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[Newegg] WD 4TB/8TB Portable Hard Drive - $130/$280

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unshavenyak wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 12:52 pm
That and I'd rather give BestBuy my business over Amazon.
Even without ebates I'd rather go with Amazon.
At least they ship in a reasonable amount of time.
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death_hawk wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 2:49 pm
Even without ebates I'd rather go with Amazon.
At least they ship in a reasonable amount of time.
I've never had a problem with Best Buy shipping *knocks on wood*.
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Quentin5 wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 6:32 am
I seem to recall seeing an external 4TB WD at Costco for $129.99 regular price.
Can anyone verify?
They were 110 on blackfriday sale days, right now i think its 130 something not 100% i saw it in passing.
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tunda11 wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 11:13 am
Is the consensus that the Best Buy deal is good (hot)?

I’m in the market for an 8TB and RFD is my go-to for deals.

I bought the 8TB Elements for 180 on black Friday but 190 is still a good price (especially considering you are getting a white labelled Red Drive). My drive works great in my Drobo.


A caveat. Warranty is a grey area when it comes to opening up portables. (this particular drive isn't the easiest to put back together). I would make sure to do the LONG test using WD Lifeguard tools before removing from enclosure.
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tvisforme wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 12:22 pm
No, the BB 8TB drive was on sale for $179.99 at Best Buy last December. That being said, it is still a good price for an 8TB white label Red drive.
Can this 8 terabyte drive easily be taken out of the enclosure and used internally in my machine.
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chaseqi wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 12:31 pm
So right now amazon (https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07D5V2ZXD/ref ... pCbAFEQEES) has it for 190, plus the Ebates that’s 175. Just wondering if it’s the exact same drive inside...
Can't be sure but for the record the Amazon part number is the exact same with the Best Buy Element portable I bought with white labelled Red drives.
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chaseqi wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 12:31 pm
Just wondering if it’s the exact same drive inside...
It's hit or miss. Since they're not advertising specific drives, the contents could be anything.
edsmithers wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 3:15 pm
Can this 8 terabyte drive easily be taken out of the enclosure and used internally in my machine.
you might have to do the 3.3V mod depending on your system.
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needybot wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 3:13 pm

I bought the 8TB Elements for 180 on black Friday but 190 is still a good price (especially considering you are getting a white labelled Red Drive). My drive works great in my Drobo.


A caveat. Warranty is a grey area when it comes to opening up portables. (this particular drive isn't the easiest to put back together). I would make sure to do the LONG test using WD Lifeguard tools before removing from enclosure.
Thanks for the tip!

death_hawk wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 3:47 pm
It's hit or miss. Since they're not advertising specific drives, the contents could be anything.
you might have to do the 3.3V mod depending on your system.
What is the 3.3V mod? My last 3.5 I just took out and connected via sata and powered by the power supply.
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needybot wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 3:13 pm
I bought the 8TB Elements for 180 on black Friday but 190 is still a good price (especially considering you are getting a white labelled Red Drive). My drive works great in my Drobo.


A caveat. Warranty is a grey area when it comes to opening up portables. (this particular drive isn't the easiest to put back together). I would make sure to do the LONG test using WD Lifeguard tools before removing from enclosure.
How long is long? Is there something easier to shuck that you would recommend?
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tunda11 wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 4:05 pm
What is the 3.3V mod? My last 3.5 I just took out and connected via sata and powered by the power supply.
As I understand it, there was a slight change in the SATA connection specifications so that one pin is different from what it used to be. Newer drives are not compatible with older connectors and because of this will not power up. However, you can simply put a tiny piece of non-conducting tape on the pin in question and the issue is resolved.
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tunda11 wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 4:05 pm

What is the 3.3V mod?
Some white label drives have a reset pin on the 3.3V line. If it detects voltage, it basically doesn't power up.
There's various ways of defeating it be it molex to SATA, various forms of tape, different backplanes, etc.

Not all drives are affected (although it seems more and more of the most recent ones are) and not all systems are affected depending if they pass 3.3V or not.
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unshavenyak wrote:
Jan 16th, 2019 11:44 am
+1 for this question. I am in urgent need of storage (down to 200 GB) and would love to know if this is a historical low on the 8TB Elements.
I'm badly on a look out for a portable drive above 1.5TB as well. I have been down to 2-3GB for a while now. I should have got that Seagate 2TB for $69 from Best Buy during boxing week. Now, BB won't go south of $80. If the deal is good I'm looking at 4TB as well.
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I prefer Seagate portables because the usb connector is soldered to the WD hard drive's logic board. If the usb port fails on the WD, getting data off the drive is a challenge.

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