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Need Inexpensive 8TB 3.5 inch drives

I am looking for an 8TB  3.5 inch drive to use in an external CRU enclosure.  It will be a backup drive, and part of a backup rotation.  So it won't be getting the constant use that an internal drive in a CPU would have.

What major brand drives are reliable and inexpensive?


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Gary Case

8/22/2022 - Mon
John

I find Western Digital best and Seagate OK.
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Can I order these by price?  Once again, as backup drives there won't be constant activity - just when the backup is running, and the backup, naturally, will be writing and comparing.
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Use WD, pick the drive you want from their site and then look at Amazon, Best Buy and so on for best price.
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Sorry - My point was can I choose a cheaper drive rather than an enterprise-level one that costs several times as much?
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8 TB drives are BIG drives and most consumers do not need such a thing. You will need an Enterprise drive for this kind of size.
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Will any range of hard drives work?  Yes.  How durable will they be?  Who knows.  It's not absolutely necessary to go red, black, or purple(WD here), but they typically come with better warranties and are of a much sturdier build.  It also depends on how often you'll be backing up to this drive.  If you're swapping 2 drives back and forth, they'll die pretty quickly, i'd guess within 2 years, if you're swapping between 4-8 you'll probably get some decent longevity out of it.

My personal favorite is Seagate, I sold ALOT of WD so in turn, had a lot of failures.
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I wasn't saying WD was bad, but because I sold MORE of them, I saw more come back.  I mean I probably sold 70% WD vs 30% Seagate just due to stock availability.

Edit:  And we all know how our users treat their devices.  XD
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Note, by the way, that the major manufacturers, for whatever reason, actually price their external units lower than the same drives are sold "bare".    If you don't have to put the drives in your own enclosures, you could get 8TB units from WD for $246 [ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822235061 ] or Seagate for $199 [ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178951 ]

Note that the warranties on the external units are shorter than those on the bare drives [WD Reds are 3 years; the external unit is 2 years;  the Seagate archive drives are 3 years; the external unit is 1 year]
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Keep in mind, as you find cheaper drives, they will be slower and have a shorter warranty. 8 TB drives will be expensive. if you can lower the size to 6 or 4 TB, your selection opens up quickly while staying in the enterprise selection area.

Hope this helps!
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