[DEAD] WD reds 4/8TB $90/$200 via shucking - update, 8TB reds now $180, 4TB deal looks dead.

orson

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Hi.

No. According to information on the internet it is extremely fast drive with conventional magnetic writing.
 

marv

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in tweakdown review is photo of
ST8000DM004 5400 rpm BarraCuda

That according to datasheet is 4platter drive and recording method is TGMR. Which sounds a lot like SMR drive. Found reddit thread about it and people in there wrote that its behavior is a lot better than 8TB archival drive.

Anyway, I snatched 3 pieces from amazon.de. Not as good price as in bestbuy but at least with free shipping :D

edit: I cancelled my order. decided I dont want SMR drives
 
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Kneelbeforezod

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Bought online and Super easy to pick them up today. Wasn't that busy or at least as busy as i though. Went around 12 pm or so after leftovers obviously. Doorbuster TVs were gone obviously but i expected more of a crowd. If you see the image it's just the 2 i got. I see when i post and edit but doesn't seem to show when i save the post.
 
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orson

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in tweakdown review is photo of
ST8000DM004 5400 rpm BarraCuda

That according to datasheet is 4platter drive and recording method is TGMR. Which sounds a lot like SMR drive. Found reddit thread about it and people in there wrote that its behavior is a lot better than 8TB archival drive.

Anyway, I snatched 3 pieces from amazon.de. Not as good price as in bestbuy but at least with free shipping :D

edit: I cancelled my order. decided I dont want SMR drives
I will unpack one and try to see/benchmark/investigate without removing it from enclosure. I can always return them.
Note that TGMR is also used in IronWolf NAS series: http://www.seagate.com/www-content/product-content/ironwolf/en-us/docs/100807039b.pdf on page 7.

So TGMR does not mean that drive is SMR or not. But on the other hand sustained writes at 160MB/s (from TweakTown review) suggest that it might use perpendicular recording.
 

Lord Raven

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I also bought two WDBCKA0040HBK-NENS with the help of a friend, paid 349.58$ with tax. Shipping on 5th, then my friend will deliver these to me. I seriously hope they are Reds.
 
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Joel

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Newegg has the HGST drive this is based on for $209 on Cyber Monday sale. For those who didn't get in at BB this is a good option as the warranty will be intact.
 

RyC

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The $150 deal should be the EFAX drive instead of the EMAZ drive too

"-NEBB are the less desireable EMAZ “white label”drives with the 3.3v issues. Those were the BF $130 ones. These are -NESN ones. They use more desireable EFAX Red Label (1/2 label) drives from Thailand with 256MB cache."