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[Amazon Canada] WD Red 6TB NAS Hard Disk Drive $249.99 (PRIME ONLY)

Not the lowest price ever per 3C but pretty close. Very reliable hard drive and a good price/TB.

Also available at Newegg for the same price.

https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.a ... _-22236737

Edit: Don't forget to use Ebates for 4% back on Amazon, only 1% back on Newegg right now.

Edit 2: Ebates is now 8% for Amazon
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Thanks OP for sharing. I’ve been thinking of repurposing an old pc box and parts and building a DIY NAS for cheap. I guess even reusing old parts is still going to cost me a good amount of change.
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Not the lowest price?! Oh no, prepare for a barrage of downvotes! (...this was a joke lol)

Anyway, I looked up the lowest price and since I did, some others may be curious as well, so just for reference:
- Lowest price was $229.99, but only for a brief time between December 25 - 28, 2018.

Below screenshot is just for the past year. But even if you go "all-time", pricing has never been lower than this past year.
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I saved a ton of money by buying a few 8TB WD Elements drive from Best Buy on special for 180 + HST (WDBWLG0080HBK-NESN). When you open up the enclosure you'll find a white labelled Red NAS drive. (can tell by serial number which can be extracted using WD Lifeguard tools)
https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/wd ... 46791.aspx

A few caveats....

- don't know how long this cheat will last
- there may be undocumented differences with standard Red and the white labelled one (although it seems to work fine on my Drobo)
- warranty is a grey area. I've read some people have had success returning faulty drives after putting back in enclosure but seems to be at the discretion of WD. I would make sure to give a LONG test of the drive using WD Lifeguard tools before removing from enclosure to check for any problems.
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needybot wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 10:10 am
I saved a ton of money by buying a few 8TB WD Elements drive from Best Buy on special for 180 + HST (WDBWLG0080HBK-NESN). When you open up the enclosure you'll find a white labelled Red NAS drive. (can tell by serial number which can be extracted using WD Lifeguard tools)
https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/wd ... 46791.aspx

A few caveats....

- don't know how long this cheat will last
- there may be undocumented differences with standard Red and the white labelled one (although it seems to work fine on my Drobo)
- warranty is a grey area. I've read some people have had success returning faulty drives after putting back in enclosure but seems to be at the discretion of WD. I would make sure to give a LONG test of the drive using WD Lifeguard tools before removing from enclosure to check for any problems.
Good trick, shame they're not on sale anymore.
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GotDaFunk wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 9:55 am
Thanks OP for sharing. I’ve been thinking of repurposing an old pc box and parts and building a DIY NAS for cheap. I guess even reusing old parts is still going to cost me a good amount of change.
For a DIY NAS on a budget, your best bet is buying refurbished enterprise drives from Newegg when they go on sale (which is quite frequently). Just run a thorough pre-clearance before adding to the array (it'll take days, but if they survive that they'll basically last forever).

I'm a huge fan of unRaid (over traditional raid arrays) for budget NASes since you can get redundancy while preserving the freedom to use mismatched drives, so you can grow your array at your own pace over time (e.g. whenever you run into great deals on RFD).
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needybot wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 10:10 am
I saved a ton of money by buying a few 8TB WD Elements drive from Best Buy on special for 180 + HST (WDBWLG0080HBK-NESN). When you open up the enclosure you'll find a white labelled Red NAS drive. (can tell by serial number which can be extracted using WD Lifeguard tools)
https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/wd ... 46791.aspx

A few caveats....

- don't know how long this cheat will last
- there may be undocumented differences with standard Red and the white labelled one (although it seems to work fine on my Drobo)
- warranty is a grey area. I've read some people have had success returning faulty drives after putting back in enclosure but seems to be at the discretion of WD. I would make sure to give a LONG test of the drive using WD Lifeguard tools before removing from enclosure to check for any problems.
Damn! When was the sale? I would love to pick a couple up for my existing NAS!

Also how can you tell which ones were Reds from the box?
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Midevilshadow wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 11:37 am
Damn! When was the sale? I would love to pick a couple up for my existing NAS!

Also how can you tell which ones were Reds from the box?
The sale happened around Black Friday and Boxing Week.

Seems that all of the WD Elements purchased by RFD members were helium-filled white label drives with a 5400 rpm spin rate, 256 MB cache, and TLER enabled.
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audit13 wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 11:50 am
The sale happened around Black Friday and Boxing Week.

Seems that all of the WD Elements purchased by RFD members purchased were helium-filled white label drives with a 5400 rpm spin rate, 256 MB cache, and TLER enabled.
Damn. I really need to visit RFD more frequently.
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Midevilshadow wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 11:37 am
Damn! When was the sale? I would love to pick a couple up for my existing NAS!

Also how can you tell which ones were Reds from the box?
The periodically put them on sale because WD doesn't have a cheap 8tB enclosure like Seagate's SMR drive (most people don't know there are huge differences in quality and performance between the two enclosures).

I couldn't tell from the outside box it was a red drive. Bought one (based on what I read here on RFD) , tested the drive using long test, then extracted drive (videos for doing this on you tube). To figure out drive model I ran Lifeguard tools (gives you the serial) and then went to WD' support and typed in the serial to get more info.
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Never heard of unRaid till now. Thanks. I may switch over from FreeNas as I just realized I can't add additional drives overtime.
anatman wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 10:26 am
For a DIY NAS on a budget, your best bet is buying refurbished enterprise drives from Newegg when they go on sale (which is quite frequently). Just run a thorough pre-clearance before adding to the array (it'll take days, but if they survive that they'll basically last forever).

I'm a huge fan of unRaid (over traditional raid arrays) for budget NASes since you can get redundancy while preserving the freedom to use mismatched drives, so you can grow your array at your own pace over time (e.g. whenever you run into great deals on RFD).
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I know this sounds crazy but I always buy my drives in person from brick and mortar stores and try to look up if a product line had any bad batches or if multiple people complain about drives from a single store. Anyone have any feedback on ordering hard drives with Prime? Or just online in general, I know people do it all the time but I am a little concerned since it's always just some random dude in some random car delivering my Prime packages (maybe that's better than CP or courier services lol) and I know Amazon has amazing customer support but if a drive fails in the near future due to mishandling that data is gone forever (from the drive, not a backup).
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soul_taker wrote:
Jan 10th, 2019 3:31 pm
I know this sounds crazy but I always buy my drives in person from brick and mortar stores and try to look up if a product line had any bad batches or if multiple people complain about drives from a single store. Anyone have any feedback on ordering hard drives with Prime? Or just online in general, I know people do it all the time but I am a little concerned since it's always just some random dude in some random car delivering my Prime packages (maybe that's better than CP or courier services lol) and I know Amazon has amazing customer support but if a drive fails in the near future due to mishandling that data is gone forever (from the drive, not a backup).
If your data is that critical you need to look at more redundancy. Playing the statistics game that you're mentioning is in no way a guarantee at all that the drive will or will not work. It may give you slightly better peace of mind, however, if you think about it the brick and mortars drives were delivered by some random fellow too who may have dropped the box or kicked it along the sidewalk just the same.

You just go with the average failure rate for hard drives. Look those up for each make. After that, well, hope for the best right.

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