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Re: What’s your experience with 8 TB Weatern Digital external drive?
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2019, 06:07:26 PM »
I've never used the 8TB but if you're just loading it up and not using it in an array it should be fine. I swear by their 4TB Red, Blue & Green drives.
I did read something about an earthquake affecting their price and manufacturing location a while back, so you may want to do more research, but I have never had a WD drive fail on me.
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Re: What’s your experience with 8 TB Weatern Digital external drive?
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2019, 04:58:14 PM »
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Re: What’s your experience with 8 TB Weatern Digital external drive?
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2019, 05:28:59 PM »
I have 6 of these in my plex/archive server.  I have shucked these from the external enclosures and they are connected to a M1015 SAS controller.  I have reused a couple of the external cases for backups with some 4 and 5tb drives from an old server(simple/crude mod required).     Using the drives internally require blocking one of the sata pins w/ electrical tape but other than that they are identical to the Red WD drives.

These drives aren't fast but I have no issues dealing with large audio files, I wouldn't use them to render high res/rate video or get into audio with more than 8 tracks.  I also have these in a drivepool w/ a 256gig M.2 flash drive as staging space which masks any performance issues. 

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Re: What’s your experience with 8 TB Weatern Digital external drive?
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2019, 10:58:42 PM »
I have like 4-6 of the WD 8TB drives. No issues in about three years maybe since I started running them?


I prefer the larger desktop units with the longer warranties if I can get them (3 years is better than 1!) - not that I plan to use it, but I guesstimate they put longer backing on better products, if they're smart!?


Plenty of 4TB drives from WD as well, and even a couple of 6's. Now I don't keep these running for very long at a time once they're filled up, but I have four of them sitting right here ready to spin. I use DiskTracker on Mac to keep track of the contents when they're not plugged in. That way I can search for and find a file before I decide which copy to use.
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Re: What’s your experience with 8 TB Weatern Digital external drive?
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2019, 04:39:36 AM »
i have one but id be leery to format one as exfat

win7/win10 checks a hidden bit which gets flagged as "dirty" if disconnected/powered down imprperly and makes the drive read only. i have a drive i need to bounce everythign off of and create a new volume. maddening
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Re: What’s your experience with 8 TB Weatern Digital external drive?
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2019, 07:37:18 AM »
Best one to get is:

Seagate Backup Plus (4 TB)

Very small and only needs the USB to powers it.
Compact and very fast.

Best one I´ve got so far.
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Re: What’s your experience with 8 TB Weatern Digital external drive?
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2019, 07:19:34 PM »
statistically aside from a few bad apples they are all the same, back yo shit up!!!!
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Re: What’s your experience with 8 TB Weatern Digital external drive?
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2019, 03:26:01 PM »
Best one to get is:

Seagate Backup Plus (4 TB)

Very small and only needs the USB to powers it.
Compact and very fast.

Best one I´ve got so far.
I agree.  I started using these.

statistically aside from a few bad apples they are all the same, back yo shit up!!!!
I also agree with this.

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Re: What’s your experience with 8 TB Weatern Digital external drive?
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2019, 03:41:45 PM »
Best one to get is:

Seagate Backup Plus (4 TB)

Very small and only needs the USB to powers it.
Compact and very fast.

Best one I´ve got so far.
I agree.  I started using these.

statistically aside from a few bad apples they are all the same, back yo shit up!!!!
I also agree with this.

8tb on a 8tb drive loses 8tb with a drive crash.

8tb on (2) 4tb drives only loses 4tb with a drive crash.

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Re: What’s your experience with 8 TB Weatern Digital external drive?
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2019, 04:06:51 PM »
8tb on a 8tb drive loses 8tb with a drive crash.

8tb on (2) 4tb drives only loses 4tb with a drive crash.
Also the 8 TB take twice as long to redo if there is a crash.


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