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Cyber Monday WD RED discount

Western Digital Drives - The Preferred Drives of FreeNAS and TrueNAS CORE

hendry

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jgreco

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How fortunate "for a while". That's an SMR drive and you don't want it near your FreeNAS system.
 

hendry

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Sorry, what should I have instead? I can cancel at this point IIUC.

Btw I already have 2x 4TB similar WDC WD40EFRX-68N32N0 in my array. So....
 

jgreco

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@Yorick has a great resource that covers the various SMR drives.

https://www.truenas.com/community/resources/list-of-known-smr-drives.141/

Your profile says Singapore so I assume that Best Buy isn't an option. Some of us have been shucking Best Buy 14TB drives on sale for Black Friday at $190, compared to the approximately $120 cost of that 6TB drive.

https://www.truenas.com/community/threads/easystore-drive-shucking-like-a-pro-by-a-pro.89002/

Unfortunately, I realize that this is sort of a US-centric strategy for mass storage. You are, however, better off finding disks that are 10TB or larger, because as of yet, those don't seem to come in SMR variants.
 

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samuel-emrys

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I wonder what the WD marketing people were smoking, it's a huge mess!

Anyway, according to their specifications PDF the 8 TB WD80EFAX is a CMR drive.


Unless the linked PDF sheet is wrong.
As @hendry mentioned, <8TB is SMR, 8TB is CMR. The SKU for CMR drives <8TB is EFRX, which have been rebranded WD Red Plus. so for 4TB its WD40EFRX. I accidentally bought a WD40EFAX drive ~6 months ago and haven't used it yet; fortunately I've been able to get a refund in light of the recent spotlight on SMR drives
 
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