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[B&H Photo Video] [Boxing Day] WD 18TB My Book Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive - US$299.99 - One day only - Free shipping to Canada

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For those who missed the BF deal from Bestbuy.ca regarding 18TB EasyStore at 379.99, It's a decent price for a 18TB external HDD, given that the My Book variant comes with 3 years warranty.

Free shipping to Canada as usual, and all taxes will be collected during checkout.
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nunoicx wrote: Given that the My Book variant comes with 3 years warranty.
Does WD distinguish between Canadian warranty and US warranty? If so, do we need to ship it to the US to service it?

Also, comes to 384 CAD on Google. So it's a decent price at a bit over $21/TB.
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Keith1411 wrote: Does WD distinguish between Canadian warranty and US warranty? If so, do we need to ship it to the US to service it?

Also, comes to 384 USD on Google. So it's a decent price at a bit over $21/TB.
Did you mean $384 CAD?
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redfd123 wrote: Did you mean $384 CAD?
Sorry, yea. Converts to 384 CAD before B&H's self clearing duties.
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The people in the other thread say WD 16/18 sounds like jet engine…
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rob187 wrote: The people in the other thread say WD 16/18 sounds like jet engine…
Wouldn't be surprised, as it's likely an enterprise/NAS grade drive running in there. High performance and lifespan, but likely loud AF.

Modern drives also make random noises at idle too, really annoying rhythmic tick/click every few seconds when the drive is idling, sounds like a failure about to happen but it's actually a "feature" called Preemptive wear leveling.
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Does this have the dreaded WD Pin thing going on?? <groan> -- usually why I stick to Seagate.. Too much MacGyvering reuired/another potential point of failure I don't want to bother with.
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DasHip wrote: Does this have the dreaded WD Pin thing going on?? <groan> -- usually why I stick to Seagate.. Too much MacGyvering reuired/another potential point of failure I don't want to bother with.
Plan to shuck it? It may void the warranty that's the most value of the My Book.

Not sure if this drive has 3.3V issue or not, but try use the molex-to-SATA adapter to power if it does have.
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nunoicx wrote: Plan to shuck it? It may void the warranty that's the most value of the My Book.

Not sure if this drive has 3.3V issue or not, but try use the molex-to-SATA adapter to power if it does have.
If you shuck it clean you have nothing to worry about unless you tell WD you shucked.
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Why would one want such a high TB drive? To me its a lot of eggs (data) in 1 basket. If you lose 1 drive you lose 18TB of data all at once.

I guess if you're just loading it up with bluray rips instead of family pictures and hard drive backups then this doesn't bother you much?
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incongruent wrote: Why would one want such a high TB drive? To me its a lot of eggs (data) in 1 basket. If you lose 1 drive you lose 18TB of data all at once.

I guess if you're just loading it up with bluray rips instead of family pictures and hard drive backups then this doesn't bother you much?
r/datahoarders should probably sell all their 200TB+ setups lol

BluRay 4K rips can take up tons of space btw. As long as one has a back up strategy why do people care?
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incongruent wrote: Why would one want such a high TB drive? To me its a lot of eggs (data) in 1 basket. If you lose 1 drive you lose 18TB of data all at once.

I guess if you're just loading it up with bluray rips instead of family pictures and hard drive backups then this doesn't bother you much?
Technology advances!

Let’s say you are using 4tb drive, it would be too big of risk comparing to 80gb drive. So would you be using 80g drive? You would not, right?

For family pictures, make 3 backups, one daily, one every 3 month.

Everything I have are backed up at lease with one copy.
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incongruent wrote: Why would one want such a high TB drive? To me its a lot of eggs (data) in 1 basket. If you lose 1 drive you lose 18TB of data all at once.

I guess if you're just loading it up with bluray rips instead of family pictures and hard drive backups then this doesn't bother you much?
If you have 20tb distributed across five drives, wouldn't your chances of one or more failing be substantially higher than just having one drive? And your energy consumption would be 5x of that one drive.

And I think anyone looking at such volumes of data will understand the importance of redundancy.
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incongruent wrote: Why would one want such a high TB drive? To me its a lot of eggs (data) in 1 basket. If you lose 1 drive you lose 18TB of data all at once.

I guess if you're just loading it up with bluray rips instead of family pictures and hard drive backups then this doesn't bother you much?
It is a balance. Each slot you have for connecting another drive adds to the cost, and gives one more chance of failure.

When I started building a media database I was using 500 GB drives. Had I not upped the size as I replaced the drives I would now have a huge server room, and I would be replacing a dead drive extremely regularly. I found the sweet spot for me is four drives for primary and 4 four backup. When I have fewer, restoration is too slow, and failures too catastrophic. When I have more then failures happen too frequently, keep track of backups too painful.

So right now I have 4 primary drives, four backup drives. A mixture of 8 and 10 TB drives. The only reason I have not already run out of space is I have not made the leap to 4K. And I have been selective replacing 480p with 1080p.

When I replace one of the 8TB drives it certainly won't be for another 8TB or 10TB drive. The only reason I haven't started replacing the 8TB drives, is drive prices have remained around $20/TB. The strategy of replacing for double the size requires the price per TB to drop at an exponential rate.

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