion Dollar Torrent (all NFT's from Ethereum & Solana) @ 17.76 TiB with just 430gb remaining for …

    • +12

      Value is a personal opinion.
      12TB drive: $24.91/TB
      20TB drive: $24.35/TB

      So if someone is space limited but want maximum space the 20TB is great "value"

      • +1

        Depends what your storage requirements are today and where you think the cost of storage is going as well, and your consumption rate. You might end up paying today’s market value of $25/TB but you don’t use all those TB for years from now, when the cost per TB is lower.

      • I'd have thought failure rate would be the most important consideration in drives of this size.

      • +1

        Except that you can't get the 12TB any more, they have been out of stock at officeworks for ages, and their next cheapest 12TB drive is $409.

    • +1

      So they sent you the wrong drive?

    • +2

      Wtf? Score

    • +2

      Blackmagic Design Cloud Store 20TB seems to be 20x more expensive

  • +3

    That's a good price.

    Not quite as good as the $380 for 18TB drives last year from Amazon, but I don't know how long it'll be before we see a bargain like that again.

    At present, I think anything much below $25/TB here in Oz is quite a reasonable deal.

    Love my 3 18TB drives, though!

  • +4

    Every drive I buy I keep thinking it'll be the last. After this purchase I've accepted that it'll never be the last.

    • OZB certainly doesn't help when decent deals are posted. You're a true ozbargainer when you say "it'll be my last but it will never be my last" lmao 😉

  • +2

    Your first post in 2018 years pre covid was technically $6.87 per GB or $6868.75 per TB. 🙂

    • +1

      LOL can’t argue with facts!

  • Does anyone know what is the transfer speed for this or any WD backup drive?

    • 250meg

      • Really? I never get those speeds.

        • +1

          Depends on the workload, smaller files would be slower. Large files tend to max out the drives mechanical transfer speed.

  • -7

    Was $99 here. So not all time low.

    • +5

      Well sure, if you count an obvious pricing error but disregard the numerous order cancellations that followed, to focus on the few people like yourself that apparently got lucky and/or lied on the internet.

      • -2

        I’m offended that you called me a liar.

      • +1

        There are lies in the internet!?? Nooooo…. lies! All lies!! Everything is gospel on the internet, everything is the truth… especially in that facebook thing. It's all true!

    • +4

      Price error doesn't count.

    • -3

      I got my 2 mate.

  • +1

    Second post in my 10-year-long OzBargain membership

    Username checks out. Priorities are in order.

  • What is your experience in terms of packaging with Amazon Germany?

    Packaging for Amazon US can be horrible from my experience.

    • +1

      Its not a bare drive so its less likely to be damaged in transit. I've had drives shipped from UK with just a brown paper bag but the standard box from WD was sufficient to get the drive in one piece.

  • What do people do with 20TB nowadays?

    • +4

      fill it with Linux distros

    • +5

      Backup my 18TB

      • Well said! When it comes to backup, two is one and one is none.

    • Retro game ROMs, for preservation and availability

      • +3

        Thank you for your service to humanity.

  • +3

    Warning for people shucking,

    1. you need to cover pin three on the sata power connector for these to work
    2. the shucked drives only have mounting holes on the two outside points, they don't have the inside screw holes. This was a major pain for me as my server needed the inside ones to mount

    Otherwise its a good drive. Bit loud though

    • Thankyou for those details! I haven't had that issue in the past, however that was with 2.5" drives. Good to know for future purchases. Thankyou! 😀

    • +1

      you only need to cover pin 3 if you are planning to use in a PC. If you use in a NAS (Synology, etc), it's not required.

      • I use it on an unraid server, which isn't really a PC, but it has a standard mobo bios, so i suppose that is what you mean.

    • +1

      the shucked drives only have mounting holes on the two outside points, they don't have the inside screw holes. This was a major pain for me as my server needed the inside ones to mount

      I have 18 of these and can safely say you are smoking something and/or you are very unlucky because that is not the case with them at all. They have 8 mounting holes as per any other hard drive.

      • +1

        Legit! I'm not going to take the HDD out to take a picture, but is 100% has only 4 mounting holes on the sides. missing the middle set. Wish I took a picture when I took it apart.

        Edit: Here is a link to a similar drive to what is inside these. You can see they are missing the middle mounting holes,

        Edit2: I bought mine like 4 months back, not sure if your are older or newer then that. I would buy more if they were like regular drives, but I just can't mount them in my server.

        • Legit! I'm not going to take the HDD out to take a picture, but is 100% has only 4 mounting holes on the sides. missing the middle set.

          When you said they had 4 mounting holes on the outside and none on the inside I took “inside” as none on the bottom area, which of course they do have. What you are complaining about is they have 2 per outside edge instead of 3 per outside edge.

          • +1

            @dazagrt: I thought that was pretty clear, i never said anything about bottom.

            Not an issue for some, but there are a fair few brackets for which this is essential, such as mine, they can't be mounted without those inside holes.

  • +1

    Are they good for NAS setup?

  • +1

    Have bought 4 (2 from my Amazon acct and 2 from my Wife's acct), will be installing them into a Synology NAS to upgrade the previous drives. Not looking forward to doing the drive checking (I run full surface checks before I shuck them), but that won't take as long as the raid rebuilds lol.

  • +1

    Looks like they are now OOS. Cheapest price is now Amazon UK at $709.95 :O

  • +1

    Now expired, listing price is at $1,100 :O

  • Currently $493 at the same link

  • +1

    Looks like Amazon are going cheaper/more recyclable with their packaging 3 out of 4 drives (1 still to arrive) have just been sent in thick brown paper bag packaging.

  • +1

    In case anyone is wondering what's in these, I've just shucked my first one - WD white label WD200EDGZ

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