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Western Digital SMR Debacle (Replacing Drives)

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

Snake3y3s

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Hi guys

I need to go get another Western Digital Red drive to replace my current ERFX 3TB drive that is still giving issues.
one of my local suppliers is selling a WD40EFZX drive (4TB) for a decent price.

My question is... does the EFZX series avoid the whole SMR issue that WD had a little while ago? do you think going from 3TB to 4TB for now would be okay (I know it wont make any difference until I replace all my 3TB drives with larger ones, but wondering if I should just go larger now or try stick to 3TB)

Any advice is appreciated
Thank you
 

Alecmascot

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WD40EFZX is a Red Plus and will be fine.
Your call to invest in an upgrade now or later.
 

Snake3y3s

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Ah, thats good to know.
Kind of desperate to replace my one drive for some reason it is stuck on 100% access and is slowing down my NAS considerably.
 

Snake3y3s

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In a NAS environment, does it really make a big difference if the drives (or a single drive) are 5400rpm or 7200rpm?
I know it is based on what the usage case is of the NAS, im my case, basic storage and minor Plex usage to stream to the TV.
 
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Basil Hendroff

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In a NAS environment, does it really make a big difference if the drives (or a single drive) are 5400rpm or 7200rpm?
Noticeable difference in power consumption, heat and noise.
 

Snake3y3s

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well, my NAS is pretty small, so should not be a huge difference I dont think.
Might just be better to get a 5400RPM drive then
 
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