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Recommended >4TB drives for TrueNAS Mini E?

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

JetForMe

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Almost all of posts on the forum recommending drives are from 2016 or earlier. The general recommendation from TrueNAS is WD Red Plus. But I found a couple of posts online talking about how WD snuck in SMR in some of their Red drives (hence the creation of "Plus" to distinguish CMR drives), and how they branded drives as 5400 rpm that were actually 7200 rpm (with higher power and thermal requirements).


The new drives are "Plus," and the Plus series drive model numbers now end in slightly different letters:

8 TByte: WD80EFBX (-68AZZN0) instead of WD80EFAX (-68KNBN0)
10 TByte: WD101EFBX (-68B0AN0) instead of WD101EFAX (-68LDBN0)
12 Tbytes: WD120EFBX (-68B0EN0) instead of WD120EFAX (-68UNTN0)
14 TByte: WD140EFGX (-68B0GN0) instead of WD140EFFX (-68VBXN0)

(see https://www.extremetech.com/extreme...-its-reported-drive-speeds-to-reflect-reality)

The TrueNAS Mini page specifies recommended drives but excludes WD Red Plus 8 TB drives. Is there a reason for this?

Lastly, Newegg prices for 6TB drives are HIGHER than for 8 TB drives. Is there something better about the 6 than the 8?

Thanks!
 

Ericloewe

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There is no real secret to this. The only challenge is avoiding underhanded sales tactics like disguised SMR drives. With that research done, just pick whatever you prefer (which I imagine is going to be 90% pricing).
 

JetForMe

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Okay so no worries about drive speed, right? And no particular reason the 8TB was left out of the recommended list?
 

morganL

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The 8TB drive has slightly higher power which caused some thermal issues with some Mini chassis configurations.
 
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