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[Staples] SEAGATE 8TB EXPANSION DESKTOP HARD DRIVE USB 3.0 $139.99

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[Staples] SEAGATE 8TB EXPANSION DESKTOP HARD DRIVE USB 3.0 $139.99

SEAGATE 8TB EXPANSION DESKTOP HARD DRIVE USB 3.0 $149.99 from Staples starting Nov 27.

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This is the lowest I recall seeing an 8 TB Hard drive go for!
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In the Staples reviews it's mentioned that this is the STEB8000100 model, which is a SMR drive (good read speed, but not write). The Western Digital My Book 8TB on sale right now at Costco for $169.99 online/$159.99 in store is more expensive, but is a CMR drive, for those that care.
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I would stay away from SMR drives. The only upside is that they're a little cheaper. Downside is the huge loss of speed for large writes.

Not worth it.
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FrancisBacon wrote: I would stay away from SMR drives. The only upside is that they're a little cheaper. Downside is the huge loss of speed for large writes.

Not worth it.
SMR is not a big deal if you're reading more than writing... Ie playing movies, viewing family pics, etc from you NAS.

It mainly gained a bad rep when WD silently slipped the tech into some of their drives without any sort of annotation so folks didn't know what they were actually getting.
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MaDgamEr wrote: SMR is not a big deal if you're reading more than writing... Ie playing movies, viewing family pics, etc from you NAS.

It mainly gained a bad rep when WD silently slipped the tech into some of their drives without any sort of annotation so folks didn't know what they were actually getting.
Exactly SMR is fine as a mass media drive. I doubt very many people are using these as a OS or game storage.
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LindsayD156134 wrote: Exactly SMR is fine as a mass media drive. I dount very many people are using these as a OS or game storage.
They might if no one warns them not to
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Same price last year
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Heeereee we go again.

It depends on your application of the device. If you constantly read/write/move/delete cmr is the way to go.

If you read/write and you don't move/delete smr works just as well.

I use smr drives for my unraid nas. Been about 6/7 months now and I have no issues with them. Make sure you have an SSD cache to perform the writes/moves so that when the data migrates, it's only dumped on the smr drive for long term storage.

If you delete a file off an smr drive it has to rearrange the clusters of data which may take a while and slow the drive down for that moment. Some have mentioned once you go over 10% utilization the drives keel to a crawl; I'm at 50% utilization and experience no slowdowns.

The only time I can't access my drive is when unraid performs a parity check, and that check is known to make any drive inop for the duration.

The only one change I'd make to my setup is get a cmr drive to act as the parity drive since most rewrites take place on this drive. I ordered the 10gb seagate for 200 from bb for this. Your parity drive dictates the maximum storage each storage drive can be.

Tdlr, good for nas storage if all you do is dump data on it.
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I believe this is the same one I bought on sale in March for the same price after the discount code.

I’m using it with a Raspberry Pi to store content over my network. It’s always running and I’ve had no issues with performance or availability.
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Thanks needed something for my W10 images and photo backups
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I bought two of these for same price last March and shucked them for my Plex server. Works great and bought a third to shuck few months back but paid $179.99.
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mwong168 wrote: I bought two of these for same price last March and shucked them for my Plex server. Works great and bought a third to shuck few months back but paid $179.99.
Same here. Randomly, the drive will just stop responding when not in used for long period of time, and I have to unplug and re-connect
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CFRTim wrote: Same here. Randomly, the drive will just stop responding when not in used for long period of time, and I have to unplug and re-connect
I'm assuming you didn't shuck these and using via USB?
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but I just bought the 10TB Exos ,,,,,...
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IceCreamGee wrote: Heeereee we go again.

It depends on your application of the device. If you constantly read/write/move/delete cmr is the way to go.

If you read/write and you don't move/delete smr works just as well.

I use smr drives for my unraid nas. Been about 6/7 months now and I have no issues with them. Make sure you have an SSD cache to perform the writes/moves so that when the data migrates, it's only dumped on the smr drive for long term storage.

If you delete a file off an smr drive it has to rearrange the clusters of data which may take a while and slow the drive down for that moment. Some have mentioned once you go over 10% utilization the drives keel to a crawl; I'm at 50% utilization and experience no slowdowns.

The only time I can't access my drive is when unraid performs a parity check, and that check is known to make any drive inop for the duration.

The only one change I'd make to my setup is get a cmr drive to act as the parity drive since most rewrites take place on this drive. I ordered the 10gb seagate for 200 from bb for this. Your parity drive dictates the maximum storage each storage drive can be.

Tdlr, good for nas storage if all you do is dump data on it.
Thank you sir! I think CMR will be best for my application.
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mwong168 wrote: I'm assuming you didn't shuck these and using via USB?
Yes, USB. And I have no issues with the speed, especially since I'm mostly reading from it. But the random freezes are annoying, and it hangs my Plex Server PC
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Any good for external ps5 storage of games?

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