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[Best Buy] WD Easystore 18TB USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive - 499.99 now - only on Aug 30

Best Buy Canada now have WD 18TB external HDD on sale for one day only on Aug 30.

It's 499.99 now, while regular price is 589.99.

It's the same price as Apr before HDD price surge.
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Is the 14TB / 12TB where the sweet spot it when they go on sale?
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I would say 14TB is the sweet spot now, when there was Seagate expansion 14 TB on sale for 324.99 early last week.
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And not a year ago it goes on sale for 380.
I hate crypto, no graphic card for my gaming PC, no HDD for my storage.
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Wee bit pricey, I got the 14tb for $250 in December.
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it is getting riskier and riskier with bigger and bigger hdd. If the drive is bad all your data is gone. Will need another drive as a backup. Not getting cheaper with bigger size.
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xpressmerchant wrote: it is getting riskier and riskier with bigger and bigger hdd. If the drive is bad all your data is gone. Will need another drive as a backup. Not getting cheaper with bigger size.
Nah, you should always backups in layers. If data is important to you it should be stored in 3 different places.

Amazon S3 Glacier is dirt cheap for online backups.

So ideally you have one copy on the hard disk attached to your PC another one on your NAS and another one in the cloud.
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I'm desperately out of space in my array and have been waiting for 4 months now for some sales on the 14tb again but no go. I wonder if I should jump on this or wait a couple more months. Surley the 14 or 16 will go on sale soon as hdds are always cheapest sept-Dec
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panditji wrote: Nah, you should always backups in layers. If data is important to you it should be stored in 3 different places.

Amazon S3 Glacier is dirt cheap for online backups.

So ideally you have one copy on the hard disk attached to your PC another one on your NAS and another one in the cloud.
is there a way to reduce the backup size? I do 1:1 backup to another drive the same size. So I just use sync software like freesync. I am sure there are other method but this is an easy way to do it.
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xpressmerchant wrote: it is getting riskier and riskier with bigger and bigger hdd. If the drive is bad all your data is gone. Will need another drive as a backup. Not getting cheaper with bigger size.
Yeah the bigger issue is restoring that from a backup. Even a 8TB being read back at full speed takes almost a day to do
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panditji wrote: Nah, you should always backups in layers. If data is important to you it should be stored in 3 different places.

Amazon S3 Glacier is dirt cheap for online backups.

So ideally you have one copy on the hard disk attached to your PC another one on your NAS and another one in the cloud.
Thanks i didnt realize S3 Glacier existed. That's amazing
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panditji wrote: Nah, you should always backups in layers. If data is important to you it should be stored in 3 different places.

Amazon S3 Glacier is dirt cheap for online backups.

So ideally you have one copy on the hard disk attached to your PC another one on your NAS and another one in the cloud.
Damn, that's expensive.. almost 1000$ total.
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saudor wrote: Yeah the bigger issue is restoring that from a backup. Even a 8TB being read back at full speed takes almost a day to do
What software do you use for backup?. I just copy 1:1 to another drive so it is just an extra copy. Unless the restore method save more space I don’t see a reason to do it.
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xpressmerchant wrote: What software do you use for backup?. I just copy 1:1 to another drive so it is just an extra copy. Unless the restore method save more space I don’t see a reason to do it.
I've been using GoodSync. Someone posted it here a year or two ago for free.
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panditji wrote: Nah, you should always backups in layers. If data is important to you it should be stored in 3 different places.

Amazon S3 Glacier is dirt cheap for online backups.

So ideally you have one copy on the hard disk attached to your PC another one on your NAS and another one in the cloud.
I just looked into S3 glacier, it's 4$/TB/month. Is that considered dirt cheap for cold storage? Seems more expensive than OneDrive which would be better suited for non-commercial use anyways right?
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Thanks OP, this is good news. Looks like the MSRPs for big drives have officially dropped back down a bit since the Chia bump. Here's the price changes this year:

16TB: $450 -> $560 -> $460.
18TB: $500 -> $660 -> $590

Still quite a premium on the 18TB but the 16TB is almost back to pre-Chia levels.
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xpressmerchant wrote: What software do you use for backup?. I just copy 1:1 to another drive so it is just an extra copy. Unless the restore method save more space I don’t see a reason to do it.
i use a bunch but for syncing/replicating, i use freefilesync. But im talking about a scenario when a drive dies so all of its contents needed to be restored in full. That gets incredibly time consuming with these monster drives
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brucedlx wrote: I just looked into S3 glacier, it's 4$/TB/month. Is that considered dirt cheap for cold storage? Seems more expensive than OneDrive which would be better suited for non-commercial use anyways right?
Cheap is relative I guess. To some folks $4/months is pennies.
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TheDuffMan wrote: Thanks OP, this is good news. Looks like the MSRPs for big drives have officially dropped back down a bit since the Chia bump. Here's the price changes this year:

16TB: $450 -> $560 -> $460.
18TB: $500 -> $660 -> $590

Still quite a premium on the 18TB but the 16TB is almost back to pre-Chia levels.
wasnt it $20/tb prev covid?

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